Book Discussion: “Peer Luck”

Wednesday, September 5

6:30 p.m.

Join local authors Sally Valentine and Beth Hoad for a discussion of their book Peer Luck: The Life and Times of Frank Sherman Peer. The book is based on the memoirs of a local man, Frank S. Peer (1851-1922), who was an entrepreneur living at the turn of the 20th century, but whose vision went far beyond his time and place. Frank wrote the story hunting fieldof his life while making Transatlantic crossings to import purebred livestock into New York State.

Peer was the great grandson of Humphrey Shearman, one of the founders of East Palmyra. He came from a family of entrepreneurs, dreamers, and adventurers that originally emigrated from England in the 1600s. Peer wrote at least six books, including The Hunting Field With Horse and Hound in America, the British Isles and France in 1910.

Beth Woad is a native of Newark who was appointed Town of Palmyra historian in 2000. She writes a regular column in the Times of Wayne County and has published three books. Sally Valentine in a Rochester native who has lived in Walworth for forty years. She has written a series of novels for intermediate grade school children.

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