Monday, June 18, 2012

The Greatest Show

After the Fire
On July 6, 1944, in Hartford, Conecticut, a Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Baily big top went up in flames.  One hundred and sixy eight people were killed and it would be more than three decades before the circus was allowed to return to the city.

Michael Downs' new story collection, The Greatest Show, is less about the fire than the interconnected lives of people affected by the tragedy.  Downs is a Hartford native; this is first fiction book.

Related Books
Masters of Illusion by Mary Tirone Smith
The Circus Fire : a True Story by Stewart O'Nan
Women and Children First : the Horrible Hartford Circus Fire by Donald Roy

Museum Pass Tie-in
The author will read from his new book at the Mark Twain House and Museum on Friday, July 6th, beginning at 5 p.m.  The event is FREE.  Don't forget : a pass to the Mark Twain House is one of twenty passes offered by the library.

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