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Ogdensburg author signs books at Sunday’s Remington barbecue

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OGDENSBURG — A fan of the “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” books series, author Sierra D. Sellers, 20, decided to look outside the mythical genre to inspire young people to read.

She will introduce her work to readers today at the Frederic Remington Art Museum’s Wild West Barbecue.

“I wanted something different from what’s out there,” Ms. Sellers, 20, said. “I grew up with ‘Twilight’ and ‘Harry Potter,’ and one day I wanted to read something that was different — something that wasn’t vampires, wizards and fallen angels.”

Instead, Ms. Sellers’s first self-published book, “The Family Ladro,” centers on an organized crime family.

“I’ve always liked the idea of thieves and crime,” Ms. Sellers said. “Writing-wise, you’re able to cover a lot of different genres in one with that subject matter.”

An Ogdensburg native, Ms. Sellers is majoring in creative writing and minoring in art history at Wells College, Aurora.

As part of completing the requirements of her art history minor, she is interning at the Frederic Remington Art Museum this summer.

With support from staff, Ms. Sellers will be holding a book signing during the museum’s Wild West Barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday or until sold out.

Laura A. Foster, the museum’s interim executive director and curator, said the barbecue will take place after the museum’s 90th anniversary.

“We did it last year, and we’re doing it much bigger and better this year,” Ms. Foster said. “There will be a fanfare of fun. We’ve got a little bit of everything.”

The barbecue will be catered by Parker Piercy of PCP BBQ and is $12 for adults and $6 for children. Each ticket purchase includes a meal, nonalcoholic beverage and live entertainment.

The barbecue is presented by Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers. Music will be provided by Carrie Woodcock-Montgomery and Friends, Carl Perkins and Amy Rivera.

There will be art for children at Kid’s Place and a sale in the museum gift shop.

“We will have a very awesome line of tooled leather handbags with a Southwestern flair and new jewelry. Each new jewelry piece is unique and inspired as an artistic response to individual works by Frederic Remington,” Ms. Foster said.

It’s no surprise the barbecue was inspired by Remington himself, whose works reflect a passion for the Old West.

“His passions for his subjects were romantic and exciting,” Ms. Foster said. “He made America’s West — a faraway place for many — magical.”

All proceeds from the event will support the museum.

“We will debut our new line of Ogdensburg souvenirs, including T-shirts and hats,” Ms. Foster said. “We welcome friends old and new to come out and check them out.”

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