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Stratford Library Hosts Coffee Talk On 'Almost Famous Women'

Megan Mayhew Bergman
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STRATFORD, Conn. -- The Stratford Library's “Books Over Coffee” program continues its 2016 winter/spring series with a discussion of Megan Mayhew Bergman’s collection of short stories, "Almost Famous Women," on Wednesday, March 30, in the Lovell Room.

The fascinating characters in Bergman’s “collection of stories are as beautiful and strange as the women who inspired them” (Kirkus Reviews) are defined by their creative impulses, fierce independence and sometimes reckless decisions.

In “The Siege at Whale Cay,” cross-dressing Standard Oil heiress Joe Carstairs seduces Marlene Dietrich. In another, aviator and writer Beryl Markham lives alone in Nairobi and engages in a battle of wills with a stallion.

In “Hell-Diving Women,” the first integrated, all-girl swing band sparks a violent reaction in North Carolina. Other heroines, born in proximity to the spotlight, struggle to distinguish themselves: Lord Byron’s illegitimate daughter, Allegra; Oscar Wilde’s wild niece, Dolly; Edna St. Vincent Millay’s talented sister, Norma; James Joyce’s daughter, Lucia.

"Almost Famous Women" offers an elegant and intimate look at artists who desired recognition.

Participants are invited to bring a bag lunch to the program; coffee and tea will be served. Limited reading copies of "Almost Famous Women" are available for loan at the library’s circulation desk.

All “Books Over Coffee” titles are available at the library or on Kindle and Nook eReaders for loan. Patrons also can download the ebook or eaudiobook through the OverDrive app at the library.

The 2016 book discussion list is available at the library. For more information, call the library’s public relations and programming office at (203) 385-4162. Information also is available on the library’s website.

The event will be from noon to 1 p.m.

The library is at 2203 Main St., Stratford.

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