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From the heart: Local writer pens first book, will tour to promote

Photo by Jacob PerrymanMarcy O’Brien, shown at her home in Warren, is set to embark on a local tour to promote her first book “Rounding Third…”.

Marcy O’Brien came to writing late, but that hasn’t stopped her from publishing an extensive body of features and columns. Now, approximately 20 years into that career, she’s releasing her first book, “Rounding Third…”

According to O’Brien, the book is “her memoir collection of warm stories and columns from a 20-year writing career.”

“A lot of people asked about writing a book of collected columns,” O’Brien said. “It became more and more. It just pushed me over the edge. I decided if I was going to do it, I was going to do it right and do a first-class publication.”

The book consists of 12 subjects with four to six columns per subject, O’Brien said. The book is set “during her years in the golden era of aviation, when flying was fun and the passenger was king,” according to a release.

According to the release, O’Brien “brings you along on her lifetime of adventures, takes you into the heart of her family, and introduces you to some genuine characters along the way.”

Pictured is an image of the book cover.

O’Brien is promoting the publication with a local book tour “just in time for the holidays.”

The tour will kick-off at the Struthers Library Theater Thursday at 4 p.m. before moving on to local libraries and across the region, including stops at the Fredonia Opera House on Dec. 3 and Prendergast Library in Jamestown, New York, Dec. 4. Stops in Youngsville, Kane, Sugar Grove, Tidioute, Sheffield, Warren and Dunkirk and Lakewood, New York are also planned. Interested individuals should check with their local libraries to confirm dates and times.

At the stops, she will read excerpts from the publication, sign copies, take questions and offer copies for sale at a price of $15, $3 less than retail.

If you’re a regular reader of this publication or a longtime resident of the area, you’ve probably heard of O’Brien.

In her writing career, O’Brien has written features for the likes of the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Yankee Magazine, Shipmate Magazine and the Chautauquan. She also writes a weekly column appearing in the Warren Times Observer, the Jamestown Post-Journal and the Dunkirk Observer.

“Marcy, an award-winning essayist, writes with an eye for detail and a gift for putting you right there in the scene with her,” according to the release. “Her deeply personal voice speaks with both irreverent wit and wisdom – the blessings of a well-lived life – leading to frequent smiles and even an occasional tear.”

O’Brien may also be familiar to those in the Warren area outside of her writing career, having served as executive director of the Struthers Library Theater, retiring in 2018.

O’Brien lives in Warren with her husband, referred to as “Dear Richard” in columns. She has two children “in places I like to visit,” and two “perfect grandchildren.”

Outside of signing events with O’Brien, “Rounding Third…” will be available at House of Printing, Beauty Boutique and Virg-Ann’s Flower and Gift Shop in Warren, as well as at Amazon.com.

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