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Stuart Woods Among Week's Author's Appearances

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Ann Nyberg, WTNH-TV anchor, will talk about her new memoir "Slices of Life" Oct. 17 at R.J. Julia in Madison 3

A novelist who has published more than 60 books, many of which were best-sellers, will speak at the Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.

Stuart Woods' longest series is about Stone Barrington, a former NYPD detective turned counsel to a big Manhattan law firm who specializes in difficult cases and, like Woods, is an accomplished pilot. Woods' other series feature Holly Barker, a Florida police chief who joins the CIA; Ed Eagle, a Santa Fe defense lawyer; William Henry Lee IV, a Georgia senator who becomes president; and Rick Barron, a production chief at a 1930s Hollywood studio. His newest novel, "Foreign Affairs" (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $27.95), is a Barrington book.

Tickets are $25, and VIP tickets that include premium seating and a food and wine reception with Woods are $75.

Reservations: 860-280-3130 or

On Wednesday, Oct., 14, at 7 p.m. a special free "Trouble Begins at 5:30 event," the Twain House will present the launch of "Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 3" (University of California Press, $45) with its editor, Ben Griffin, following a 6:30 p.m. reception. Griffin will discuss the work it took to publish the three-volume autobiography 100 years after Twain's death. The final volume is based on dictations Twain made from 1907 to 1909. He died in 1910.

Reservations: 860-280-3130 or

Twain Writing Classes

The Mark Twain House & Museum Center, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, will offer five six-session writing classes, each running from 6 to 8 p.m. and costing $265. The class on Writing Children's Books begins Monday, Oct. 12, and continues on five more Monday evenings. The other classes begin Wednesday, Oct. 14, and continue for five more Wednesday evenings.

Pegi Dietz Shea, of Rockville, who has won many awards for her books for children, will lead the first course, which will explore children's fiction, nonfiction and poetry and aims to have each participant create a manuscript.

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 14:

•Hunter Liguore will lead a Writing Your Family History class by conducting and enhancing an oral history project.

•Nancy Antle, a writing teacher for more than 30 years who has published short stories, books and poem for adults, young adults and children, will lead a Writing Fiction class.

•Sheri Caplan will lead a course in Guided Autobiography, which involves writing short essays each week on a life experience, work that can be the basis for an autobiography or memoir.

•Connecticut poet Kate Rushin will lead "Poetry Writing Class: 6 Ways of Looking at a Poem," open to participants at all experience levels who will explore craft, form, subject, point-of-view, voice and revision.

Registration for all classes: 860-247-0998 or

'Spirit Friends'

Author Susan Campbell will present a free talk, "Spirit Friends: Spiritualism and Suffrage," on Friday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m., at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, 77 Forest St., Hartford.

A former Courant reporter and columnist, Campbell published the biography "Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker" (Garnet Books, $28.95). Hooker, a half-sister of Stowe and an early supporter of women's right to vote, was interested in spiritualism and, with her husband, John Hooker, took part in séances in their home in Hartford's Nook Farm neighborhood.

Reservations: or 860-522-9258, ext. 317.

'Poems From The Pond'

Many poets write well into old age, but it is rare for a poet to begin a career at age 90. Margaret Howe Freydberg, known as Peggy, who lived on Martha's Vineyard and died at age 107, did so with the help of former West Hartford resident Nancy Slonim Aronie, who also lives on the island.

Aronie was impressed by Freydberg's poems about life, love, loss, fear and growing older, and she helped bring attention to them. In May, the poems were collected and published in "Poems from the Pond" (Hybrid Nation, $29.99). Aronie, a former contributor to Northeast Magazine, commentator for NPR's "All Things Considered" and author of "Writing From The Heart; Tapping the Power of Your Inner Voice," continues to publicize the poems with programs performed by well-known readers.

Aronie and Laurie David, an environmental activist and award-winning producer of the film "An Inconvenient Truth," and who edited Freydberg's book, will present a reading of the poems on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford.

Information: 860-232-1006 or

Authors At R.J. Julia

A maple syrup cookbook, an inspirational book by a former Sandy Hook teacher, an event for book clubs and a TV anchor's memoir will be discussed at free events at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison. Events begin at 7 p.m., except as noted, and reservations are required: 203-245-3959 or

Katie Webster will talk about "Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup" (Quirk Books, $22.95), on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Webster is a chef and blogger at Healthy Seasonal Recipes and a contributor to many magazines.

Kaitlin Roig-Debellis, who with Robin Gaby Fisher wrote "Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Life's Darkest Hours" (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $26.95), will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 14. She saved the lives of 15 children in her first-grade class during the 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Her inspirational book suggests ways to respond to and overcome emotional trauma from personal tragedies.

A Book Club Soiree with book recommendations, food and suggestions on starting or improving a book club will take place on Thursday, Oct. 15. Bookstore owner Roxanne Coady and Random House sales representative Jennifer Black will speak.

Ann Nyberg, WTNH-TV's longest-serving anchor/reporter who now anchors its 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, will talk on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m., about "Slices of Life" (Homebound, $16.95). The book is her memoir based on a diary she began keeping at age 8.

Mishi-Maya-Gat Spoken Word & Music

The Mishi-maya-gat Spoken Word & Music Series 10th season continues Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Manchester Community College's performance space, MCC on Main, 903 Main St., Manchester,

Poet and translator Peter Covino, an associate professor of English and creative writing at University of Rhode Island, will read at 6:30 p.m. He has published two poetry collections and his work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Paris Review and The Yale Review, among many journals. Covino is a founding editor of the New York literary press, Barrow Street.

