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Sandy Taylor Scholarship Fundraiser at Eastern

Written by Kevin Antonucci


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                               Sandy Taylor


Willimantic, Conn. - Renowned author Wally Lamb will highlight a celebration of the life of poet and publisher Alexander "Sandy" Taylor at Eastern Connecticut State University by reading from his latest novel, "The Hour I First Believed" on Oct. 24. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Shafer Hall Auditorium, located at the corner of Windham and Valley Streets. Also on the program is prominent storyteller, Raouf Mama, professor of English at Eastern, who will team up with folk guitarist Bruce John to perform. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. The goal is to raise enough funds to create an endowed scholarship in Taylor's honor. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Alexander "Sandy" Taylor Scholarship at Eastern.                                

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        Sandy Taylor bust, sculpted by Claudia Widdiss


Taylor was a highly-regarded poet and a dynamic high school teacher and college professor. He and his wife, Judy Doyle, co-founded Curbstone Press, an independent publishing company. Their mission was to publish creative literature that promoted human rights, literacy, inter-cultural understanding and appreciation of literature.

Lamb is a critically-acclaimed writer and bestselling author. Some of his finest work, such as "The Hour I First Believed," She's Come Undone" and "I Know This Much Is True," have been on the New York Times bestseller list. "She's Come Undone" was named notable book of the year by numerous publications and chosen by the Oprah Winfrey Show as a "Book Club" Selection, along with "I Know This Much is True."  

            Mama is internationally known as a multilingual storyteller and the only person in the world who tells indigenous tales from his native Benin in French, English, Fon and Yoruba. His most recent book, "Why Monkeys Live in Trees," won the National Multicultural Children's Book Award in 2008.

            Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Student Center Information Booth, (860) 465-4450, or purchased at the door. For more information, please contact Claudia Widdiss at (860) 465-5133 or email


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