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[Postponed] The Next Chapter to Host Inaugural Reading and Book Signing

The Next Chapter, a used bookstore operated by West Hartford Public Schools post-secondary students, is now open at 13 South Main St. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

UPDATE: As of Jan. 18, this event has been postponed and a new date, likely in February, will be announced.] On Jan. 20, local teacher Stefania Munzi-Logus will read and sign copies of a book she wrote about her son and his disability at The Next Chapter in West Hartford.

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By Ronni Newton

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND THE NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.

The Next Chapter, a used bookstore operated by students in the West Hartford Public Schools’ post-secondary program that opened this fall, will hold the shop’s inaugural book reading and signing on Jan. 20, 2022, from 6-7:30 p.m.

The author, Stefania Munzi-Logus, is a Connecticut artist and art teacher, said Nancy Pereau, a former West Hartford teacher who is the bookstore’s manager. Munzi-Logus was inspired to write the book after her son, Joseph, was born with a disability called microtia – which means “small ear.” He also wears a hearing aid.

“The book explains how he may have a disability but is able to do so much,” Pereau said. “It explains the world is full of diversity and that you don’t have to be defined by a disability.”

She said the topic of the book is a good connection to the students who staff the store from the district’s post-secondary program.

Pereau said this first reading is a pilot, and depending on how it goes there may be future events with local authors.

Space will be limited, and will include parents as well as their children, but Pereau said that if there are more people who sign up than space available there will also be a live-streaming of the event arranged. The book will be available for purchase at the event, and those who will be watching via livestream can purchase it in advance to follow along during the reading.

Pereau said two books will be raffled off at the in-person event.

To register, email thenextchapter@whps.org.

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