Autopsies of Ellis Ruley and Douglas Harris reveal possible murder, hypothermia

Readers of my novel WE ARE WATER may remember a character named Josephus Jones. He was a fictional composite of Norwich CT outsider artist Ellis Ruley and Ruley’s son-in-law, Douglas Harris. The deaths of both men were ruled “accidental,” but there has always been suspicion that one or both were murdered. This past Monday, the results of recent autopsies after the exhumation of both bodies concluded that Harris was definitely murdered in 1948 and foul play could neither be confirmed nor ruled out in the case of Ruley’s 1959 death. My thoughts are with the Ruley family.


Click here for the story from the Norwich Bulletin.

Wally, Leslie Uggams, and Bill Goldstein at Harper Lee event

A photo of Wally, Leslie, and Bill from the To Kill a Mockingbird reading at Barnes & Noble in NYC on July 13, 2015.

Harper Lee reading

Wally to return to Norwich’s “Walktober” series!

Wally will be leading a tour through scenes from his childhood in Norwich, CT on October 10 beginning at 1 PM. This tour will begin and end at Norwich Free Academy and pass Wally’s childhood home, downtown Norwich, and Uncas’s Leap (among other locales). Check out this event page for more info. Hope to see you in October!

Wally Walktober 2014

Check out the new Harper Lee documentary airing on PBS on July 10!

In commemoration of the release of Go Set a Watchman, Mary McDonagh Murphy’s 2012 documentary of Harper Lee Harper Lee: Hey, Boo has been updated.

Check it out on PBS on 10 July. Click here to go to the website and see a preview!

Wally reading at a Harper Lee event in NYC!

BN 2015

Wally will be reading from To Kill a Mockingbird at a celebration for Harper Lee’s new release, Go Set a Watchman (which will not be available until the 14th)!

Location: Barnes and Noble, Union Square, NYC

Wally on “Why I Live in Connecticut” at Goodwin College

Check out Wally and other speakers reflecting on “Why I Live in Connecticut” at Goodwin College, sponsored by the Hartford Courant, on Tuesday, 12 May at 6 PM.

Free and open to the public! Check out the website by clicking here.

Wally Lamb PBS interview on Harper Lee

Click here to check out a video interview with Wally Lamb on the topic of Harper Lee’s newly-announced novel!

Audio recording of Wally Lamb at the KWLS

Click here for an audio recording of Wally Lamb at the 2015 Key West Literary Seminar, the theme of which was “Compassion.”


Check out the trailer for Wishin’ & Hopin’!

Click here to check out the trailer! Don’t forget: Wishin’ & Hopin’ premieres at 8 PM on Lifetime this Saturday (December 6)!