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Fredonia graduate Wendy Corsi-Staub returning for latest book-signing

FREDONIA – Fredonia graduate Wendy Corsi-Staub will return to Western New York to sign her latest book, “The Good Sister.”

The thriller is set in Buffalo and its suburbs. Corsi-Staub will visit the campus of Fredonia State College at 1:30 p.m. Friday to sign copies of the book in front of the campus bookstore. She is scheduled to talk to students at 3 p.m. in the Williams Center on campus, and then she will be in Buffalo at the Talking Leaves Bookstore on Elmwood Avenue at 7 p.m.

Corsi-Staub is a Fredonia graduate who often weaves Western New York places and customs into her novels.

“This book is set at a fictional all-girls school called Sacred Sisters,” said Corsi-Staub.

She said the novel uses present-day topics such as social networking and cyber conversations. She joked that her younger son Brody, 15, helped her with the text-messaging segments in the book.

“Brody was looking over my shoulder as I was writing one day and told me it was all wrong,” she said. She said his corrections were left in and that the final published version of “The Good Sister” contains his rewrites.

“It’s a dark thriller, but it’s also about how a mother would do anything to protect her children,” said Corsi-Staub.

She said the social networking topic will be explored in two future books, “The Perfect Stranger” and “The Blind Date.”

She chose the Buffalo area as the setting for the book in part because of the great architecture of its old buildings. Readers will find some references to the Orchard Park area – which she has renamed – in the book.

Western New York weather is part of the setting, too.

“It’s in March, because it’s that time of year when it can be dark and cold, but there is also a reference to St. Joseph’s Day,” she said.

Corsi-Staub often brings her Italian-American heritage into her novels. She said she has memories of the cooking and family gatherings that were important to the St. Joseph’s Day holiday.

“The cooking required that the whole family help,” she said.

Corsi-Staub said she will visit with her dad, Reg Corsi, when she returns to Fredonia.

“I look forward to seeing family and friends when I come for the book signing,” she said.

She has written more than 75 novels under her own name and under the pen name Wendy Markham.