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Mull the mall, celebrate Black culture, and meet top authors

Hear an update on the SoNo Collection plans Monday night.
Hear an update on the SoNo Collection plans Monday night.

Once AroundNORWALK, Conn. – Neighborhood groups can find out what’s the latest with The SoNo Collection plans Monday night, while fans of Black history and music are in for a treat Thursday night. Sunday afternoon, help keep NancyOnNorwalk online at a fundraising even at the Station House. Then, March 1, head up to Wilton to hear a panel of top historical fiction authors.

GGP mall execs to present update

The Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations will host its members and any city residents at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in the City Hall Community Room to hear a presentation by the SoNo Collection mall developer General Growth Properties.

Topics include a project overview and status report and the results of the traffic impact study. A Q&A and comments session will follow.

NCC’S African Culture Club plans James Baldwin fest

James Baldwin (Wikipedia.com)
James Baldwin (Wikipedia.com)

The African Culture Club at Norwalk Community College will be commemorating Black History Month from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, with The James Baldwin Music Festival.

According to Biography.com, “Baldwin was an essayist, playwright and novelist regarded as a highly insightful, iconic writer with works like ‘The Fire Next Time’ and ‘Another Country.’”

The fundraising event celebrates the arts, with a combination of different genres as well as poetry, gospel choirs, poetry readings, jazz, student acts and more. The event will be held in the Pepsico Theater. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m.

The African Culture Club will use proceeds from this fundraiser to help support the club’s annual trip to visit five historically black colleges and universities in the spring.

For more information, contact Al Thomas at [email protected] or (203) 857-7382.

 

Top voices in historical fiction to speak in Wilton

Six top authors will gather Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at the Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, to discuss their work, answer questions and sign books.

The event helps mark Women’s History Month, and celebrates the publication of their anthology, “Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War.”

Meet the authors:

Beatriz Williams
Beatriz Williams

Beatriz Williams is The New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of “The Secret Life of Violet Grant” and “A Hundred Summers.” A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Williams spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a corporate and communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons. She now lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry. William Morrow will publish her forthcoming hardcover, “A Certain Age,” in the summer of 2016.

Jessica Brockmole is the author of the internationally bestselling “Letters from Skye,” an epistolary love story spanning an ocean and two wars. Named one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2013, “Letters From Skye” has been published in 17 countries.

Hazel Gaynor is The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of “The Girl Who Came Home” and “A Memory of Violets.” She writes regularly for the national press, magazines and websites in Ireland and the UK.

Jennifer Robson is the USA Today and international bestselling author of “Somewhere in France,”   “After the War is Over” and “Moonlight Over Paris.” She holds a doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. Robson lives in Toronto with her husband and young children.

Heather Webb is an author, freelance editor, and blogger at award-winning writing sites WriterUnboxed.com and Writers in the Storm. Webb’s novels have been translated to three languages and have garnered starred national reviews. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and she may also be found teaching craft-based courses at a local college.

Lauren Willig is The New York Times bestselling author of 16 works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association’s annual list of the best genre fiction. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.

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