Free Book Friday: Enter to Win Tickets to the Big Book Club Getaway, Featured Books

Free Book Friday: Enter to Win Tickets to the Big Book Club Getaway, Featured Books

Time to celebrate the new year with a very special edition of #FreeBookFriday!

Today’s giveaways, worth nearly $500 in total, come from the Big Book Club and the corresponding History Press authors to be featured at its very first Connecticut-based getaway.

You may enter to win by commenting on this post by Sunday, January 13 (11:59 p.m., EST). The winners (picked by the robots at will be announced Monday morning.

Read more below and comment at the end of this post to enter to win one of the following four prizes!

First prize:

Two tickets to the Big Book Club Getaway ($200 value) + two books

Hidden History of Connecticut

The Great Escape of Edward Whalley &William Goffe

Second prize:

Two tickets to the Big Book Club Getaway ($200 value) + one book

The Connecticut River

Third prize:

From our new American Palate series, the popular A History of Connecticut Food: A Proud Tradition of Puddings, Clambakes & Steamed Cheeseburgers + History Press koozie

Fourth prize:

History Press KOOZIE!

About the event:

The Big Book Club Getaway_2013We are proud to join the Big Book Club in its first Getaway: a weekend of books, authors and discussions sure to delight the book lover’s heart, all while bringing literary fun and local history to life and benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. Over forty bestselling and award-winning authors will converge at this world-class venue.

Four History Press authors will make guest appearances based off of their books.

Hidden History of Connecticut

3199 HH of CTConnecticut’s history is full of engaging and fascinating stories—rocks that are national monuments, the “people’s sculptor,” football players on chapel finials, moons on the Travelers calendars, artists Frederic Church and Eric Sloane and even a Thanksgiving Day touch football game with a future president. These are tales from Greenwich to Enfield, from Sharon to Old Lyme and so much in between. Follow along with historian Wilson H. Faude in this “must-have” Connecticut book as he traverses the state in search of hidden history. [Read more…]

wilson faudeLifelong “nutmegger” Wilson H. Faude has been the curator of the Mark Twain House and executive director of the Old State House and currently serves as the archivist for the City of Hartford. For twelve years, he was the chairman of the Connecticut Historical Commission. He has written numerous articles and books on Hartford and Connecticut. He has a BA from Hobart College and an MA from Trinity College. He has been honored as the Civitan Man of the Year, as a Distinguished Advocate for the Arts in the state of Connecticut and as a Cow Parade artist; he has also been honored with the Thomas Hooker award for community service. He is listed in Who’s Who in America.

A History of Connecticut Food: A Proud Tradition of Puddings, Clambakes & Steamed Cheeseburgers

5121 CT foodWhat is Connecticut food? Which crops, livestock and seafood have shaped the complex cuisines that its people have cherished for more than four centuries? This exciting investigation will please every food lover who appreciates the story behind a meal and every budding chef who longs for the secrets of favorite local dishes. With traditional recipes, reinterpretations and fascinating new classics, there’s something here for all tastes, from familiar comforts like chicken pot pie and fried oysters to curious concoctions like Grape-Nuts pudding and steamed cheeseburgers. [Read more…]

EricLehman_AmyNawrockiEric D. Lehman and Amy Nawrocki are the coauthors of A History of Connecticut Wine: Vineyard in Your Backyard. Eric’s essays, reviews and stories have appeared in dozens of journals and magazines. His books include Bridgeport: Tales from the Park City; Hamden: Tales from the Sleeping Giant; and The Insider’s Guide to Connecticut. Amy is an award-winning poet whose three collections, Potato Eaters, Nomad’s End and Lune de Miel, are available from Finishing Line Press. They teach English and creative writing at the University of Bridgeport and live in Hamden with their two cats.

A History of the Connecticut River

4056 CT riverPaddle from Enfield Rapids to Long Island Sound and travel down one of America’s most famous waterways—the Connecticut River. Its calm waters conceal an unruly past in which native tribes lost ground to Dutch and English colonists who vied for the river’s immense economic power. The skyline of Hartford looms on the western shore, with the gold dome of the capitol as a remnant of this robust economy centered on world trade. Many have found a deep inspiration along the river, including Lady Fenwick, a local legend; David Bushnell, creator of the first American submarine; and even Albert Einstein, who contemplated the cosmos while relaxing on the riverbanks.  [Read more…]

wickgriswoldWick Griswold teaches sociology of the Connecticut River Watershed at the University of Hartford’s Hillyer College.

