Dawn Day-Quinn, author of Silent Ties, grew up in Allegany County. A 1978 graduate of Wellsville Central High School, Dawn fondly remembers her time working at the David A. Howe Library during those years. She drew from her life in Wellsville – as well as summers on the family farm in West Almond and days with her cousins in Angelica – to develop the story of two little girls in small town rural America. The setting of Silent Ties may not be the fields of New York, but the building blocks of her childhood can be found throughout the story as she weaves her memories of family, food, and friendship into the lives of two girls growing up in the Jim Crow South. Silent Ties was a twenty year passion that is just as relevant today as it was when the idea first came to mind. It is a story that encourages discussion and debate as it challenges you to think about the different lives of each girl as they defy the rules of a segregated Alabama.
Dawn left the area to pursue her first degree at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania and graduate study at Iowa State University before moving to various locations with her husband and four boys. She currently resides in Pittsburgh and returns to Western New York several times a year to spend time with family in this place she still calls home. Visit dawndayquinn.com to learn more about Dawn as well as the history and development of Silent Ties.
This talk is free and open to the public and is being held at the David A. Howe Library, 155 N Main St, Wellsville NY.