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Connecticut Authors Reading Series Returning For Fall Season



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After a summer hiatus the Connecticut Authors Reading Series returns to the C.H. Booth Library, introducing to readers and writers the work of authors who live in the Nutmeg State. The event will take place Saturday, September 23, from 2 to 4 pm in the library's main meeting room. The writers include the poet Charles Rafferty (above left) and fiction writer Ethan Rutherford (above right). The reading series is curated by Newtown author Sophfronia Scott.

The writers will read from both published works and works in progress, with time in between each reading for discussion and Q&A with the audience about the craft of writing. Refreshments will be served and books available for purchase.

Charles Rafferty's twelfth collection of poems is The Smoke of HorsesThe New Yorker, O, Oprah Magazine, Prairie Schoonerand and his stories have appeared in Ploughshares,, (BOA Editions, 2017). His poems have appeared in The Southern Review and Per Contra.

His collection of stories is Saturday Night at Magellan's (Fomite, 2013). He has won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Currently, he directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College.

Ethan Rutherford's fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, One Story, American Short Fictionand The Best American Short Stories His first book, ., The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, a finalist for the John Leonard Award, received honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and was the winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

Born in Seattle, he earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota and now teaches Creative Writing at Trinity College.  He lives in Hartford with his wife and two sons.

For additional information call 203-426-4533 or visit chboothlibrary.org. The library is at 25 Main Street in Newtown.

Additional CT Authors Reading Series programs for 2017-18 are being planned for Saturdays, November 18, January 21, March 18 and May 5; and Sunday, June 3.

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