Dar Williams, an acclaimed singer and songwriter, who has traveled the country performing her thoughtful, insightful songs, will appear Tuesday October 10 at 7PM at the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore, 413 Main Street Middletown, to talk about her new book, "What I Found in a Thousand Towns."
The book is an exploration of towns that work, and Williams' insight into the factors that make a successful town. A primary chapter in the book features Middletown, and Williams' exploration of the town/gown relationship here.
Williams will read from her book, and sign copies for attendees, but the reading is something closer to a cross between a community forum and a hootenanny. Williams intends to bring her guitar, sing some of her songs ("When Sal's Burned Down," is about a long-lamented Middletown tavern), and encourage attendees to sing along.
Williams is familiar with Middletown. She is a 1989 grad of Wesleyan and has returned often as an instructor at the university. She has recorded and released thirteen solo albums, and an additional album with the group Cry, Cry, Cry (Williams, Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky). In addition, she has appeared on several compilation and tribute albums. Williams has toured internationally, and has appeared at concert halls, listening venues and festivals here, and in Canada and Europe.
This is a free event. No ticket or reservation is necessary.