Bristol Public Library has announced two upcoming author events

Published on Monday, 24 January 2022 12:10


BRISTOL – Bristol Public Library has announced two upcoming author events next month, featuring New York Times Bestselling Author Marie Benedict and Connecticut author and veterinarian Melissa Shapiro, whose blind, deaf dog ‘Piglet’ is featured in inspirational speaking events.

The author program with Marie Benedict will be held virtually via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 17.

“She writes historic fiction, usually about strong female characters,” said Scott Stanton, assistant director at Bristol Public Library. “Her latest book is about the personal librarian to Andrew Carnegie. For this event, we will be giving out signed copies of her books as door prizes. When people sign-up for the event, they will be able to submit questions via email. Following her presentation, I will be asking Marie these questions from the audience.”

Deborah Prozzo, library director at Bristol Public Library, said that Marie Benedict’s books are the most commonly read books in the library’s book discussion groups.

“We have multiple copies of her latest book, The Personal Librarian, at the library as well as her other titles,” said Prozzo.

Those who participate in the virtual author program on Feb. 17 will also be able to pick up a Southern-themed gift bag which includes instant. This way, participants can enjoy Benedict’s favorite meal, shrimp and grits, while following along with the program.

In addition, the library has scheduled an in-person event for Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at Bristol Public Library. Melissa Shapiro and the rescue dog Piglet will be present for this book discussion. Piglet is a pink Dachshund and Chihuahua mix who was rescued from a hoarding situation in Georgia and was born both deaf and blind. Shapiro will demonstrate the ways in which she is able to communicate with the dog via tapping.

Stanton said Shapiro will also discuss how Piglet has become a source of inspiration for many – showing them that they can “overcome anything.”

“He’s a very friendly little guy,” said Stanton. “It should be a lot of fun.”

Stanton said that Shapiro, who is a Connecticut author, has used the dog as the inspiration to create “The Piglet Mindset”, which she defines as follows:

. Facing challenges with a positive attitude.

. Focusing on what you have and moving past what you don’t.

. Accepting individuals for who they are and including them despite their differences.

. Having empathy and understanding towards others and following up with positive actions.

. Being kind to all people and animals

Prozzo added that Shapiro’s books will be available for purchase and signing at this event.

“We’re very excited to host them,” she said. “Piglet has become quite the celebrity. Melissa celebrated his fifth birthday yesterday along with her other rescue dogs. It was very endearing.”

Bristol Public Library is located at 5 High St.

To register for these programs, visit or call 860-584-7787.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Monday, 24 January 2022 12:10. Updated: Monday, 24 January 2022 12:13.