Bank Square Books and Savoy Bookshop & Café are delighted to present our Holiday Gift Guide series. Each author will appear for an event at one of our bookstores throughout the holiday season. Buy a personalized book for someone you love, and we'll gift wrap it for free! If you can't make it to the event, we would be happy to get a book personalized for you. Click here to see the rest of the list.
For People Who Love: Photography
Book: A Village Love Affair: Rollie McKenna's Stonington, edited by the Stonington Historical Society (buy a book that day, get a special gift!)
Rosalie “Rollie” Thorne McKenna (1918-2003) was a Stonington-based photographer, who in her long career, broke gender boundaries in her profession and creative boundaries in her photography. She is known internationally for portraits of 20th century literary giants such as Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath and the architecture of Europe and Latin America. The Stonington collection of McKenna’s photography, housed at the Woolworth Library, has been a point of great interest to Stonington Historical Society staff, board, members, and visitors alike. It depicts a way of life in Stonington that is gone but not quite forgotten.
The Rollie McKenna Project was created after the completion of an organization-wide strategic plan in 2017. The plan determined that the Stonington Historical Society should explore more recent historical topics, including 20th-century subject matter. We hope that this time period will be of great interest to our audiences and will help preserve and better understand our local history and culture.