The Mixashawn Trio will play jazz at 7:30 p.m.

Information: or 860-512-2824.

Matthew Dicks In Simsbury

Matthew Dicks, who lives in Newington and is an elementary school teacher in West Hartford, a MothStorySLAM champion and a co-founder of the Speak Up storytelling organization, will give a free talk about his fourth novel, "The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs" (St. Martin's, $24.99) on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St. The event is hosted by Friends of the Simsbury Public Library.

Registration is requested by Monday, Oct. 12: at the library, or 860-658-7663 or

Dicks also will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. at Bank Square Books, 53 W. Main St., Mystic. Information: 860-536-3795.

Caribbean Poets At Wesleyan

A poetry-based performance by two Caribbean authors, M. NourbeSe Philip and Gina Ulysse, will take place Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Chapel, 221 Church St., on the Wesleyan University campus in Middletown.

Ulysse, a professor of anthropology at Wesleyan, performs a one-woman show, "Because When God is too Busy: Haiti, me and THE WORLD," and is the author of "Why Haiti Needs New Narratives" (Wesleyan, $27.95). Philip was born in Tobago and is a Toronto-based poet, essayist, novelist and playwright whose poetry collections from Wesleyan are "Zong!" ($17.95) and "She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks" ($15.95).

Information: or 860-658-3112.

For Dog Lovers

Martha Ritter, author of "The Nearly Calamitous Taming of PZ" (Bradley Street Press, $13.99), will sign copies on Monday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at the Shoppes at Buckland Hills, 270 Buckland Hills Dr., Manchester.

Ritter's book for children is about a foxhound that lives in a laboratory cage, is rescued and goes to live with a girl who has problems trusting others and making connections. Ritter, who lives in Connecticut and New York, is a journalist, novelist, speechwriter, poet and actor.

Information: 860-648-1008 or

Celebrating The Beats

"Celebrating The Beats: Their Words, Their Legacy, Their Music," a program of readings from Beat Poets, with music of the Beat era by the Sergio-Mayo Jazz Duo with vocalist Janice McCune, along with original poetry performed by The Meeting House Poets, will take place Saturday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. at The Buttonwood Tree, 608 Main Street, Middletown. The poets are Cassandra Angelo, Richard Daigle, Jim Govoni, Clare Mazur, Alexandrina Sergio, Isabelle Bruder Smith, Elizabeth Thomas and Andy Weatherwax. More poets will read until 4:30 p.m.

Information: 860-347-4957.

Mid-Life Insanity

Friends of the Wethersfield Public Library, 515 Silas Deane Highway, will present a free program by performance poet, musician and humorist Andy Weil on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Weil, of Bloomfield, will read his poems and entertain with stories and commentary about such issues as mid-life crises, old age and computer-addicted America.

Information: 860-257-2821.

Sanchez And Her Chicken

Children's book author Lori Sanchez and her chicken, Black Beauty, will give a free program Saturday, Oct. 17, from 11 to 1 p.m. at the Book Club Bookstore, 100 Main St., in the Broad Brook section of East Windsor.

Sanchez will read from "Queenie Rules the Farm" (L. Sanchez, $9.99) a story told by a young girl in China, where Sanchez has visited. Proceeds from book sales will to "Christina's House," where single mothers and their children can prepare to move from homelessness to permanent homes.

Reservations: 860-623-5100.


The annual Adopt-A-Book fundraiser at Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St., New London, will begin Thursday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 10 a.m. and will continue during library hours through Dec. 1. Patrons may purchase and donate books for the library that are on display.

Information: 860-447-1411, ext. 3.

Eddison At Hickory Stick

Author and gardener Sydney Eddison will read from her debut poetry collection, "Where We Walk: Poems Rooted in the Soil of New England" (Createspace, $14.95) on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. at The Hickory Stick Bookshop, 2 Greenhill Road, Washington.

Eddison has won many honors from garden clubs, the Connecticut Horticultural Society and the New England Wild Flower Society, and she has published seven books on gardening.

Information: 860-868 0525 or

'Poetry by Heart'

The Wintonbury Poetry Series will begin its free Fall 2015 series at P. Faith McMahon Wintonbury Library, 1015 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield, on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m.

In "Poetry by Heart," poet and performer John Basinger will read from his work and recite classic poetry, including excerpts from Milton's "Paradise Lost" and Shakespeare's "King Lear." Basinger has toured internationally with the National Theater of the Deaf and has taught theater and sign language. An open mike will follow his program.

Information: 860-242-0041

Authors In Ridgefield

The Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield, will host Connecticut authors Chris Belden and Rachel Basch in a free conversation on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. Belden's satirical novel, "Shriver" (Touchstone, $16), is about a man who attends a writers' conference and is mistaken for a famous but reclusive author who shares his name. In Basch's novel, "The Listener" (Pegasus Books, $24.95z0, a college therapist becomes emotionally entangled with a student struggling to define his identity.

Mystery Book Discussion

Carole Shmurak, of Farmington, who writes the Susan Lombardi mystery novels, will lead a free discussion on Monday, Oct. 12, at noon at Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., when the Simsbury Mystery Group: An Inspector Calls, Part 2, talks about "A Taste for Death" by P.D. James.

Information: 860-658-7663.

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