Author Events Calendar

Meet Kathryn Orzech at these author events in 2019:

We’re working on several guest blog posts, live Facebook events, and 2019 book readings and signings—all while writing a new mystery-thriller. Future plans and progress will be announced here as well as on Facebook’s Kathryn Orzech, Author Page.


Past Author Events 2018

Holiday Gift Guide

Find unique holiday gifts at The Storyteller’s Cottage.

December 8. Noon to 4pm. Holiday Open House: Gifts for Book Lovers!

Meet more than 15 local authors in person and purchase signed copies of their books in most genres. Make your holiday gift extra special with a personal message from the author.

Stop by anytime between noon and 4:00 PM to find a wide range of books by local authors and other fun gifts for the book-lovers on your holiday list! Visit The Storyteller’s Cottage/Steampunk Library and roam from room to room where you can chat with authors and learn about their work.

  • DATE: Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • TIME: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
  • VENUE: The Storyteller’s Cottage
  • LOCATION: 750 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT

More book-themed gift ideas — t-shirts, desk accessories, and jewelry.

Tap into Happy Holidays with Magic Buttons — At 1:00, enjoy a timely presentation about relieving holiday stress. Learn two simple, proven self-regulation techniques to relieve stress, anxiety, cravings and other discomfort from author Mimi Stevens. Works like magic! (Age 6 – Adult)


Premonition of Terror, international thriller by Kathryn OrzechNovember 8.  Destination: Prague, Czech Republic. A guest blog post at Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers.

We’re happy to announce that Kathryn Orzech will be the featured Guest Author at Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers, the blog of Anastasia Pollack, crafts editor and reluctant amateur sleuth. Her Thursday “novel settings” posts introduce readers to towns or cities (real or fictional) where books are set.

This blog post introduces readers to Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic, a key location setting in Premonition of TerrorBOOK SUMMARY: A girl-next-door protagonist with travel wanderlust stumbles on an international terrorist plot in this fast paced thriller.


Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog post about Prague travel

Thank you Lois and Anastasia for the opportunity to introduce your readers to the beautiful, historical and vibrant city of Prague, the perfect location setting for an international thriller. And thank you for the chance to revisit Prague memories in my mind as I wrote the post.


October 27. Halloween Author Event: Premonition of Terror by Kathryn Orzech at Book Club Bookstore & More, South Windsor CT.

Book Club Bookstore, S.Windsor CT

Learn the chilling backstory as disturbing as the fictional dramatization when truth is stranger than fiction.

  • DATE: Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • TIME: 1:00 to 2:00 PM
  • VENUE: Book Club Bookstore & More
  • LOCATION: 869 Sullivan Ave. Ste. 6, South Windsor, CT 06074
  • A free event. The public is invited.

Premonition of Terror will appeal to readers interested in or curious about psychic phenomena, ghost stories, life after death. SUMMARY: A girl-next-door protagonist with travel wanderlust stumbles on an international terrorist plot. This fast paced thriller will keep you wondering, Could this really happen? Or has it happened?


October 25. All Access Authors: Halloween Edition at The Storyteller’s Cottage.

Meet three local authors and we’ll read from our latest books in an adult story hour. We’ll be in the Jules Verne Steampunk Library (my favorite room), an intimate Victorian parlor that’s perfect for storytelling and conversation. Enjoy a light reception afterward. Halloween is October’s theme when guest authors speak of something spooky.

  • DATE: Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • TIME: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
  • VENUE: The Storyteller’s Cottage
  • LOCATION: 750 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070
  • COVER CHARGE: $5. includes light fare food & drink

ALL ACCESS AUTHORS: Halloween Edition Oct-25This place is so cool. Visit their gorgeous new website for more information about The Storyteller’s Cottage.


October 6 & 7, noon till 2PM. HUBCAP Meet and Greet Book Signing with area authors at Celebrate Wallingford.

Ten  local and Northeast authors. Fiction, non-fiction, children’s. Authors greet visitors at HUBCAP Wallingford‘s storefront headquarters, in the middle of Celebrate Wallingford (formerly Taste of Wallingford).

HUBCAP Wallingford. Community. Business. Education.

HUBCAP Wallingford, An engine for Wallingford’s future labor pool!

  • DATES: Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7, 2018
  • TIME: Noon to 2:00 PM
  • VENUE: HUBCAP Wallingford
  • LOCATION: 128 Center St., Wallingford, CT 06492

HUBCAP is a non-profit serving Community, Business and Education. Learn more on their website: HUBCAP Wallingford.

Meet the following authors:

Yolanda Alvarez, Memoir
Barbara Gervais Ciancimino, Children’s Picture Book
Thomas Costa, Fiction/Opioid Addiction
William Gannon, Motivation
Ida Greene, Non-Fiction/War Diary
Marian Lanouette, Mystery/Thriller
Kathryn Orzech, Mystery/Thriller/Historical
Christopher Paniccia, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
James T. Powers, Local History
Jason Zandri, Contemporary Fiction

Authors love meeting readers and other writers. Please stop by to say hello.

Books signed by the authors will be available for purchase and make great personalized gifts. 


September 2018 at The Big E, New England’s Great State Fair

Join us at The Big E, America’s only six-state fair. Visit all New England states in one hour at Avenue of States where we’ll be greeting visitors in the Connecticut Building at the Connecticut Authors & Publishers Assoc. (CAPA) Bookshop.

