The 6th Annual Connecticut Authors Trail Finale with Mar Jennings

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Mar Jennings. Photo by Jason Harris.

The 6th Annual Connecticut Authors Trail celebrated its finale on Thursday, September 4, 2014. The featured speaker was TV personality Mar Jennings, author of Life on Mar’s: Creating Casual Luxury. Giving a lively presentation from the stage of the Cabaret Theater at Mohegan Sun, Jennings gave advice and tips on creating a warm and inviting environment inside and outside the home. Sharing beautiful photos of his own home and garden in Westport, CT, Jennings shared his six principles for decorating a room, including repeating patterns and incorporating nature into the décor. He answered questions from the audience about personal interior decorating preferences and the best flea markets to shop in the area.

Many of the other authors who were featured on the Author Trail this year were in attendance for the finale. Mystery writer Liz Mugavero (Kneading to Die), historian Quincy Abbot (From Schoolboy to Soldier), and horror writer Stacey Longo (Secret Things) were all on hand with copies of their books. Libraries participating in the 2014 Connecticut Authors Trail kindly donated raffle baskets, and readers who attended the authors’ presentations throughout the state were given tickets to enter in the raffles. Mohegan Sun generously provided appetizers for the event.

To learn more about the authors who appeared on the Trail this year, please visit http://connecticutauthorstrail.org.

Two Chances to Visit Books and Boos this Weekend

 

BooksBoospixellatedBooks & Boos, which closed its physical location at the end of May, is continuing to do events like it was doing when the bookstore was still open. This weekend will give people two opportunities to visit the traveling bookstore.

The first opportunity to visit the bookstore will be Saturday at the Connecticut Horrorfest. Along with used books, people will be able to meet authors Stacey Longo and G. Elmer Munson and get them to sign one of their books. The horrorfest takes place at the Courtyard Waterbury Marriott located at 63 Grand Street in Waterbury, CT. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The second opportunity happens on Sunday when Books & Boos takes part in the Open Air Market and Festival at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, Connecticut. This will be the bookstore’s second appearance at this event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Wadsworth Mansion is located at 421 Wadsworth St. in Middletown, CT. Longo will also be signing her books at this event as well. She is joined by authors Dan Foley, Dale T. Phillips, and Joseph Ross.

CT Authors Trail Brings Author Stacey Longo to Columbia Library

By Jason Harris

 

This past Tuesday evening author Stacey Longo read a story from her current collection, Secret Things, to a responsive crowd at the Saxton B Little Public Library in Columbia, CT. She even read the prologue of her recently sold novel, Ordinary Boy, which will be published by Dark Alley Press in early 2015.

There will be a second chance to meet Longo when all the authors on the trail participate at the finale event to be held at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 6:15 to 9 p.m. Find out more here.

Find out about the Connecticut Authors Trail here.

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Books & Boos Blog Entry about the Holly Newstein Hautala Fundraiser

The fundraiser went well today. The bookstore raised almost $350 for Holly. Her husband, author Rick Hautala passed away unexpectedly on March 21, 2013. Unfortunately, before he died, his life insurance policy lapsed. His widow and family are struggling to pay expenses related to his death. Anyone who has met Rick knows what a genuinely kind and decent man he was.

Not every item in the silent was bid on so we will be putting those items up on Ebay and/or our Amazon page. We will let you know when they are listed.

We want to thank Bill and Marge Rockwell, Scott M. Goriscak, David Price, T.T. Zuma, Trisha Wooldridge, Vincent H. O’Neil, Ronald Winter, Dan Foley, G. Elmer Munson, Jennifer Allis Provost, Dale T. Phillips, Vlad Vaslyn, Lauren Middleton, Tim J. Finn, Brian and Loretta White, Richard Tomas, Sandy Deluca, Leslie O’Grady, Linda Orlomoski, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Daniel Keohane, Tracy L. Carbone, Stephen D. Rogers, Alex Scully, T.G. Arsenault, Carson Buckingham, Hal Kinney and Robert Heske.

The above list of people participated by appearing at the fundraiser, donating to it, or just helping by setting up and making food for the event. It was greatly appreciated.

We also would like to thank Rob Watts, Erin Thorne, Philip Perron, Gardner Goldsmith, Bracken MacLeod, Stephanie Johnson, Kate Laity, Amy Grech, and Catherine Grant for either sharing on Facebook, tweeting/retweeting on Twitter and/or writing blog entries about this fundraiser. Thank you for taking the time to promote this event.

We would also like to thank John Valeri of the Hartford Examiner and Ryan Blessing of the Norwich Bulletin for writing about this fundraiser.

