Thursday, June 7, 2012

Eric Lehman and All Things Connecticut

At the main library last night, author and creative writing professor, Eric Lehman, talked about his book, Insider's Guide to Connecticut, published by Globe Pequot Press based in Guilford, CT. Professor Lehman shared how the seeds for this book were first planted fifteen years ago, when he relocated to Connecticut and started getting to know his new state.  What began with traversing the state's hiking trails evolved into exploring Connecticut's rich history, its food and wine, its proud, local traditions, and other special and surprising destinations unique to the state . . . all of which culminated in this guide, the first of the Insider's Guides to focus on an entire state rather than a destination city. 

In his teachings at the University of Bridgeport, Professor Lehman encourages his students to get to know and fall in love with the place where we live.  In our nomadic society, he feels passionate about connecting with one's home, which is so much more than the house we grow up in. This passion is evident in his writing and in the books he has published.  In addition to the Insider's Guide, he and his wife, the poet Amy Nawrocki, have also written the books, A History of Connecticut Wine and A History of Connecticut Food. These latter subjects tied in nicely with our discussion about the Insider's Guide to Connecticut, and attendees had the opportunity to purchase all three books and ask the authors to sign them.

His next writing project is a biography on Tom Thumb, being written for the Wesleyan University Press. 

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