I wrote this! A new series about books and the authors who write them debuts this fall at the Palace Theater’s Poli Club. Tickets for each author’s dates go on sale July 25 at 10 a.m.
The series seeks to reach different audiences to share how words can enrich our lives and help us see other perspectives, according to series curator Sheree Marcucci. “We are working on securing additional diverse authors who have written books in a variety of genres, and will appeal to different age groups.” Tickets for each presentation are available online at www.palacetheaterct.org, by phone at 203-346-2000 or in person at the box office, 100 East Main St, Waterbury. The opening hours of the summer ticket office are Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Below are the confirmed authors and dates so far.
September 27, 7pm Celebrating Joan Joyce with Tony Renzoni & Keely Baisden Knudsen
This author talk will celebrate Waterbury’s Joan Joyce, one of the greatest female athletes of all time!
Tony Renzoni, author of Connecticut softball legend Joan Joyce and Keely Baisden Knudsen, co-author and star of Joan Joyce! The Music team joins forces to share excerpts and songs from their work.
Joan Joyce will always be known as the unbeatable pitcher for the Raybestos Brakettes and the Connecticut Falcons, whose many career records – including an incredible 150 hits and 50 perfect games – made her the best in the game. However, she was also one of the most gifted athletes Connecticut has ever produced, as she also set basketball records and went on to go on to a glittering career in the LPGA. In his book, Tony Renzoni described the multi-faceted career of one of the country’s greatest athletes.
His book also set the stage for a new musical, Joan Joyce! which premiered last summer at the Legacy Theater in Stony Creek, CT. The musical, with book and lyrics by Keely Baisden Knudsen and Lauren Salatto-Rosenay, encourages young women to pursue their dreams, never give up, and work hard to become all they can be…all like the late Joan Joyce!
OCTOBER 5, 7 p.m. Lori Borgman What Happens at Grandma’s Stays at Grandma’s syndicated newspaper columnist, author, and speaker from Indianapolis, IN. Her column, published in the Sunday Republican-American, covers a wide range of topics from the myth that women harass to the dangers of arm fat, is distributed by the Chicago Tribune to more than 400 newspapers across North America. . Her book, What Happens at Grandma’s Stays at Grandma’s is written with the same humor and spirit as Lori’s column. Readers will find the stories warm, tender, funny and a perfect gift for parents and grandparents.
November 17 7 p.m. Gina Barreca & Complices
Fast Funny Women: 75 Essays of Flash Nonfiction Editing by Gina Barreca takes us into the arms of provocative, intelligent, funny and courageous women whose stories of what got them through life’s toughest times leave us thrilled, comforted and inspired. Perfect for writing students, humor writers, and any readers who welcome laughter, insight, and perspective into their lives. These 75 pieces of flash non-fiction, written by internationally acclaimed women authors and dazzling and hilarious newcomers, offer a feast of ideas, generously loaded with wit, spice and an exhilarating attention to craftsmanship. . The anthology features writers you know by heart alongside other familiar and emerging authors who sing of strength, passion, spirit, rage, loyalty, talent and love. You will learn how a fierce woman, from whatever world she is and whatever her age, uses creativity, wit, compassion and generosity to rise up and bring her community together.
Hailed as “smart and funny” by People, Gina Barreca was also considered a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. Magazine, and her articles for Psychology Today have received more than 8.5 million views. Gina, who is Professor Emeritus of the UCONN Board of Trustees.
December 17, 1 p.m. Melissa Shapiro DVM, Piglet Comes Home. Bring your favorite youngsters and get ready to snuggle up to see and hear all about Piglet, the deaf and blind pink pup when author Melissa Shapiro reads her book Piglet Comes Home.
Melissa Shapiro, DVM, is a small animal veterinarian, author, and speaker/advocate for companion animals and people with disabilities. She’s also the driving force behind social media phenomenon Piglet, the Deaf and Blind Pink Puppy (@pinkpigletpuppy). Melissa, Piglet and the rest of her 4-legged family members will read excerpts from her book about Piglet and share Piglet’s state of mind!
ABOUT For more than 25 years, Dr. Shapiro has owned and operated Veterinary Visiting Service, a home call practice in Fairfield County, CT. She is active in dog rescue and is the Connecticut State Representative for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.
In addition to his work as a veterinarian, Dr. Shapiro creates and publishes all of the content for his popular social media pages that feature Piglet, his deaf-blind pink dog. In 2017, Dr. Shapiro co-created the Piglet Mindset® educational outreach program, which uses Piglet’s story to teach growth mindset, resilience, and lessons of inclusion in classrooms. in the United States and around the world.
She is CEO and Director of Piglet International Inc., a non-profit organization that supports the Piglet Mindset® educational program and raises awareness for rescued and disabled animals through education and fundraising.
MARCH 18 3:00 PM David Freeland American Hotel: The Waldorf-Astoria and The Making of a Century – option to purchase a snack for this event
Known internationally as a symbol of elegance and luxury, the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan is one of the most famous hotels in the world.
Its reputation as host to political leaders and movie stars is matched only by the renown of its cuisine and its burgeoning Deco architecture. In this talk based on his book, American Hotel: The Waldorf-Astoria and The Making of a Century, historian David Freeland will take us behind the glittering image, using rare photos and documents to reveal the full extent of the contribution of the Waldorf as a shaper of 20th century life and culture.
In the process, he will share stories and little-known secrets:
The history of Peacock Alley and how it got its name
The truth about the ‘conflicted’ Astor cousins whose money built the original Waldorf-Astoria on Fifth Avenue, where the Empire State Building now stands
Secrets of the Waldorf “Black Book” – the detectives’ journal of immoral and illegal activities, kept hidden from all but the most experienced hotel staff
The remarkable technological maneuvers that allowed the “new” Waldorf-Astoria – a skyscraper opened on Park Avenue in 1931 – to be built above the railroad tracks while passenger trains continued to run below.
Photo ID – Tony Renzoni, contributed and Kelly Baisden, contributed
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