We want to thank Pastor Kevin Zufall (Church of Hope) for lending us chairs for the event.

This entry is from the Books & Boos’ blog. You can read and see the pictures from the fundraiser by clicking here.

Fundraiser at Books & Boos this Saturday

Books & Boos is holding a fundraiser for Holly Newstein Hautala on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Holly is an author and a wonderful person. She lost her husband, Rick Hautala, to a heartattack in March. At the time of Rick’s death, he had let his life insurance policy lapse because he couldn’t afford it. A writer’s life is one of struggle and Rick’s life was no different.Rick was an author and the nicest guy. He would help aspiring writers with comments and by even reading their manuscripts if he had the time. I got to know him at Necon (http://www.campnecon.com/), a writer’s convention that happens every July. I talked with him there. I even beat him at darts with his own darts. I will always remember him calling me a ringer when I beat him.  He is a person who will be missed. You can read the tributes from the people he touched here.

If you want to get to know him, his autobiography, The Horror… The Horror: An Autobiography, was released as an e-book on May 27, you can read more about it here.

There will be 14 authors attending the fundraiser throughout the day. Here is the list of authors attending: Dan Foley, Scott M. Goriscak, Stacey Longo, G. Elmer Munson, Vincent H. O’Neil, Monica O’Rourke, Dale T. Phillips, David Price, Jennifer Allis Provost, William Rockwell, Vlad Vaslyn, Brian White, Corrine De Winter, Ronald Winter, Trisha Wooldridge, and T.T. Zuma.

There will be three different panels (the Horror Movie panel from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Favorite Books of All Time from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Ghosts in the Attic: My Personal Paranormal Experience from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.).

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A 8×10 autograph William Shatner picture.

There is also going to be a silent auction going on throughout the day until 6 p.m. Over 35 silent auction items will be available to bid on throughout the day, including signed  8 x 10 of William Shatner, Walter Koenig, and George Takei; handcrafted jewelry; a writer’s basket of goodies; a rare The Outer Limits figurine; Dr. Who puzzles; a basket of books; original photography by Linda Orlomoski of Norwich, and many other incredible items. You can see the items here.

If you can’t make it on Saturday, the bookstore’s owners have set-up a way for people to bid on the items. Click here for more details and information.

There will also be giveaways, balloons, and free food at the event. It’s going to be a great day so please come and enjoy yourselves.

Pictures of the Annual 32nd Tag Sale on the Green

The 32nd Annual Tag Sale on the Green happened this past Sunday, June 9, in Colchester, Connecticut. This event is organized by the Colchester Business Association. There was beautiful weather, which attracted huge crowds of people. It was a great day. There were more people there than some other similar events I have gone to. I heard it was a very popular event, but wasn’t sure what to expect. It was my first time at this event and my expectations were met. I was at this event not only as a customer, but as a vendor. My store, Books & Boos, had a tent there.

BB, the Books & Boos mascot hovering around the banner for the 32nd Annual Tag Sale on the Green

BB, the Books & Boos mascot hovering around the banner for the 32nd Annual Tag Sale on the Green

If you want to find out about BB’s adventures, you can go to Books & Boos Facebook page and see the photo album titled “BB’s Adventures.”

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The crowds at the 32nd Tag Sale.

The crowds at the 32nd Tag Sale.

The Books & Boos and Re-use of Misdirected Flatware tent.

The Books & Boos and Re-use of Misdirected Flatware tent.

You can see the different items that John Gilchrist creates on his Facebook page here. He sells some of his items at Books & Boos too.

Author Rob Watts was at the Books & Boos tent on Sunday.

Author Rob Watts was at the Books & Boos tent on Sunday.

You can find out more about Rob Watts at his website.

Christine Volpe arranging pieces of work at the Glow in the Dark Glass tent.

Christine Volpe arranging pieces of work at the Glow in the Dark Glass tent.

Glow in the Dark Glass items.

Glow in the Dark Glass items.

Check out the Glow in the Dark Glass website for a lot of interesting items.

The J.R. Watkins Apothecary tent.

The J.R. Watkins Apothecary tent.

Larry Janesky's Connecticut Basement Systems was at the tag sale.

Larry Janesky’s Connecticut Basement Systems was at the tag sale.

Teh Rustik Attik.

The Rustik Attik.

Click here to see some of the items available from The Rustik Attik.

The Perfect Curb.

The Perfect Curb.

Redco Industries.

Redco Industries.

The products created by Redco Industries.

The products created by Redco Industries.

More Redco products.

More Redco products.

Check out Redco Industries’ website here.

The Traveling Vineyard.

The Traveling Vineyard.

