Hamden Authors in the Spotlight

A limited quantity of copies of the books discussed at these events will be available for purchase.

Tuesday September 24
7:00 PM
Thornton Wilder Hall

Originally from the Philippines, Abigail S. Raines is a resident of Hamden, CT and recipe developer at Manilaspoon.com.  Her recent cookbook, Rice. Noodles. Yum. (Everyone’s Favorite Southeast Asian Dishes) was published in June.  It has 75 delicious and authentic rice and noodle recipes from Southeast Asia featuring dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. Abigail traveled all over southeast Asia to do research on this cookbook, looking for the best rice and noodle dishes that represent each country and learned much from local cooks and chefs alike. She will share her experiences and recipes (including samples.) Seating is limited, so reserve your spot early.


Monday, October 7
6:30 PM
Miller Library Friends Room

Hamden author Tory Bilski discusses her new book, Wild Horses of the Summer Sun. This memoir follows Bilski as she meets up with fellow women travelers each June at Thingeyrar, an Icelandic horse farm. They escape their ordinary lives to live an extraordinary one at a horse farm perched at the edge of the world, if only for a short while.

Ms. Bilski’s short stories have been published in The Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, 13th Moon, and other literary magazines. Two of her short stories were nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She has a B.A. from Oswego State, and a M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan, and currently works at Yale University.


Tuesday, November 19
7:00 PM
Thornton Wilder Hall

Author and Hamden resident Ryan Leigh Dostie reads from her book, Formation: A Woman’s Memoir of Stepping Out of Line, ‘a riveting story of one woman’s extraordinary journey in a world where the odds are stacked against her.’ Cheryl Strayed’s Wild meets Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead in this powerful literary memoir of a young Army recruit driven to prove herself in a man’s world.