We're launching a new program this summer at our library. It's a Local Author Festival, with guest speakers and prizes. It includes three big events, all framed by our showcase of local authors scheduled in between.
All events begin at 7pm. Author events will feature a 20 minute presentation from each author, with time for mingling, book selling, and signing afterwards. All events are free. Please join us!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Mystery Author Night
Cori Lynn Arnold Scalding Deceit
After a short reading from her new novel, Scalding Deceit, - a book Kirkus Review says "...the characters and relationships are what standout." Cori Lynn Arnold will discuss the fun and foibles of self publishing.
Steve Liskow Postcards of the Hanging
Steve Liskow often uses real events for inspiration, but experience has taught him that the truth can derail a good story. By discussing his own hard lessons, he’ll show how changing the facts can make better fiction
Carole Shmurak Most Likely to Murder
Carole Shmurak usually sets her Susan Lombardi mysteries in fictionalized versions of Avon, Farmington and New Britain. She’ll explain why she took Susan back to New Jersey for a high school reunion in her latest book, Most Likely to Murder.
Chuck Miceli Amanda’s Room
What makes a "page turner" and how do mystery writers catch and hold their reader's interest? Chuck Miceli will provide insight into the psychology of the mystery and illustrate some tricks of the trade used in popular novels and in his own paranormal thriller, Amanda's Room.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, History Author Night
Kim Knox Beckius New England’s Historic Homes and Gardens
Prolific travel writer Kim Knox Beckius, who is perpetually on the road in New England, shares stories of historic estates and other intriguing places that should be on your day trip list this summer and fall.
Erika Fleury Monkey Business: A History of Nonhuman Primate Rights
Erika Fleury turned her love of primatology into a career helping the animals she loves most. Monkey Business is the first objective, comprehensive book to document the state of nonhuman primate rights in modern culture.
Ira Spar, MD New Haven’s Civil War Hospital
How sick and wounded soldiers received health care during a cataclysmic Civil War. "Lincoln care" funded and regulated a single payer universal system with an assist from the state legislature, private citizens and a generous Governor.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Children's Author Night
Jerry Craft The Offenders
A freak accident gives a diverse group of middle school bullies super powers. But instead of transforming into cool super-beings, they are forced to take on the characteristics of the kids they pick on
Marilyn Davis Maddie and Beanie’s Magical Journey
A girl's chance meeting with an abandoned pony is just the start of magical journeys in a fantasy fiction trilogy for ages 9-12. Local author, Marilyn Davis will show a brief video of the rescued pony that was the inspiration for the story.
Gail Gauthier Saving the planet and stuff
A traditionally published writer will discuss her experience with self-publishing.
Stacy DeKeyser The Brixen Witch
Stacey is the author of 5 books for kids. Hear the inside story of how a family vacation sparked the idea for The Brixen Witch and its sequel.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Local Author Book Fair Night!
Meet, chat, buy books & get autographs from 30 local Connecticut authors. Held on the first floor of the library.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Biography & Memoir Night
Nora Howard Catch’d on Fire
The 50-year diary of Avon's colonial minister revealed: finding the story behind the words he wrote from 1763-1812.
Jeremy Joyell A lifetime ago, before the death of childhood
A nostalgic and humorous look at a childhood of the 40s and 50s, and the inevitable comparison with how we've raised children over the past few decades.
Bob Kaszas White Mountain Lions, Season to Remember, a memoir
Celebrate the spirit and energy of young athletes (and score a goal).
J. S. Morrison From Exile to Eden
An unforgettable family saga of love, loyalty, courage, and inspiration spanning two world wars and several continents
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Local Author Festival Finale:
The audiobook experience with Johnny Heller!
Learn what it takes to record an audiobook, with funny stories from Johnny Heller, reader for Recorded Books. Johnny Heller, an Audie Award winner with numerous Audie nominations, has been praised for his adult, personal development, history, comedy and children’s book narrations. With 100’s of titles to his credit, he’s won 15 Earphones Awards and was selected one of the Top 50 Narrators of the 20th Century. Heller’s been called "the best narrator for children’s books around" by AudioFile Magazine. His youthful voice led the School Library Journal to say: "Listening to Heller is so much fun it’s difficult to imagine simply reading the book." Heller is a professional speaker and stand-up comic as well a playwright, actor and commercial voice over artist.