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Tuesday, July 11, 2017     at  6:30 pm     
                           Coventry (Booth & Dimock Memorial Library)

DeeDee Filiatreaulttales from the crib coverDeeDee Filiatreault began writing a humor column about the misadventures of family life for the Lyme Times in Shoreline Connecticut in 2007 and now for her blog, www.TalesFromTheCribBlog.com. She has spent her adult life writing words for many different entities, including former South Carolina Governor David Beasley as his chief speechwriter and now as grants writer for the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme. A transplant from the Carolinas, she lives in Niantic with her husband, two children, two fish, one cat, one spastic terrier, and one blissfully quiet rabbit.

 

Synopsis: A collection of banana-peel-slipping, heart-filled essays on parenthood, covering one mom’s first decade of parenting –from toddler to tween to everything in between.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm                             Sprague Public Library

jane herr Desrosiersgone fishing coverJane Herr Desrosiers’ love of outdoors life coupled with her sense of humor have brought her first book of the Gone Fishing trilogy to the public eye.  Gone Fishing started as a series of newsletters, Fishing Weekly which became wildly popular with friends and fellow fishermen who demanded more.

Jane is retired from a forty five year career in healthcare information management.  Nothing brings more pleasure than preparing soul-nurturing food for family and friends, sharing a glass of wine and ending the day with a laugh and a kiss.  She lives in Baltic, Connecticut with her husband Eddy and their two cats.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm                                        Jewett City  (Slater Library)

Kate Zapadkadory herman-sample with poison pattyCo-authors Dory Herman-Sample and Kate Zapadka are sisters in real life. Raised in Connecticut, both are avid travelers and mystery lovers. Dory lives in northern Virginia and is a nursery school director. Kate lives on a farm in eastern Connecticut and is retired from social service and teaching positions. Both love reading, good food, and boon companions.

Synopsis: Sisters Bee and Bel operate a tour company designed for the adventurous traveler.  The sisters’ impeccably planned trip through Italy is repeatedly derailed by one nasty participant.  Patty manages to alienate, infuriate, and embarrass each of the guests in turn, and threatens to make the word “American” a new and potent profanity.

 

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revolution in the lymes coverTuesday, August 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm                                  East Lyme

Michaelle Pearson & Jim LamposMichaelle Pearson holds a B.A. in Journalism and Photography from Creighton University, and a J.D. from New York Law School.  Michaelle sits on the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Board and is a Trustee of the Old Lyme Historical Society. She has written articles of local and historic interest for newsletters and magazines including River and Sound, Events, and the OLPGN newsletter. Michaelle is also a member of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists.
Jim Lampos received his B.A. in Sociology (Summa Cum Laude) from Brandeis University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He completed the General Course at the London School of Economics and was awarded a Kaplan Fellowship to attend the New School for Social Research, where he received his M.A. in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis. Jim is a published poet and musician who has released eight CDs, toured nationally and has been featured on network television. He and his wife, Michaelle Pearson, have previously co-authored Rumrunners, Governors, Beachcombers and Socialists- A History of Old Lyme Beaches, and Remarkable Women of Old Lyme.

 

Synopsis: The Revolutionary War in the Lymes started as a rebellion of ideas. The town hosted its own Tea Party, burning one hundred pounds of British tea near the town green. When the alarm came from Lexington in 1775, Lyme’s citizens were among the first to answer.

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Monday, August 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm                 Jonathan Trumbull Library       Lebanon

Karen Olson betrayed coverKaren E. Olson is the award-winning author of the Black Hat Thriller series and the Annie Seymour and Tattoo Shop mystery series. She lives in North Haven, Connecticut.

Synopsis: Nicole Jones lives off the grid on Block Island. She doesn’t have a license, passport, or bank account. She doesn’t own a computer because she’s afraid of what she – a hacker in her past life – would do with it. When the last person Nicole wants to see suddenly appears, her carefully constructed life begins to unravel and she must re-hone her long-suppressed computer skills in order to escape from an island that is no longer a haven, but suddenly a prison.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm                                      Stonington Free Library

 

Jean Baurjoy unleashed coverJean Baur and her therapy dog Bella, volunteer in Connecticut, and have wonderful adventures together.They visit special needs children in local schools, go to rehab facilities, hospitals and a local cancer center. As Jean writes in her new book, “Joy Unleashed:  The Story of Bella, the Unlikely Therapy Dogs,” these dogs are “ambassadors of exuberance.”

Jean and Bella lived in Yardley, PA until 2012, when they moved to  Stonington. Their volunteer work quickly expanded to schools, L&M hospital, a local rehab facility and a few nearby colleges. This is Jean’s third book and she’s thrilled to support organizations that help dogs in need, as well as those who expand the work of therapy dogs. You can learn more about the book and Bella and Jean’s events at www.joyunleashed.org.

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Monday, August 21, 2017   at 6:30 pm                                         Norwich (Otis Library)

Abby StokesAbby Stokes has taken on the role of the Johnny Appleseed of Technology is this thing on covercrisscrossing the country to help Digital Immigrants conquer their fear of technology. Abby has single-handedly helped over 300,000 Digitally Challenged people cross the Digital Divide and get online. She’s visited more than 25 states, 180 public libraries, over 175 senior living facilities/computer clubs and has hosted webinars across the country. A firm believer that “if my mother can learn the computer anyone can,” Abby is confident that everyone can master the computer and navigate the Internet. She splits her time between Manhattan and Niantic, Connecticut.

Book synopsis – A smart, comprehensive, reassuring, and jargon-free guide: the epitome of user-friendly. It’s completely revised and updated to keep pace with the fast-changing digital landscape, covering tablets, apps, video streaming, social media, and much more.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017     6:15 – 8:15 pm     Mohegan Sun Cabaret Theatre

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A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz Williams spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons before her career as a writer took off.

She now lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore.

 

Her books include Overseas (2012), A Hundred Summers (2013), The Secret Life of Violet Grant (2014), Tiny Little Thing (2015), Along the Infinite Sea (2015), The Forgotten Room (2016), The Wicked City (2017), and the forthcoming Cocoa Beach (June, 2017)

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