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A Hoax, or Blessed?

Books: ‘The Wonder’

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Witches, Alcohol and More

As Peter Vermilyea tells us, his latest book, “Wicked Litchfield County,” reveals the darker side of human nature. These stories are about a number of inglorious, or sometimes just eccentric, characters who once troubled the landscape of this generally amiable corner of Connecticut.
Which, of course, makes for good reading.

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A World Full of Stories

Books: ‘A Murder of Crows’

Wassaic, N.Y., resident Terrence McCauley has an entire fictional universe swimming through his head “in a big soup.” As ideas rise to the top, he grabs the nearest device — his phone, his iPad, his computer — and starts to write. 

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A Modern Take on Austen

Books: ‘Eligible’

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How Theater Came to Sharon and Other Tales

Books: ‘Once a Pulp Man’

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Righting Wrongs And Other Entertainments

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Peter Steiner is a cartoonist, the one who made The New Yorker drawing of one hound telling another, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.”  

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An Unsettling Tale, Honestly Told

Books: ‘What Was Mine’

Helen Klein Ross, a resident of Lake-ville, has  a new book out this week: “What Was Mine.” It is set in vibrant scenes in New York City, California, China and the New Jersey suburbs, and it is daring and remarkable. She is not afraid of violating  (successfully) the standard “rule” in fiction of maintaining a single, constant voice.  Instead she competently uses multiple voices of several characters which could confuse (even annoy) a reader. In Ross’s hands, amazingly, neither occurs.

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About Taming, and Nearly Wrecking, Litchfield County

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Among the six people recognized  by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council this year for contributions to Litchfield County was historian Peter C. Vermilyea. He teaches at Housatonic Valley Regional High School and Western Connecticut State University, and he writes books about history that are a pleasure to read.

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Don’t Worry, It’s Star Wars Forever

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I’m a diehard “Star Wars” fan. I’ve seen the original trilogy dozens of times. I’ve seen the prequel trilogy ... well, let’s not talk about the prequel trilogy. 

A Man and His Team

‘The Flags at Shea’

For his 80th birthday, Frank Strauss, a courteous  and dapper fellow, chose to entertain his extended family at dinner in the Yogi Berra Museum in Montclair, NJ.    
   “It was perfect,” Strauss said. “We had the museum all to ourselves,” which gave Strauss ample time to pore over uniforms and gloves and bats and, most touching to Strauss, letters Berra wrote his wife while he served in the Navy during World War II.

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