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Author Event: Allan G. Johnson

Thursday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room

Allan G. Johnson will read from his new novel, The First Thing and the Last, and tell the story of what it took to overcome the publishing industry's resistance to bringing into print this inspiring story of healing and redemption in the aftermath of domestic violence.

Allan G. Johnson is a nationally recognized writer and public speaker who has focused on issues of social inequality since receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972. He first became involved in the issue of men's violence against women in 1977 as a volunteer at the Rape Crisis Service in Hartford, Connecticut. He has authored research on sexual violence, testified before legislative committees, consulted with the National Center for the Prevention of Rape and the Connecticut Commissioner of Public Health, and served on the board of the Connecticut Coalition against Domestic Violence. During thirty years of college teaching, he regularly taught courses on gender, race, and social class. His nonfiction books have been translated into several languages and excerpted in numerous anthologies. For more on his work, visit his web site. The First Thing and the Last is his first novel.

Thursday Night Book Club: Invisible Mountain

Thursday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Collins Room

Fans of historical fiction might enjoy this family saga encompassing the lives of three women set amid the history of Uruguay through the 20th century. Provocative, heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming, The Invisible Mountain is a poignant celebration of the potency of familial love, the will to survive in the most hopeless of circumstances, and, above all, the fierce, fortifying connection between mother and daughter. Carolina De Robertis was raised in England, Switzerland, and California by Uruguayan parents. This is her first novel.

All are welcome at our informal monthly book discussion.

Friday Night Flicks Presents: Letters To Juliet

Friday, September 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

Letters to Juliet movie posterWhen a young American travels to the city of Verona, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet fame, she joins a group of volunteers who respond to letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. Rated: PG

Author Event: Karen Olson

Monday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room

cover of Driven to InkAttention mystery lovers! Author of the Annie Seymour series and the Tattoo Shop Mysteries, Karen Olson will be here to talk about her latest novel, Driven to Ink. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Now Open Saturdays

Be sure to visit us on Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Main Library and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Yalesville Branch. The Book Seller is now open on Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. instead of Fridays. Hope to see you soon!

Friday Night Flicks Presents: The Ghost Writer

Friday, September 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

Ghost Writer movie posterOscar-winning director Roman Polanksi (The Pianist) teams up with author-screenwriter Robert Harris (Enigma) for this twisty political thriller. Polanksi tightens the screws with consummate skill, and Ewan McGregor enjoys his best role in years. Rated: PG-13

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