Lakewood to Host Best-Selling Author


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Bob Lingle of Off The Beaten Path Bookstore

Off The Beaten Path Bookstore and The Lakewood Memorial Library have combined efforts to host national best-selling author, Devin Murphy, for a virtual author event at the Lakewood Library (12 W Summit St. Lakewood) on May 30, beginning at 5:30 PM.

“I’m excited to discuss and answer questions about my writing, books, teaching, and how growing up in Western New York has shaped me as a writer and person.” Devin Murphy said.

While Murphy’s debut novel, The Boat Runner, was set in a World War II era Dutch town, his latest novel, Tiny Americans, brought Murphy back to his hometown.

Murphy said, “When I let my gaze fall on the place I was born, Olean, I found my voice as an author.”

In Tiny Americans, local readers will enjoy references to Chautauqua Lake, the Buffalo Bills, the power of family, and the struggles of trying to figure out what being a family really means.

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore owner, Bob Lingle said, “Tiny Americans currently holds the place as my favorite novel of 2019.”

Although not required, attendees will get more out of the event by reading either of Murphy’s books beforehand and coming with questions for the author. Both of Devin Murphy’s novels can be purchased at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore (28 Chautauqua Ave. Lakewood) or online at

More About Devin Murphy

Devin Murphy grew up near Buffalo, NY in a family with Dutch roots. He holds a BA/MA from St. Bonaventure University, an MFA from Colorado State University, a PhD from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Bradley University. He has worked various jobs in national parks around the country and once had a three–year stint at sea that led him to over fifty countries on all seven continents. His fiction has appeared in over 60 literary journals and anthologies, including The Missouri Review, Glimmer Train, The Chicago Tribune, New Stories from the Midwest, and Confrontation. He lives with his wife and children in Chicago.