Written by Danielle Couture
Willimantic, CT - - Rita Chiarelli, Canada's most highly acclaimed female roots and blues artist, and Wally Lamb, bestselling local author, will be this year's first presenters for Eastern Connecticut State University's Arts and Lecture Series in the Betty R. Tipton Room at 7 p.m. on Oct. 9.
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."
Norwich native Wally Lamb is the bestselling author of "The Hour I First Believed," "She's Come Undone," "I Know This Much Is True" and "We Are Water." Lamb has facilitated a writing program 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."
Tickets are free for students and $10 for the public. To reserve your ticket, call (860) 465-0036 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.