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Write Stuff: Journalist Anna Quindlen Among Author Talks

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Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore, 413 Main St., Middletown, will host free author talks at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, Sophfronia Scott, author of "Unforgivable Love," a retelling of the French classic "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" set in 1947 Harlem, will speak. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, behavioral expert John Bargh will talk about his book, "Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do." On Thursday, Oct. 19, journalist David Howard will discuss "Chasing Phil," a true crime caper about the FBI's first white-collar undercover sting, aimed at con man Phil Kitzer. wesleyanrjjulia.com or 860-685-3939.

R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, also will host authors for free talks at 7 p.m., except as noted.

On Monday, Oct. 16, author, journalist and producer Denise Kiernan will discuss "The Last Castle," about the Vanderbilts and their Biltmore House, the massive European-style estate they built in North Carolina and filled with art and antiques. On Tuesday, Oct. 17, bestselling author Gabrielle Zevin will talk about "Young Jane Young," about a Congressional intern's affair with her boss and its consequences. On Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m., "Fox and Friends" co-host Ainsley Earhardt will discuss "Through Your Eyes: My Child's Gift to Me," about rediscovering the world through a child's perspective. On Friday, Oct. 20, Elizabeth Heiskell will talk about her cookbook, "What Can I Bring?: Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up." On Saturday, Oct. 21, Jane Yolen, bestselling author of nearly 300 children's books, will discuss her illustrated and witty "Last Laughs: Prehistoric Epitaphs," written with J. Patrick Lewis. Also, on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at noon, a Books on the Menu talk with general manager Lori Fazio and head book buyer Andrew Brennan will describe hidden gems, literary masterpieces and read-for-fun books. Tickets are $15 and include a sandwich lunch.

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

Quindlen In West Hartford

Journalist and author Anna Quindlen will give a free West Hartford Reads talk on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium, 50 S. Main St. The program encourages the community to read the works of a notable author.

Quindlen has published bestselling fiction, nonfiction and self-help books, and won a Pulitzer Prize while a columnist at The New York Times. Her latest novel is "Miller's Valley." The Duo Laroo/Byrd will play at 6 p.m. There will be free parking in the Town Hall Surface Lot, 50 S. Main St. bit.ly/annaquindlen19oct or 860-561-6990.

Jewish Book Festival

The annual Jewish Book Festival will continue at Mandell Jewish Community Center, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. with a Hot Buzz About Books program with Roxanne Coady, owner of R.J. Julia Booksellers; Jennifer Black and Michael Kindness of Penguin/Random House; and novelist Matthew Dicks. Tickets are $5; $10 at the door: mandelljcc.tix.com. 860-231-6316 or mandelljcc.org.

A free Jewish Book Festival event will take place Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., at Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford. Jeremy Dauber, professor of Jewish Literature and Culture at Columbia University, will discuss his book, "Jewish Comedy, A Serious History," which traces Jewish humor from the Bible to the age of Twitter.

Registration is required: Jamesd@charteroakcenter.org or cocc@charteroakcenter.org or 860-310-2586.

Connecticut Book Awards

The 2017 Connecticut Book Awards will take place Oct. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford. Presented by the Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities, they will honor 2016 Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry and Young Readers books. Bestselling Connecticut author Beatriz Williams will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $30, available through noon Thursday, Oct. 19 at ctcenterforthebook.org or at the door.

Delicious Discussions

Otis Library in Norwich and Bank Square Books of Mystic will present a Delicious Discussions author talk and buffet luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 19, at noon at Michael Jordan's Steak House at Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville. Author Susan Kietzman, of Mystic, will discuss her novel, "Every Other Wednesday." Tickets are $40. Registration and information on this and other Bank Square Books events: banksquarebooks.com.

Week Without Violence

Hartford Region YWCA's free observance of the Week Without Violence against women and girls will present Susan M. Omilian, author of "Awaken: The Awakening of the Human Spirit on a Healing Journey," on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the YWCA, 135 Broad St., Hartford, from 6 to 8 p.m. Actress Lorrie Bacon Chaban and State Troubadour Kate Callahan will perform. Psychotherapist Dorothy Martin-Neville will moderate. Signed copies will be available for $15, to benefit the YWCA. Registration: ywcahartford.org.

