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Wally Lamb to Read at the Saratoga Book Festival in October

The Saratoga Book Festival is an annual community-wide celebration of books in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York. Save the Date! On October 13-15, 2023, the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library once again presents the annual Saratoga Book Festival. The three-day festival features big-stage presentations and intimate conversations with acclaimed writers. In all, more than 25 different festival events will take place over the three-day weekend in more than six venues in Saratoga’s historic and walkable downtown, including the Saratoga City Center (the site of the Festival Hub and the SBF lively Literary Marketplace), the Saratoga Springs Public Library, Caffe Lena, UPH/Proctors, the Saratoga Arts Dee Sarno Theatre, and a few very welcoming nearby pubs. The home of Yaddo, the famed artist retreat, three fantastic bookstores, two colleges, and a vibrant writing culture, Saratoga Springs is a perfect place for residents and visitors alike to meet authors and talk about books, great writing, and big ideas. Most Saratoga Book Festival events will once again be FREE and open to the public. Keynote Sessions will have a small admission fee. All events take place in downtown Saratoga Springs. please visit the festival’s website at...

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Wally Lamb to Read at CT Lit Fest October 14th

The CT Lit Fest is a fall book festival presented by Real Art Ways. A literary carnival under one roof in the center of Connecticut. A day for writers, teachers, students, and readers to mingle and discover new voices. The Fest takes over the galleries of Real Art Ways for readings, talks, performances, and an interactive typewriter installation. The main gallery hosts a bookfair to showcase publishers, journals, writing programs, and arts organizations. Featured writers will include Wally Lamb and Antoinette Brim-Bell, also featuring Victoria Buitron, Sean Frederick Forbes, Catina Bacote, Steve Ostrowski, Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, Lara Ehrlich Margaret Gibson, Julien Strong, José B. Gonzalez, Hirsh Sawhney, Janae Marks, Susan Campbell, Sarah Darer Littman, Natasha Grambell, Bessy Reyna, and Ryan Parker, plus readers from the 2023 CT Literary Anthology and a live recording of Writer Mother Monster Podcast. Events run throughout the day. Admission is...

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Wally Lamb to Appear On “About the Authors TV”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS TV is a 1st-of-its-kind streaming talk show w/host Jake Brown interviewing the world’s BEST-SELLING authors. Jake interviews Wally about writing his 2008 New York Times Bestseller, The Hour I First Believed. Here’s a short promo of the interview which will be released soon on Jake Brown’s YouTube...

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Wally Lamb named 2023 Norwich Native Son

The Norwich Rotary Clubs and the Norwich Woman’s City Club are proud to announce the 2023 Norwich Native Son is author Wally Lamb. Lamb is the author of six bestselling novels. His first and second novels, She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were Oprah’s Book Club selections and number one New York Times bestsellers. I Know This Much Is True was adapted as an HBO limited series starring Mark Ruffalo and Lamb’s fourth novel, Wishin’ and Hopin’, was the basis of a Lifetime TV Christmas movie of the same name. Several of Lamb’s novels are set in the fictional town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, loosely based on his hometown of Norwich. Together, Lamb’s novels have been translated into 17 languages. Lamb is also the editor of Couldn’t Keep It to Myself, I’ll Fly Away, and You Don’t Know Me, three volumes of autobiographical essays authored by his writing workshop students at York Correctional Institute, Connecticut’s maximum-security women’s prison. In 2004, the workshop and the first of these titles was the focus of a story on CBS-TV’s Sixty Minutes. Lamb volunteered at York from 1999 to 2019. Before that, he taught at the Norwich Free Academy (1972 to 1997) and ran the Creative Writing department at UConn from 1997 to 1999. Honors for Wally Lamb include a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the Barnes and Noble “Writers for Writers” Award, the New England Book Award, the Friends of the Library USA Readers’ Choice Award, the Connecticut Bar Association’s Distinguished Public Service Award, and Distinguished Alumni awards from the University of Connecticut and Vermont College. Wally Lamb was honored to be chosen as NFA’s first Teacher of the Year in 1989. Lamb holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from UConn and a graduate degree from Vermont College of the Fine Arts. He is forever grateful for the education he received at the following Norwich schools: Broad Street and Buckingham Schools, Kelly Middle School (then Kelly Junior High), and the Norwich Free Academy. As this year’s Native Son-Daughter recipient, Wally is pleased to join the ranks of past honorees: his cousin, Dr. Frank Pedace (1981), his fellow 1968 NFA graduates, Pete Slosberg (2001) and Dr. Mike Morosky (2017), and his former NFA student, Judge Nina Elgo (2015.) Lamb will be honored at a luncheon on June 7th, 2023 at the Holiday Inn, Norwich. The event will start at noon, and tickets are available...

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