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Some Featured Programs:
Meet Author Will Siss-Saturday Feb. 16th at 2pm
There is fair evidence that the Pilgrims landed where they did on Plymouth Rock because they were out of beer. So says Waterbury Republican-American “Beer Snob” columnist Will Siss, author of “Connecticut Beer: A History of Nutmeg State Brewing” (History Press, 2015). Come listen to his talk on the history of beer in Connecticut, and sample some local beers! Copies of his book will be for sale. Over 21 only, please. Registration required.
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Please join us at 6:00pm on Thursday,February 21st for:
Varina by Charles Frazier
With his superb new novel, “Varina,” he has circled back to the Civil War with a story about Varina Howell Davis, the wife of the only president of the Confederate States of America. Her husband’s career places Varina — or V as friends and family call her — at the center of events and conditions leading to the shaky rise and catastrophic fall of the Confederacy. When Union forces close in on Richmond at the end of the war, V and her children flee southward with bounties on their heads, an entire nation in pursuit, hoping to find a harbor in Cuba.
The FOLIO-sponsored Adult Book Discussion program series “Murder They Wrote” will continue on Saturday, March 9th at 2pm with nonfiction title “The Fact of a Body” by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich.
Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes―the moment she hears him speak of his crimes — she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case. Despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar.
Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. And by examining the details of Ricky’s case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors her view of Ricky’s crime.
But another surprise awaits: She wasn’t the only one who saw her life in Ricky’s.
An intellectual and emotional thriller that is also a different kind of murder mystery, THE FACT OF A BODY is a book not only about how the story of one crime was constructed — but about how we grapple with our own personal histories
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