For the past twenty-five years, he has been commodore of the Connecticut River Drifting Society. “See you on the rivah,” are among his favorite words.

The Great Escape of Edward Whalley & William Goffe: Smuggled Through Connecticut

3028 Whalley and GoffeWhen Puritans Edward Whalley and William Goffe joined the parliamentary army against King Charles I in the English civil wars, they seized an opportunity to overthrow a tyrant. Under their battlefield leadership, the army trounced the Royalist forces and then cut off the king’s head. Yet when the king’s son, Charles II, regained the throne, Whalley and Goffe were forced to flee to the New England colonies aboard the ship Prudent Mary—never to see their families or England again. Even with the help of New England’s Puritan elite, including Reverend John Davenport, they struggled to stay a step ahead of searches for their arrest in Boston, New Haven (where they hid out in Judges Cave) and the outpost of Hadley, Massachusetts. Forced to live as fugitives, these former major generals survived frontier adventures in seventeenth-century New England. [Read more…]

chrispagliucoChris Pagliuco is a freelance writer who specializes in seventeenth-century colonial history. His interest in the regicides originated in his graduate studies in history at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He teaches high school history in Madison, Connecticut, and serves as town historian in Essex, Connecticut, and on the editorial team of Connecticut Explored, a quarterly history publication. He lives with his wife, two daughters and two dogs in Ivoryton, Connecticut. This is his first book.


  1. Hidden History of Connecticut sounds like a great read!

  2. avatar Koen Donker van Heel says:

    It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt. By the man himself.

  3. avatar Kathy Formisano says:

    Looks like this is going to be a great weekend. Fabulous prize, I want to win!

  4. Fantastic prizes and looks to be an incredible event

  5. avatar john wiehn says:

    Sounds like a great event. Glad its coming to
    Connecticut. Would love to go…

  6. avatar Judith Flemming says:

    I would love to read more and learn more about Connecticut’s history!

  7. These are all excellent titles- they sell very well for me and I have enjoyed meeting several of your authors. And yes, even tho I live in CT, the words GETaWAY and BOOK together are prize combo IMHO!!!

  8. avatar Kelly Phillips says:

    I love to read and would be ecstatic to have the opportunity to meet these authors.

  9. As a Connecticut Blogger I’m most interested in lots of these topics, especially food! I’d love to win so put my name in the hat please :)

  10. Great giveaway! I would love to attend! :)

  11. It’d be great to learn about Connecticut!

  12. avatar Janet DeVries says:

    Kudos to the authors for chronicling more of Connecticut’s rich history. Researching and publishing our history leaves a lasting legacy for future generations and strengthens the historical record. I’d be honored to win the event and meet more of the wonderful History Press authors.

  13. avatar Marian Pierre-Louis says:

    A Connecticut event with authors! This would be perfect for me!

  14. avatar Sandy Nicholas says:

    I would love to attend this event with some of my book club peeps. We love history, meeting authors and most of all books, many, many books!

  15. This is the first I am hearing of this event. Thanks for sharing.

  16. avatar History Press says:

    A big thanks goes out to everyone who participated in this weekend’s giveaway! It was great fun reading your comments and feeling your excitement as book lovers and enthusiasts of Connecticut history.

    We just drew names and the following folks are our winners:
    Wendy – 1st prize (2 tickets to the Big Book Getaway & 2 History Press books)
    Bonnie – 2nd prize (2 tickets to the Big Book Getaway & 1 History Press book)
    Donna – 3rd prize (1 History Press book)
    Jennifer – 4th prize (1 History Prezz koozie)

    We hope you’ll subscribe to the History Press blog for future history news, book excerpts and giveaways! Happy Monday!

  17. I’ve listened to an NPR show about Connecticut’s unknown food contributions, how Rhode Island stole our chowder and that CT created the warm lobster roll with butter. I find it fascinating.

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