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Local Author Night

AAPG and R.J. Julia Booksellers Present Local Author Night


"A Vacationers Guide to New England Bookstores"
By Richard Wright

"A Shared Landscape"
By Joseph Leary

"Mystic in the 50s"
By Tom Santos

"The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant"
Jason Marchi


Book lovers planning a vacation in New England now have a Guide to finding the best independent and used books shops near their favorite destinations. The Guide makes it easy to find a local book shop for a memento of your trip or something for a lazy beach-day or rainy-day read. And for the book collector, the used, rare and antiquarian book shops are listed with descriptions of their specialties. The Guide is divided into three sections: Full-Service Independent Bookstores, Used-Rare Book Shops, and One-Day Bookstore-Tours, which are Author Richard Wright's solution for an alternate plan on a rainy day. Even local readers will be delighted to learn about bookstores that are nearby and as yet undiscovered.


Richard F. Wright lives in Jefferson, Massachusetts with his wife, Patti, and from this central location views all of New England as his backyard. Within a few hours he can reach any of hundreds of book shops, where he can find the exact book he didn't know he was looking for. He has been writing, reading and collecting books all his life and has developed a special kinship with the book shop owners of New England. His website, GuideToNewEnglandBookstores.com and his Blog, Richard-Wright.Blogspot.com both focus on keeping awareness high concerning the prospects for the rural book shop in New England.




The Friends of Connecticut State Parks, Inc. commissioned the writing of A Shared Landscape to enrich awareness of the magnificent natural and historic treasures in CT. Story of the public recreational land in Connecticut.


Published by Friends of Connecticut State Parks, Inc. in 2004. Richly illustrated in four-color with maps and photographs, this 240-page guide offers an intimate look at Connecticut’s public lands and tells you everything you need to know about where to go if you love to hike, bike, camp, fish, swim, hunt, watch birds, learn about ecology, or cross-country ski.


Joseph Leary is a writer, photographer and filmmaker who began his career as a photojournalist.  In 1977, he and a partner created the first full-scale operating replica of the Revolutionary War submarine Turtle, and made six dives in the submarine before it was retired to a museum in Essex, CT.  He is best known for his extensive coverage of the French space program in the 1980s.  Between 1988 and 1990, he was the producer of the annual Asimov Seminars with author, historian and futurist Dr. Isaac Asimov. In 2004, he completed the book A Shared Landscape, a history and guide to public land in Connecticut.  Since then, he has completed several hundred films and videos, and a second book, a history of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.




Tom Santos’ book recalls the simpler happier days before we worried about swine flu, terrorists and financial failures.  It evokes the times when downtown merchants knew everbody’s name, when pin boys worked happily in the Mystic Bowling Alleys on West Main Street, when Mooney’s had the best selection of penny candy and tantalizing aromas from Ella’s Bakery on East Main Street wafted over the flagpole.  As for excitement, there’s a firsthand account of the disastrous 1960 fire which nostalgic reminiscence of this close knit community.


Tom Santos grew up in Mystic, CT. He has watched Mystic change over the years, from a small village to a large heavily populated town. Even though there are more people and newer buildings, the village is still a wonderful quiet neighborhood. If you grew up in the fifties, stories in this book will make you remember, and start conversations with “Do You Remember When? This is Tom’s second book.  His first book My Son Todd and My Guardian Angels is a true story about losing his only son and learning to cope with the loss.





This 32 page, hardcover picture storybook (for ages 7-10 and adults too!) retells the Quinnipiac Native American pre-colonial legend of how the Sleeping Giant landform in Hamden, Connecticut came to look like a giant man sleeping on his back.

Fifty cents from every copy sold is donated to the not-for-profit Sleeping Giant Park Association, Inc., (SPGA) to help with land preservation. 

Jason J. Marchi made his first professional sale, a poem, to Amazing Stories in 1988. Since then he has sold over 700 articles, stories, poems, and essays to magazines and newspapers, and received over a dozen writing awards; most recently from Mom’s Choice Awards®, Connecticut Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Shoreline Arts Alliance/Tassy Walden Awards for Children’s Literature.

In November 2010 Jason's first collection of poems, Ode on a Martian Urn, was published as a trade paperback book, and a year later his first picture storybook, The Legend of Hobbomock: The Sleeping Giant, was published in hardcover. The Legend of Hobbomock has gained steady approval from readers of all ages, and the book continues to be adopted for classroom use in a number of Connecticut elementary schools in social studies and language arts. Hobbomock is also the single best-selling title ever sold at the North Haven, Connecticut Barnes & Noble brick & mortar store.

In 2014 The Legend of Hobbomock was released on CD in PDF format, along with a 90 page PDF teacher/student fun guide for elementary classroom use to match national Core Curriculum requirements, and as an audio book recorded by opera singer and National Public Radio late-night classical music host, Peter van de Graaff.

Jason's second picture storybook, The Growing Sweater, will be published in hardcover in September 2014 by Fahrenheit Books.

During the 17 years that Jason worked for McGraw-Hill/Dushkin—a higher education publisher—he developed editorial content for a number of college textbooks in the Wellness Series, which became a Grolier encyclopedia set.

In 1997 Jason founded the not-for-profit New Century Writer Awards contest that operated for six years in close association with Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-Story magazine. As a developmental editor, Jason is also credited with discovering the early literary talents of Joseph Hill (20th Century Ghost, Heart Shaped Box, Horns) when New Century Writer presented Mr. Hill with the first New Century Writer/Ray Bradbury Short Story Fellowship in 2002.

When not writing books and short stories, Jason is a senior correspondent at the Shore Publishing Community Newspapers, Inc. and a feature writer at Shore Publishing’s upscale élan magazine.

Jason lives in his boyhood home in Guilford, Connecticut.


This event is free, click here to reserve your seats! 



Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
768 Boston Post Rd.
06443 Madison