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“Writers & Readers” series continues;
“ Nourishment” is the theme;

featuring author Rand Richards Cooper,
author Ann Hood, and
radio personality and author Colin McEnroe

Hartford, CT: April 18, 2006— On Thursday, May 4, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Real Art Ways’ Writers &Readers series continues with three writers talking about food for the soul –and for the belly. Rand Richards Cooper, a Hartford resident and writer, is a Contributing Editor at Bon Appétit, among numerous other magazines, is a film critic, and has written two collections of short stories; Providence writer Ann Hood’s numerous novels, short stories and essays, and contributions to Food and Wine magazine have led to an enthusiastic fan base; Colin McEnroe is an author and personality known for his radio show on WTIC-AM 1080 along with his years as a contributing writer at the Hartford Courant and his memoir My Father’s Footprints. Together they will play off each other’s words and provide insight into just what feeds a writer.

Writers and Readers is Real Art Ways’ bi-monthly gathering for people who love the written and spoken word. Many attendees are members of writing groups or book clubs. Each evening has a theme or event (such as poetry, storytelling, multiple author readings, etc.), and includes time before and after for casual conversation with others in the area interested in reading, writing and thinking. This is a free event, sponsored by United Technologies.

The next Writers and Readers event will take place on Thursday, July 6, 2006 with Steve Almond and the release of his newest book, Which Brings Me To You (co-authored with Julia Baggot). Steve will be joined by friends TBA. The evening’s theme is “Love Hurts: Erotic Tales of Disaster.”

Rand Richards Cooper is the author of The Last to Go (HBJ) and Big As Life (The Dial Press). He has taught at Amherst and Emerson colleges; his stories have appeared in Harper’s, The Atlantic, Esquire, GQ and many other magazines, and on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts. The Last to Go was produced for television by ABC. Cooper is a Contributing Editor at Bon Appétit and film critic for Commonweal. His story, “Johnny Hamburger,“ was featured in Best American Short Stories 2003.

Ann Hood is the author of 7 novels, including the bestseller, Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine; a memoir, Do Not Go Gentle: My Search For Miracles In A Cynical Time; and, most recently, a collection of short stories, An Ornithologist's Guide To Life. Her short stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Paris Review, Good Housekeeping, More, Traveler, and Ladies Home Journal. She has twice won the Pushcart Prize, as well as a Best American Spiritual Writing Award and The Paul Bowles Short Fiction Prize. Her new novel, The Knitting Circle, will be published by Norton in January 2007. She lives in Providence, RI.

Colin McEnroe is a witty and opinionated radio talk show host, columnist, author, social commentator, and playwright. His books include Swimming Chickens and Lose Weight Through Great Sex With Celebrities (the Elvis Way), and his memoir, My Father's Footprints.

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Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday 2-10 pm;
Friday and Saturday 2pm-midnight. Closed Mondays. Free to members, $3.00 suggested donation for non-members.

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Founded in 1975, Real Art Ways is one of the country’s leading multi-disciplinary contemporary arts organizations, and features an extensive gallery exhibition program as well as commissioned projects for public spaces and an ongoing series of artist talks, cinema programs, concerts, performance, spoken word, and educational programs.

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