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Time: March 21, 2009 from 6:30pm to 10pm
Location: Sycamore Hills Park Community Center
Street: 635 West Avon Road
City/Town: Avon
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Event Type: 15th, annual, capa, anniversary, party
Organized By: Brian Jud
Latest Activity: Oct 8, 2009

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Event Description

Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association Marks Milestone 15th Anniversary

Anniversary celebration for members’ families and friends

The Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association, the only organization of its kind in New England, will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its founding with a gala celebration in Avon, Connecticut.

Until 1994, authors, aspiring authors and independent publishing professionals in Connecticut had no place to turn for networking support with writing, publishing or marketing. All that changed March 1 of that year, when author and marketing guru Brian Jud and seven other writers gathered at the Avon Public Library for the inaugural meeting of what has evolved into the Connecticut Authors & Publishers Association (CAPA).

From these humble beginnings, CAPA has grown to become one of the most widely respected associations of writing and publishing professionals in the nation. Further, 15 years, 234 guest speakers, 171 consecutive monthly issues of The Authority newsletter, hundreds of authors, six presidents, 87 board members and committee chairs and innumerable writing, publishing and marketing tips later, CAPA reigns as the only organization of its type in Connecticut dedicated to helping authors and publishers navigate murky literary waters.

In celebration of this milestone, CAPA is planning a gala event on Saturday, March 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event, to be held in the Community Room at the Avon Senior Center, will feature a gourmet catered dinner, accompanied by dinner music, with dancing to follow.

Tickets for the event are $20 each and may be purchased until March 10. For tickets, please call (800) 562-4357 or email Or you may mail ticket requests and payments to P.O. Box 715, Avon, CT 06001.

Built upon the creative efforts, dedication and hard work of hundreds of talented individuals, CAPA has become Connecticut’s major resource for literati, publishers and book marketers. Its mission is to help Connecticut’s authors, aspiring authors and publishers improve the quality, visibility and sales of their books by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information.

CAPA’s growth has been extraordinary. After outgrowing the space at the Avon Library, CAPA moved to Tunxis Community College. In October 2003, the ever-growing group relocated again, this time to the Community Room of the Avon Senior Center.

With a membership roster in excess of 160 (hailing not only from Connecticut, but from Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and Japan), CAPA comprises fiction and nonfiction authors, poets, children’s writers, humorists, agents, designers, editors and publishers.

The group meets the third Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Two satellite chapters also meet monthly in Groton and Shelton.

Meetings begin with a celebration of members’ and guests’ success stories and a brief business meeting. Each meeting features a presentation by an expert on a topic of interest, often followed by a question-and-answer session. Prior speakers have included NPR’s Faith Middleton, Lary Bloom, Connecticut Magazine editor Charles Monagan, Madeleine L’Engle, Amistad author David Pesci, nationally renowned forensics expert Dr. Henry Lee and Dr. Jerry Labriola.

In addition to monthly meetings, CAPA conducts group book signings, sponsors a booth in the Connecticut Building at the Eastern States Exposition (the Big E) and sponsors an annual writing contest, as well as a day-long professional-development seminar for writers (CAPA University). Now entering its sixth year, CAPA-U features educational workshops on fiction, nonfiction, publishing, marketing and specialty topics, and gives participants the opportunity for a one-on-one consultation with a literary agent.

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