Write Stuff: Denis Leary, Ex-White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses To Give Book Talks

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Two authors and comedians will present a sarcastically satirical look at contemporary America on Monday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at College Street Music Hall, 238 College St., New Haven.

Denis Leary, who created and starred in the TV series “Rescue Me,” will discuss his new book, "Why We Don't Suck: And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little B*tches," a follow-up to his bestselling “Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid,” with writer and comedian Michael Ian Black. Both have homes in Connecticut.

Tickets are $35 and include a copy of Leary’s book: collegestreetmusichall.com or rjjulia.com.

Twain American Voice

The winner of the 2017 Mark Twain American Voice in Literature award is Bill Beverly, for his debut novel “Dodgers,” about a young L.A. gang member named East, who is sent to kill a key witness in Wisconsin and must reassess his life.

The Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave.., Hartford, will present the $25,000 award on Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Finalists Stuart Nadler, author of “The Inseparables,” and Don DeLillo, author of “Zero K,” will each receive $1,000.

The award is presented annually by the Twain House & Museum to the author whose book, published the previous year, is judged to best embody an "American voice," as Twain did in “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

The ceremony is free, but registration is required: marktwainhouse.org or 860-247-0998. A 6 p.m. VIP reception with Beverly and the judges will precede the program. Tickets are $75: 860-280-3104 or marktwainhouse.org.

Author And Artist

Acclaimed author Jonathan Safran Foer will join artist Sam Messer for a discussion of artistic collaboration, religion, art and piracy on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. at Matrix Gallery at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 800 Main St., Hartford, following a screening of MATRIX 178 artist Messer’s experimental film, “Denis the Pirate.”

Tickets are $20: thewadsworth.org/event/artistic-collaborations-sam-messer.

Authors At R.J. Julia

On Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. at R.J. Julia Booksellers, 768 Boston Post Road, Madison, former White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses will give a free talk about his collection of dessert recipes, "The Sweet Spot: Dialing Back Sugar and Amping Up Flavor.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., the bookstore will host a free presentation about "Madison Treasures: From the Collection of the Madison Historical Society," an illustrated book that explores more than 4,000 years of Madison’s history.

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., author Sarah Moon will give a free talk about her Young Adult novel, “Sparrow.” The book is about a brilliant but lonely African-American teen who must come to terms with life after the death of a beloved mentor.

On Thursday, Nov. 16, at noon at Café Allegre, 725 Boston Post Road, Madison, the bookstore will present a free talk about “The Raging Skillet: The True Life Story of Chef Rossi,” a memoir with recipes by the owner and executive chef of "The Raging Skillet," a catering company. Rossi, who goes by one name, went from rebellious teen to chef, writer and TV and radio personality.

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

At Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore, 413 Main St, Middletown, Nicole Blades will give a free talk about her novel, "Have You Met Nora?" on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. It is about a successful socialite and stylist faced with revealing her hidden heritage or continuing to live a lie.

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Jill Sigman will give a free talk about "Ten Huts," an artist’s book documenting 10 site-specific huts built from found and repurposed materials and exploring sustainability, shelter, real estate and the planet’s future.

wesleyanrjjulia.com or 860-685-3939.

Bank Square Books

Bank Square Books, 53 W. Main St., Mystic, will host a free talk by novelist Ivy Pochoda on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. Pochoda’s latest is “Wonder Valley,” about a teen who escapes his father’s commune in California.

banksquarebooks.com or 860-536-3795.

Smith Reading Series

The free Smith Reading Series, which presents programs in Smith House’s Reese Room on the Trinity College campus, 300 Summit St., Hartford, will host poet Phillis Levin on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 4:30 p.m.

Levin, who has won many honors, has published several collections and is editor of “The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: 500 Years of a Classic Tradition in English.” bit.ly/2xVXO5d or 860-297-2036.

Together We Rise

Together We Rise Poetry Series will conclude a series of 10 readings on Sunday, Nov. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Two Wrasslin’ Cats Cafe, 374 Town St., East Haddam.

