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Sharon Summer Book Signing

at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon

Hotchkiss Library is getting ready for its major Sharon Summer Book Signing, a gala event that has captured the imaginations of area bibliophiles for the past 22 years.

Set for Friday, August 3rd, from 6-8PM, the book signing is the library’s primary annual fundraiser.

During the event, some 30 authors will come together to sign their latest hardcover books. Participants include Pulitzer Prize-winner Eileen McNamara, whose reporting on the clerical abuse scandal for the Boston Globe formed the basis for the Academy Award winning film, Spotlight. Her book, Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World, makes a compelling argument that Kennedy, who married Sargent Shriver, led a successful civil rights movement on behalf of millions of citizens with cognitive disabilities.

Nadine Strossen, the first woman president of the ACLU, will also be there with her book, Hate, Why We Should Resist it with Free Speech, not Censorship; and singer/songwriter Dar Williams, who toured with big names such as Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter, will sign her book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities. The book asks the salient question of what do thriving small towns and cities have in common.

Vanessa Friedman, fashion director and chief fashion critic at The New York Times, looks at working women and what they wore in Dress Like a Woman,a history of the evolving roles of women, with more than 300 photographs depicting women around the world at work.

Simon Winchester, prolific unraveler of the world’s mysteries, and Michael Korda will both be there with two books. In When the Sky Breaks: Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and the Worst Weather in the World, Winchester explains storm weather and climate change, while his The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World tackles complex technical matters in language that the well-educated layman can easily understand.

Michael Korda, former editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster, mines his own family history for Alone: Britain, Churchill and Dunkirk, the story of the heroic effort to rescue the British Army in World War II after it had been driven back to the shores of France at Dunkirk. In his second book, Catnip: A Love Story, Korda offers an intimate collection doodles of cats done on the backs of old manuscripts while his wife was out riding. The result is a testament to his love for the cats and, above all, his late wife.

After the book signing, patrons will host dinners for some participating authors in their homes.

The festive evening, under tents on the library grounds adjacent to the Sharon Green, kicks off a big weekend in Sharon with the Sharon Green Arts and Crafts Show being held on Saturday, August 4th.

Also on August 4th and 5th will be the Summer Used Book Sale, from 10AM-4PM on Saturday and 10AM-2PM on Sunday. The early bird sale starts at 9:30AM Saturday for an admission fee of $10. The Used Book Sale will feature works in all genres, both hardcover and trade paperbacks with many in new condition. Prices from $1 to $.