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Monday May 5th
1:30 -2:30 p.m

From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox Co. in the 1950s
with Elizabeth Abbe

For most Connecticut residents, the word “Fox’s” holds powerful associations. The name evokes images of a beautifully decorated, multi-storied department store on Hartford’s Main Street filled with every imaginable garment, home furnishing and domestic necessity. From the marquee decorated for Christmas to shopping trips for back-to-school clothes, the days at G. Fox were filled with wonder. 

Elizabeth Abbe, director of public outreach at the Connecticut Historical Society, will be your guide down memory lane, with a look at Connecticut’s favorite department store. She will take you back, floor by floor, to the days when G. Fox Co. was the largest privately-owned department store in the U.S. There will be display tables of their treasures and time to share favorite stories. Abbe will also give you insight into the woman who made every shopping experience a joy - Beatrice Fox Auerbach. 

Established in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society is a non-profit museum, library and education center. It is one of the oldest historical societies in the nation. CHS’s comprehensive research library helps people discover their own family stories, towns and relationship to the greater community. Their website is www.chs.org. OWL has four passes to CHS - each pass is good for free admission for two adults and up to four children. Space is limited. Registration is required.
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Wednesday, May 7th
7:00 -8:00 p.m

The Hidden World: Writing for the Young Adult Market
with Author Schuyler J. Ebersol

Author Schulyer J. Ebersol is only in his first year of college, but already he’s a very prolific writer with an incredible story. In his first book, The Hidden World: The Age of Tolerance (Book One), Nate Williams is found wandering alone in the woods at the age of six. Raised by a loving family, he suffers a heart attack at seventeen, triggering profound changes that allow him to transform into a wolf. Nate is sent to Noble College, where these    transformations are normal. When a series of murders around the country threaten the secrecy of the Hidden World, Nate realizes there is more going on at Noble than meets the eye. 

In this talk, Schuyler will discuss his writing process - everything from his inspirations to his methods. He will also relate his experiences with the publication process including how he found an agent and publisher, and how to market your book.

At a very early age, Litchfield resident Schuyler Ebersol had a great love for writing and using his imagination to create worlds both on and off paper. He graduated from the Washington Montessori School and attended the Hotchkiss School. While there he came down with a debilitating illness that caused him to take several      medical leaves. It was on one of these leaves that he began his first novel, The Hidden World. Since then he has written five additional novels. Today, Schuyler attends the University of Virginia where his interests include International Relations and Architecture. His website is schuylerjebersolbooks.com A reception with light refreshments will follow the event. The author will provide books for sale & signing.  Space is limited. Registration is required.
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Thursday, May 15th
7:00 -8:00 p.m

Still Writing: The Perils & Pleasures of a Creative Life
A Conversation with Dani Shapiro

Best-selling author Dani Shapiro returns to discuss her latest work Still Writing, a witty, heartfelt, and practical look at the process of storytelling. Writers and anyone with an artistic temperament will find inspiration and comfort in these pages. Offering lessons learned over twenty years of teaching and writing, Shapiro brings her own revealing insights to weave an indispensable almanac for modern writers. “The writer’s life requires courage, patience, empathy, openness. It requires the ability to be alone with oneself. Gentle with oneself. To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks.” 

Join Joseph Montebello as he facilitate this conversation with Dani Shapiro. 

Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, and other publications. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University, and she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure. She lives with her family in Litchfield County. Visit her website at danishapiro.com. A wine & cheese reception will follow the event. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing. Space is limited. Registration is required.
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Thursday, May 22nd
7:00 -8:00 p.m

Women’s Work in WWII
with Author John Cilio

In his latest book, Women’s Work in WWII, aviation historian John Cilio combines photographs and the stories of the women who stepped into jobs with either no experience or minimal training in order to keep America running. Using documented research, photographs, and antidotal stories, Cilio tells the story of millions of World War II women who worked in thousands of roles. Women diligently trained to become excellent machinists, carpenters, meteorologists, radio broadcasters, farm workers, nurses and munitions specialists. They enlisted in every branch of service available to them and served around the globe bravely and proudly. From the homefront, they helped the war effort and because of their efforts also transformed the workplace.

John Cilio thrives on researching the ghosts of our past, uncovering the underlying forces and historical trends from the perspective of someone from that time, that era. His goal as an author of six historical books is to make history relevant, engaging, and enlightening. John has written over 200 articles and contributed to several books covering everything from steam driven automobiles to a secret B-24 mission to bomb Tokyo. These stories are recognized for their excellence in accuracy and authenticity. He is an American Marketing Association Silver Effie winner and has spoken to large and small audiences in over 60 countries. A wine & cheese reception will follow the event. The author will provide books for sale & signing. Space is limited. Registration is required.
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Co-sponsored with the Connecticut Humanities Initiative

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