Jerry Longo, author of "Connecticut State Police" will be at Bank Square Books on March 15 from 11am to 1pm for an in store book signing.
The Connecticut State Police Department was created in 1903 to preserve the peace, arrest convicting offenders, and stay alert to liquor and gambling violations, especially those on Sundays. The birth of the department came at time when temperance leagues began forming across the country. Connecticut State Police is an account of a department and its rise to battle, among other things, "demon rum." Today, troopers cover approximately half of the towns in the state of Connecticut and all of its highways. The CSP became successful and developed a reputation among the law enforcement community as one of the best in the nation. Connecticut state police grew in their responsibilities and expectations, taking on the duties of fire marshal, motor vehicle testing, and dozens of other important and influential agency tasks. This collection of photographs covers the many people, events, and tragedies that have shaped this respected department.
Mandy Baker, author of "The Curse" will be at Bank Square Books on March 15 from 2 - 4pm for a book signing.
Alex was a controversial treasure hunter. Until the day Liz came storming
into his life and changed his world forever. Now, an archeologist on a dig in
the California desert, everything goes terribly wrong and everyone, including
Liz, disappears. It is up to Alex to follow the clues and find the answers.
Will he be able to trust his heart and rescue Liz? Or will hard headedness
and self-doubt lose her to the curse for all eternity?
Join us at the Oyster Club on Sunday March 16 at 1:30pm for a special lunch party event for Colman Andrews and his latest book. RSVP is required for the luncheon, 5pm talk at La Grua is free.
Description of "My Usual Table: A Life in Restaurants"
A vivid portrait of a life lived in food, from renowned food writer and critic Colman Andrews, a founding editor of Saveur, James Beard award winner, and author of the classic cookbooks Catalan Cuisine and The Country Cooking of Ireland
For Colman Andrews, restaurants have been his playground, his theater, his university, his church, his refuge. From his Hollywood childhood through his days in the music business, his first forays into restaurant reviewing, and his ever-evolving career as a food writer and magazine editor--not to mention the course of his obsessive traveling and complicated personal life--he has seen the world mostly from the dining room. Now, in My Usual Table, Andrews interweaves his own story with intimate tales of the seminal restaurants and the great chefs and restaurateurs of our time who are emblematic of the revolutions large and small that have forever transformed the way we eat, cook, and feel about food.
In sixteen chapters, each anchored by the story of his love affair with a cherished restaurant, Andrews evokes the unforgettable meals he has eaten over a lifetime, and the remarkable people with whom he has shared them, tracing the evolution not just of our restaurants but our whole food culture. Beginning with a postwar childhood spent in the banquettes of Chasen's, the glamorous Old Hollywood hangout where studio heads and celebrities rubbed shoulders, Andrews charts a course through the psychedelic '60s, when both he and Americans at large fell for the novel "ethnic" food at spots like neo-Polynesian Trader Vic's or Mexican institution El Coyote. As Andrews began traveling for his burgeoning writing and magazine career in the '70s and '80s, he spent countless hours in the family-run cafes of Paris and trattorias of Rome. The timeless dishes so common on their menus, focused on local and seasonal ingredients, would not only come to profoundly influence Andrews's palate, but also transform the American foodscape forever. Andrews's unparalleled access to the world of food positioned him perfectly as an intimate witness to the rise of revolutionary restaurants like Spago and El Bulli.
From Andrews's usual table, he has watched the growth of nouvelle cuisine and fusion cuisine; the explosion of the organic and locavore movements; the rise of nose-to-tail eating; and so-called molecular gastronomy. The bistros, brasseries, and cafes he has loved have not only influenced culinary trends at home and abroad, but represent the changing history and culture of food in America and Western Europe. And all along the way, Andrews has been right there in the dining room, menu in one hand and notebook in the other.
