Posts Tagged ‘ Meriden ’

Like A Miracle, Last Night

Like A Miracle, Last Night

I drove over to Westfield Mall last night to pay my final respects to Borders, the large bookstore with café that had thrived here while the rest of the chain ran red. Without Borders, Meriden*, Cheshire, Southington, Berlin and Middlefield were left without a bookstore. I looked through the windows of the vacated space with a very tight throat. It wasn’t just the demise of the store, but the Walden store that had preceded it, and most of all the jobs of the loyal staff that had smoothly managed the transition from one to the other. When the Book...

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Castleford, Meriden and the Sally Harrington Mysteries

Castleford, Meriden and the Sally Harrington Mysteries

The six Sally Harrington mysteries are being republished in electronic formats these days and this seems as good a time as any to talk about the  model for Sally’s hometown of Castleford. Exposé (first Sally Harrington mystery, and book #5 in “The Alexandra Chronicles”), was the first novel I wrote which opens in “normal America,” that is to say, in a small American post-industrial city called Castleford in Connecticut,  inspired by the real-life Meriden, where I own a home. Meriden is the first normal place in America I’ve lived. I grew up in Darien, Connecticut, a town which made its literary debut in...

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About the portrait

About the portrait

About the  portrait of me that is used in the masthead of this site… I was asked to pose at a portrait class at Gallery 53 in Connecticut and one of the artists there, Carol Reeves, now somewhat notoriously produced this painting in one 2-hour sitting.  (Notorious because Carol makes everything look so easy, which is, of course, what gifted people do.) I’ve been itching to use the portrait somewhere since it covers a multitude of sins and yet is most definitely me.  Carol’s gifts are vast and I think you will love her work. * * Share this:FacebookEmailPrint

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