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Young Adult Author Steven Parlato Returns to Tolland Sept. 27

Young adult author Steven Parlato, who spoke at the Tolland Public Library about his first book in 2014, will return Thursday, Sept. 27 to discuss his second book, “The Precious Dreadful.”
Parlato is a published poet, author, artist and an associate professor of English at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, where he also lives. He will speak at the library at 21 Tolland Green at 6:30 p.m. The talk is sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation as part of its Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
Parlato won the 2011 Tassy Walden Award for Young Adult Manuscript from the Connecticut Shoreline Arts Alliance for his first novel, “The Namesake,” which was published in 2013.
His latest book follows teen protagonist Teddi Adler and unveils the romantic and dramatic consequences that unfold when she joins a library literary group called “SUMMERTEENS.” Combining romance and humor with elements of the paranormal, the book’s been called a profound novel about one teenage girl’s decision to redefine her life in the wake of supernatural events. Parlato says the book is intended for teens 14 and up.
The talk is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or register at tolland.org.library.
Since 2010, the EDK series has brought well-known authors to Tolland, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Dan Barry and Steven G. Smith, Jane Haddam, Dom Amore, Chris Knopf, Caragh O’Brien, Dawn Metcalf, Susan Campbell, Denis Horgan, Jeff Goldberg, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger and Lucy Anne Hurston.

Author Steven Parlato

 

Entertaining Baseball Talk Held at Tolland Library

About 30 knowledgeable baseball fans attended an entertaining talk on July 26 by Dom Amore, author of “A Franchise on the Rise: The First Twenty Years of the New York Yankees.”Amore, an award-winning sportswriter for the Hartford Courant, regaled the audience with colorful stories and Yankee lore.
In a touching moment, Louise Schott of Tolland showed Amore a tie that broadcaster Mel Allen had given to her brother, Frank Leja, a young first baseman from Holyoke, who played 26 games for the Yankees in 1954-55.
After the talk, Amore helped her identify some players in a photo of her brother and promised to get back to her with the names of the other players once he did some research.

Author Dom Amore

Louise Schott of Tolland with Dom Amore

Only a few Yankees books will be available for purchase July 26; author will sign books that audience members bring

Hartford Courant sportswriter Dom Amore reports that copies of “A Franchise on the Rise: the First Twenty Years of the New York Yankees,” are flying off the book shelves.
He will only have a few to sell at this free book talk this Thursday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library, but Amore says if audience members bring the books, he will sign them. They can be purchased online at Barnes and Noble or Amazon.
The talk is part of the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
In its 115 years, the team has won a league-leading 27 world championships. Amore takes readers back in time to the era from 1903 to 1923, including the Yankees’ first ten years as the Highlanders, the move to Yankee Stadium and their first World Series in 1923.
Amore vividly recounts the snowy night that Honus Wagner was offered twenty crisp $1,000 bills to join the new franchise in New York; the story behind the holes punched in the outfield fence to facilitate the stealing of signs in 1909, and why the team thought it may have had the next big superstar in a college football player named George Halas.
Amore is a twenty-year member of the Baseball Writers Association of America who has been writing about sports for Connecticut newspapers since 1982. He has written for the Courant since 1988, covering the Yankees, Major League Baseball and baseball at all levels for much of that time. He has been named Connecticut Sportswriter of the Year four times by the National Sports Media Association and has won more than thirty state, local and national journalism awards.
The book includes a foreword by John Sterling, who has been the radio voice of the Yankees since 1989.
The talk is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or register online at tolland.org/library.

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist to speak at the library June 13

Steven G. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, will speak at the Tolland Public Library on June 13 about his new book, “Under the Dark Sky: Life in the Thames River Basin.”
Smith will speak at 6:30 p.m. at the library at 21 Tolland Green as part of the Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series, which is sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation.
The book, published by Wesleyan Press and containing 92 vivid color photos, tells the story of contemporary rural life in eastern Connecticut and southern Massachusetts.
Anyone who treasures Connecticut’s “Quiet Corner” will enjoy this book, which showcases the picturesque Thames River basin. This watershed area is considered to be the last place where dark night sky can be viewed between Washington, D.C. and the Boston metro area. It is often referred to as the “Last Green Valley.”
The book also contains a foreword by noted outdoor writer Steve Grant, who wrote extensively about nature and adventure travel while working as a journalist at the Hartford Courant for 29 years.
Smith is an associate professor of visual journalism at the University of Connecticut whose work has appeared in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN and USA Today. He shared in a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of wildfires in Colorado in 2003 for the Rocky Mountain News.
The talk is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or register online at tolland.org/library.
Since 2010, the EDK series has brought well-known authors to Tolland, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dan Barry, Chris Knopf, Caragh O’Brien, Dawn Metcalf, Susan Campbell, Denis Horgan, Jeff Goldberg, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger and Lucy Anne Hurston.

Author and photojournalist Steven G. Smith

TPLF thanks Ginny Brousseau

The Tolland Public Library Foundation thanks Young Adult/Children’s Librarian Ginny Brousseau for her two decades of service to the Tolland Public Library and wishes her well as she retires this month.

Ginny Brousseau, at left, is thanked by Library Director Barbara Pettijohn, center, and TPLF President Linda Byam.
Photo Credit: Betty-Lou Griffin