Clinton Gallery Reading

Clinton Art Gallery's seventh free poetry reading and open mike in its 2017 Sunday Series will happen Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. at Olcott Art Center, 20 E. Main St., Clinton. Poets Zelia Abbot, Victoria Murphy and Karen Torop will read. trentham@comcast.net.

"The Witches Speak"

Ginny Lowe Connors and Sherri Bedingfield will read from their poetry collections about the persecution of witches, "Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village" and "The Clattering: Voices of Old Forfarshire, Scotland," on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at McMahon Wintonbury Library, 1015 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield. The Wintonbury Poetry Series event includes an open mike and is free. 860-243-9721.

Spoken Word & Music

The free Mishi-maya-gat Spoken Word & Music Series will continue Thursday, Oct. 19, in Manchester Community College's MCC on Main, 903 Main St., Manchester. Heather Treseler, who won the 2016 Frank O'Hara Poetry Prize, will read at 6:30 p.m., and at 8 p.m., Kinetiscope String Trio, with Melanie Chirignan on flute, will play. manchestercc.edu/mmg or 860-512-2824.

Book Club Bookstore

Book Club Bookstore & More, 869 Sullivan Ave. South Windsor, will host a free reading by poets Joe Adomavicia, David Garnes, Donna Marie Merritt and Steve Straight on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m., with music by folk singer-songwriter Bill Benson. 860-432-7411 or bookclubct.com.

Favorite Poems and Poets

A free discussion of favorite American poets, led by poet-lecturer Mark Sheridan, an open mike and a books giveaway will take place Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. at Welles Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main St., Glastonbury. poetlaureate@glastonbury-ct.gov.

Applebrook Farm Signing

Ceil Donahue and Jessica Bottomley, authors of "Images of America: East Windsor," will sign copies Saturday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Applebrook Farm, 216 East Road, in the town's Broad Brook section. The book combines photos, maps and postcards from the East Windsor Historical Society with recollections, family histories and photographs from residents. eastwindsorhistory.wordpress.com.

Jeff Parker At UConn

The UConn Creative Writing Program will present a free reading by author Jeff Parker from his nonfiction and short fiction on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, One Royce Circle, 101 Storrs Center. Parker, the Fall Aetna Writer-in-Residence at UConn, is the author of the nonfiction book "Where Bears Roam the Streets: A Russian Journal," a story collection and a novel. 860-486-8525 or creativewriting.uconn.edu.

Stories Of Israel Putnam

A program on 18th-century American hero, Israel Putnam, who fought in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War, will take place Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at Russell Library, 123 Broad St., Middletown, presented by the Middlesex County Historical Society.

Robert Hubbard will discuss his book, "Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution." Hubbard, a retired professor, is an expert on Putnam's life. 860-346-0746 or mchsct.org.

Hartford Memories

Dennis Sullivan, author of the 2016 memoir, "Irving Street & Other Hartford Memories," will give a free talk, "The Way It Was — Hartford's North End, 1900-1965" with rare photos on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 9 a.m., at West Hartford Senior Center, 15 Starkel Road, West Hartford. 860-561-7583 or records.and.things@snet.net.

Visiting Scholars

Trinity College's free A.K. Smith Visiting Scholars Series will continue Thursday, Oct. 19, at 4:30 p.m., with novelist Roxana Robinson, author of nine books, including novels, story collections and a biography of Georgia O'Keeffe. A frequent contributor to major newspapers and magazines, she also is president of the Authors Guild. bit.ly/2xVXO5d or or 860-297-2036.

Real Art Ways

Sarah Schulman, a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, AIDS historian and author of 18 books, will give a free talk about her latest, "Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair," on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford. realartways.org or 860-232-1006.

"Surviving Remnant"

Hanna Perlstein Marcus, daughter of a Holocaust survivor, will give a free talk about her second memoir, "Surviving Remnant" on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Douglas Library, 22 Main St., Hebron. It is about growing up with World War II refugees in Springfield, Mass. 860-228-9312.

Poetry Ramble

Plan now for an Oct. 22 Poetry Ramble in Peoples State Forest, Barkhamsted, from 1 to 4 p.m., led by David K. Leff, New England Trail Poet-in-Residence. Bring a drink and snack and meet at Squire's Tavern, 100 E. River Road, Barkhamsted at 1 p.m. to carpool to the Jessie Gerard Trail, to read poems about autumn on a nearly 2-mile walk. davidkleff.typepad.com/home.

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