Connecticut author reads from new novel about 1963 Norwich flood
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 22:10
New York Times best-selling author and Connecticut native, Wally Lamb, gathered the masses into Storrs Center Monday evening for the debut of his fifth novel, “We Are Water.”
Volunteers from UConn Professor Sean Forbes’ 1702 creative writing class as well as some other volunteers, greeted attendees at the door and ushered them to their seats.
The evening began with a lively poetry slam session with Lamb’s son Justin, who has won many awards for his skills in the slam poetry.
His eccentric and engaging bits of interactive poetry had the audience laughing, responding and left them wanting more as he wrapped up his performance and headed back to his seat.
Next to speak was another local author, Zack Lamothe, who joined Lamb to promote his newly released book “Connecticut Lore,” a compilation of native gems, hotspots and histories.
Lamothe started with a short background on the inspiration for his book of local treasures. He explained that his family took many day trips all around the state to seek out hidden gems and historical wonders.
He then read two passages allowed regarding the lore of the vampires of Jewett City and “The Nut Lady” and her collection of nut memorabilia located at the Lyman Allan Museum on the Connecticut College campus.
After high praise and introduction from Lamb’s colleague, close friend and UConn English professor Bruce Cohen, Lamb began his reading.
He thanked all the people who made the book and subsequent tour happen and a background on the novel.
Growing up in Norwich, Lamb centered a great deal of the character development around the catastrophic flood which struck the town in 1963 after a dam broke due to copious amounts of rain.
Lamb used a specific story of three brothers who had survived the flood after being saved by a man. The man in question was at the book release evening along with one of the brothers.
The novel is written from the perspective a young man named Kent.
Lamb read a short excerpt that gripped the audience. Every member of the audience was completely enthralled with the story and the engaging manner in which Lamb brought his own words to life. After finishing the reading, Lamb thanked the audience graciously and the three authors were ushered to the back of the room where they autographed copies of their work.