Stories are everywhere, and one of the best places to find them is your local independent bookstore. On Friday, July 12 from 7-8:30 p.m., Bethel's Byrd's Books will explore both poetry and prose with two of Connecticut's best wordsmiths, Hamden husband-and-wife team Amy Nawrocki and Eric Lehman, as they each discuss their latest books, Mouthbrooders and Great Pan is Dead.
The evening is free and open to all. To save a spot or pre-order a book, click here.
Amy Nawrocki has received numerous honors for her poetry, including awards from the Litchfield Review Poetry Contest, the Codhill Chapbook Competition, The Loft Anthology, Phi Kappa Phi, New Millennium Writings, and the Connecticut Poetry Society. She is the author of five poetry collections: Potato Eaters, Nomad’s End, Lune de Miel, Four Blue Eggs and Reconnaissance. With her husband, she's written A History of Connecticut Wine, A History of Connecticut Food and Literary Connecticut. In Mouthbrooders, Amy Nawrocki asks, "What language do you have / for the barren days when nothing catches your eye?" Cortney Davis, author of Taking Care of Time, writes, "This poet, whose brain and emotions once survived a near-fatal illness, knows how illness and fear can seep into the everyday. And it is exactly this awareness that breathes life into every word of Mouthbrooders."
Eric D. Lehman is an award-winning author of many books, including Afoot in Connecticut: Journeys in Natural History, Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum and the Dawn of American Celebrity, and Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London. In his spare time, he teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Bridgeport. In Great Pan is Dead, Eric Lehman finds meaning in coincidence, from small-world accidents of finding lost toys and meeting old friends in strange places, to apparent twists of fate that lead to historical events - all through the lens of his own mysterious stories.