The Palace Theatre’s ‘I Wrote That’ Series Features Authors, Books

WATERBURY—I Wrote That!, a new series about books and the authors who write them, debuts this fall at the Poli Club at the Palace Theatre. Tickets for each author’s dates are now on sale.

“The series seeks to reach different audiences to share how words can enrich our lives and help us see other perspectives,” according to series curator Sheree Marcucci.

“We’re working on securing additional diverse authors who have written books in a variety of genres, and that will appeal to different age groups,” she said.

The following authors have been confirmed.

September 27, 7 p.m.: Celebrating Joan Joyce with Tony Renzoni and Keely Baisden Knudsen. This author talk will celebrate Waterbury’s Joan Joyce, one of the greatest female athletes of all time, according to Marcucci. Tony Renzoni, author of Connecticut softball legend Joan Joyce and Keely Baisden Knudsen, co-author and star of Joan Joyce! The Music team joins forces to share excerpts and songs from their work.

October 5, 7 p.m.: Guest is Lori Borgman, What Happens at Grandma’s Stays at Grandma’s columnist, author, and speaker from Indianapolis, Ind. His newspaper column covers a wide range of topics from the myth that women have about the dangers of arm fat, is distributed by the Chicago Tribune to over 400 newspapers across North America. Her book, What Happens at Grandma’s Stays at Grandma’s is written with the same humor and spirit as Lori’s column. Readers will find the stories warm, tender, funny and a perfect gift for parents and grandparents.

Nov. 17, 7 p.m.: Gina Barreca & Complices. Fast Funny Women: 75 Essays of Flash Nonfiction edited by Gina Barreca, explores a group of smart, funny, and courageous women with stories about what got them through life’s toughest times. “Maven of Feminist Humor” by Ms. Magazine, and her articles for Psychology Today have received over 8.5 million views. Gina, who is Professor Emeritus of the UCONN Board of Trustees.

Dec. 17, 1 p.m. Melissa Shapiro DVM, “Piglet Comes Home.” Bring along your favorite youngsters and get ready to snuggle up to see and hear all about Piglet, the deaf, blind, pink pup. Shapiro is a small animal veterinarian, author, and speaker/advocate for companion animals and people with disabilities. She’s also the driving force behind social media phenomenon Piglet, the Deaf and Blind Pink Puppy (@pinkpigletpuppy). Melissa, Piglet, and the rest of her four-legged family members will read excerpts from her book.

March 18, 3 p.m.: David Freeland, American Hotel: The Waldorf-Astoria and The Making of a Century. Known internationally as a symbol of elegance and luxury, the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan is one of the most famous hotels in the world. In this talk based on his book, American Hotel: The Waldorf-Astoria and The Making of a Century, historian David Freeland will take us behind the glittering image, using rare photos and documents to reveal the full extent of the Waldorf’s contribution as a shaper of 20th century life and culture.

Tickets for each presentation are available online at, by phone at 203-346-2000 or in person at the box office, 100 East Main St, Waterbury. Summer ticket office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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