Local author and artist Erica-Lynn Huberty will be signing copies of her new book Watchwork at Hayground School’s Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. She will also be reading from Watchwork and signing copies at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor on Friday, December 13 at 6 p.m.
The 41-page story is set around the recent renovation of the former Bulova Watchcase Factory in Sag Harbor, and all proceeds from the sale of this “perfect-bound paperback” will go toward supporting Peconic Habitat for Humanity, which actively builds in and around Sag Harbor. Gerry Mooney of Whalebone Village affordable housing apartments has written the afterword to the book.
As described by Huberty, Watchwork is a poignant and chilling story of two eras, and two tales, that intersect across time. In 2013, a decrepit, abandoned former watchcase factory in a small, seaside town is undergoing an extreme renovation, to be re-imagined as a luxury apartment building. Ben, an out-of-work local, is only too happy to be hired for the partial demolition, never imagining how much of the past the building still holds. In 1896, a young woman named Jenny toils in a watchcase factory to help support her family, never imagining she might find love—and face horrific danger—as she navigates her grueling daily life.
Erica-Lynn Huberty’s collection Dog Boy and Other Harrowing Tales was short-listed for both the Eric Hoffer Prize for Short Fiction, and the Benjamin Franklin Award for fiction. It was named one of Long Island Pulse magazine’s top book picks for 2011. A former senior arts writer and art critic for The Southampton Press, she was also an art critic for Sculpture magazine and a writer for The New York Times. Her short stories, poems, and essays have been published in many magazines and newspapers including Camillia Journal and The Washington Post. Also a fine artist, she lives year-round in Sag Harbor, Long Island with her husband and children.
Watchwork will be available for purchase during her appearances at Hayground School’s Holiday Bazaar and Canio’s Books. It will also be available at various local independent booksellers and Amazon.com.