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October 24, 2010 - 7:39pm

Photos: 14th Annual John Gardner reading at the Pok-A-Dot

posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Pok-A-Dot, Literature, John Gardner.

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It's been said that the Pok-A-Dot was John Gardner's favorite eatery. In "The Sunlight Dialogues," Gardner mentions the 56-year-old diner in one passage.

For 14 years, the John Gardner Society has gathered at The Dot to remember the man and read from his work.

Saturday, nine people took turns reading from a variety of his works, including novels, poems, short stories and nonfiction.

Pictured above, Erica Caldwell, owner of Present Tense Books on Washington Avenue.

After the jump are more pictures from the event.

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Bill Kauffman, master of ceremonies.

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Maureen Maas-Feary

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Tracy Ford

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Brian Paris

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Helen Maier

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Terry Abrams

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Lucine Kauffman

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John Gardner's younger brother, Jim Gardner.

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John Maier

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Bea McManis
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Sort of telling when 197 people never heard of John Gardner. That means that 197 people didn't read this article.
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Not sure it tells of much. First, the poll is before the article, so chances are people are seeing the poll before the article, and even if they saw the article last night they might still categorize themselves as somebody who doesn't know who John Gardner is.
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Favorite pic is the B&W, followed by the lady in the hat. Wish that we had realized this reading was scheduled. We were looking for something to do yesterday. Shoulda checked the Batavian. For the record only heard about the author when I moved to Batavia.
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Thanks, Brenda. I posted the B&W here, too. We had this in announcements and on the calendar, but the calendar was very crowded Friday and Saturday. I read Gardner's books on writing in high school, but didn't connect him to Batavia until I started planning The Batavian.

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