Manchester, Connecticut

Connecticut Authors

Connecticut Authors
Past and Present

JESSICA AUERBACH - RIDGEFIELD A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing, the author has taught nursery school and high school English and was a member of the Yale Center for Independent Study. Novels of psychological suspense: Sleep Baby Sleep and Catch Your Breath. Painting On Glass is a novel of relationships set in the Vietnam era and Winter Wife depicts the isolation experienced by a young mother.

REGINA BARRECA - STORRS English Professor at the University of Connecticut and author of many books concerning relationships between the sexes and the role of humor in human affairs. Nonfiction titles include: Perfect Husbands (& Other Fairy Tales) (306.81), Sweet Revenge: the wicked delights of getting even (152.4), They Used To Call Me Snow White: a woman's strategic use of humor (155.333)and Babes in Boyland: a personal history of co-education in the Ivy League (B Barreca). She also is editor of the Penguin Book of Women's Humor (808.87).

The author has written two recent books about the cinema: The American Cinema: one hundred years of filmmaking (791.43 Q) and Woman's View: how Hollywood spoke to women, 1930-1960 (791.43).

ANN BENSON - MANCHESTER The author was formerly employed as a product development consultant designing needlework and cross stitch patterns and has published three books on glass beadwork. In her first novel: The Plague Tales, a 21st century researcher digging at a burial site where victims of the 14th century bubonic plague were interred releases bacteria which sets a global epidemic in motion. This is followed by The Burning Road and Thief of Souls.

LAURIEN BERENSON - NEW CANAAN-- author and dog breeder
Mystery series set in the cutthroat world of championship dog breeding, featuring Connecticut teacher and single mom, Melanie Travis. Melanie Travis mysteries include: Underdog and Dog Eat Dog. Newer titles include: Jingle Bell Bark, Best in Show, Unleashed, Hush Puppy and Watchdog.

AMY BLOOM - MIDDLETOWN The author is a psychotherapist. Her short stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories 1991, Best American Short Stories 1992, and 1994 O'Henry Prize Collection. Collections of her stories: Come To Me: stories, Love Invents Us and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You.

BLANCHE MCCRARY BOYD - GUILFORD Writer in residence and professor of English at Connecticut College. Novels: Terminal Velocity and Mourning the Death of Magic.

BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD - LITCHFIELD COUNTY British born, best selling author of romantic fiction, Bradford was employed as a reporter at sixteen and an editor at age 20. She came to the United States in 1963, worked as a columnist and features editor and wrote books on interior decorating. Her fiction focuses on spirited women who surmount difficulties to find fulfillment in their professional and personal lives.
Older titles include: A Secret Affair, Her Own Rules, Power of a Woman, Love In Another Town (set in Kent, Connecticut), Angel, Dangerous To Know, Everything To Gain and Remember. More recent titles include: Sudden Change of Heart, Where Your Belong, Triumph of Katie Byrne, Three Weeks in Paris, Unexpected Blessings, Emma's Secret and Just Rewards. Many of her novels have been adapted for television.

ZITA CHRISTIAN - MANCHESTER is the author of three romances set in the West: Band of Gold , First and Forever, and Just a Miracle.

TOM CHRISTOPHER - MIDDLETOWN Gardening columnist. The 20-minute Gardener: new hope for the horticulturally challenged (635 at Whiton branch), Compost This Book! The Art of Composting for Your Yard, Your Community and the Planet (631.875 - Whiton), In Search of Lost Roses (635.9) and Annuals with Style (635.9312Q).

