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 May Program: ‘The Two Eleanors’

Kathryn Boughton (photo: Lisa Weir)

The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Kathryn Boughton for a program at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, May 4, beginning at 2:30pm.

Kathryn Boughton is a veteran journalist in the tristate region, having worked for three regional newspapers, as managing editor of both The Lakeville Journal and The Litchfield County Times, and in her current capacity as a correspondent for the Republican-American. She has an abiding interest in history and is Town Historian in North Canaan, where she has established and is director of the Canaan History Center, a research center for family and Northwest Corner history.

In her talk, “A Tale of Two Eleanors,” she will explore the similarities between the lives of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Eleanor Roosevelt, powerful women who stood at the center of the world’s stage some eight centuries apart.

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 info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.