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Ring Shout by Richard Yarde
Ring Shout II by Richard Yarde.
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The Amistad Center presents authors@mistad (Authors at Amistad).
Join us in reading and conversation.
Mark your calendars for the events below.

Please note - reservations are required!
To RSVP for one or all of the authors@mistad events,
Telephone: 860-838-4133 or Email:

We encourage you to purchase and read the books in advance; however, books will be available for sale and signing at each event. Events begin with a reception followed by the conversation.

$5 for each event (June 8, 2013 Family Day event is free for all).
Free for members of The Amistad Center, Wadsworth Atheneum, Let's Go Arts Card Holders, Windsor Art Center, and the students and staff of the University of Saint Joseph and The Hartt School of the University of Hartford.

Rachel Swarns
February 7, 2013
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main St., Hartford, CT
(Enter via Avery Lobby, Atheneum Square North)

Rachel Swarns, New York Times reporter and author of American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama (HarperCollins) in conversation with Pamela Trotman Reid, Ph.D., President, the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford. 

Peter Benjaminson
March 3, 2013
2:00 - 4:00 PM

Windsor Art Center
40 Mechanic St., Windsor, CT

Peter Benjaminson, Motown chronicler and author of Mary Wells:The Tumultuous Life of Motown's First Superstar (Chicago Review Press) in conversation with Erica Bryan, student at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford. Presented in partnership with the Windsor Art Center. The setting for this discussion will be a stunning exhibition of the work of Hartford-based quilter, Ed Johnetta Miller, offering food for thought and a feast for the eyes.  

Rita Williams-Garcia
June 8, 2013

Juneteenth Family Day
Free admission 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Family friendly activities.
Tentative Author event times 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main St., Hartford, CT

Children's book author Rita Williams-Garcia, author of One Crazy Summer (Amistad/HarperCollins) and the sequel (to be released the end of May) P.S. Be Eleven, in conversation with an 11 year old (TBD). To be presented in collaboration with the Wadsworth Atheneum at the museum during Juneteenth Family Day.

Attica Locke
September 26, 2013
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Hoffman Auditorium,
University of Saint Joseph
West Hartford, CT

Mystery writer Attica Locke, author of The Cutting Season (Dennis Lehane/HarperCollins) in conversation with mystery writer and NPR correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates.  

authors@mistad is made possible by The Amistad Center members
and a generous grant by CT Humanities.

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