LEO CONNELLAN - HANOVER Appointed in 1996 as Connecticut State Poet Laureate by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Mr. Connellan was recognized as "a voice for and to America's working class . . . a writer deeply committed to sharing his love of poetry with younger people." Mr. Connellan was employed in sales for many years. He has served as a special lecturer and poet in residence at Annhurst College and Southern Connecticut State University and is currently Poet in Residence for Connecticut State University. His works of poetry include: Provincetown, and Other Poems and Death in Lobster Land: new poems (811)

FRANK DEFORD - WESTPORT Novelist , sportswriter and commentator.
Fiction includes: Love and Infamy, American Summer and The Other Adonis. Non-fiction: Alex: the life of a child (362.1989)

ANNIE DILLARD - MIDDLETOWN & DOGHOLE ISLAND, MAINE Novelist, poet, social historian and Pulitzer Prize winning essayist who teaches at Wesleyan University. Fiction: The Living and The Annie Dillard Reader. Nonfiction: Holy the Firm (242), American Childhood (818.5409), Writing Life (818.5409), Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (917.55), Mornings Like This: found poems (811.54), and For the Time Being (818.54).

JEROME DOOLITTLE - WEST CORNWALL Doolittle was formerly a spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Laos and speechwriter for president Carter. His detective novels featuring private eye, Tom Bethany include: Strangle Hold, Bear Hug, Head Lock, and Kill Story.

TOM DRURY - LITCHFIELD End of Vandalism, a novel of relationships (a winner of Granta literary magazine's competition for best young American novelists). Also, Driftless Area, Hunts in Dreams and Black Book.

TOM EIDSON - GREENWICH The author is employed in data communications. His western novels include: St. Agnes' Stand, The Last Ride and All God's Children.

HOWARD FAST - GREENWICH Many titles include: Spartacus (made into a motion picture), Citizen Tom Paine, Seven Days in June: a novel of the American Revolution, The Trial of Abigail Goodman, April Morning, The Bridge Builder's Story and The Hessian. With the publication in 1997 of An Independent Woman, the author added another volume to his American saga of the Lavette family. Previous volumes in the series are: The Immigrants, Second Generation, The Establishment, The Legacy and The Immigrant's Daughter. Fast served as a wartime correspondent, worked as a political journalist and was blacklisted during the McCarthy era for his membership in the Communist Party. Imprisoned for refusing to provide names of people he believed were falsely accused Fast later withdrew from Party membership.

As E.V. CUNNINGHAM, Fast wrote mysteries featuring Beverly Hills, Japanese American police detective Masao Masuto, political thrillers and science fiction.

DEAN FULLER - EAST HADDAM A composer for the musical theater for many years, Dean Fuller's detective fiction features eccentric, tuba playing, Paris Surete Chef Inspecteur Alex Grismolet and his Lithuanian partner, Varnas. Titles include: A Death in Paris and Death of a Critic. Earlier fiction: Passage: a novel.

GIFFORD, KATHIE LEE - GREENWICH Singer and television personality. Listen to My Heart: lessons in love, laughter and lunacy (306.874 Gifford), Kathie Lee's Rock 'n Tots Cafe: a Christmas "Giff" (VCASS Kathie), Cooking with Regis and Kathie Lee
(Whiton Memorial Branch, 641.509 Philbin), Entertaining with Regis & Kathie Lee: year-round holiday recipes, entertaining tips and party ideas (641.568 Philbin).

FRANCINE DU PLESSIX GRAY - WARREN Novelist, biographer and essayist.
Fiction titles: October Blood, Lovers and Tyrants and World Without End.
Non-fiction: Divine Disobedience: profiles in Catholic radicalism(282.09)
Soviet Women: walking the tightrope (305.42) and Simone Weil (B Weil)

JANE HADDAM - LITCHFIELD Her mystery novels featuring former FBI agent Gregor Demarkian include: And One To Die On, Bleeding Hearts, Stillness in Bethlehem, True Believer, Conspiracy Theory, Headmaster's Wife and Hardscrabble Road.

DAVID, GERRY and SUE HARDY - MANCHESTER Fifty Hikes in Connecticut: from the Berkshires to the coast by David, Gerry and Sue Hardy (a revised edition of 50 Hikes in Connecticut by longtime Manchester residents Gerry and Sue Hardy). (917.46 Hardy)

Associate professor of history at Trinity College.
The author won a 1995 Pulitzer Prize for her controversial and extensively researched biography, Harriet Beecher Stowe: a life. (B Stowe). In her writing, Hedrick maintained a focus on the importance of women's culture in Harriet Beecher Stowe's life.

