West End Wednesdays features authors who live in or near the West End of Hartford.

Steve Kemper is the author of A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham; A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles Through Islamic Africa; and Code Name Ginger: The Story Behind Segway and Dean Kamen’s Quest to Invent a New World.

Kemper just received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to research and write a book about Joseph. C. Grew, the U.S. ambassador to Japan from 1932 to 1942, and the events preceding Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Kemper has written for Smithsonian, National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Wall Street Journal, Yankee, National Wildlife, The Ecologist, Plenty, BBC Wildlife, and many other magazines and newspapers.

Admission is free, but registration is suggested.

The evenings begin at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments, cash-only wine, and beer. Readings and discussions start at 6 p.m.

West End Wednesdays is sponsored by the West End Civic Association.

Authors will sell and sign books after their talks.


  • Occurred Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Mark Twain House & Museum

351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105