Newtown writer Wally Wood will be at C.H. Booth Library on Wednesday, October 30, at 7 pm, for a talk and book signing of his most recent novel, The Girl In The Photo. This is the second work of fiction for Mr Wood, who previously published "Getting Oriented" on Create Space, a subsidiary of Amazon, in 2011. More importantly than promoting his novel, though, said Mr Wood, he will be talking about “How NaNoWriMo jump started my novel.” NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) started in 1998, Mr Wood said, and is a challenge to writers to write 50,000 words of fiction during the month of November. “That’s 1,667 words a day,” pointed out Mr Wood.
"The Most Happy Fella," which opened on Broadway in 1956, came between "Guys and Dolls" (1950) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1961). Frank Loesser wrote the book as well as the music for this one, basing it on a 1920s play by Sidney Howard, called "They Knew What They Wanted." In writing it as a musical, Loesser chose to ignore Howard’s focus on politics and labor issues, and stuck with the love story. The production of "The Most Happy Fella" currently at Goodspeed is up to that company’s usual perfectionist standards.
Visitors to the Town of Newtown municipal website may be used to seeing meeting agendas or community announcements. But this week the website is also promoting the latest work from former Newtown resident and illustrator Steven Kellogg, who collaborated with noted author and UConn alumnus Patricia MacLachlan on a children’s book inspired by the tragic events of 12/14. On October 29, Random House Children’s Books will release Snowflakes Fall, a richly illustrated book that hopes to validate both the sadness that comes with great loss, as well as the power memories play in the healing and renewal process following tragedy. Residents learned of the project back in February, when Publishers Weekly announced the collaboration. According to Mr Kellogg, who lived in Sandy Hook for 35 years as he produced dozens of books and raised a large family, “It is my hope that this book celebrates the laughter, the playful high spirits, and the uniqueness of the children of Sandy Hook and of children everywhere.”
Newtown High School graduates Zachary Kapple (2007) and Haley Keane (’09) have partnered to form MouthPeace Arts Center, which they hope will provide Newtown area high school students venues to express creativity. Following the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Ms Keane said many people turned to artistic expression as a way to work through trauma and grief. The idea for the arts center morphed over time, according to Ms Keane. The current vision is that MouthPeace Arts Center will offer workshops for high school aged teens at different locations around Newtown.