JAMAKE HIGHWATER - HAMPTON Novelist, essayist, poet and critic.
Fiction: Kill Hole, a novel of man's spiritual quest for fulfillment.
Non-fiction: Fodor's Indian America (917.304), Arts of the Indian Americas:leaves from the sacred tree (700.8997) Dance: rituals of experience (793.3 q)

PAUL HORGAN - MIDDLETOWN 1903-1995 Historian, librarian, illustrator, educator and author. Horgan taught at Wesleyan University in the '60s and '70s where he was Director of the Center for Advanced Studies and, later, author-in-residence. The author was employed as a librarian in New Mexico, where he developed an interest in the American Southwest. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his historical writings, which concern Western cultures of the Rio Grande River Valley: The Great River: The Rio Grande in North American history (976.4), and another for Lamy of Santa Fe: his life and times (B Lamy, John Baptist ). Other titles available are: A Distant Trumpet, Peach Stone: stories from four decades, Things As They Are, Songs After Lincoln (811), Approaches to Writing (818.52), Conquistadors in North American History (983.16), Josiah Gregg and His Vision of the Early West (976.03), and Citizen of New Salem (B Lincoln).

HORWITZ, DOROTHY G. - MANCHESTER We Will Not Be Strangers: Korean War letters between a M.A.S.H. surgeon and his wife (B Horwitz). The book is a collection of daily letters exchanged by the author and her husband, who were newlyweds separated during the Korean War.The author is a retired Manchester Community Technical College professor and was a Mellon Fellow at Yale University from 1985-1986. Her husband, Mel, was formerly a surgeon and now is a lawyer employed as a consultant in health law.

EVAN HUNTER ( ED MCBAIN) (1926-2005)- NORWALK Hunter, writing as ED MCBAIN, was the prolific author of the popular 87th Precinct detective series featuring sleuth Matthew Hope. Recent works as McBain include: Learning to Kill, Alice in Jeopardy, Transgressions and Fiddlers.
Author of the Blackboard Jungle (which was made into a Hollywood film), Evan Hunter's recent works include Criminal Conversation, Privileged Conversation, Candyland and The Moment She Was Gone.

WILLIAM P. KENNEDY - RIVERSIDE Kennedy is a public relations executive who formerly worked as an economist and journalist. His novels of suspense and intrigue include: Siren's Lullaby, The Dark Tide: a novel of suspense, Rules of Encounter, Toy Soldiers, Himmler Equation and The Masakado Lesson.

WILLIAM KINSOLVING - BRIDGEWATER The author was trained as an actor and has written for stage, screen and television. Titles include: Raven, Born with the century, Bred to win, Diplomat's daughter, Mister Christian.

MARY KITTREDGE - BRANFORD Formerly a respiratory therapist at a large city hospital, Kittredge's medical mysteries include: Kill or cure, Desperate Remedy, Rigor Mortis, and Walking Dead Man. Her first mystery, Poison Pen, is set in New Haven. Non-fiction includes: Teens with AIDS speak out (362.1969) and Common Cold (J616.205)

ALLEN KURZWEIL - STORRS A winner of Granta magazine's Best Young American Novelists competition for A Case of Curiosities. Also wrote Grand Complication.

WALLY LAMB - MANSFIELD The author teaches English at Norwich Free Academy. She's Come Undone. This offbeat, funny, and moving story of a young woman's coming of age was first published in 1992. It skyrocketed to bestseller status after being featured by Oprah Winfrey as her January 1997 book club selection. He has since written I Know This Much Is True and edited Couldn't Keep It To Myself.

JANICE LAW - HAMPTON Janice Law teaches literature at the University of Connecticut and has published works in non-fiction, history, and historical fiction, and also writes mysteries for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She is the author of Preachers, Rebels, and Traders: Connecticut 1818-1865, Discovering Hampton: a Connecticut town and the popular Anna Peters mystery novels. More recently she has written serveral novels of psychological suspense, The Night Bus, The Lost Diaries of Iris Weed and Voices.

