Upcoming Events:

Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 1:00-2:00

Purchase this hot of the press book at this first book signing.

Ralph Nader/Mark Green 


FAKE PRESIDENT: Decoding Trump's Gaslighting, Corruption, and General Bullsh*t



Past Events:

First Annual Booming Winsted Book Festival - July 2016

Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize winning America historian and DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at
Columbia University on his book Gateway to Freedom: Hidden History of the Underground Railroad.

Peter C. Vermilyea, Historian and WESTCONN and Housatonic Valley Regional High School teacher
and author of the popular Hidden History of Litchfield County, and Wicked Litchfield County.
Patricia Klindienst, The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of
Ethnic American,
the American Book Award story of what ethnic gardens mean to US newcomers.

October 2016

David Bollier, author of Thinking Like a Commoner. An advocate for the immense property we own in
common from public lands and the public airwaves to the Internet and intellectual property.

Dave Daley, author of RATF**KED: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s
. Daley was the editor in chief of Salon and the Digital Media Fellow for the Wilson Center
for Humanities and the Arts and the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia.

Bill Curry, Salon and Daily Beast columnist, radio personality and former Connecticut State Comptroller,
on oe of the most bizarre elections in American history.

November 2016

Emory Roth, Photographer, Brass Valley: The Fall of An American Industry.

December 2016  

Christine Ieronimo, A Thirst for Home, Children’s Book Council 2015 Notable Social Studies Book.

Ralph Nader, Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think and Animal Envy.

January 2017 

Winsted Community Bookstore members on Freedom for the Thought That We Hate by Anthony Lewis.

February 2017

Ned Lamont, former Democratic Senate candidate and current Distinguished Professor of Political
Science and Philosophy at Central Connecticut State University on "False News as a Prelude to War."

Cuatro Puntos presented its "Music for Peace" program. The chamber group is dedicated to bringing
various cultures together through music. They played music by Brahms and folk songs from Afghanistan.

March 2017

Alesia Maltz, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England and former
professor at Fort Berthold Tribal College and Sitting Bull Tribal College near the Standing Rock
Reservation, on Flooding, Fracking and Fuel: A History of Exploitation Around Standing Rock.

Women's History Month, area participants in the historic, march on why they marched, the cause(s) they
embrace, what they experienced, what was achieved and where they see the movement going forward.

WCB members, led by David Blitz, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Central Connecticut State
University, on University Inc.: The Corporate Corruption of Higher Education, by Jennifer Washburn.


April 2017

Chris George, Executive Director of the Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), on refugee
vetting, IRIS’ role in assimilating refugees into new communities and the attempts to restrict immigration.

Ralph Nader on Co-ops and How They Help Community.

Roxanne Lovell, master gardener and proprietor of Aerie Mountain on Preparing Your Garden. 

May 2017

Virginia Shultz-Charette, Winsted Soldiers' Monument chairman, on Winsted's Civil War Soldiers in
Forest View Cemetery.

June 2017

Winsted Community Bookstore members discussed the effects of automation past, present and future.

Wine and Cheese party celebrating the opening of the Winsted Community Bookstore Artist Gallery.
Featuring, internationally acclaimed photographer, C. Doug Miller.

Robert E. Hubbard on his biography of Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution.

Second Annual Booming Winsted Book Festival - July 2017

A celebration of Democratizing America: Shaf Nader and the Founding of the Impossible College by
Dimitra Doukas and discussion of Northwestern Connecticut Community College with Claire Nader.

Dave Daley on the strategic gerrymandering and his book Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret
Plan to Steal America's Democracy

Chuck Collins, author of Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality,
Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good

Steve Early, author of Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City.

Beth Caruso, author of One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America's First Witch Hanging

Steve Alves, producer of the documentary Food for Change on food co-ops.

August 2017

Artists Lara Green-Kazlauskas, Holly Cassaday, Rachel Welcome, Dylan Amery, and Eli Pasternack
featured in the Artist Gallery.

September 2017

Christine Negroni, author of The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World's Most Mysterious Air
, a Wall Street Journal must read!

Joseph Williams, author of The Sunken Gold: A Story of World War I, Espionage, and the Greatest Salvage in History

Winsted Community Bookstore 1st Anniversary Celebration -  September 16-17, 2017

Winsted Selectman Melissa Bird read Mary Pope Osborne’s, Moonhorse, to the children. Emma and
Sadie Wallace face painted and cake served.

Winsted Community Bookstore hosts the legendary television talk-show trailblazer & First Amendment
Activist Phil Donahue, who for 29 years broke through censorship and taboos on many subjects, causes
and injustices - public discussion we take for granted today.


October 2017


The Community Bookstore hosted "An Evening with Ralph Nader."


November 2017

"Preserving Winsted's History" with Milly Hudak, President of the Winchester Historical Society.


Mike Day of the Barkhamsted Historical Society and Curator of the One-Room School House gave a lecture on Winchester's One-Room School- Houses.


Laura Nader discussed her book, What the Rest Think of the West to a standing-room only crowd.


Christmas Party featuring members of the Gilbert School Jazz Ensemble.

