‘Speaking Ill of the Dead’ author to talk about new book

Author and Shelton resident Ray Bendici will talk about his new book, Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Connecticut History at Written Words Book Store on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. The book features 15 short biographies of the lives of notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief and other colorful antiheroes from history, from Benedict Arnold to P.T. Barnum.

Bendici is an award-winning writer and long-time editor for Connecticut Magazine. He has also edited the third edition of Connecticut Curiosities and runs DamnedCT.com, a website dedicated to everything unusual, weird and extraordinary in the state, from supposedly haunted places and UFOs to mysterious legends and quirky characters.

The event is free and open to the public. Books presented for signing must be purchased from Written Words Bookstore, which is located at the White Hills Shopping Center, 194 Leavenworth Road (Route 110). For more information, call 203-944-0400, visit www.writtenwordsbookstore.com or www.raybendici.com.