International and New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry will appear at a reception, where he will talk about how history inspired his latest thriller, “The Jefferson Key” and sign books on November 5 from 4:30p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Connecticut Historical Society located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford. The reception will feature wine and cheese from Connecticut farms and vineyards and all proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Historical Society. The cost of this event is $35. A special rate of $25 is available for those who also participated in a writers workshop conducted earlier that day by Steve Berry at the Connecticut Historical Society. For more information call 860-236-5621, ext. 246.