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Holidays in Connecticut: An Author Panel featuring Caryn B. Davis, Martin Podskoch, and Jay Gitlin

Caryn B. Davis, A Connecticut Christmas 

A Connecticut Christmas is a photographic journey celebrating classic New England traditions, the beauty, spirit and community surrounding the holiday.

From light displays to decorated churches and inns, spectacular private homes, festivals, town greens, and picturesque villages, this beautiful book of images takes readers on a magical holiday tour. There is an event listing in the back of the book for residents and tourists who want to experience all that Connecticut has to offer during the holiday season, which is why this book has an appeal beyond the Nutmeg State.

Caryn B. Davis is an award winning photographer, specializing in architectural, garden and travel photography. Her work has taken her to over 50 countries. She often combines her images with words to create compelling articles that have been featured in more than 60 magazines.


Martin Podskoch, Connecticut 169 Club

The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport & Guide to Exploring Connecticut chronicles every one of Connecticut's 169 towns.

Each has a story shaped by its geography and its people who settled as one of the original 13 colonies, and successive waves of immigrants who moved its story forward. It's a small state with amazing variety that makes the 169 Club a fun and rewarding adventure.

You'll experience historic town greens and new city centers, revitalized mills sprouting microbreweries and local farms offering local farm-to-table foods, and maritime villages and rural upland communities. Connecticut has it all! This guide, written by town historians and other local boosters, offers the backstory to your discovery of what makes Connecticut so special.

Martin Podskoch is an author, historian and East Hampton, CT resident recognized for his extensive work documenting the history of the Catskills, Adirondack Fire Towers, and the Civilian Conservation Corps camps. His first travel guide, “The Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport & Guide to the North Country” has become the best-selling travel guide book in the Adirondacks.


Jay Gitlin, Country Acres and Cul-de-Sacs

Country Acres and Cul-de-Sacs: Connecticut Circle Magazine Reimagines the Nutmeg State, 1938–1952 covered 1938 with the opening of the Merritt Parkway in June, a devastating hurricane in September, and a transformative election in November that saw Raymond Baldwin replace Governor Wilbur Cross on the brink of WWII.

Covering the news, recreation, literary figures, and politicians, and above all—the achievements and products of the state, Connecticut Circle entertained, promoted, and projected the image of a bustling state with more than its share of creative citizens and renowned institutions of higher learning.

Its readership included not only proud Nutmeggers, but potential tourists, and more than a few Mr. and Mrs. Blandings contemplating—the state’s board of realtors hoped—a potential move from New York City to an ancient colonial homestead made newly accessible via the Merritt Parkway or the New Haven Railroad.

The magazine was saturated with ads and articles that presaged the state’s residential (and suburban) future, and people and events of this dramatic time come alive in this large collection of articles from Connecticut Circle magazine, as Connecticut defines itself for the modern era. With an illuminating introduction and context-setting headnotes for its thirteen sections, this volume provides a wealth of fascinating articles for anyone seeking to reminisce, and understand the values that pushed Connecticut into the postwar world.

Jay Gitlin teaches history at Yale University. He is the author of The Bourgeois Frontier: French Towns, French Traders & American Expansion and co-author of Under an Open Sky: Rethinking America’s Western Past. He lives in North Branford, Connecticut.

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If you're unable to attend the event and would like a signed copy of A Connecticut Christmas, Connecticut 169 Club, and/or Country Acres and Cul-De-Sacs, please purchase the "Signed" version below.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
A Connecticut Christmas: Celebrating the Holiday in Classic New England Style Cover Image
ISBN: 9781493026050
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Published: Globe Pequot Press - October 13th, 2017

Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport & Guide to Exploring Connecticut Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997101928
Availability: Special Order
Published: North Country Books - October 17th, 2018

Country Acres and Cul-De-Sacs: Connecticut Circle Magazine Reimagines the Nutmeg State, 1938-1952 Cover Image
By Jay Gitlin (Editor)
ISBN: 9780999793503
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - November 6th, 2018