John Laurence Busch, an independent historian, has devoted years of research to discovering the true story of Captain Moses rogers and the Savannah. This led him to scour archives and libraries from Portland, ME to Savannah, GA, and across the Atlantic Ocean to the far reaches of Europe, in search of new information on the life and career of Moses Rogers, one of the first steamboat captains in history, as well as the actors and events that resulted in the foramtion of the Savannah Steam Ship Company, and the construction of the steamship Savannah. He will describe why the proposition of making the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a "steamship" was met with a mixture of skepticism and fear. John's careful weaving together of many disparate sources results in a narrative that recalls both the fabric and style used in storytellings of old. It also shows just what Captain Moses rogers and the steamship Savannah accomplished. Please go to www.steamcoffin.com for additional background.
Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase.
Join us for a conversation with David Sibley! Hosted by Bank Square Books and the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. David Sibley will be at the nature center on Friday March 21. A presentation, open to the public, will be held at 6:30pm to be followed with a book signing. There is no cost for the 6:30pm presentation. There will be a ticketed reception from 5 - 6pm. Tickets are $75 a piece and include a hard cover copy of "The Sibley Guide to Birds: 2nd Edition". The reception will feature renowned author and illustrator David Sibley doing some live drawing as well. "A Conversation with David Sibley and Maggie Jones" will follow the reception and a book signing will follow the presentation. Please click the button to RSVP for the FREE presentation only. If you would like to attend the reception, please call the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center at 860-536-1216
Artist, writer, and naturalist David Allen Sibley is the author and illustrator of a series of successful guides to nature, including the "New York Times "best-seller The" Sibley Guide to Birds. "He has traveled extensively throughout North America and abroad as a birding tour leader and lecturer. Sibley has contributed art and articles to "Smithsonian, Science, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Birding, "and "North American Birds, " and he wrote and illustrated a syndicated column for "The New York Times." He is the recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Birding Association and the Linnaean Society of New York's Eisenmann Medal. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.""
The hashtag #mysibleymoment has been created for the tour for the release of the 2nd edition of "The Sibley Guide to Birds" which will be used as a means of unification throughout David’s tour. One of the important messages David wishes to spread is the passing on of birding knowledge from generation to generation and the great education one can receive by learning about the outdoors. We ask that you use this hashtag for live tweeting, facebooking, or instagraming, especially during the event. Whether it be a bird someone spots while on a birdwalk, or the moment someone gets their book signed by David, we hope this hashtag will spread the word for this important book.
About "The Sibley Guide to Birds: 2nd Edition":
"Undoubtedly the finest guide to North American birds."--Guy McCaskie, "Birding"
The publication of "The Sibley Guide to Birds "in 2000 quickly established David Allen Sibley as the author and illustrator of the nation's supreme and most comprehensive guide to birds. Used by millions of birders from novices to the most expert, "The Sibley Guide" became the standard by which natural history guides are measured. The highly anticipated second edition builds on this foundation of excellence, offering massively expanded and updated information, new paintings, new and rare species, and a new, elegant design.
The second edition offers a wealth of improvements and updates:
- All illustrations reproduced 15 to 20 percent larger for better detail.
- Includes nearly 7,000 paintings digitally remastered from original art for enhanced print quality.
- Expanded text includes habitat information and voice description for every species and more tips on finding birds in the field.
- More than 600 new paintings, including illustrations of 115 rare species and additional paintings of common species and regional populations.
- More than 700 updated maps of ranges, showing winter, summer, year-round, migration, and rare ranges.
- 85 bird family pages now cross-referenced to species accounts.
- Revised taxonomic order and most current common names for every species.
"The Sibley Guide to Birds, " second edition, brings the genius of David Allen Sibley to the world once again in a thoroughly updated and expanded volume that every birder must own.
Sibley is the son of Ornithologist Fred Sibley. He began watching and drawing birds at age 7. Since 1980 he has traveled the continent watching birds on his own and as a tour leader for WINGS, Inc.
We are excited to welcome Jane Green for an evening reception from 5 - 7pm to celebrate her latest nove, "Tempting Fate". This event is free! Hope you will join us!
