MEDIA RELEASE, May 2, 2016, Southbury, CT
A Book Talk and Book Signing with Charles Monagan
The Southbury Public Library is hosting “A Reading and Book Signing” with veteran writer and editor Charles Monagan on Tuesday, May 24th at 2:00pm in the library’s Kingsley Room. He will read and discuss his first novel, “Carrie Welton” based on the life of Carrie Welton who was born in Waterbury in 1842 and lost her life climbing the Rockies. There will be a book signing following the program. The Friends of the Southbury Public Library will provide light refreshments. Registration is required. Please call the Reference Department at 203-262-0626 ext. 130 or stop by the library.
Mr. Monagan has been a writer and editor since 1972 when he graduated from Dartmouth College. His work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers and he was the editor of Connecticut magazine from 1989 to 2013. In 1997, he won a gold medal for reporting from the National City and Regional magazine Association. In 2012, he received the Connecticut Press Club’s Mark Twain award for Distinguished Journalism, a lifetime award.
He is the author of 10 books including The Neurotic’s Handbook, The Reluctant Naturalist and How to Get a Monkey into Harvard. He wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Mad Bomber, which was produced in 2011 and won first place in the Academy for New Musical Theatre’s 2012 International Search for New Musicals.
Since he grew up in Waterbury, he was familiar with the drinking fountain for horses topped by a life-size bronze stallion known as the Carrie Welton Fountain. Later in life, he became intrigued about Carrie’s life and tragic death, so he decided to write about her in his first fiction book. In the acknowledgement page he wrote, “…The Southbury (CT) Public Library provided an ideal atmosphere for my writing—in fact, I still occasionally find myself longing for that wonderful HVAC-system hum.”
Contact: Shirley Thorson
Southbury Public Library
203-262-0626 ext. 140