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Author returns to Buffalo to launch memoir in her hometown

Author Nancy Davidoff Kelton says writing memoirs and going through therapy are different things.

Think “A ha!’ versus “Oy vey.”

She will elaborate on this and discuss her memoir, “Finding Mr. Righstein,” during three events beginning Tuesday.

Davidoff Kelton, author of six other books including “Writing from Experience,” will hold a workshop at 7 p.m. in the Just Buffalo Literary Center, 468 Washington St. There will be room for just 14 people, which is right in her comfort zone – she usually teaches classes of 16 at The New School in New York City.

She’ll go over writing exercises and share her experiences publishing essays. Hers have appeared in several publications, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Redbook, Writer’s Digest and on the AARP website.

From noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, she will give a talk and read an excerpt of “Finding Mr. Righstein” at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, located at 1 Lafayette Square. Those in attendance will most likely hear snippets of the dating sections, she said. Later, at 7 p.m., she said she plans to read the beginning, more Buffalo-centered portion at Talking Leaves Books, at 951 Elmwood Ave. Both events will have room for questions.

Davidoff Kelton’s book includes the perils of dating, but it’s not a dating memoir. She learned about herself and her relationship with her parents, reflecting on events that happened decades earlier.

“I think growing up is hard,” she said in a phone interview. “I don’t think anyone has it easy.”


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