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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 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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Tuesday, August 15, 2017          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.