Manchester won the Pulitzer Prize for his book about the assassination of John F. Kennedy: The Death of a President, November 20- November 25, 1963 (973.922). A sampling of Manchester's historical works available at the library includes: American Caesar, Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964 (B MacArthur), Arms of Krupp, 1587-1968 (338.7), Glory and the Dream: a narrative history of America, 1932-1972 (973.9 - 2 volumes), Goodbye, Darkness: a memoir of the Pacific War (940.5483), The Last Lion, Winston Spencer Churchill (B Churchill, Winston), and World Lit Only By Fire: the medieval mind and the Renaissance, portrait of an age (940.21)

ALICE MATTISON - NEW HAVEN Poet and novelist. Fiction includes: Flight of Andy Burns: stories, Hilda and Pearl, and Men Giving Money, Women Yelling: intersecting stories.

A winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, the author began his career as a copyboy and reporter for the New York Times. He taught English at Princeton University and the University of Honolulu and later at Connecticut College, 1955-1983. He is currently Poet in Residence at Connecticut College. Effort of Speech: new and selected poems is his most recently published work.

JAMES INGRAM MERRILL - STONINGTON 1926-1995 Born in New York City, the Stonington poet, playwright, and novelist was awarded the National Book Award for Poetry (1967) for Mirabell, Books of Number, Bollingen Prize in Poetry (1973), and The Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1976 for Divine Comedies; from the first nine poems, 1946-1976. Merrill became Connecticut's first Poet Laureate in 1966.His other poetic works include: Changing Light at Sandover; and Scripts for the Pageant. (All found in poetry section - 811) and A Scattering of Salts: poems (811.54)

ARTHUR MILLER - ROXBURY Playwright, novelist and screenwriter.
Stage plays include: Arthur Miller's Collected Plays, Death of a Salesman, After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, The Price, A View From the Bridge (812), Broken Glass, Salesman in Beijing (812.52), The Crucible (812.52). The Crucibleand Death of a Salesman were both produced as Hollywood films. Fiction: Homely Girl, a life, and other stories.

STEWART O'NAN - AVON Snow Angels: the author's first novel is a story of small town tragedy and was awarded the 1993 Pirates Alley William Faulkner Prize. Other titles include The Speed Queen, The Names of the Dead, Wish You Were Here, A World Away, Prayer for the Dying, Circus Fire (974.63) Everyday People, Night Country and The Good Wife. The author teaches writing at Trinity College.

EUGENE O'NEILL 1888-1953 NEW LONDON Playwright
Eugene Gladstone O'Neill was born in New York City and summered in New London, which was the setting for two of his plays: Ah, Wilderness and Long Day's Journey Into Night. O'Neill worked as a gold prospector and a seaman and returned to New London when he became ill with tuberculosis. Inspired to become a playwright by his reading while recuperating in a New London sanitarium, he later studied drama at Harvard University and joined the experimental theater group, the Provincetown Players in 1916, where his first play was staged. O'Neill was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1936 and won Pulitzer Prizes for Beyond the Horizon, Anna Christie, Strange Interlude, and Long Day's Journey Into Night.
His plays may be found at the library in Selected Plays of Eugene O'Neill, The Plays of Eugene O'Neill and in many separate volumes (filed in plays: 812).

ORANIA PAPAZOGLOU - WATERTOWN Charisma features New Haven chief of homicide, Pat Mallory. Other mysteries: Rich, Radiant Slaughter, Sanctity, Sweet Savage Death and Wicked, Loving Murder.

DAVID PESCI - MANCHESTER The author is a public relations associate at the University of Connecticut and a freelance writer. Amistad is his fictionalized account of the Amistad rebellion of 1839 and subsequent trial and acquittal of the Africans involved.

