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Bethel Native Tells Story Of 'The Inventors: A Memoir' At Byrd's Books

Byrd's books hosts Bethel native Peter Selgin as he reveals his new book, "The Inventors: A Memoir" on Saturday, June 4, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Byrd's books hosts Bethel native Peter Selgin as he reveals his new book, "The Inventors: A Memoir" on Saturday, June 4, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Photo Credit: Peter Selgin website

BETHEL, Conn. -- Bethel native Peter Selgin will reveal his new book, "The Inventors: A Memoir," in an appearance in his hometown and talk about his relationship with his inventor father.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Byrd's Books in Bethel.

Selgin’s father Paul invented the first dollar-bill-changing-machine and helped design the so-called proximity fuse, which hastened the end of World War II.

The man Selgin calls "the teacher" became a forceful advocate for human rights and diversity, championing the cause of indigenous peoples and refuges from Southeast Asia while insisting that they not forget their history.

"The Inventors" is the story of how these two men shaped the author’s life. It’s also the story of a relationship between a boy and his teacher, a relationship that was equal parts inspiring and destructive.

He is an assistant professor of English at Georgia College and an associate faculty member of Antioch University's Creative Writing MFA program in Los Angeles.

Selgin is also the author of "Drowning Lessons" and winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Fiction, as well as the author of a novel, two books on fiction writing, and several children's books

"Confessions of a Left-Handed Man," his memoir-in-essays, was short-listed for the William Saroyan International Prize. His novel,"The Water Master" won the Wisdom/Faulkner Society Prize for Best Novel.

His essays have won many awards and honors, including six citations and two selections for the Best American anthologies, in which the title essay of his collection appears.

Selgin’s drama, "A God in the House," based on "Dr. Kevorkian and his suicide machine," was staged at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwright's Conference in 1991.

Other plays of his have won the Charlotte Repertory New Play Festival Competition, the Mill Mountain New Plays Competition and the Stage 3 Theater Festival of New Plays.

His paintings have been featured in The New Yorker, Gourmet, Outside, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, and exhibited nationally.

Selgin is the prose editor of Alimentum: The Literature of Food, and the nonfiction editor and art director of Arts & Letters.

For more information on Peter Selgin, click here .

Byrd's Books is at 126 Greenwood Ave., Bethel.

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