Forum surrounding how to improve the town of Winsted.


Alesia Maltz led discussion of The Looting Machine.


December 2017


David Blitz read A Visit from St. Nicholas.


Premiere showing of The Nuns, The Priests, and The Bombs. Written and directed by Helen Young.


January 2018



Okey Ndibe, a Nigerian-born author and now an American citizen discussed his memoir, Never Look an American in the Eye.

Cuatro Puntos performed excerpts from their program "Roots at 40"


Community organizer, Susan Clark discusses how genuine deliberations by citizens have too often been replaced by top-down political decision-making



February 2018

Discussion on the article, "One Good Turn" regarding civil disobedience and the Keystone pipeline. Facilitated by Doreen Swensen, PhD, who worked in the President Jimmy Carter White House charged with creating the Department of Energy. 


Ned Lamont, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, and first speaker in our "State of the State: Perspectives for Connecticut's Future" series.



March 2018

Audubon CT "Gardening for Birds"

Toni Boucher (R) State of the State

Erin Stewart (R) State of the State


April 2018

Oz Griebel  (I).  State of the State


June 2018


Community Colleges in Jeopardy - talk given by CCSU Professor David Blitz and Community Lawyer Charlene LaVoie



Third Annual Winsted Book Festival


Beyond Winsted and Winchester - Virginia Shultz-Charette


Brass Valley: The Fall of an American Industry - Emery Roth II


Ancient America: Fifty Archaeological Sites to See for Yourself - Kenneth Feder


Torrington - Elizabeth A. Kaczmarcyk 



August 2018


Member Appreciation Evening with Ralph Nader, RSVP only.


September 2018


Sierra Club, Speaker: Ann Gadwah will discuss the mission of the society, bills coming before the state legislature and training for those who wish their voices to be heard


October 2018

Community Lawyer Charlene LaVoie will lead a discussion of America, Democracy & You by Ronald Fraser, Ph.D. Join her to talk about the reasons we feel politically powerless in our self-rule democracy and how citizens can trade-in their mythical popular sovereignty for real political self-rule.


November 2018

Edwin Matthews, author of "The Litchfield County Journal: Notes on Wilderness Around Us".


Popular Litchfield County author, Helen Klein Ross (Making It, What Was Mine) talked about her newly released book, The Latecomers, a family drama about a young Irish immigrant, an ancestral home in New England and a dark secret that lay hidden in its walls for five generations. The work is based on historical research and she will present a short slideshow presentation of the "Hidden History of 20th Century America" featuring customs and artifacts that were part of everyday life at the turn of the last century.


December 2018

World Premiere of Ralph Nader's latest book, "How the Rats Re-Formed the Congress"

January 2019


Dr. David Blitz, "Opposition to War: From the "Great War" to the Nuclear Arms Race"

Dr. Blitz is the chairman of the Department of Philosophy and the Peace Studies Program, Central Connecticut State University 


March 2019


ECAD (Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities) service dogs in training demonstration. ECAD is a non-profit organization based in Winchester Center, CT.  Its mission is to enable people with disabilities to gain greater independence and mobility through the use of specially-educated dogs.


April 2019

April 6

Ann Gadwah of the Sierra Club will be showing a film, following the film she will lead a discussion on how Connecticut can move towards Green Energy. 


April 27

Joel Gordes, an energy and environmental strategist based in West Hartford, will be speaking on Cyber Security Threats and the Electric Grid.

June 2019

June 29 - Trump, Trump, Trump: The March of Folly
From giving his second-grade teacher a black eye to insulting the grieving parents of a military
hero, the rollicking verse in this book presents a Donald Trump profile of bombast, babes, and
bankruptcies. Details of Trump, his progeny and current political cohorts, characterized by greed and deceit, are verified by engrossing news accounts.
The facts are grim, the humor captivating.
Susan Ohanian is the author of more than a dozen books on education policy and practice.
Including: One Size Fits Few: The Folly of Educational Standards; Garbage Pizza, Patchwork
Quilts, and Math Magic; and, What Happened to Recess and WHY are Our Children Struggling
in Kindergarten?
She has published more than 300 articles in Education Week, Phi Delta Kappa, The Nation, The
Atlantic, and The New York Times, among other publications.
Her website of resistance to corporate intrusion into public education received The George
Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language.


July 2019

Saturday, July 27 and Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 7:30PM

Announcing the Inaugural CHAMBER MUSIC ACCORD SUMMER CONCERTS presented by THE HARTT COMMUNITY DIVISION-UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD. Faculty & Students from throughout the US perform works by Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Ravel and others.

August 2019

Ralph Nader on Saturday August 17 at 11AM on 25 Ways the Canadian Healthcare System is Better Than Obamacare.


September 2019

Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 7:00PM MuUyas Chamber Music 


November 2019

Pulitzer Prize author Eric Foner to speak at the American Museum of Tort Law

Join Eric Foner as he talks about his new book, “The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution”  Dr. Foner is the Pulitzer Prize winning America historian and DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. He recently appeared in the Henry Louis Gates public television series, Reconstruction: America After the Civil War.

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