Trained as a pharmacist, the author lived for a time in New York City where she wrote for newspapers. She returned to Old Saybrook after publication of her bestselling first novel The Street. In The Street, the author confronts the social, economic and personal devastation of poverty and racism as she depicts the life of a young mother in Harlem of the late 1940's. A bestseller in 1946, it was reissued in 1992 and is regarded as a seminal work in African American literature. Other works include: Miss Muriel and Other Stories (Whiton), Country Place and Miss Tituba of Salem Village (J-YP).

SAMUEL F. PICKERING, JR. - STORRS A popular professor of English at the University of Connecticut, Pickering was the inspiration for the teacher played by Robin Williams in the film, The Dead Poets Society. Nonfiction includes: Right Distance (081), May Days (081), Let It Ride (Whiton 081), Moral Tradition in English Fiction (823.09)

THEODORE POWELL - MANCHESTER Powell was employed as a professor of history and government at the University of Hartford and as a public information consultant for the State Department of Education. His book, The Long Rescue (919.8), is a suspense-filled account of the fight for survival of the crew of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition in the Arctic of 1883. A former director of the Town of Manchester, Powell also wrote The School Bus Law: a case study in education, religion and politics. (379.175)

KIT REED - MIDDLETOWN The author, a former newspaper reporter, is a professor of English at Wesleyan. Fiction includes: Cry of the Daughter, Tiger Rag, Thief of Lives, J. Eden, Wierd Women, Wired Women and @expectations Using the pen name, Kit Craig, the author has written two novels of psychological suspense: Gone and Twice Burned.

LUANNE RICE - OLD LYME The author writes novels of families and relationships. Many titles include: Angels All Over Town, Stone Heart, Secrets of Paris, Blue Moon, Home Fires, Crazy in Love, Follow the Stars Home, Firefly Beach, Dream Country, Safe Harbor, Dance with Me, Summer of Roses and Sandcastles.

BARBARA RIEFE - STAMFORD Best selling writer of historical romantic fiction. Her novels depict relations between colonists and the Iroquois at the beginning of the 18th century. Novels: The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, For Love of Two Eagles, Mohawk Woman, Against All Odds and A Family Affair.

PHYLLIS ROSE - MIDDLETOWN Wesleyan English professor and biographer.
Author of Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in her time (793.32), Woman of Letters: a life of Virginia Woolf (823.912 Woolf), and Norton Book of Women's Lives. (920.120)

PHILIP ROTH - LITCHFIELD COUNTY Roth won the National Book Award in 1960 for Goodbye, Columbus, the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1987 for The Counterlife, his memoir to his father (813.54) and in 1992 for Patrimony, and the National Book Award in 1995 for Sabbath's Theater. A sampling of his other works includes: American Pastoral, Portnoy's Complaint, Deception, Operation Shylock: a confession, Everyman, The Plot Against America and The Human Stain.

BERNIE SIEGEL - NEW HAVEN surgeon and author of many books on healing and the importance of mind and spirit in promoting wellbeing.
How To Live Between Office Visits (155.916) Love, Medicine & Miracles: lessons learned about self-healing from a surgeon's experience with exceptional patients (616.5) and Prescriptions for Living (158).

STEPHEN SINATRA - MANCHESTER Manchester Memorial Hospital cardiologist.
Lose to Win: a cardiologist's guide to weight loss and nutritional healing (613), Heartbreak and Heart Disease: a mind-body prescription(612.12), A Cardiologist's Prescription for Optimum Health(613), The Fast Food Diet (613.25), Sinatra Solution (616.1206), Lower Your Blood Pressure in Eight Weeks (616.132).

MARY ANN TIRONE SMITH - RIDGEFIELD The author was raised on Charter Oak Terrace in Hartford and was born on the day of the Hartford Circus Fire. Masters of Illusion: a novel of the Hartford circus fire. Also, An American Killing, Love Her Madly, She's Not There, She Smiled Sweetly and Girls of Tender Age.

