Jul 29, 2014
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Top American Authors at a Big Book Event in Tiny Sharon, Connecticut

Top American Authors at a Big Book Event in Tiny Sharon, Connecticut

Rachel Urquhart, author of "The Visionist," is one of the many distinguished writers featured in the Aug. 1 event.

For some, finishing a book doesn’t always mean closing it for the last time and putting it back on the shelf. Even a good book can leave the reader with unanswered questions, ambiguous interpretations and unresolved conflicts. The best solution is to go straight to the source—the author. 

The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon invites readers and wine lovers alike to meet with more than 30 authors and illustrators at the 18th annual Sharon Summer Book Signing on Aug. 1

Set on the historic Sharon Green, the event will feature authors Francine Prose, Claudia Roth Pierpont, Simon Winchester, Deborah Solomon, Phyllis Rose and Michael Korda, just to name a few. 

Hotchkiss Library’s head librarian Emily Bartram says there’s a fresh set of authors every year, so it’s an event that’s not to be missed. “Readers should be excited and ready to meet these authors,” says Bartram. “It’s incredibly special to meet an author and to have that personal experience.”

Bartram says she’s happy to be hosting local authors such as Phyllis Rose, author of The Self, who was also an English professor at Wesleyan University, and WNPR’s Jeff Cohen, who wrote Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever—a book about his daughters.  

Claudia Roth Pierpont will also be signing her latest book, Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books, a biography about celebrated Connecticut author Philip Roth. Diane Jacobs and Susan Campbell will be promoting their recent biographies of Abigail Adams and Isabella Beecher Hooker, respectively.  

Francine Prose, author of Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, Rachel Urquhart, who wrote The Visionistand bibliographer Deborah Solomon, author of American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwellwill also be on hand. 

Guests will enjoy an open wine bar and summer hors d’oeuvres catered by Freund’s Farm Market in East Canaan. “In our economy, it’s very important to support local nonprofits like libraries, local businesses, authors, and of course our farmers,” says Bartram, “They’re the ones who grow our food.”

A perfect pairing with those who grow our minds.     

Admission is $30. For a complete list of authors or for more info, call the Hotchkiss Library at (860) 364-5041 or visit hotchkisslibrary.org.     

Top American Authors at a Big Book Event in Tiny Sharon, Connecticut

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