Monday, November 21, 2011


Quotable Buffalo Debuts Tomorrow

A new book compiled by respected local historian Cynthia Van Ness is sure to spark lively conversation throughout Western New York. Quotable Buffalo: The Most Marvelous and Maddening Things Ever Said About the Queen City is a colorful collection of 250 quotes that focuses on every aspect of our region.

From the description of the book: People talk. When it comes to Buffalo, they've beenobserving, debating, admiring, and, yes, bashing us for over200 years. Quotable Buffalo presents some of the most insightful, complimentary, opinionated, unexpected,wrong-headed, and laugh-out-loud things ever said aboutthe Queen City. These quotes were found in books, magazines, newspapers, websites, and blogs, and showcase the voices of the living and the dead, the resident and the visitor, the famous and the anonymous. Only Buffalo could have united Abraham Lincoln, Leon Czolgosz, ElbertHubbard, Jackie Robinson, Garrison Keillor, Aretha Franklin, and Ani DiFranco in one small book!

Cynthia is a tireless advocate for promoting the history of Buffalo and has another publication, "Victorian Buffalo," which documents Buffalo life in 19th Century through historical photos. She is the director of the library archives at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society and is always willing to lend a helpful hand in researching the history of the city. She operates the Buffalo Research website, which provides links and guides for anyone doing research about the city including buildings, people, and much more.

Quotable Buffalo retails for $11.95. Orders can be made over the phone at 716.832.6088 or via e-mail at

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