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The 2017 Trail starts here at the 
 Janet Carlson Calvert Library 
Thursday, July 6 at 6:30 pm    

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Diana Ross McCain is an independent historian and author who has been researching, writing, and speaking about Connecticut and New England’s past for more than thirty years. She is the author of several non-fiction books, including It Happened in Connecticut, Mysteries and Legends of New England, and Connecticut Coast. She has written extensively for publications including Early American Life and Connecticut magazines. Thy Children’s Children is her first novel.
Diana holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history. She was on the staff of the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford for twenty-five years. She lives in Durham, Connecticut.

Historical fiction rooted in extensive research brings to vibrant life the exploits of the real-life Lyman family of Middlefield’s Lyman Orchards in the American Revolution, the Underground Railroad, the pioneering of industry, and more.

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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 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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Thursday, July 13 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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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm                             Sprague Public Library

jane herr DesrosiersJane 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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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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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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revolution in the lymes coverTuesday, August 1 at 7:00 pm                                  East Lyme

Michaelle Pearson holds a B.A. in Journalism and Photography from Creighton University, and a J.D. from New York Law School. She was Director of Copy at Arnell Group, and continues to work as a freelance writer and editor. 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.

Michaelle Pearson & Jim Lampos

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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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 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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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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Monday, August 21   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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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 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.

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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 corporate and communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons.

  a certain age coverShe now lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry.

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), and the forthcoming A Certain Age

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