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Biographer & Journalist Susan Campbell to Speak in Tolland

Author Susan Campbell
Author Susan Campbell

Susan Campbell, an award-winning journalist and author, will speak Monday, May 5 about her new biography of Isabella Beecher Hooker as part of the Tolland Public Library Foundation’s popular Eaton-Dimock-King Authors Series.

Campbell, a former longtime columnist at The Hartford Courant who shared in a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for the newspaper’s coverage of the shootings at state lottery headquarters, will speak at 7 p.m. in conference room A of Tolland Town Hall at 21 Tolland Green.

Campbell will also sell and sign copies of “Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker,” the first full biography of Hooker, the feisty youngest daughter of Hartford’s Beecher family. Her older sister, Harriett Beecher Stowe, was the author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

Campbell conducted most of the research for the book at the Harriett Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford. Isabella Beecher Hooker was a leader of the American Suffragist movement who was born in Litchfield in 1822 and died in Hartford in 1907.

Campbell spent more than 25 years as a columnist at The Courant. She is now the Robert C. Vance Endowed Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication at Central Connecticut State University as well as the communications/development director at the Partnership for Strong Communities, a statewide non-profit agency that’s working to end homelessness. She also co-writes a blog about religion called “Hot Dogma!”

Campbell’s talk is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call at 860-871-3620.

The Tolland Public Library series, funded by the Phoebe Dimock King and Elizabeth C. King Eaton Endowment, has previously brought writers Dan Barry, Denis Horgan, Susan Schoenberger, Jeff Goldberg, Lucy Anne Hurston, Jane Haddam and P.W. Catanese to town.

About the Tolland Public Library Foundation
The Foundation was established in 1996 to receive donations to benefit the Tolland Public Library and to enhance library services beyond what the town budget provides. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to the Tolland Public Library Foundation, Inc., 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 06084.

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