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New England History and Female “Convicts” shipped from England to Tasmania

“Sunday Afternoon Talks” New England at 400

New England at 400: From Plymouth Rock to the Present Day” with Professor Eric D. Lehman on November 15, will be held from 2-3:30 pm on Zoom. University of Bridgeport professor Eric D. Lehman will discuss his latest book, New England at 400: From Plymouth Rock to the Present Day, telling stories about the four centuries of lives, loves, failures, and successes of our fellow New Englanders.

Eric D. Lehman is the author or editor of seventeen books of history, travel, and fiction, including Yankee’s New England, Insiders’ Guide to Connecticut, The Quotable New Englander, and Becoming Tom Thumb, which won the Victorian Society of America Award and was chosen by the ALA as one of the best university press books of the year. His novella Shadows of Paris was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award, won a silver medal in romance from the Foreword Review, and was judged the novella of the year by the Next Generation Independent Book Awards.

The event is free and open to the public. For further information call the Stratford Library at: 203-385-4162.

Christina Kline’s “The Exiles” to be Discussed on Nov. 18

The Stratford Library “Books Over Coffee” program continues with an online Zoom discussion of Christina Baker Kline’s historical drama, The Exiles, on Wednesday, November 18. The program, hosted by Linda LiDestri, will be held from 12 – 1 pm. The book talk is free and open to the public.

The Exiles is Christina Baker Kline’s historical fiction novel that takes place in the early 1840s and focusses on the transport of female “convicts” from England to Tasmania. The transport of prisoners to North America and Australia is generally known, but not about the female population to Tasmania. Christina Baker Kline his established herself as a novelist who plumbs noteworthy but little-known facets of the past, and The Exiles marks her third foray into the genre. While her Orphan Train and A Piece of the World were grounded in American history, The Exiles makes a bold geographic and cultural leap.

Limited reading copies of The Exiles are available for loan at the library’s Circulation Desk. All “Books Over Coffee” titles are available at the Library or on Kindle eReader for loan. Patrons can also download the eBook or audiobook through the OverDrive app at the Library. “Books Over Coffee” will conclude its 2020 season on December 16 with Dear Edward by Jane Napolitano.

For furthur information call the Library at: 203-385-4162 or register online at:


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