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January 31, 2014

Lackawanna author discusses memoir Friday at disABILITY museum

Niagara Gazette — As a youth and young adult, Lackawanna native Anthony Antek battled with the complexities of being bipolar and it’s extreme highs and lows. After years of struggle he went on a mission to find himself and figure out what life had in store for him. The result of his journey, after eight years of on-and-off writing, has been documented in his 2013 book, “Bipolar Buffalo.”

Antek, who will be giving a presentation on his book from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Museum of disABILITY History in Buffalo, discussed his journey in a recent telephone interview.

QUESTION: Tell me about your background as an author?

ANSWER: This isn’t my first writing, in school I mostly studied the social sciences, like sociology and psychology. My bachelors and masters are in sociology, and my doctorate is in education. I’ve spent most of my career in education working as a teacher in elementary and middle schools, college and in administration. I was the first of my extended family to attended college. I earned my bachelors from the University at Buffalo and my masters from the University of Denver. I did my doctoral studies at North Michigan University, and before that Tulane University in New Orleans. I finished my doctorate at SUNY Albany.

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Q: In your own words, what is “Bipolar Buffalo” about?

A: It’s about finding my real self, finding meaning in life. It consists of 52 short stories, its non-fiction and sort of a memoir as well as a work of humor. It incorporates other people from both in and outside of the Buffalo area and 29 original works of art. It looks at the natural duality between, say, comedy and tragedy, honesty and dishonesty, that type of contrast. It complex in its simplicity and simple in its complexity.

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