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Monday, July 10, 2017      at 6:00 pm             Bill Memorial Library  Groton (Monument Street)


lisa saundersr After the Loss of a Spouse coverThrough researching letters, journals and out-of-print books, award-winning writer Lisa Saunders sheds new light on historic figures. She is a part-time history interpreter at Mystic Seaport, teacher at New London Adult & Continuing Education, TV talk show host, and active Cornell University alumna.

After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child examines the loves and losses of 18 famous (and infamous) figures such as Mark Twain; George Burns; Mary Lincoln; C.S. Lewis; George Putman (Amelia Earhart’s widower); Martha Washington; Norman Rockwell; Grandma Moses; Milton Hershey; Captain von Trapp; Coretta Scott King; William Gillette (aka Sherlock Holmes); Katharine Graham; Groton widow whose 100-year-old time capsule was recently opened; Mystic widow whose husband drowned in Texas’s worst maritime disaster; plus world’s greatest miser.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm                   Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC)

tom armyengineering victory coverTom Army studied history as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. After graduating from Wesleyan with both a bachelors and masters degree, Army began a distinguished career in education that included nineteen years as headmaster of a New England boarding school. He went back to school and earned his PhD in history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2014. Since 2012 he has been adjunct professor of history at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, Connecticut. Engineering Victory: How Technology Won the Civil War is his first book. He lives in Vernon, Connecticut with his wife Virginia.

This book explores the critical advantage the Union held over the Confederacy in military engineering. The engineering skills Union soldiers displayed, developed throughout the antebellum period when northerners invested in educational systems that served an industrializing economy, resulted in more successful and resourceful engineering operations during the war.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017   6:30 pm                    Scotland Public Library

more connecticut lore coverZachary LamotheHailing from Norwich, Zachary Lamothe grew up in a house built in 1752 and from an early age was always intrigued by local lore and history. Zack studied New England history and folklore while a student at Boston University, attaining a degree in American Studies.  He is a frequent contributor to Norwich Magazine where he writes about history, community profiles, and tourism as well as other written and web based publications.  His first book, Connecticut Lore: Strange, Off Kilter, and Full of Surprises was released in 2013 and the sequel More Connecticut Lore was released in 2016, both from Schiffer Publications.

Synopsis: Journey through Connecticut using this unconventional guidebook containing 82 odd locations to visit on your next outing. Connecticut has plenty of strange and unusual history and folklore that will have you wandering slightly off the beaten path.

 

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017  at 7:00 pm                                                 Groton Public  (routes 117 & 1)

every other wednesday coverSusan KietzmanBefore writing fiction full-time, Susan Kietzman wrote in several other capacities – as newspaper reporter, as corporate client wordsmith, as museum fundraiser. She also taught English and public speaking at two community colleges. Every Other Wednesday is her fourth novel, to be released by Kensington Publishing on April 25th. Her previous three novels, also published by Kensington, are The Good Life, A Changing Marriage, and The Summer Cottage.

Synopsis: Every Other Wednesday is the story of how three empty nesters, women who have spent the last two decades focused on their families, transition into a more self-reflective, personal existence.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017  at 6:30 pm                    Aldrich Library (Moosup)

Katherine Hauswirth coverKatherine Hauswirth’s writing, focused on connection and contemplation inspired by the natural world, arises largely from long walks in Connecticut. She has been published in the Christian Science Monitor, Orion online, Connecticut Woodlands, etc. Katherine’s writing has been awarded with residencies at Trail Wood in Connecticut and Acadia National Park in Maine. “Beckoning the Mountain,” an essay in her book, won a first prize in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition. A native New Yorker, she is increasingly enamored of her adopted hometown, Deep River, Connecticut, where she lives with her husband and son.

The Book of Noticing: Collections and Connections on the Trail is a collection of essays that reflect on time in nature and what it adds to, and reveals about, our day-to-day existence as humans.

