The 2017 Trail starts here at the Janet Carlson Calvert Library
Thursday, July 6 at 6:30 pm
Monday, July 10 at 6:00 pm Bill Memorial Library Groton
Through 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.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 6:30pm Coventry (Booth & Dimock Memorial Library)
DeeDee 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.
Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 pm Jonathan Trumbull Library Lebanon
Karen 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.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC)
Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 pm Sprague Public Library
Tuesday, July 25 at 6:00 pm Jewett City (Slater Library)
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm Aldrich Library (Moosup)
Katherine 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.
Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 pm East Lyme
Tuesday, August 8 at 6:30 pm Guilford Smith Memorial Library
Wednesday, August 9 at 6:30 pm Waterford
Christine Whitehead 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.
Tuesday, August 15 at 7:00 pm Andover
Thursday, August 17 at 6:30 pm Stonington Free Library
Monday, August 21 at 6:30 pm Norwich (Otis Library)
Abby Stokes has taken on the role of the Johnny Appleseed of Technology crisscrossing 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.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm Saxton B. Little (Columbia)
Cuyler 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.
Thursday, August 24 at 6:00 pm Cragin Library
Wednesday, September 6 at 6 pm Salem Public Library
Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:15 – 8:15 pm Mohegan Sun Cabaret Theatre