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A Dog’s Life In the Theater

Books: ‘Broadway Tails’

Bill Berloni got his start training dogs for the role of Sandy in the 1976 Broadway hit “Annie”and has been bringing wagging tails to audiences ever since. These days he has Roxie helping Audra McDonald in “Lady Day,”and Trixie in “Bullets Over Broadway.” Berloni and his wife, Dorothy, find, train and provide a home for their canine stars at their farm near the Connecticut shore as well as negotiate work for other animal actors. With assistance from Jim Hanrahan, and a foreward by Bernadette Peters, Berloni has written about training dogs for work in the theater in “Broadway Tails.”

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Oh, Horrors!

Books: ‘The Bird Eater’

It’s not realistic to hope that you will get the same white-knuckled, stay-up-all-night feeling of reading Stephen King for the first time from any current author in the horror genre.
With that said, I stayed up late into the night reading Ania Ahlborn’s “The Bird Eater.” It wasn’t the best I’ve ever read, but it reminded me enough of King’s work to keep me going and in the end, to be not too disappointed. In fact, I may download a few of her other titles.

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A Plague, a Villain And Then There’s Rome

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Jack Hyland is a man of many parts. Harvard MBA, former investment banker and longtime weekend resident of Dutchess County, Hyland has just published his first novel, “The Moses Virus,” a mystery set mostly in Rome.
The idea for the book came to Hyland, then president of the American Academy in Rome, nine years ago when he spent a day with archeologists exploring aqueducts under the ruins of the Roman Forum. What if the archeologists inhaled a deadly virus and died immediately? Hyland’s imagination was off and running.

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Gardens, Plans And Nature

Books: ‘Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley’

Gardens may look mysterious and magical, but according to Jane Garmey they are all about plans and process. She should know. She’s a longtime gardening writer and author of several books about gardening including her latest, “Private Gardens of the Hudson Valley,” a sequel of sorts to “Private Gardens of Connecticut.”
Garmey lives in Connecticut, Cornwall in fact, but she is wide ranging in her love of and interest in gardens.

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Uniting Words And Images, At Last

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Robert Kipniss’s new book, “Paintings and Poetry 1950-1964,” is a surprise. Long respected as a painter and master printmaker, Kipniss, a Sharon weekender, is also — or was, since he has written no poems for 50 years — a fine poet.
Before turning 20, Kipniss had resolved to be both artist and poet, and for more than a decade he created colorful, lyrical paintings and dark, pessimistic, often angry poems. The painting flowed easily; the poetry came slowly. Every word was agonizingly considered and reconsidered before a finished piece was filed away.

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Winchester’s Memoir on Madness

Books: Fred Baumgarten

Simon Winchester, the Berkshires-based polymath and best-selling author (“The Professor and the Madman”; “The Map That Changed the World”), has written a slim volume in electronic form only titled “The Man With the Electrified Brain: Adventures in Madness.”
It is a personal, confessional memoir about Winchester’s experience with sudden, incapacitating mental illness in his 20s and treatment with ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy), also called shock treatment.

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Loving, Naming, Saving All Things Natural

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Kenn Kaufman is known as one of the world’s foremost birders, who blazed cross-country as a teenager in pursuit of bird species, eating cat food along the way, a journey that he later chronicled in his first book, “Kingbird Highway.”
Then he parlayed his preternatural identification skills into creating the Kaufman Field Guides to Birds, which employ a unique method — photographs cut out from their backgrounds, making them look a lot like other guides’ hand-drawn illustrations — and concise text.

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Bringing Books and Children Together . . . Has Turned Into a Big Job

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When she received her masters degree in library science from Indiana University, Erin Simmons did not realize how hard it would be to find a job as a children’s librarian in Connecticut. Simmons, who grew up in Morris and attended high school in Litchfield, found herself competing with 90 applicants for one part-time job before landing a full-time position at Salisbury’s Scoville Library five years ago.

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Kipniss Press Release

Artist Robert Kipniss will discuss the problems and challenges of writing his memoir, "A Working Artist's Life," on Sunday, March 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, 10 Upper Main Street, Sharon, CT.
A wine and cheese reception will immediately follow the talk. Kipniss will take questions and sign copies of his book. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon is at 10 Upper Main Street, on the Green. For more information call librarian Louise Manteuffel at 860-364-5041, or go online to www.hotchkisslibrary.org.

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A Tale of War And Courage

First there was Peter Burchard’s “One Gallant Rush” (1965), retitled “Glory” to tie in with the motion picture. Then there was the motion picture, “Glory” (1989), starring Denzel Washington. Now there’s the new book, “On the Other Side of Glory,” important not because the earlier book or film didn’t tell the compelling story of the famed black Civil War regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, but because neither looked at the actual men who showed their bravery at the ill-fated assault on Fort Wagner, S.C., in July 1863.

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