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Monday, July 31, 2017    7:00 pm                               Mystic & Noank

Nancy ButlerAbove all else coverDuring her career, Nancy Butler helped thousands of people manage their financial life through the aging process. Nancy also looked after her mother for 12 years, enabling her to see the challenges of aging and the opportunities to make it the best it can be. Her book helps people take greater control of what their future life can be as they age. Nancy shows you things you can do while your mind is sharp, to potentially maintain your independence longer and live a more fulfilling life, for whatever years you have left on this earth.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017   at  7:00  pm                                  Willington Public Library

Felix F Giordanokilling zone coverHaving an innate respect for nature and its inhabitants and composing his own version of The Oregon Trail at age 11, Felix F. Giordano, aspired to write about the American west and its indigenous people. His first novel in the Jim Buchanan series, Montana Harvest was a 2016 Independent Publishers of New England book award finalist. His second novel, Mystery at Little Bitterroot was a 2016 Amazon #1 Hot New Release in Native American Literature. Mr. Giordano lives in rural eastern Connecticut with his wife and Kiki, a rescued but very spoiled Beagle/Pointer mix.

Synopsis – The Killing Zone, a gritty tale of revenge, mayhem, murder, and miracles. Native American Sheriff Jim Buchanan pursues an outlaw motorcycle gang into the wilderness of northwestern Montana and confronts an unfulfilled Plains Indian prophesy.

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Monday, August 7, 2017     6:30 pm                                  Chaplin

CT Cvilian Conservation corps coverMarty PodskochMarty Podskoch, a retired reading teacher, is the author of six other books on the Adirondacks.

While gathering stories of the forest rangers and fire tower observers, he became fascinated with other aspects of the Adirondacks such as the logging and mining industries, the individualistic men who guided sportsmen, the hotels they stayed in, the animals, railroads, etc.

Marty and his wife, Lynn, live in Colchester, CT where they are close to their family and two granddaughters, Kira and Lydia. He enjoys hiking in the nearby Salmon River Forest and is doing research on the CCC camps of the Adirondacks and Connecticut.

CT CCC describes the history and projects of the 21 camps located throughout the state of Connecticut. There are hundreds of pictures of the boys at work and at camp, sometimes laboring mightily, other times clowning around or playing on camp teams. There are excerpts from camp newspapers of cartoons, poems, doggerel, and songs that will delight the reader for this unique window into their lives.

 

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Tuesday, August 8 at 6:30 pm                        Guilford Smith Memorial Library

Susan Strecker
Susan Strecker has a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy. Her first novel, Night Blindness, went to auction where five publishing hnowhere girl coverouses bid on it. Night Blindness was an IndieNext pick. Nowhere Girl won the 2016 Beverly Hills Book Award and was shortlisted for the Chanticleer Book Reviews Award. It was number four on PopSugar’s list of must-read books for 2016, and it was featured in USA Today. She is a frequent lecturer at writing conferences, schools and colleges across the East Coast. She lives in Connecticut with my husband and two children.

Synopsis: When Savannah Martino is strangled, her murder’s ruled a random attack. Her beloved twin, Cady, is drawn into a labyrinth of deception and betrayal reaching to her childhood that will force her to find strength she never knew she had.

 

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Wednesday, August 9 at 6:30 pm                  Waterford

Christine WhiteheadChristine Whiteheadrage of plum blossoms cover is a lawyer by day; novelist by night. She can’t resist a good joke, a large dog or four, a gray horse, anything and everything Hemingway, or a great love story. She writes about what she knows, but just as often about what she doesn’t know. When not in a courtroom or a barn, Christine can be found roaming the woods of Connecticut with said large dogs and sometimes on that gray horse. She graduated from Smith College and UCONN law school

Synopsis: The Rage of Plum Blossoms: Quinn Jones’ determines to find out who killed her husband and ends up hunted herself. To be published next year. Hemingway’s Daughter: Finn Hemingway, fictional daughter of Ernest and Hadley Hemingway, blessed and cursed by her father’s fame, struggles to find love, her own identity, and the real man behind the myth and the booze.

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Tuesday, August 15          at 7:00 pm                                         Andover

499 facts cover Stephen SpignesiStephen Spignesi is the author of more than 75 books and is a retired Practitioner in Residence from the University of New Haven. He is known as a world authority on the work of Stephen King, the Titanic, the Beatles, and the American Presidents. He is also a novelist whose debut novel, Dialogues, was hailed as “a reinvention of the psychological thriller.” He has appeared in many documentaries and has also contributed short stories, Introductions, and essays to a wide range of books and magazines. He lives in New Haven.

