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Early Days of Motown Focus of Author Conversation in Windsor

Peter Benjaminson, author of Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown’s First Superstar, will be featured on Sunday, March 3, at the Windsor Art Center.

Peter Benjaminson, author of Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown’s First Superstar, will be featured on Sunday, March 3, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, at the Windsor Art Center, in conversation with Erica Bryan, a student at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford.  The setting for this discussion will be a stunning exhibition of the work of Hartford-based quilter, Ed Johnetta Miller.  This is the second event of a thought-provoking discussion series that is bringing leading authors and insightful conversation to the Capitol region this year.  

“We are pleased to welcome a highly regarded author for what promises to be an engaging and insightful conversation about Mary Wells’ career and the birth of Motown and its significant impact on our culture,” said Amistad Center Executive Director Olivia S. White. “With the extraordinary work of Ed Johnetta Miller on exhibition, the afternoon will truly be food for thought and a feast for the eyes.”

Benjaminson’s book has been reviewed as a “moving tribute to an artist who should not be forgotten.”  Wells, discovered at age 17, embarked on a career as Motown’s first diva, perhaps best known for classic hits including “My Guy.”  This is Benjaminson’s seventh book; previous works include The Story of Motown and The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard.

The author series seeks to engage diverse audiences and age groups to encourage people to read and talk about topics of significance to American culture and people of African heritage.  By highlighting the Black experience in America, familiar to some, a curiosity to others, the author series underscores the human experience as well.  The events are held at various locations to encourage wide community engagement and participation throughout the region.

Individuals planning to attend the author events are encouraged to read the books in advance.  Advance reservations for the author series events are required; the nominal charge is $5.  The Windsor Art Center is located at 40 Mechanic Street, Windsor.  To RSVP for one or all of the authors@mistad series events, call 860-838-4133 or email amistadcenter@wadsworthatheneum.org.

authors@mistad is made possible by Amistad Center members and a generous grant from Connecticut Center for the Book, a program of Connecticut Humanities that promotes reading, writing and Connecticut’s literary heritage. The organization’s work fosters community dialogue around civic issues and connects Connecticut citizens with resources on reading, writing and literature within the state and beyond. For more information, please visit cthumanities.org.

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