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Author Talk with Connelly Akstens | Without Shame: Learning to Be Me

Please join us for an author talk with Connelly Akstens! She will read from her autobiography, Without Shame: Learning to Be Me, followed by a Q & A.

We've partnered Savoy Bookshop for this event. To purchase a signed copy of her book please click here, or mention the Westerly Library in-store.

About the book:

"Without Shame is about my transgender life, but it’s also about my beloved grandfather, Boston and Cape Cod, my bohemian aunt, a duck in a burlap bag, my eccentric parents, a blowout party for the ages, strange and wonderful restaurants, a worm’s eye view of big-time college basketball, the Cambridge music scene in the ’60s, Woodstock in the ’70s, a lunatic dog and four tuxedo cats, ball lightning, a wedding dress, my years as an Adirondack fly fishing guide, the world’s seediest hotel, my long career in music, treasured friends and students, marriage, beachcombing and mortality."

About the author:

Connelly Akstens, PhD, the author of Without Shame: Learning to Be Me, has been active for years in transgender advocacy as a speaker for SpeakOUT Boston and at many conferences. She teaches Shakespeare and the History of Ideas and SUNY/ Empire State College and has been an award-winning feature writer for Adirondack Life and many other magazines and journals. As a musician, Connelly has released five CDs of original and American roots music. She is a licensed Adirondack guide and an avid gardener.

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