Synopsis: A fascinating compendium of facts and info about America’s Founding Fathers, from the famous—Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton—to the lesser-known—Gerry, Pinckney, and Rush.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017   6:00 pm                       Public Library of New London

each moment were alive coverDebra Lynn AltDebra Lynn Alt is a lifelong songstress and writer focused on adding her voice to areas of life that could benefit from her art and expression. The former lead singer for The Rolling Stone Magazine House band, back in the late 70’s, now contributes songs and workshops and presentations for the support of causes such as autism, child abuse, Habitat for Humanity, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and more.

Her current passion is inspiring and supporting cancer survivors and their loved ones through her, Each Moment We’re Alive: A Musical and Photographic Story Inspired by Cancer Survivors, a unique coffee table style gift book, combining art forms of Alt’s life affirming songwriting and award winning travel and nature photography by Monica Schwartz Baer.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm       Saxton B. Little (Columbia)

cuyler overholtCuyler Overholt worked as a lawyer and freelance business writer before turning to fiction. She lives in the northwest corner of Connecticut where, when she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found on a bike, in the cobra pose, or enjoying a good movie. A Promise of Ruin is the second book in her Dr. Genevieve Summerford historical mystery series.

 

Book synopsis: While searching for a missing Italian girl, a young female psychiatrist In 1907 New York must use all of her skills to evade a ruthless predator and help the victims he’s left behind.

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Thursday, August 24  at 6:00 pm                   Cragin Library

before i knew coverJamie BeckJamie Beck is a Romance Writers of America Honor Roll author with a passion for writing stories about love and redemption. She earned a joint law/M.B.A. degree and practiced commercial real estate and lending law in her hometown of Pittsburgh (Go Steelers!). She was never passionate about the work, so when her husband’s career took them to Connecticut, she opted to stay at home to raise their two young children. That decision presented a second chance to revisit the idea of writing. When she’s not writing, you can find her dancing around her kitchen or hitting the slopes in Utah and Vermont.

Synopsis: Jamie Beck returns with an engrossing series about family, friendship, and starting over. In this first Cabot novel, a legacy of secrets tests old friends seeking a second chance at life and love.

 

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 6:30 pm                                              Preston Public Library

j l Harrisd rankinJ.L. Harris was born and raised in Southeastern CT. She loves spending time with her husband and two children. When she is not writing, she likes to hike, run, and read.

D. Rankin was born and raised in Southeastern CT. She is a dog and horse trainer, who is profoundly proud of her two children, Bethany and Nicholas, and her four grandchildren, Aiden, Sage, Ciaran, and Reilly. She and her husband, Robert, currently reside in Preston, Connecticut.

choices coverSynopsis: Choices is a story of sisterly devotion and ultimate betrayal. A heartbreaking yet inspiring tale of courage, faith, and the complex nature of relationships.

 

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 6 pm                          Salem Public Library

ghosts of groton bank coverhali keelerHali Keeler, Leslie Evans, and David Rose are residents of the Groton Bank neighborhood and are active in its various historical groups. Hali is retired from the Bill Memorial Library in Groton and is an Adjunct Professor at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich; she has written two textbooks for library support staff. Leslie is the Director of the Avery-Copp House Museum, and David is the Past President and current Treasurer of the Friends of Fort Griswold. Only one of their old houses is “spiritually active”.

Synopsis:  A hair-raising number of historic haunts–from sea captains who never returned home to soldiers who never left–exist in the half square mile called Groton Bank. Hali Keeler and her team navigate Groton Bank’s paranormal history.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017    6:30 pm                                          Raymond Library (Montville)

Cynthia Mazzaferropowerful beyond measure coverCynthia Mazzaferro is a Motivational Speaker, Amazon #1 Best-Selling Author, Energy and Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master, and Life Coach. She is a retired Physical therapist of over 30 plus years and previous owner of an Ergonomic company where she performed work site analysis and spent thousands of hours training and teaching individuals on injury and stress reduction.

Cindy’s transformational, self-help book, Powerful Beyond Measure Explores your Past, Empowers your Present, and Envisions your Future filled with purpose, passion, and miracles. Cindy’s loves to speak and assist people in their personal growth, health, and purpose.