Rita Chiarelli & Wally Lamb
October 9, 2013       7 p.m.
Betty R. Tipton Room

Rita Chiarelli is Canada’s most highly acclaimed female roots and blues artist. Known throughout the country as “the Goddess of the Blues,” Chiarelli has won every major Canadian blues award, including multiple Maple Blues awards, CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award, a JUNO (a Canadian Grammy) award and four JUNO nominations.

Her most recent release is the soundtrack to the documentary film “Music From the Big House,” recorded live with the inmates of Louisiana’s maximum-security Angola Prison, considered to be the “birthplace of the blues.”

Since 1999, Norwich, Connecticut, native Wally Lamb, the bestselling author of “The Hour I First Believed,” “She’s Come Undone,” “I Know This Much Is True” and “We Are Water,” has facilitated a writing program for incarcerated women at the York Correctional Institute in Niantic, Connecticut’s only women’s prison. The writing program has produced two collections of the inmates’ writing, “Couldn’t Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters” and “I’ll Fly Away: Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison.”

Chiarelli and Lamb’s presentation will include a viewing of the film “Music from the Big House,” followed by a musical performance by Chiarelli. Afterwards, Chiarelli will be joined by Lamb to discuss “Healing in Prison Through the Arts.”

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