Christina Baker Kline, Jacques Pépin Among Author Talks

Special To The Courant

Reservations are requested by Thursday, Sept. 28, for a luncheon and multi-media presentation by bestselling author Christina Baker Kline on Oct. 5, at noon, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 42 Century Dr., Bristol. Tickets are $28. Kline is known for her novel, "Orphan Train" and her latest, "A Piece of the World," inspired by Andrew Wyeth's famous portrait "Christina's World."

Tickets and information: Bristol Public Library, 5 High St., 860-584-7787, ext. 2023, or bristollib.com.

Authors At R.J. Julia

R.J. Julia Booksellers of Madison will host a talk by chef and teacher Jacques Pépin on Sunday, Sept 24, at 4 p.m. at Madison Beach Hotel, 94 West Wharf Road, Madison. Tickets are $35 and include one copy of his new cookbook, "A Grandfather's Lesson." (One companion ticket at $5 is available with each regular ticket.) The book is based on cooking and kitchen etiquette lessons Pépin gave to his granddaughter. He has won 16 James Beard Awards and has published 29 books.

Pépin also will appear on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. at La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington. Tickets are $50 and include a signed copy of his new book. Tickets and information: LaGruaCenter.org or 860-535-2300.

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison, Henry Grayson will discuss "Your Power to Heal," his guidebook to using your mind to stimulate self-healing. Grayson is founder of the Board of Trustees of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, authors Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge will give a free talk about "The Ice Bucket Challenge," about the nationwide craze in 2014 that raised money for former Boston College baseball star Pete Frates and awareness about ALS, the disease that afflicted him. Both writers are award-winning journalists and authors, and half of their book sales proceeds will go to the Frates family.

On Friday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m., Chris Harris, author of "I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups" and its award-winning illustrator, Lane Smith, will discuss their amusing and unusual poetry collection. Harris was a writer and executive producer for "How I Met Your Mother" and a writer for "The Late Show with David Letterman." Smith created "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales," among other hit books.

All events require registration: 203-245-3959 or rjjulia.com.

Bank Square Books

Bank Square Books, 53 W Main St., Mystic, will host a free talk on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. by novelist Jarret Middleton, the author of "Darkansas," and local poet Daniel S. Boroughs. "Darkansas" is a tale of secrets and murders in the world of country music. Boroughs runs Good Cop/Bad Cop Press for chapbooks by local poets. Information about events at Bank Square this week: 860-536-3795 or banksquarebks@msn.com.

"Surviving Remnant"

Hanna Perlstein Marcus, daughter of a Holocaust survivor, will give a free talk about her second memoir, "Surviving Remnant" (Buttonhole,

$16), on Monday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m., at Manchester Library, Whiton Auditorium, 100 North Main St.

Hwe book, a sequel to Marcus's award-winning memoir, "Sidonia's Thread," is about growing up with World War II refugees in Springfield, Mass. 860-645-0821 or library.townofmanchester.org.

Surowiecki In Hebron

Poet John Surowiecki will read from his 12th collection, "Martha Playing Wiffleball in Her Wedding Dress and Other Poems," on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m. at Something Simple Cafe, 12 Main St., Hebron. Surowiecki has won national awards for his poetry. 860-228-2266.

Poetry Rocks!

Three acclaimed Connecticut poets will read at Poetry Rocks! a free quarterly poetry series, at Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Tnpk.,

Vernon, on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m. Participating are Elizabeth Thomas, a poet, performer and educator; Sean Frederick Forbes, director of the Creative Writing Program at UConn and Victoria Nordlund, Rockville High School's English Department chair and UCONN adjunct professor. 860-878-7016 or pegideitzshea@aol.com.

Together We Rise

Together We Rise: Building Bridges For Justice, will present a free poetry read-in celebrating Hispanic History Month on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Two Wrasslin' Cats Coffee House, 374 Town St., East Haddam. Participants may read from works provided or bring and poems by Hispanic poets. 860-873-1472 or togetherwerisect.com.

Banned Books Events

Book Club Bookstore & More, 869 Sullivan Ave. South Windsor, will host two free events about banned books on Wednesday, Sept. 27: a children's Banned Books Story Hour at 11 a.m. and a discussion of "The Catcher in the Rye" at 6 p.m. 860-432-7411 or bookclubct.com.

Biking The USA

David Goodrich, author "of A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist's Bicycle Journey Across the United States," will give a free talk at Welles-Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main St., Glastonbury, on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m.

To combat misinformation about climate change, Goodrich biked 4,200 miles to the West Coast, interviewing people along the way. His talk is co-sponsored by Cycling Concepts, 2343 Main St., Glastonbury. Registration: 860-652-7720 or wtmlib.info.

Poetry Is "Here"

Poets who contributed to the journal "Here" and ECSU students will give a free reading Thursday Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., in the college's science building, 83 Windham St., Willimantic. Poets include Jon Andersen, Amanda DeMaio, Charles Fort, Kileen Gilroy, Joan Seliger Sidney and John Stanizzi. DonaghyD@easternct.edu or 860-465-0208 or 860-465-0208.

Poets On Poetry

Hartford Public Library and Connecticut Poetry Society will continue their free monthly talk and group discussion of a famous poet's work at the library, 500 Main St., Hartford, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. Jim Finnegan will discuss the work of Lorine Niedecker, and poet Christine Beck will host. 860-695-6300 or hplct.org.

Poetry By The Pond

Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, will sponsor an outdoor reading focusing on nature, with classical guitar music by Jaclyn Jones, on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at the pond on Eaglewood Lane. Attendees should bring a blanket or "tipless chair" for the sloping terrain. Readers will be Laura Altshul, Victor Altshul, Polly Brody, Catherine Hoyser, Marilyn Johnston, and Jim Mele.

Registration: simsburylibrary.info or 860-658-7663.

Morning Book Club

Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd., Avon will continue its free Morning Book Club with a discussion of "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance on Wednesday, Sept. 27. 860-673-9712, ext. 4, or avonctlibrary.info.

Books At Fashion Show

Olivia Lauren and Alyssa Simone, authors of the Olivia Lauren and Dowe Twins children's book series, will appear at the Diamond Fashion Week children's fashion show on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m., at 370 Highland St., West Haven. Their books, "The Dowe Twins Siblings Fight" and "The Dowe Twins: The Days of the Week," encourage young children to read.

Tickets are $15 and $25. Reservations and information: 203-868-0680 or diamondfw.com.

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