Friday, March 15, 2013

Director's College: Former Congressman Bob Steele to Discuss His New Novel at the Farmington Libraries

Former U.S. Congressman Bob Steele will discuss and sign his new novel, The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction Of A Small New England Town, at the Farmington main library on Wednesday, March 20, at 10:30 am.

Steele’s novel, which has generated wide interest across the state, comes at a time when Connecticut’s casinos face the prospect of heavy new competition from New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and there is growing political pressure to legalize Internet gambling. The novel is set against the casino gambling explosion that hit southeastern Connecticut during the 1990s.   WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio’s John Dankosky calls the novel “fascinating” and Connecticut author Martin Shapiro has described it as “compelling and timely….an epic story of history, money and politics that will make you wonder where America is headed.”
The book is available in softcover from Levellers Press, Amherst, MA ( and, and as an ebook from both Amazon and Barnes&Noble .  Books will also be available at the library the morning of Mr. Steele’s appearance. For more information, please consult his web site at

This event is free and open to the public and will take place at the Farmington main library at 6 Monteith Drive. Space is limited; advance registration is required for this program. Please call 860-673-6791 for details or register through the library’s web site at 

The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association.  If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.