The Finger Lakes Authors and Readers Experience (FLARE) is the brainchild of Laurie Gifford Adams who is, herself, a Finger Lakes author and lifelong educator. Her grand idea was to gather readers and writers together in celebration of the beauty that is the Finger Lakes, and the joy that is the written word.
Brooke Baker, chief co-conspirator and freelance editor, joined the executive committee over glasses of rosé and some excellent ratatouille. Always a sucker for an interesting project, and a huge fan of Ms. Adams, she’s excited to be a part of creating this Finger Lakes-focused literary community.
Originally, Adams and Baker had planned to create a live event that included food and tents, and possibly a juggler or two. So, while this year’s event is virtual by necessity, they anticipate a true, live event in late summer of 2022.
Liz Reeve and Martha Jerrim joined the executive committee when Adams and Baker realized that they needed more voices contributing to the design of the event, and their perspectives are invaluable.
So welcome to FLARE! We’re delighted that you’re interested enough to learn more about us, and about our Finger Lakes Authors. This year’s event may be virtual, but we have some great sessions planned and hope you’ll join us.