Our May Program: “Fact vs. Fiction”

Martha Hall KellyThe Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes all to what promises to be a lively and informative program entitled “Fact vs Fiction,” which will be held at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, May 3, beginning at 2:30pm.

Martha Hall Kelly is a native New Englander who currently lives in Litchfield. She has earned journalism degrees from Syracuse and Northwestern universities, worked as an advertising copywriter for many years and raised three wonderful children, who are now mostly out of the nest. Her novel Lilac Girls is Martha’s first novel and it became an instant New York Times bestseller when it debuted in April of 2016 and is now in its’ 54th week on the paperback list.

She will speak about her experience with the Bellamy Ferriday House and will give a preview of her forthcoming book – a prequel to her previous novel.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-567-3966 and info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Our April Program: “Spectacle and Substance: Tracking a Tale of Victorian America”

April Jones PrinceThe Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes all to “Spectacle and Substance: Tracking a Tale of Victorian America” that will be held at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, April 5, beginning at 2:30pm.

What do Connecticut native P.T. Barnum and the Brooklyn Bridge have in common? Find out as author of children’s books Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing April Jones Prince reveals the “story behind the story” of discovering a fascinating nugget of American history. You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes look at how picture books are made and what makes them an engaging, unique art form. Prince writes for children, but her lively discussion will be enjoyed by all ages.

Prince is a children’s book author and freelance editor who has worked in children’s publishing for 20 years. She holds a degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a certificate in publishing from the Radcliffe Publishing Course. Prince has worked in the editorial departments at William Morrow and HarperCollins Children’s Books and has been a ghostwriter, children’s bookseller, and book reviewer.

She currently edits and represents children’s book authors and illustrators at Studio Goodwin Sturges in Providence and teaches part-time at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). When not working with clients or RISD students on their book projects, she speaks at elementary schools and writes at her home in Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and two sons. She is the award-winning author of ten books for young readers, including Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing and What Do Wheels Do All Day? She especially loves history, biography and all kinds of picture books.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-567-3966 and info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Our November Program: “Can Science Slow Aging”

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Bill Gifford is a contributing editor for Outside Magazine. His previous book was called Ledyard: In Search of the First American Explorer.

The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes all to what promises to be a lively and informative program entitled “Can Science Slow Aging” that will be held at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, November 2, beginning at 2:30 pm.

Speaker Bill Gifford, the author of Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying) will lead the audience on a personal investigation into the science of aging, from wrinkles and baldness to the innermost workings of human cells. He will separate the wheat from the chaff as he exposes hoaxes and scams foisted upon an aging society.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-567-3966 and info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Our November Speaker: Sylvia Jukes Morris

Sylvia Jukes Morris The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes author Sylvia Jukes Morris and writer Joseph Montebello in a conversation at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, November 3, beginning at 2:30pm.

Sylvia Jukes Morris was born and educated in England, where she taught English literature before emigrating to America. She has not only written the two-volume life of Clare Boothe Luce, but also “Edith Kermit Roosevelt: Portrait of a First Lady.” She lives in New York City and Kent, Connecticut, with her husband, the writer Edmund Morris.

The beautiful, smart, ambitious and often tormented Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987) chose Sylvia Jukes Morris to be her biographer, giving her copious interviews and unprecedented access to her letters, diaries, unpublished writings, scrapbooks, and photographs. “Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce” is Morris’s critically acclaimed follow-up to “Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce,” completing the story of an exceptionally brilliant polymath.

The book chronicles Luce’s progress from the early months of World War II, when, as a Congresswoman and only female member of the House Military Affairs Committee, she toured the Western Front, captivating generals and GIs. She even visited Buchenwald and other concentration camps within days of their liberation. After a shattering personal tragedy, she converted to Roman Catholicism, and became the first American woman to be appointed ambassador to a major foreign power. “La Luce,” as the Italians called her, was also a prolific journalist and magnetic public speaker, as well as a playwright, screenwriter, scuba diver, early experimenter in psychedelic drugs, and Grande Dame of the GOP in the Reagan era. Tempestuously married to Henry Luce, the powerful publisher of Time Inc., she endured his infidelities while pursuing her own, and remained a practiced vamp well into old age.

Fran Keilty, owner of The Hickory Stick, will be offering the book for sale following the presentation. The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-605-7207 and womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Our October Speaker: David Leite

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The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes food writer David Leite to speak about his heritage and the delights of Portuguese cuisine at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, October 6, beginning at 2:30pm.

David Leite is a food writer, author, memoirist, and web publisher. He founded Leite’s Culinaria in 1999 and in 2006, he had the distinction of being the first winner ever of a James Beard Award for a website, a feat he repeated in 2007.

He has written about everything from chocolate chip cookies to fried clams, from the foods of Portugal to tribulations of being a super taster—for print, radio, and television. His first book, “The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe’s Western Coast,” explored the food of his heritage and won the 2010 IACP First Book/Julia Child Award. He’s also written for the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Lucky Peach, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Men’s Health, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, among others.

David is also a correspondent on public radio’s The Splendid Table, hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper. He has been a frequent guest and host on Martha Stewart Living Radio programs, including “Cooking Today,” as well as a guest on Lucinda Scala Quinn’s program, “Mad Hungry Monday.” He’s been heard on NPR’s “All Thing Considered” and has appeared on History Channel 2’s “United Stuff of America,” Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay,” The Today Show, “Radical Sabbatical,” and is a regular guest on WTNH-TV.

David won the 2008 James Beard Award for Newspaper Feature Writing Without Recipes for his article “In a ’64 T-Bird, Chasing a Date with a Clam” and was nominated for the same award the following year for his article “Perfection? Hint: It’s Warm and Has a Secret,” both from The New York Times. He was a 2006 winner of the Bert Greene Award for Food Journalism. In 2014, he was nominated for both Best Blog and Best Podcast Series by the IACP. His work has appeared in the Best Food Writing series a total of 14 times, from 2001 to 2015, a record.

Currently, David’s at work on his memoir “Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression” to be published by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. He will bring food samples of olive dip with bread and orange olive oil cake. Fran Keilty, owner of the Hickory Stick, will be offering his books for sale following his presentation.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-605-7207 and womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Our May Speaker: Sigrid MacRae

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The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Sigrid MacRae to speak about her book “A World Elsewhere: An American Woman in Wartime Germany” beginning at 2:30pm on Thursday, May 5, at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield.

Sigrid MacRae was born in Germany, her father a Baltic German aristocrat exiled from St. Petersburg by the Russian revolution and her mother an orphaned American debutante from Hartford he had met in Paris. This unusual alliance that shaped their children’s lives was chronicled by his sixth child in a remarkable and touching book.

MacRae’s father was killed on the Russian Front four months before she was born. Her mother, an American citizen, was left with six children in a country soon at war with her own. She survived the war and eventually returned to the U.S. with her children. MacRae was educated in America and in Europe, and spent much of her professional life as an editor. She is also co-author of “Alliance of Enemies; The Untold Story of the Secret American and German Collaboration to End World War II” and is now at work on another book.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a reception.  For more information, call 860-605-7207 or email womensforumoflitchfield.org.