Authors Monagan, Elliott to visit Kent library
Kent Memorial Library will present a program with two local authors Nov. 25 from 4 to 7:45 p.m.
Charles Monagan and Melinda K. Elliott will sign copies of their books, “Connecticut Icons” and “Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time,” respectively.
A writer and editor for the past 45 years, Monagan is the author of three acclaimed humor books, “The Neurotic's Handbook,” “The Reluctant Naturalist” and “Poodles from Hell,” as well as “Connecticut Icons” and the novel “Carrie Welton.”
He was the editor of Connecticut Magazine for 24 years and has freelanced for many publications, including The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. He wrote the book and lyrics for the musical “Mad Bomber. “
As editor of Connecticut Magazine for 24 years, Monagan spent years discovering and describing the people, places, and things that comprise the character of his home state.
With this entertaining collection of photos, anecdotes, and little-known facts, Monagan presents 58 of his favorite icons—from the hot lobster roll to the Yale Bowl, the U.S.S. Nautilus to the Merritt Parkway—and shows native and newcomer alike the independent spirit and local pride at the heart of this great state of Connecticut.
Elliott first became interested in one-room schoolhouses from her mother’s exciting stories of school-room adventures.
She is involved in several historical endeavors, including being a director and docent of an 18th century brick schoolhouse.
She enjoys historical research and sharing her latest finds through the historical society newsletter, brochures, panel displays, blogs, and a children’s book on local history.