The Dodd Center, CT Center for the Book, CT State Library, CT Library Association, CT Commission on Culture and Tourism, UConn Coop, and CT Humanities Council have formed a coaltion to plan the first statewide book festival to take place at the Greater Hartford UConn Campus on May 21-22, 2011.  The goal of the festival is to bring together writers and readers with a target age of young adults and older.  Connecticut author Wally Lamb, pictured below, has agreed to serve as honorary chair and approximately 25 Connecticut authors will be featured.  There will be readings and signings, presentations and events for children.  All programs will be free and open to the public.  For more information contact Terri J. Goldich at 860.486.3646 or send an email to