Since 2011, the Foundation has brought award-winning authors to the Tolland Public Library as part of its popular Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series. The series is funded through the Foundation’s Phoebe Dimock King and Elizabeth C. King Eaton Endowment.
On Sept. 12, 2013, award-winning journalist and author Denis Horgan entertained 18 people with tales from his memoir, “The Bangkok World.
Young Adult Author Dawn Metcalf Brings Tolland Audience to its Senses
On Oct. 29, 2013, Dawn Metcalf offered a unique writing workshop for an appreciative crowd of 16 people from as far away as Stonington. To show them how to tap into their senses to enrich their writing, Metcalf handed out various scents in film canisters, then had the audience members jot down the memories, people and scenes the scents evoked.
The audience included several teenaged fans of Metcalf’s books, “Luminous” and “Indelible.”
Young Adult Author Enthralled Audience June 8, 2013
Dawn Metcalf, author of “Luminous” and “Indelible” shared her tips for getting published as she told tales from “The Wild, Wonderful World of Young Adult Fiction.”
Pulitzer Prize winner Dan Barry spoke at the library March 4, 2013
Dan Barry, an award-winning author and the “This Land” columnist at The New York Times, spoke at the Tolland Public Library March 4, 2013 as part of the popular Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
Barry began his career in 1983 as a reporter for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester.
Barry won a Pulitzer Prize while at The Providence Journal before joining the Times in 1995.
He is the author of three books: “Pull Me Up: A Memoir,” “City Lights,” a collection of his “About New York” columns for the Times; and “Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game.” The latter book won the 2102 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.
Since beginning the “This Land” column in 2007, Barry has visited all 50 states and written about such lively characters as the coroner in “The Wizard of Oz” and an aging burlesque queen. A gifted writer and storyteller, Barry wrote movingly in December about the young shooting victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Barry has also written extensively about New York City, 9/11 and its aftermath and damage to the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
The series, funded by the Phoebe Dimock King and Elizabeth C. King Eaton Endowment, has previously brought writers Denis Horgan, Susan Schoenberger, Jeff Goldberg, Lucy Anne Hurston, Jane Haddam and P.W. Catanese to town.
Hoop Talk at the Library
TOLLAND – Fans of the UConn men’s basketball team turned out Dec. 10, 2012 to hear Ken Davis, FOXSportsNEXT.com’s national basketball writer.
Davis, an award-winning sportswriter from Coventry, is the author of “The University of Connecticut Basketball Vault,” a history of the Huskies from 1901 through 2010. The interactive
scrapbook includes never-before-published photos, artwork and replica memorabilia covering UConn players from Louis Alexander to Kemba Walker.
He spoke and signed copies of his book when the Tolland Public Library Foundation launched its third season of the popular Eaton-Dimock-King
Authors Series. His appearance was also part of the Foundation’s Year of the
Young Adult initiative.
Davis spent 12 years as the UConn men’s basketball beat writer at The Hartford Courant, followed by eight years as The Courant’s national college writer. He previously covered college
basketball at Kansas, Syracuse and Maryland.
Since leaving the Courant in 2005, he has written for numerous publications, including The Sporting News, USA Today, ESPN The Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He is also the publisher and lead writer of UConnPlaybook.com.
Davis is an 11-time winner in the U.S. Basketball Writers Association writing contest and has been honored six times by the Associated Press Sports Editors.
The series, funded by the Phoebe Dimock King and Elizabeth C. King Eaton Endowment, has previously brought writers Denis Horgan, Susan Schoenberger, Jeff Goldberg, Lucy Anne Hurston,
Jane Haddam and P.W. Catanese to town.
Young Adult Author Entertained Audience
On May 1, 2012, young adult author P.W. Catanese of Bolton enthralled an audience of his fans at the Tolland Public Library as part of the Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
More than a half million of Catanese’s books are in print and have been translated into German, Spanish and Turkish. His first five novels, including “The Thief and the Beanstalk,’’ are sequels to classic fairy tales.
His latest series, the “Books of Umber” trilogy, was named to the Best Children’s Books of the Year 2010 list by the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee.
Catanese writes thrilling tales of gnomes, glimmer-worms and cloud islands floating in the sky.
Other authors have included Jeff Goldberg, Susan Schoenberger, Denis Horgan, Jane Haddam, Lucy Anne Hurston and Caragh O’Brien.