The Little Falls Public Library is pleased to announce a presentation and book signing by local author Mary Brookman, in support of her debut novel “Once”, on Saturday, May 21st from 12 PM to 2 PM. The talk and signing will be in the library’s wheelchair-accessible Community Room at 10 Waverly Place, Little Falls, free and open to the public, with light refreshments provided.

Upset by the changes she feared could cause the decline of family farms and the loss of the values those farmers represented, Mary Brookman wrote a fictional story to share her concerns with those within and outside the farm community. The result was her debut novel, “ONCE”, self-published through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.

In the book, journalist Valerie Jacobs investigates a perceived conspiracy to take over farmlands, water supplies, and energy sources in the U.S. As the probe intensifies, her search for the truth takes her across the country and beyond, while her family and friends are put at increasing risk of harm. The theme throughout is the loss of family farms and the possible resulting decline of its culture of hard work, ingenuity, taking care of family, and working with others.

The author lives with her husband in upstate New York on a family farm passed down through several generations of the Brookman family. She has two daughters, one who has returned with her husband and daughter to live on the downsized farm, which operated as a dairy farm until 2003. Brookman also has a daughter living in North Carolina with her son and daughter. Mary travels to North Carolina whenever time allows.

Brookman is a retired teacher, having taught at various levels in area elementary schools. She began writing the novel in 1997. Due to societal, technological, and regulatory transformations over the years, it underwent many changes. She felt she could keep altering it as times continued to evolve but decided her cutoff was when she reached the age of seventy-four.

For more information on this or other upcoming events, you can visit the LF library’s website at www.lflibrary.org, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/littlefallslibrary, or call 1-315-823-1542. The Little Falls Public Library appreciates this opportunity to share arts and culture with the local community live and in person and hopes to see you there!