WESTERLY LIBRARY: Local Author Nonfiction Spotlight Featuring Susan Mara Bregman, Susan Ducharme Hoben, and Felicia Zera Kalapos

Savoy Bookshop & Café and the Westerly Library present the next in our Local Author Spotlight series, featuring nonfiction writers Susan Mara Bregman (New England Neon), Susan Ducharme Hoben (Dying Well) and Felicia Zera Kalapos (Stroke Through a Mother's Eyes). This event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase.

About the Books

Susan Mara Bregman, New England Neon
The golden age of neon in New England lasted more than 30 years, from the dark days of the Great Depression through the go-go years of the 1960s, but its spectacular legacy remains—if you know where to look. With dozens of original color photographs and informative text, New England Neon takes armchair travelers—and nostalgia lovers—up and down the main streets and back roads of the region, from the shores of Lake Champlain to the tip of Cape Cod. Photographed and written by Susan Mara Bregman, the volume celebrates the style and exuberance of these one-of-a-kind creations in Boston and Brattleboro, Kittery and Cranston, New Haven and Weirs Beach. Evoking an era when New England glowed at night, the book might make you want to go candlepin bowling or grab a hot wiener and a coffee milk.


Susan Ducharme Hoben, Dying Well
Dying Well is an inspiring love story telling of how a man celebrated life while facing his death with grace and dignity. His widow guides you through decisions made and actions taken on their nine-month journey from diagnosis through celebrations and goodbyes, to a peaceful death free of fear and regret. She shares lessons learned as their family came to terms with her husband’s impending death and found ways to make this last stage of his life as loving and joyous as possible. This uplifting end-of-life story offers a thought-provoking perspective on dying, one that may help you and those you love achieve what’s most important at the end of your lives.

Felicia Zera Kalapos, Stroke Through a Mother's Eyes
Shortly before the stroke of midnight announcing the next day, 9/11/13, the phone rang. The caller was frantically crying that his wife fell, something bad had happened, and she was just being carried to an ambulance. How bad could a fall out of bed be for a healthy, 32-year-old wife, mother, runner, and attorney who had recently given birth to her third child?
Within a few hours, a word emerged that has affected not only her life, but all who are in her life – STROKE! A large, potentially fatal STROKE.

In the U.S., strokes occur about once every forty seconds, and with stroke ranking #5 among all causes of death, someone dies about every four minutes from a stroke. It is the leading cause of serious long-term disability in the U.S. Even still, how could this happen to someone so young, healthy, and vibrant?

The author, Felicia Zera Kalapos, recorded her daughter’s story in a journal beginning on the harrowing night of the stroke with the struggles to keep her alive, continuing through the first year of her life following the stroke. She has masterfully turned her journal into Stroke Through A Mother’s Eyes The First Year, a compelling book. Through the author’s eyes, the reader sees the effects the stroke has had on so many people, especially upon the author herself. This stroke survivor’s road to recovery from the paralysis, apraxia, and aphasia she suffered, while attending to the needs of her young family, is only one aspect of her inspiring real-life story.

Come on this amazing journey and follow this courageous woman and her family through her typical and atypical days working to recover what had been taken so suddenly from her by the STROKE.


Event date: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
Westerly Library
44 Broad St.
Westerly, RI 02891