One Book, One Wallingford

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

One Book, One Wallingford logoIt is 1914 and Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She is taller than most men, has no interest in marriage and lives on a farm in New Jersey with her two sisters. When a powerful factory owner crashes into the sisters’ buggy, Constance demands that he pay damages, and she refuses to back down even after he responds with harassment and threats of physical violence. When the town sheriff asks her to help bring the factory owner to justice, Constance is involved in a sting operation while carrying a gun in her purse. Based on the true story of one of the country’s first female deputy sheriffs, Amy Stewart’s novel is the story of a woman who refuses to give in to a bully.

Stop by the library to borrow or purchase a copy of the book, and get your free ticket to Amy Stewart’s talk and book signing on Wednesday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Mark T. Sheehan High School.

 

The Care and Training of Homing Pigeons
Wednesday, March 27th
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Wallingford Public Library Community Room
Registration not required

Second generation pigeon fancier Bob McKenna will talk about the breeding, training, and history of homing pigeons, including their use in wartime. Bob is the chairman of the New England Open Pigeon Races and is on the board of directors of the national organization, The American Racing Pigeon Union.

 

It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Write It
Wednesday, April 3rd
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Wallingford Public Library Community Room
Registration not required

Graphoanalysis—the scientific study of individual strokes of handwriting to determine the personality and character traits of the writer—has been used in courtrooms, personal goal setting, counseling, personnel work, and the classroom. Patricia Senich, a certified graphoanalyst and member of the International Graphoanalysis Society for more than 50 years, will discuss the nature and uses of graphoanalysis.

 

The New Woman in Early 20th Century America
Wednesday, April 10th
7:00-8:15 p.m.
Wallingford Public Library Community Room
Registration not required

Dr. Heather Munro Prescott, professor of history at CCSU, will explore the image of the “new woman” that emerged in response to women’s changing roles in early 20th century America. Her lecture will look at how women challenged gender norms through a new public presence in work, education, leisure, and politics.

 

Girl Waits With Gun Book Discussion
Monday, April 15th
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Wallingford Public Library Collins Room
OR
Thursday, April 25th
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Wallingford Senior Center, 238 Washington Street
Registration not required

Join Librarian Cindy Haiken for a lively and informative discussion of Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart.

 

Faith & Spirituality in Girl Waits With Gun
Monday, April 29th
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Wallingford Senior Center, 238 Washington Street
OR
Monday, April 29th
6:30-7:30 p.m.
The Eatery, 65 South Colony Road
Registration not required

Mike Brunjes will lead a discussion on the intersection of faith and spirituality and the themes in Girl Waits With Gun. Can faith show us a way forward? Is it a cause or a remedy to the issues presented in the book? Mike earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Knox Theological Seminary and lives in Wallingford, where he pastors a brand new church, Christ Presbyterian Church, Wallingford.

 

The Art of Designing Book Covers
Saturday, May 4th
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Wallingford Public Library Community Room
Registration not required

Think about the cover of your favorite book: Did the cheerful colors catch your eye first, or was it the hand-drawn title that made you pick it up? How many early versions do you think the publisher rejected, and whose last-minute idea was it to put a dog on the jacket? From manuscript to marketing, award-winning book cover designer Jim Tierney will guide you through the twists, turns, and turmoil of making books look beautiful.

 

Author Talk and Book Signing
Wednesday, May 15th
7:00 p.m.
Mark T. Sheehan High School, 142 Hope Hill Road
Free tickets available at the library

Meet Amy Stewart as she discusses Girl Waits With Gun, the first book in the Kopp Sisters series. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Stop by the library to get your free ticket!