Adriana Trigiani, the bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap novels and other romantic and witty books, will talk about her new novel, “Kiss Carlo” (Harper, $27.99), which is about an Italian-American family experiencing change in the post-World War II boom years, on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road, Avon. Her talk, presented by the library and the Prince Thomas of Savoy Italian Club is free, and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. 860-673-9712 or avonctlibrary.info.
Sunken Garden Poetry
The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival will conclude its 25th anniversary season Wednesday, Aug. 16, on the grounds of Hill-Stead Museum, a National Historic Landmark at 35 Mountain Road, Farmington. The Young Poets Day program will present readings by Ocean Vuong and winners of the festival’s 2017 Fresh Voices Poetry Competition for Connecticut students.
Ocean Vuong, who emigrated from Vietnam to the Hartford area as a child and graduated from Glastonbury High School, is a prize-winning poet and essayist. His poetry collection “Night Sky With Exit Wounds” (Copper Canyon Press, $16), won the 2016 Whiting Award. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. He is an assistant professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at Umass-Amherst.
The 2017 Fresh Voices Poetry Competition winners are Joyce Hida, Sophia Durand, Rachel Horowitz-Benoit, Verne Mackoff and Sophie Spaner. They will read at 5 p.m. in the Makeshift Theater and…
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