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Write Stuff: Susan And James Patterson Coming To Mohegan For Book Signing

Special to the Courant

International best-selling author James Patterson and his wife, Susan, will visit the Mohegan Sun Shops Concourse, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. for a question and answer session and to sign copies of their book for children, "Big Words for Little Geniuses" (Susan and James Patterson, $17.99). James Patterson also will sign copies of his latest thriller, "The Store" (Little, Brown and Co., $27), written with Richard DiLallo, at the Winning Authors event at the casino. "Big Words" is a picture book that explains sophisticated words to kids. "The Store" is about a giant retailer that harbors secret and sinister plans to control people's lives.

Guests are encouraged to pre-order copies from Bank Square Books of Mystic, which is co-producing the event. Each copy purchased gives the buyer a bracelet necessary to enter the limited-entry signing line. Photos and signing personalization are prohibited. Reservation: 860-536-3795.

Bank Square Books

On Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m., Bank Square Books, 53 W Main St., Mystic, will host author Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, who will discuss her debut novel, "Eden" (She Writes Press, $16.95). It is the story of a woman fighting to hold on to her family's treasured summer mansion, despite her sons' schemes to sell it and the risks of revealing a shocking secret.

On Friday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m., the bookstore and the James Merrill House will present a free poetry reading with former James Merrill fellow Brittany Perham. Perham, of San Francisco, is a Jones Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. Her latest book is "Double Portrait" (W. W. Norton & Co., $26.95), which won the 2016 Barnard Women Poets Prize. or 860-536-3795.

Authors At R.J. Julia

R. J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, will present talks by nationally and locally known authors. All are at 7 p.m. and require registration: 203-245-3959 or

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the bookstore will host a Local & Independent Author Event with the theme of "Lives Well Lived." Dick Caplan, of Wallingford, author of "The Boomer Blues" (Createspace, $15), will talk about his memoir that recounts an idyllic childhood in the 1950s in Wallingford as well as the cultural upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. Richard H. Shriver, of Old Lyme, will discuss "Glimpses of an Unchartered Life" (iUniverse, $23.95). Shriver was director of telecommunications and command-and-control systems of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The book recalls his experiences during the Cold War and after. Sydney M. Williams, also of Old Lyme, will talk about his book, "Notes from Old Lyme: Life on the Marsh and Other Essays" (Bauhan, $22.50), a collection about the value of contemplation.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Manoush Zomorodi will discuss her nonfiction book, "Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self" (St. Martin's Press, $26). Her guide shows how boredom can be used to make life more effective, creative and satisfying. Zomorodi is the host of WNYC's popular podcast and radio show "Note to Self."

On Thursday, Sept. 7, author Joyce Maynard will discuss "The Best of Us: A Memoir" (Bloomsbury USA, $27), her account of an unexpected love affair and marriage that was tragically cut short by illness. Maynard's 16 books include the novels "To Die For" and "Labor Day," which became films, and the best-selling memoir "At Home in the World." Her essays and columns have been widely published.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, at First Congregational Church of Madison, 26 Meeting House Lane, Madison, Canadian author Louise Penny will give a talk about her novel, "Glass Houses" (Minotaur, 28.99). It is about a stranger who appears in a remote village in Quebec and the dark events that follow. Penny is the author of the #1 best-selling series of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels and has won numerous awards. Tickets for her talk are $30 and include a copy of "Glass Houses."

Connecticut Authors Trail

The Ninth Annual Connecticut Authors Trail, a series of free author talks presented by Eastern Connecticut libraries, will host its last two talks before the trail ends Sept. 14 with a finale at 6:15 p.m., at Mohegan Sun Casino's Cabaret Theatre, with a program with Connecticut novelist Beatriz Williams.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. at Salem Public Library, 264 Hartford Road, Salem, Hali Keeler, co-author with Leslie Evans and David Rose of "Ghosts of Groton Bank" (The History Press, $19.99), will discuss the paranormal history of the Groton Bank neighborhood. 860-859-1130.

On Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Raymond Library, 832 Raymond Hill Road, Oakdale, Cynthia Mazzaferro will talk about her inspirational book, "Powerful Beyond Measure: 3 Steps to Claim Your Power Within for a Happy & Healthy Life" (Morgan James, $19.9), a self-help book that guides readers to explore their past, empower their present life and envision a future of personal growth. 860-848-9943. Trail information: 860-642-6207 or

New Haven Noir

Some contributors to "New Haven Noir" (Akashic Books, $15.9), the latest in that publisher's noir series, will read from the book at a free event on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm St., New Haven.

Edited by best-selling novelist and Wesleyan professor Amy Bloom, the anthology offers 15 original stories set in a neighborhood in or near New Haven.

Bloom will be at the event, along with contributors Alice Mattison, Robinson, David Rich, Hirsh Sawhney, Jessica Speart, Jonathan Stone, Karen E. Olson, Sarah Pemberton Strong and Lisa Gray. 203-946-8130.

Mystery Book Discussion

Carole Shmurak, of Farmington, who writes the Susan Lombardi mystery novels, will lead a free discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 3 p.m., for the Wallingford Mystery Group: "Kill All the Lawyers" Part 1," at Wallingford Public Library, 200 N Main St. The book is "Client Privilege" by William Tapply. 203-265-6754.

Art Speaks. Poetry Answers

On Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. at the "Got Poetry" Tent at the On the Green Art and Craft Show, on Hubbard Street Green at Main and Hubbard Streets in Glastonbury, nine poets will read poems inspired by paintings created by members of Glastonbury Arts Artists.

The poets are Cassandra Angelo, Andrea Barton, Clare Mazur, Esther McCune, Danielle Pieratti, Alexandrina Sergio, Isabelle Smith and Andy Weatherwax and the artists are Susan Bosworth, Lisa Adrina Byron, Barbara Fraher, Linda Gotta, Carol Jeffries, Gail Schwartzkroin, Diane Stone, Debbie Temple and Pat Trapp.

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