'Captain Underpants' Author Will Sign Latest Release

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Nominations are being accepted now through Sept. 8 for The Harriet Beecher Stowe Prize for Writing for Social Justice, presented every other year to an American author whose work has made an important impact on a critical social issue in the tradition of Stowe's 1852 masterpiece, "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

The next $10,000 prize will be presented in June at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center's Big Tent Jubilee in Hartford, a fundraising event. The 2015 winner will be announced in January.

The prize was established to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Stowe's birth in 2011. Previous winners include Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" and Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."

To propose a nominee, complete and return the nomination form, available at Self-nominations are accepted. In addition, one copy of the nominated work must be sent to:

Attn: Stowe Prize, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, 77 Forest St., Hartford, CT 06105

Information on the prize is available at:

Connecticut Authors Trail

A group of libraries in Eastern Connecticut is hosting the 6th Annual Connecticut Authors Trail, for which authors who live in the state or write about it give free talks. "Passports" are stamped at each event, offering a chance to win a themed basket. The closing event will be Sept. 4 with an appearance by author and lifestyle expert Mars Jennings at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville.

On Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. at Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Road, Mansfield Center, nature author Robert Tougias, whose latest book is "The Quest for the Eastern Cougar" (iUniverse, $19.95) will speak. He also is the author of "Birding Western Massachusetts: A Habitat Approach" and writes a column for The New London Day. Information: 860-423-2501.

On Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Canterbury Public Library, 1 Municipal Dr., Canterbury, Quincy S. Abbot will talk about "From Schoolboy to Soldier: The Correspondence and Journals of Edward Stanley Abbot (1853-1863)" (self-published, $16.95). The book uses letters and journals to trace the life of the author's ancestor, who died at age 21 fighting near Gettysburg during the Civil War. Quincy Abbot is a retired insurance executive who did extensive research to tell Edward Stanley Abbot's story. Information: 860-546-9022.


Rosenthal At Hickory Stick

Lucy Rosenthal, whose new book is "The World of Rae English" (Black Lawrence Press, $16.95) will give a free reading at The Hickory Stick Bookshop, 2 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot, on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m.

Set in the early 1960s, the novel is about a woman just out of a bad marriage to a politician whose career is ruined by scandal. She flees to the Iowa's Writers Workshop, hoping to find herself as a writer and possibly to find a good man.

Rosenthal also is the author of the novel, "The Ticket Out," has edited short story anthologies and is on the writing faculty of Sarah Lawrence College.

Information: 860-868-0525 or

Other Interesting Events

Pit Bull Advocate

Connecticut author Sue Torres, an animal advocate, rescue volunteer and owner of a previously abused pit bull, will talk about her book, "Loyalty Unleashed: Pit Bulls and the People Who Love Them" (CreatSpace, $14.99), a compilation of positive stories about the controversial breed, at a free program on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Prosser Public Library, 1 Tunxis Ave., Bloomfield.

A portion of book sales proceeds at the event will be donated to support proper dog breeding, care and adoption.

Registration: or 860-243-9721.

Underpants Author

On Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 4 p.m. best-selling author Dav Pilkey, who writes the wildly popular "Captain Underpants" series for young readers, will sign copies of his latest, "Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000" (Scholastic Inc., $9.99) Hubley Hall, First Congregational Church, 26 Meeting House Lane, Madison.

Pilkey has achieved fame as a master of potty humor, but also has written and illustrated popular, award-winning books for children, including the Dumb Bunnies series; "Dog Breath," winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and "The Paperboy," a Caldecott Honor Book.

He will sign two books brought from home and any books purchased at the event, but will not personalize or sign memorabilia.

Tickets are $5, and one ticket per family (for a maximum of two adults) must be purchased to attend. This talk is a R.J. Julia Booksellers event and registration is required: 203-245-3959 or

Poetry On The Hour

Poets Norah Pollard, Jonathan Gillman, Christine Beck and Elizabeth G. Howard will read from their work on Sunday, Aug. 24, on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Stratford Arts Guild's annual Artists and Artisans in Paradise arts and crafts show and summer fair at Paradise Green Park on Main Street in Stratford. Information: 203-556-9948.

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