Truman Capote, one of the most celebrated authors of the 20th century, moved to Greenwich, CT, when he was 15 and lived with his family on Orchard Drive. He attended Greenwich High School from 1939-1942, though never graduated. He dropped out at 17 to take a job as a copyboy at The New Yorker. However, Capote credited Greenwich High School English teacher Catherine Woods as being the first person to recognize his writing talent and giving him the encouragement and discipline needed to become a writer. At her prodding, he wrote poems and stores for the school literary magazine, The Green-Witch. In 1956, Capote dedicated his famous short story “A Christmas Memory” to Woods. Enjoy this video about Capote and his time in Greenwich, created by the Greenwich Historical Society.
Connecticut native Wally Lamb yesterday, May 30, at Book Expo America 2103, reading and speaking about his new novel, “We Are Water,” due out on November. Set in Connecticut, the book’s main character, similar to Lamb, works at a New England university. Lamb is a former UConn professor. He told the crowd at the BEA that the plot also involves two traumatic events that occurred in his own childhood. He also said: “Writers and readers are two poles. [Books and stories} are the electricity that connect us.” …. What a great way to describe the power of stories and storytelling. (Photo courtesy of BEA Digital Press Room)