TAUNY invites the community to a book signing and talk with local author Paul Hetzler on Friday, December 14 from 5:30-7:00 pm at The TAUNY Center in Canton. Naturalist and educator Paul Hetzler will stop by The TAUNY Center to talk about and sign copies of his book Shady Characters: Plant Vampires, Caterpillar Soup, Leprechaun Trees and Other Hilarities of the Natural World. Copies of Paul Hetzler’s book will be for sale at this event.

Hetzler’s work has appeared in Highlights for Children, Prime Number magazine, and in the medical journal The Lancet. He also writes weekly natural-history columns for newspapers and magazines in northern New York State, as well as just across the border in southern Québec and Ontario, where he lives (part-time for now) with his Canadian wife. Shady Characters is his first published book; a second volume of humorous nature essays, entitled Don’t be Such a Duck!, is due out in late December 2018.

The TAUNY Center and North Country Folkstore are located at 53 Main Street, Downtown Canton, NY. TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people understand and appreciate the folk traditions and local culture of everyday life–present and past–in the North Country. To do so, TAUNY seeks to research and preserve a record of diverse groups, customs and traditions; to recognize and empower traditional arts and artists; to identify and promote regional identity; and to provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn about folklore and culture. More information is available at tauny.org.