Poet Nan Meneely, of Essex, will read from her collection, “Letter from Italy, 1944,” based on letters from her father who was a combat medic in World War II and suffered from PTSD. A read-in of poems exploring the costs of war and desire for peace also will be held. 860-873-1472, or togetherwerisect.com.

Poets Laureate Reading

A free reading by State Poet Laureate Rennie McQuilken and town poets laureate Julia Paul, Manchester; Alexandrina Sergio, Glastonbury; Rhonda Ward, New London; Davyne Verstandig, Washington; Julie Choffel, West Hartford; Daniel Donaghy, Windham County; Tarn Granucci, Wallingford; Joan Hofmann, Canton, Charles Margolis, South Windsor; and emeriti Virginia Connors and Christine Beck, West Hartford, will take place Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Manchester. julia.paul@cox.net.

Wintonbury Poetry Series

The Wintonbury Poetry Series will continue Thursday, Nov. 16, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at P. Faith McMahon Wintonbury Library, 1015 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield.

"An Evening of Wit and Poignancy" will present poet and children’s author Pegi Deitz Shea and Martha Reingold, poet and author of “Jewish Wry and Other Slices of Life,” followed by an open mike. 860-242-0041 or prosserlibrary.info.

Poetry At The Metro

The West End Poetry Series: Poetry at the Metro will present its final Saturday event Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. with poet John Stanizzi at the Metro Café, 580 Farmington Ave., Hartford. 860-965-8800 or poetryontheporch@gmail.com.

Evidence Of Flossing

Jennifer Payne will read from her poetry collection, “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind,” on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rock Garden, 17 S. Main St., Branford. 3chairspublishing@gmail.com or randomactsofwriting.net.

Artemis Rising Reading

Wethersfield Library, 515 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield, will host a free reading by members of the writing group Artemis Rising on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Eileen Albrizio, Priscilla Tennant Herrington, Suzy Lamson, Mary Elizabeth Lang, Suzanne Niedzielska, Paula Panzarella, Victoria Rivas and Linda Yuhas will read, with music by Frank Panzarella and poetry by Shelly Weinberg. An open mike will follow. 860-529-2665 or wethersfieldlibrary.org.

So You Wrote A Book

A free program by novelist Matthew Dicks and other local writers will explain publishing and marketing on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar St., Newington. 860-665-8707 or mroyer@newingtonct.gov.

“Breaking Bread”

On Monday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m., Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon, will host Martin Philip, author of the memoir and cookbook “Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes.” Philip is head bread baker for King Arthur Flour. www.avonctlibrary.info or 860-673-9712, ext 4.

Mystery Book Discussions

Carole Shmurak, of Farmington, who writes the Susan Lombardi mystery novels, will lead a free discussion at Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., on Monday, Nov. 13, at noon, for the Simsbury Mystery Group’s series, The Mysterious West, Part 3, on “By Evil Means” by Sandra West Prowell. 860-658-7663.

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m., Shmurak will lead a discussion at Southington Public Library, 255 Main St., for the Southington Mystery Group: “And the Award Goes To . . .” on “What the Dead Know” by Laura Lippman. 860-628-0947.

Poets on Poetry

On Saturday, Nov. 18, at 10:15 a.m. at Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., Mark Sheridan will lead a discussion of William Blake, the English poet and artist. Poets on Poetry talks are free and are presented by the Connecticut Poetry Society. 860-695-6300 or ctpoetry.net.

Not so YA

The Not So “YA” Book Club will meet Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at Whiton Library, 100 N. Main St., Manchester, to discuss “Wolf by Wolf: One Girl’s Mission to Kill Hitler” by Ryan Graudin. 860-645-0821 or library.townofmanchester.org.

Central Authors

Central Authors, a free series of talks about books by CCSU faculty, staff members or alumni, continues Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 12:15 p.m., in the Student Center Bookstore, 1615 Stanley St., New Britain, with a talk by Kenneth Feder of the Anthropology Department on his book, “Ancient America: Fifty Archeological Sites to See for Yourself.” 860-832-2759 or gigliotti@ccsu.edu.

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