Dr Thomas Gaskin, a major fundraiser for the “Four Spirits” sculpture, stands beside the piece, Sunday, September 15, 2013, at the unveiling. At an August fundraiser at his Mountain Brook, Ala., home, he requested videos from staff of University Hospital, who had worked the day of the church bombing. Among those people is Nan Morrow of Newtown, whose statement and video awakened in her the horror she had hidden for half a century.
From left are NYA “Play it Forward: Moving Through the Music” Gala event organizers and staff members Terry Sagedy, Cody Foss, Marissa O’Loughlin, Kristin Scianna, and NYA Founder Peter D’Amico, who are hoping area residents will support the October 26 fundraiser.
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.”
I had on my running paws this past Saturday, but the vast crowd at the Hartford Marathon intimidated me. So I stayed on the sidelines. My ears perked up during the blessing of the runners before the start of the 26.2-mile race, though, when I thought I heard a familiar voice. That made me scramble up the nearest tree to look over the mob, to the steps of the State Capital, where I saw Newtown Congregational Church minister Reverend Matt Crebbin offering words of thanks and inspiration.
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. The book was a collaborative effort between Newbury Medal-winning author Patricia MacLachland and her fiend, the illustrator and former longtime Sandy Hook resident Steven Kellogg.
Occupation: I’m a children’s book editor and writer. I worked in publishing at various companies in New York City for 25 years, and I’m currently a freelance editor and writer. I’ve done a lot of children’s book writing for Random House, Disney, Penguin, and others, in which I write about familiar licensed characters from movies and TV. But what I’m just as proud of and enjoyed equally was editing Newbury and Caldecott Award-winning writers such as Katherine Paterson, Avi, Linda Sue Park, and Brian Selznick.
It’s October and that makes me think about Halloween on Main Street (black cats, of course), witches — and pumpkins. And pumpkins make me think about McKenzie Page’s Third Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge. The NHS sophomore invites people once again to carve or decorate a jack-o-lantern, drop it off at her 14 Main Street home, and hopefully drop $5 in the donation jar there. The money she collects each year goes to charity to fight cancer.