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Sarah Darer Littman had a launch event at Barrett Bookstore in Darien on October 25th for her latest YA novel from Scholastic Press, Anything But Okay.  She appeared on a panel with three other Scholastic authors in Bethesda, MD, as part of the #Findyourstory tour.

Sarah Darer Littman

Ginger Heller’s The Kid Who Beat Wall Street and Saved Africa, won a Silver Medal for Middle Grade Children's Adventure Stories in the Literary Classics International Book Awards for 2018. Also, her new book, The Boy Who Rode the Tiger, is finished, but is only in manuscript form, as she is still looking for an agent/publisher. It recently received three 5-star reviews from Readers' Favorite Book reviews.

The New England Poetry Club invited Jean P. Moore to read from her chapbook, Time’s Tyranny, on November 11 at Harvard’s Yenching Library in Cambridge MA. Jean is happy to announce that her chapbook has been nominated for the Massachusetts Book Award, 2018.



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Season of Light/Songs of the Season: December 21, from 3 - 4 PM, enjoy a moment of peace and tranquility this holiday season with improvisational arrangements of seasonal music performed in duo format by Steinway Artist Joyce DiCamillo and acoustic bassist Joe Sinaguglia in the Grace Farms Sanctuary. The 80-acre preserve, will create an environment for reflection and contemplation. Admission is free. Grace Farms, 365 Lukes Wood Road, New Canaan.



Note: RSVPs with a check made out to Greenwich Pen Women for $45 was due Nov. 31. Send your check to Stasha Healy, 98 Sheephill Rd., Riverside, CT 06878.

Doris Mady will be at:

  • Warner Library, Tarrytown, NY through December with a one woman show, “Favorite Places and Things”
  • Ridgefield Art on Main "Farewell to Fall" show until December 15, 488 Main Street. Entry: Looks like Rain
  • Outside In Gallery, Piermont, NY until December 16. Entry: Yellow Boat
  • North Castle Public Library’s 1st Annual Juried exhibition, "Words in Art", through December 27 will have 3 paintings: Interview with a Vampire, Billowing In, and Shining Sea. Library is at 19 Whippoorwill Rd. East, Armonk, NY.
  • Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave., Norwalk, CT, until December 24. Entries: Holiday, Early Morning Start, Clouds Over Turks, and Putt, Putt. Also look for a fundraising piece, 6" x6" called Twilight at Turks.
  • Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich Arts Council, until January 3, 2019 CREATIVE WOMEN Artists of the Greenwich Pen. Entries: Spring Thaw and Doug's Tree.
Billowing In by Doris Mady

Jean P. Moore has also been invited to read from her new novel, Tilda’s Promise on Monday, December 10, 12 PM as part of the AuthorSpeak program at the Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave., Norwalk, CT.


Spotlight: Alma Rutgers (Letters)

Alma, a new Letters member, has been a columnist for Greenwich Time (Hearst Connecticut Media Group) since 2010. Her column, published every other Sunday, focuses on issues of local interest, often political in nature. She has a blog that can be accessed through Greenwich Time’s website.

Alma has served in Greenwich town government for over 30 years, including on the Board of Health, Housing Authority, and as an elected member of the Greenwich Board and Estimate and Taxation (BET) for 12 years. She has been a member of several selectmen’s advisory committees, most recently the First Selectman’s Advisory Committee on Community Diversity, where she coordinated a writing contest on diversity subjects for high school students. She also chaired the town’s Community Development Advisory Committee for 4 years.

Long active in politics, Alma was Greenwich Democratic Town Committee Chairperson from 1986-1990.

A member of the Greenwich League of Women Voters for 50 years, she served on both the local and state boards and was the housing specialist for the Connecticut League of Women Voters for 10 years, lobbying the state legislature on affordable housing issues. She received the Greenwich League’s Mary Award in 2012.

Alma has been on the boards of many Greenwich non-profit organizations over the years, including Neighbor-to-Neighbor, Call A Ride, Jewish Family Services, Greenwich Hadassah, Greenwich Kiwanis Club, Friends of Nathaniel Witherell, and the Greenwich Department of Human Services Fund. She currently chairs the board of Community Centers, Inc. (CCI).

Alma was a hospice volunteer for over 20 years and volunteers once a month at New Covenant Center soup kitchen in Stamford.

A Greenwich resident since 1947, Alma graduated from Greenwich Academy and Barnard College. She also holds an M. Phil. degree in sociology from Columbia University.

In May 2009, Alma received a Master of Arts in Writing degree (MAW) from Manhattanville College. During her time at Manhattanville she began a memoir about her spiritual journey. Her memoir is now nearing completion. Alma currently participates in a memoir workshop at the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Alma is married to retired NBC News Producer, Don Snyder. She has one son and two adult grandchildren.

Email: arutgers@optonline.net

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Alma Rutgers
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