Description of "Tempting Fate"
From the New York Times bestselling author of such beloved novels as Jemima J, The Beach House, Another Piece of My Heart
comes an enthralling and emotional story about how much we really
understand the temptations that can threaten even the most idyllic of
Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for
eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters. They have built a life
together. Forty-three year old Gabby is the last person to have an
affair. She can’t relate to the way her friends desperately try to cling
to the beauty and allure of their younger years…And yet, she too knows
her youth is quickly slipping away. She could never imagine how good it
would feel to have a handsome younger man show interest in her—until the
night it happens. Matt makes Gabby feel sparkling, fascinating, alive—something
she hasn't felt in years. What begins as a long-distance friendship
soon develops into an emotional affair as Gabby discovers her limits and
boundaries are not where she expects them to be. Intoxicated, Gabby has
no choice but to step ever deeper into the allure of attraction and
attention, never foreseeing the life-changing consequences that lie
ahead. If she makes one wrong move she could lose everything—and find
out what really matters most.
A heartfelt and complex story, Tempting Fate
will have readers gripped until they reach the very last page, and
thinking about the characters long after they put the book down.
About the Author
GREEN is the author of fourteen bestselling novels. Originally from
London, she now lives in Westport, Connecticut, with her husband,
children, and a menagerie of animals.
Praise for Family Pictures:
Pictures left me feeling envious of the friends to whom I recommended
the book, because they had the prospect of an engrossing story to gobble
up in the near future. Green's novels consistently deliver believable,
accessible, heartfelt, often heartwarming stories about real people,
problems, and feelings.” —Redbook
"Will linger with you after you close the book." —People "A riveting story about two women who are strangers until a shocking secret brings them together." —SheKnows.com
"Explores complex family dynamics with warmth. An inverted fairytale in which happily-ever-after occurs without the prince." —Kirkus Reviews "This
gripping story is ultimately one of redemption. Green’s many fans won’t
be disappointed, and this would be an excellent choice for readers who
enjoy the fiction of Jennifer Weiner or Marian Keyes.” —Library Journal
“An absorbing read with a gratifying conclusions.” —Booklist “The
women she writes about are believable and likable characters, but their
lives are also complicated and rooted in realities that keep them
grounded.” —Baltimore Sun "Bestselling author Green’s
compelling novel will shock and surprise readers with a startling
revelation as surely as it will tug on their heartstrings. Once again
she displays her gift for creating characters readers will care about.” —RT Book Reviews, “Top Pick”
John Demos will be with us for an author luncheon on March 27 from 12 - 1:30pm. RSVP is required, please click the button below.
Description of "The Heathen School"
The astonishing story of a unique missionary project—and the America it embodied—from award-winning historian John Demos.
Near the start of the nineteenth century, as the newly established
United States looked outward toward the wider world, a group of eminent
Protestant ministers formed a grand scheme for gathering the rest of
mankind into the redemptive fold of Christianity and “civilization.” Its
core element was a special school for “heathen youth” drawn from all
parts of the earth, including the Pacific Islands, China, India, and,
increasingly, the native nations of North America. If all went well,
graduates would return to join similar projects in their respective
homelands. For some years, the school prospered, indeed became quite
famous. However, when two Cherokee students courted and married local
women, public resolve—and fundamental ideals—were put to a severe test.
The Heathen School follows the progress, and the
demise, of this first true melting pot through the lives of individual
students: among them, Henry Obookiah, a young Hawaiian who ran away from
home and worked as a seaman in the China Trade before ending up in New
England; John Ridge, son of a powerful Cherokee chief and subsequently a
leader in the process of Indian “removal”; and Elias Boudinot, editor
of the first newspaper published by and for Native Americans. From its
birth as a beacon of hope for universal “salvation,” the heathen school
descends into bitter controversy, as American racial attitudes harden
and intensify. Instead of encouraging reconciliation, the school exposes
the limits of tolerance and sets off a chain of events that will
culminate tragically in the Trail of Tears.
In The Heathen School,
John Demos marshals his deep empathy and feel for the textures of
history to tell a moving story of families and communities—and to probe
the very roots of American identity.
About the Author
John Demos is the Samuel Knight Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University. His previous books includeThe Unredeemed Captive, which won the Francis Parkman Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Entertaining Satan, which won the Bancroft Prize. He lives in Tyringham, MA.
