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17th Annual Book Signing






Rose Styron, Janet Malcolm, Edmund Morris, Jeffrey Frank, Adam Van Doren, and Roxana Robinson are among authors, many local, who will sign their recent books


Our first afternoon children’s book signing event, FREE to children and their caregivers, featuring eleven authors and illustrators


    The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, Connecticut announces that more than 30 nationally acclaimed and regional authors, editors, and illustrators will take part in the 17h Sharon Summer Book Signing on Friday, August 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.


    One of Litchfield County’s most popular literary events, this annual fundraiser brings noteworthy writers of fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, art books, and children’s literature and their latest works to book lovers in northwestern Connecticut and the tri-state region.


    This year adults are invited to bring youngsters to the children’s tent—free-of charge—from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to talk with the children’s authors and buy their books.


    Poet Rose Styron, who has edited a volume of the late husband’s letters, Selected Letters of William Styron, will be signing the book. New Yorker magazine writer Janet Malcolm will sign copies of Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artist and Writers. Biographer Edmund Morris returns with This Living Hand: And Other Essays.


    History buffs will enjoy Jeffrey Frank’s Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage, Brenda Wineapple’s Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877; and Thomas Craughwell’s Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brulee: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America.


    Memoir and biography are represented by Peter Wolf’s My New Orleans, A Memoir of Loss and Renewal, and Sarah Kilborne’s account of her silk entrepreneur grandfather, American Phoenix: The Remarkable Story of William Skinner, A Man Who Turned Disaster into Destiny. Leonard Marcus will sign two books about noted children’s authors, his oral history, Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L’Engle in Many Voices, and Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work.

    Readers will find new fiction by Ben Schrank, author of Love Is a Canoe, and Roxana Robinson, author of Sparta. Fans of thrillers will find Julia Pomeroy’s No Safe Ground, and 12th of Never, coauthored by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.

    Two West Cornwall residents will present their works of art in An Artist in Venice, with watercolors by Adam Van Doren, and Drawing on the Air: The Kinetic Sculpture of Tim Prentice. Thomas Gilson will show his photographs in Carved in Stone: The Artistry of Early New England Gravestones.

    Gardeners will admire the handsome Magnificent Trees of the New York Botanical Garden by photographer Larry Lederman and naturalist Todd Forrest as well as houseplant expert Tovah Martin’s The Unexpected Houseplant: 220 Extraordinary Choices for Every Spot in Your Home.

Books about health, cooking, and crafts will be offered. Shouting Won’t Help: Why I—and 50 Million Other Americans—Can’t Hear You by Katherine Bouton, a science writer for The New York Times; and Grain Mains: 101 Surprising and Satisfying Whole Grain Recipes for Every Meal of the Day, by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough.  Weinstein will sign Boyfriend Sweaters: 19 Designs for Him That You’ll Want to Wear.


Nava Atlas will present Wild About Greens: 125 Delectable Vegan Recipes for Kale, Collards, Arugula, Bok Choy, and Other Leafy Veggies Everyone Loves as well as The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life: Inspiration and Advice from Celebrated Women Artists Who Paved the Way.

    There will be a large and talented group of children’s authors this year. Newbery Medal-winning author Rebecca Stead will sign three books for middle school pupils, Liar & Spy, When You Reach Me, and First Light.



The youngest booklovers will enjoy April Jones Prince, Dig In! and Dive In! Picture books for kids of all ages include Jeff Mack’s The Things I Can Do and J. C. Phillipps’s Monkey Ono and Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to NapGiselle Potter signs the adorable Cecil: The Pet Glacier as well as her collaboration with well-known musician turned authorSuzzy Roche, So You Want To Be in a Band?


Award-winning illustrator Barbara McClintock will sign Twelve Kinds of Ice and her collaboration with singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, Leave Your Sleep: A Collection of Classic Children’s PoetryWendell Minor will show his new books, If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond, The Eagles are Back, and If You Were a Panda Bear, written by his wife, Florence Minor, and My Farm FriendsKathryn Selbert will sign copies of her charming War Dogs: Churchill & Rufus for younger history lovers.


James Preller will offer two illustrated books for younger readers, A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade and A Pirate’s Guide to Recess as well as two scary books for seven to ten-year-olds, Home Sweet Horror and I Scream, You Scream! Jeff Mack’s Clueless McGee and the Inflatable Pants will also entertain early elementary school students


Friday night’s sale of new books will be followed by the annual Used Book Sale on Saturday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Hundreds of collectible older books will be priced starting at $2. On Sunday all books will be half price.




All proceeds from this event go to support the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon.



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