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Join us for a meeting with Connecticut Icons author and former Connecticut Magazine editor Charles Monagan.

In his presentation, he will talk about his favorite things in Connecticut—from the Connecticut lobster roll to the Yale Bowl, the U.S.S. Nautilus to the Merritt Parkway—and show native and newcomer alike the independent spirit and local pride at the heart of this great state.

Charles Monagan has been a writer and editor since 1972. His work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, and from 1989 to 2013 he was the editor of Connecticut Magazine. In 1997, he won the Gold Medal for Reporting from the national City and Regional Magazine Association. In 2012, he received the Connecticut Press Club’s Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Journalism, a lifetime award.

He is the author of 12 books, including The Neurotic’s HandbookThe Reluctant Naturalist, and How to Get a Monkey into Harvard. Additionally, he wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Mad Bomber, which was produced in 2011 and won first place in the Academy for New Musical Theatre’s 2012 international Search for New Musicals. His novel, Carrie Welton (2016), was awarded an Editors’ Choice from the Society of Historical Novels and was a finalist for the coveted JJ Bennett Award for Historical Fiction. His most recent books are a 2018 reissue of Connecticut Icons and the 2021 mystery novel The Easter Confession, which Publishers Weekly called “a superior whodunit.”


This is an in-person program, and space is limited (RSVP below). Please contact the library to be added to the wait list.

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