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Daughter of Rod Serling to sign book in SF

Anne Serling, daughter of Rod Serling, best known for the television series, The Twilight Zone, will be in Seneca Falls to sign her new book “As I Knew Him.” She will be in town at the Hotel Clarence for an event co-sponsored by the Hotel and the Seneca Falls Historical Society. She will be introduced by local attorney and family member, Bert Serling. The book-signing will be held at 2:30pm on Sunday, July 21.Before becoming a full-time writer, Anne Serling was an early childhood teacher with a bachelor’s degree from Elmira College. She serves on the board of directors of the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation and is involved with the Rod Serling School of Fine Arts “Fifth Dimension” program. She lives in Ithaca, New York.The books will be available to purchase at the event or you may purchase them ahead of time at the Seneca Falls Historical Society. The price of the book is $27 including tax.The talk is free and open to the public, for further information please call the Seneca Falls Historical Society at 315 568 8412To Anne Serling, the imposing figure the public saw hosting “The Twilight Zone” each week was not the father she knew. Her fun-loving dad was her best friend, her playmate, and her confidant.She coped with his unexpected death by talking to his friends, poring over old correspondence, and recording her childhood memories. Now she shares personal photos, revealing letters, and beautifully rendered scenes of his childhood, war years, and their family’s time together.His liberal ideas affected his reputation with conservative TV executives, the author argues. Discrimination and prejudice were anathema to Serling, and it infuriated him when story ideas rooted in his principles were shunted aside in favor of simple entertainment. After writing some scripts for the TV show Night Gallery, for example, he complained to Universal Studios, “I have no interest in a series which is purely and uniquely suspenseful but totally uncommentative on anything.”Ann Serling writes, “In Twilight Zone reruns, I search for my father in the man on the screen, but I can’t always find him there. Instead, he appears in unexpected ways. Memory summoned by a certain light, a color, a smell — and I see him again on the porch of our old red lakeside cottage, where I danced on the steps as a child.”Watch below as Anne Serling talks about her book and vacationing on Cayuga Lake…From Kirkus Reviews:Exploring her deep bond with the creator of The Twilight Zone, the author delves into her father’s writing career, his deep commitment to social justice and her grief following his death.Now she shares eloquent, revealing letters and beautifully rendered scenes of his childhood, war years, and their family’s time together. Idyllic summers in upstate New York, the years in Los Angeles, and the myriad ways he filled their time with laughter, strength, and endearing silliness — all are captured here with deep affection and candor.Though begun in loss, Anne’s story is a celebration of her extraordinary relationship with her father and the qualities she came to prize through him — empathy, kindness, and an uncompromising sense of social justice. As I Knew Him is a lyrical, intimate tribute to Rod Serling’s legacy as visionary, storyteller, and humanist, and a moving testament to the love between fathers and daughters.

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