Praise For The Heathen School…
Praise for The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic:
“Demos, a Yale historian and master of micro-history (Bancroft and Parkman Prize winner for Unredeemed Captive),
turns his attention here to a well-intentioned 1820s effort to create a
Connecticut school to Christianize “heathens” (mostly Indians and
Hawaiians) and send them forth to missionize . . . Demos tells this tall
with scarcely hidden feeling. His research is characteristically
prodigious, his writing disarming, and his story captivating and of
national resonance.” —Publishers Weekly
"Demos manages a
sly, significant feat in this historical study/personal exploration. . .
In “interludes” alternating with his historical narrative, Demos
chronicles his visits to the places involved—e.g., Hawaii, Cornwall—in
order to impart a personal commitment to this collective American
tragedy. A slow-building saga that delivers a powerful final wallop." —Kirkus (Starred Review)
masterful account of a utopian 19th century experiment in education --
one that goes painfully awry. A splendidly nuanced, wholly absorbing
tale; patiently, brilliantly, John Demos coaxes unexpected lessons from a
singular collision of enlightenment and assimilation.”
—Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Cleopatra: A Life
has done it again, finding macroscopic meanings within a microscopic
locale, which in this instance is a school in Cornwall, Connecticut,
designed to civilize heathens into mainstream American culture in the
early years of the nineteenth century. The best of intentions have the
worst of consequences in this story, and the tragedies that almost
inevitably ensue are like tombstones telling the saddest story of all.
In my judgment, no one know how to manage this material as well as
Demos, disdaining moralistic judgments and condescending appraisals in
favor of an elegiac tone that makes us all complicitous in ‘the
—Joseph J. Ellis, author of Revolutionary Summer
moving, engrossing history of an early American experiment in
multicultural education charts the collision between soaring aims and
human limitations. An evangelical boarding school in a remote
Connecticut town aimed at the romantic, hugely ambitious goal of
converting the world’s heathens to Protestantism. Instead, conflict over
interracial marriage became emblematic of Americans’ failure to fulfill
their highest dreams. Embedding personal stories in the long history of
Anglo-Americans encounter with “others,” Demos weaves a compelling tale
that invites us to reflect on the meaning of the nation’s struggles
—Richard D. Brown, author of The Strength of a People
global meets the local as rarely before in The Heathen School, an
eye-opening story about a stunningly cosmopolitan community in the heart
of early national New England. John Demos uses his powerful literary
gifts and insight to animate the experiences of people brought together
by love, learning, and loss, across dramatic cultural divides.
Imaginative, compassionate, and exquisitely written, this book will
change your understanding of America’s founding project to make a
difference for the world—and to make our different peoples into a
—Maya Jasanoff, author of Liberty’s Exiles
1816, in a small town in Connecticut, wide-eyed Christian missionaries
opened a school for ‘heathens,’ hoping to train young men from the four
corners of the world to spread the word of God. John Demos’s deeply
moving account of the school’s rise and fall tells at once of its
founders’ grand ambitions and its students’ tangled fates. ‘The hills of
little Cornwall/Themselves are dreams,’ the poet Mark Van Doren once
wrote. Demos, a consummate storyteller, has written a parable about the
nature of the American experiment itself: the hills and valleys of our
—Jill Lepore, author of Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
Author Katie L. Carroll will be at Bank Square Books on Saturday April 5 from 2 - 4pm with her book, "Elixir Bound".
Elixir Bound blurb:
Katora Kase is next in line to
take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she
must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that
gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and
brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as
companions, she feels alone. It is her decision alone whether or not to
bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a
new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings
that will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora
may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.
Elixir Bound tagline:
Katora Kase must decide if she will become guardian of a secret healing Elixir and bind herself to its magic.
Katie L. Carroll bio:
L. Carroll began writing at a very sad time in her life after her
16-year-old sister, Kylene, unexpectedly passed away. Since then writing
has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She wrote
ELIXIR BOUND and the forthcoming ELIXIR SAVED so Kylene could live on in
the pages of a book. Katie is also the author of a picture app called
THE BEDTIME KNIGHT and a book editor. She lives not too far from the
beach in a small Connecticut city with her family. Visit her website at
www.katielcarroll.com or follow her on Twitter @KatieLCarroll.