Palace Theater’s ‘I Wrote That’ series features authors, books


WATERBURY— I Wrote That!, a new series devoted to books and the authors who write them, debuts this fall at the Palace Theater’s Poli Club. Tickets for the individual author’s dates are now on sale.

“The series seeks to reach different audiences to share how words can enrich our life and help us to see other perspectives,” according to series curator, Sheree Marcucci.

“We’re working on securing additional diverse authors who have written books in a variety of genres, and that will appeal to various age groups,” she said.

The following authors have been confirmed to appear.

Sept.27, 7pm: Celebrating Joan Joyce with Tony Renzoni & Keely Baisden Knudsen. This author talk will celebrate Waterbury’s own Joan Joyce, one of the greatest female athletes of all time, according to Marcucci. Tony Renzoni, author of Connecticut Softball Legend Joan Joyce and Keely Baisden Knudsen, co-author and star of Joan Joyce! The Musical team up to share excerpts and songs from their work.

Oct. 5, 7 pm: Guest is Lori Borgman, What Happens at Grandma’s Stays at Grandma’s syndicated newspaper columnist, author, and speaker from Indianapolis, Ind. Her newspaper column touches on a wide array of topics ranging from the myth that women nag to the hazards of upper arm flab, is distributed by the Chicago Tribune to more than 400 newspapers across North America. Her book, What Happens at Grandma’s Stays at Grandma’s is written with the same trademark humor and wit of Lori’s column. Readers will find the stories warm, tender, laugh out loud funny and a perfect gift for parents and grandparents.

Nov. 17.7 pm: Gina Barreca & Accomplices. Fast Funny Women: 75 Essays of Flash Nonfiction edited by Gina Barreca, explores a group of smart, funny, and brave women with stories about what got them through life’s toughest times Hailed as “smart and funny” by People, Barreca was also deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. Magazine, and her pieces for Psychology Today have received over 8.5 million views. Gina, who is the Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at UCONN.

Dec. 17, 1 p.m. Melissa Shapiro DVM, “Piglet Comes Home.” Bring your favorite young people and prepare to snuggle in to see and hear all about Piglet, the deaf, blind, pink puppy. Shapiro is a small-animal veterinarian, author, and speaker/advocate for pets and people with disabilities. She is also the driving force behind the social media phenomenon Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy (@pinkpigletpuppy). Melissa along with Piglet and the rest of her four-legged family members, will read from her book.

March 18, 3 p.m.: David Freeland, American Hotel: The Waldorf-Astoria and The Making of a Century. Known internationally as a symbol of elegance and luxury, Manhattan’s Waldorf-Astoria is one of the world’s most famous hotels. In this lecture based on his book, American Hotel: The Waldorf-Astoria and The Making of a Century, historian David Freeland will take us behind the glittering image, using rare photos and documents to reveal the full extent of the Waldorf’s contribution as a shaper of twentieth century life and culture.

Tickets for each presentation are available online at www.palacetheaterct.org, by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the Box Office, 100 East Main St, Waterbury. Summer Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10am-3pm

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