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Another picture of The Traveling Vineyard tent.

The Traveling Vineyard will come to your house with a number of different wines along with glasses for a wine tasting. To find out more information, click here for the businesses website.

Pictures from Queen City Kamikaze 2013

Pictures from Queen City Kamikaze 2013

By Jason Harris and Susan Saunders

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A section of the NEHW table at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author Stacey Longo and a convention attendee. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author Stacey Longo and a convention attendee. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author T.T. Zuma talks with a visitor to the table. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author T.T. Zuma talks with a visitor to the table. Photo by Jason Harris.

Cosplay in action. Photo by Jason.

Cosplay in action. Photo by Jason.

NEHW members hanging out behind the table. Photo by Jason Harris.

NEHW members and friends hanging out behind the table. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author Bill Rockwell with a zombie. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author Bill Rockwell with a zombie. Photo by Jason Harris.

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The Horror in the Movies panel at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Susan Saunders.

Photo by Jason Harris.

The crowds at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author T.T. Zuma signing a copy of his book for a fan. Photo by Jason Harris.

Author T.T. Zuma signing a copy of his book for a fan. Photo by Jason Harris.

The Vampires in Literature and the Movies from Nosferatu to Edward Cullen panel at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Jason Harris.

The Vampires in Literature and the Movies from Nosferatu to Edward Cullen panel at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Jason Harris.

NEHW member Rick Silva, of Dandelion Studios. Photo by Jason Harris.

NEHW member Rick Silva, of Dandelion Studios. Photo by Jason Harris.

The new NEHW t-shirt. Photo by Jason Harris.

The new NEHW t-shirt. Photo by Jason Harris.

Loki and author Stacey Longo. Photo by Jason Harris.

Loki and author Stacey Longo. Photo by Jason Harris.

NEHW members having a good time at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Jason Harris.

NEHW members having a good time at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Jason Harris.

The fourth NEHW table at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Jason Harris.

The fourth NEHW table at Queen City Kamikaze. Photo by Jason Harris.

Books and a Cthulhu on the NEHW table. Photo by Jason Harris.

Books and a Cthulhu on the NEHW table. Photo by Jason Harris.

Cube-thul and pillows shaped like blood stains. Photo by Jason Harris.

Cube-thulhus and pillows shaped like blood stains. Photo by Jason Harris.

NEHW Panels at Queen City Kamikaze

The New England Horror Writers will be conducting two panels Horror in the Movies at 3:45 p.m. and Vampires in Literature and Film from Nosferatu to Edward Cullen at 4:30 p.m.

The Queen City Kamikaze convention happens in Manchester, New Hampshire at Manchester Memorial High School located at 1 Crusader Way. The convention runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cost of admission is $10.

Author Chuck Hogan Coming to The Book Shop

The Book Shop in Somerville, MA. will be hosting author Chuck Hogan on Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. He will read from one of his novels, which will then be followed by a Q & A. This event is free.

Hogan is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed novels, including The Town, which was previously published as Prince of Thieves and Devils in Exile. He has also co-authored The Strain trilogy (The Strain, The Fall and The Night Eternal) with writer and director Guillermo Del Toro.
The Strain book cover

The Book Shop is located at 694 Broadway in Somerville.

For more information about this event or upcoming events, check out the bookstore’s website here.

Hartford Flick Fest at New Theatre

Hartford Flick Fest at new Spotlight Theatres – Dec. 6 – 9

Four-day international film festival will screen more than 25 independent films, host industry panels, awards gala and more at brand-new venue on Front Street

HARTFORD — The Hartford Flick Fest is returning to Connecticut’s capital city in its fourth year, and will be hosted by the new Spotlight Theatres – Front Street. The four-day international film festival will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 9.

The festival’s opening night gala, awards reception, industry panels and film screenings will be held at Hartford’s new premiere movie destination, Spotlight Theatres (39 Front St.). 

Formerly known as the Silk City Flick Fest, the Hartford Flick Fest’s new name honors the city that has embraced it over the past few years. First held in Manchester, Conn., in 2009, the festival moved to Hartford in 2010 to support its growth, and to take advantage of the city’s burgeoning arts scene and nightlife – hosting many film screenings, panel discussions, workshops, filmmaker question-and-answer sessions, and parties over the course of a busy and entertaining weekend.
       
Movies have been submitted to HFF this year by filmmakers from New York to California, and from all around the world – including entries from the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic. More than 25 films will be screened during the festival.
       
Tickets will be available at the door for all film screenings, parties and panels. More information to come as the schedule is finalized. Check out the festival’s website, hartfordflickfest.com