CATHY CASH SPELLMAN - WESTPORT Former Vice President of Bloomingdales, this best selling author's titles include: An Excess of Love, Paint the Wind, Bless the Child and Playground of the Gods.

JANE AND MICHAEL STERN - WEST REDDING Husband and wife team, former restaurant reviewers for the Hartford Courant and authors of many books on popular culture. Sixties People (973.92 Q), Road Food (guide to diners, cafes and eateries featuring inexpensive regional food) (647.9573) Way Out West (978 Q), and Dog Eat Dog: a very human book about dogs and dog shows. (636.7 Stern)

WALLACE STEVENS - HARTFORD 1879-1955 Although Wallace Stevens led a conventional life as a successful Vice President of Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company, his poetry was considered radically unconventional. Winner of the National Book Award, Bollingen Prize, and Puliter Prize, Stevens' poetic works include: Parts of a World, Transport to Summer and Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens (811).

Born in Litchfield, Connecticut, Stowe was the daughter of Congregationalist minister, Lyman Beecher, and author of the controversial and celebrated antislavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, or, Life Among the Lowly, first published in 1850. Stowe was also interested in rural New England life and, after the Civil War, continued work on essays, novels and poems on these themes.

Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Long March. Other novels include: Sophie's Choice, The Confessions of Nat Turner, Set This House on Fire and ATidewater Morning. Darkness Visible: a memoir of madness (616.8527 Styron) documents the author's harrowing experience with depression.

TOM TRYON 1926-1991 Born in Hartford and a graduate of Yale University, Tryon is best known for his many roles as an actor. In Tormented Fame, Tryon struggled with drugs and alcohol in establishing himself as a popular novelist. Fiction includes: All That Glitters: five novellas of Hollywood life, The Other (made into a Hollywood movie), Night of the Moonbow, In the Fire of Spring, Wings of the Morning, Lady and Harvest Home.

MARK TWAIN - HARTFORD 1835-1910 Novelist, premier American humorist, essayist and lecturer, Mark Twain was the pseudonym for Missouri born and raised, Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Twain worked as a printer and steamboat pilot and also attempted silver and gold mining. He adopted his pseudonym in 1863, traveled, wrote humorous articles, served as a newspaper correspondent, editor and publisher and wrote the Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County prior to moving to Hartford, Connecticut in 1871. Works available at the library include:
Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches and Essays (818.409); Complete Essays (814), Complete Short Stories, Complete Travel Books of Mark Twain (817), Mark Twain of the Enterprise; newspaper articles and other documents (817), Roughing It (817),A Tramp Abroad (817), Mark Twain's San Francisco (917.9461), Political Tales and Truth of Mark Twain (818.402), Mark Twain, Businessman (B Twain), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, The Prince and the Pauper, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Adventures of Tom Sawyer .

RICHARD WHITE - EAST LYME The author was a finalist for the 1992 Golden Spur Awards for his western novel, Mister Grey. His Revolutionary War novel, Jordan Freeman Was My Friend, is set in 1781, Groton, Connecticut. The novel concerns the attack of Fort Griswold and a friendship between a young boy, Billy Latham, an ex-slave, Jordan Freeman, and Tom Wansuc, a Pequot Indian.

ANTHONY E. WOLF - SUFFIELD A clinical psychologist and lecturer, Wolf has written two books for parents with adolescent children: Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? and It's Not fair, Jeremy Spencer's Parents Let Him Stay Up All Night!

JOAN WOLF - MILFORD Author of prehistoric romantic adventure trilogy set in France: Daughter of the Red Bear, Horsemasters, and Reindeer Hunters. Other titles: The Deception, a 19th century regency romance, and Born of the Sun, historical fiction set in Great Britain.

BARI WOOD - RIDGEFIELD The author worked as an editor and bibliographer for the American Cancer Society and former editor of Drug Therapy Magazine. Her novels of suspense include the political technothriller, Light Source, Amy Girl, a novel of psychological suspense,and two novels of psychological horror, Doll's Eyes and The Tribe.

updated October 5, 2006