Author Susan Campbell Will Discuss Her New Book on Frog Hollow at the Library on May 22

Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Susan Campbell will speak at the Tolland Public Library May 22 about her new book, “Frog Hollow: Stories from an American Neighborhood.”
The talk will take place at 7 p.m. at the Tolland Public Library at 21 Tolland Green. It is sponsored by the Tolland Public Library Foundation as part of its Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.
Campbell, a distinguished lecturer at the University of New Haven’s Department of Communication, Film Media Studies, is a columnist for the Hartford Courant, the Connecticut Health Investigative Team and a frequent contributor to WNPR, the political website The Hill and The Guardian newspaper. Her column about the shootings at the state lottery headquarters in March 1998 was part of the Courant’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage.
She is also the author of “Dating Jesus: Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl,” and “Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker.”
Her new book is a collection of colorful historical vignettes from this ethnically diverse neighborhood just west of the Capitol in Hartford.
During the Revolutionary War, Frog Hollow was a progressive hub, and in the mid-19thcentury, it was a hotbed of industry. Campbell tells the true stories of the neighborhood’s inventors, entrepreneurs and workers as well as the impact of African American migration to Hartford, the impact of the Civil Rights movement and the continuing fight for housing.
From European colonists to Irish and Haitian immigrants to Puerto Ricans, the residents of Frog Hollow represent the changing faces of American cities.
The talk is free, but registration is required. To register, call the library at 860-871-3620 or register online at
Since 2010, the EDK series has brought well-known authors to Tolland, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Dan Barry and Steven G. Smith, Chris Knopf, Caragh O’Brien, Dawn Metcalf, Jane Haddam, Denis Horgan, Jeff Goldberg, Ken Davis, Cindy Rodriguez, Susan Schoenberger and Lucy Anne Hurston.

Author Susan Campbell