The Big E Connecticut Building

Connecticut Building interior, 2016

The fair runs 17 days from Sept. 14 through Sept. 30. Advance discounted tickets are on sale till Sept. 12.

  • DATE: Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • TIME: 1:30 to 5:00 PM
  • VENUE: CAPA Bookshop in The Connecticut Building, Avenue of States, The Big E
  • LOCATION: Eastern States Exhibition, Memorial Ave., West Springfield, MA 01089

More Big E dates & times:

  • DATE: Thursday, Sept. 20, 1:30-5:00 PM
  • DATE: Friday, Sept. 21, 1:30-5:00 PM
  • DATE: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1:30-5:00 PM
  • DATE: Thursday, Sept. 27, 10 AM-5:00 PM (note time change)

For map, directions and parking see General Info/Getting There: The Big E

Another great year at The Big E comes to a close. Many thanks to CAPA for providing a bookshop in the Connecticut Building, and to readers and visitors. I’m so grateful to all who stopped by. Thank you!


June 30, 2018. Saturday Afternoon at Barnes & Noble UConn Hartford Bookstore with Sisters in Crime-New England Chapter.

Hosted by: Barnes & Noble UConn Hartford Bookstore

Barnes & Noble UConn Hartford BookstoreHartford Bookstore presents mystery authors

Sisters in Crime, New England Chapter

Sisters in Crime New England authors will be signing books at an exclusive event hosted by Barnes & Noble. Meet the authors of your favorite mysteries and thrillers, chat, and stock up for summer reading. Drop in any time between noon and 4pm. Authors will be set up throughout the store. Light refreshments and an adjoining Starbucks for your convenience. Plenty of nearby parking.

Barnes & Noble UConn Hartford Bookstore presents Sisters in Crime Mystery Author Book Fair

Participating authors are Sisters (and Misters) in Crime, New England Chapter members:

Thank you Barnes & Noble UConn Hartford Bookstore for inviting Sisters in Crime* authors!

* Sisters in Crime is a world-wide organization of 51 chapters. Its mission is to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.


CrimeCONN-2018, Mystery Writers of AmericaJune 23, 2018 — CrimeCONN with Mystery Writers of America at The Ferguson Library, Stamford CT.

Entertainment and inspiration from deep inside the mystery world.

Mystery Writers of America organized a full day of educational, inspirational, thought-provoking, and entertaining panel discussions with esteemed guest authors, agents, publishers, and experts in related mystery fields.

Special guest speakers were S.J. Rozan, award-winning author of novels and short stories, and Neil Nyren, former Exec. VP, Associate Publisher and Editor-in-chief at Putnam Press.

Much appreciation to Chris Knopf and Charles Salzberg, Co-chairs Programming MWA, and their CrimeCONN Committee for a wonderful event.

Presented by The Friends of The Ferguson Library and Mystery Writers of America/New York Chapter


June 12, 2018 — Barnes & Noble UConn Hartford hosts Four Mystery Writers

Barnes & Noble UConn Hartford hosts Four Mystery Authors

Authors L to R: Penny Goetjen, R.C. Goodwin, Kathryn Orzech, Mark Dressler

Barnes & Noble UConn Hartford Bookstore presents Four Mystery Writers June 12 2018

Four Mystery Writers at Barnes & Noble UConn Hartford Bookstore, Tues. June 12, 5:30pm

Hosted by: Barnes & Noble UConn Hartford Bookstore

Join me, Kathryn Orzech, and fellow authors Penny Goetjen, Mark Dressler, R.C. Goodwin for an evening with Connecticut mystery writers. Readings, discussions, Q&A, and book signing.


June 9, 2018. Meet the Authors on Connecticut Open House Day at The Storyteller’s Cottage

The Storyteller's Cottage, Simsbury CT

The Storyteller’s Cottage, Simsbury CT, where authors and readers dropped in for Connecticut Open House Day. Much appreciation to the gals at the Cottage for opening your house to us, for your gracious hospitality, and for the cookies and lemonade.

  • DATE: Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • TIME: Noon to 4:00 PM
  • VENUE: The Storyteller’s Cottage
  • LOCATION: 750 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070


March 24, 2018. READ Local. Local Author Fair.

  • READ Local Author FairDATE: Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • TIME: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • VENUE: Riverfront Community Center
  • LOCATION: 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033

Presented by: Welles-Turner Memorial Library

Join me and other area authors who are happy to meet and introduce our work to potential new readers from the same communities where we live, write—and write about. Signed copies of our books will be available for purchase.

I’ll be greeting readers, answering your questions, and happy to discuss my mystery-suspense-thrillers set in Connecticut and various New England locations.

Pick up your personally signed copy of Asylum, a dark suspense saga, set in 1899 and 1974 in central Connecticut with female characters who confront extraordinary situations, flirt with romance, and brush with the supernatural.

Awarded Best Mystery by IPNE Book Awards, 2016. A book club favorite. 


Past Author Events 2017

Oct. 29, 2017 — All Authors Access, Halloween Edition, at The Storyteller’s Cottage

The Storyteller’s Cottage invites you to the Halloween Edition of All Authors Access. Sunday 3-5pm. Join me, Penny Goetjen and Beth Caruso at the new  The Storyteller’s Cottage, dedicated to Literary Events and Adventures in Simsbury, Connecticut.

Storytellers Cottage, Jules Verne Steampunk Library

Jules Verne Steampunk Library

Meet three award-winning Connecticut authors who’ve recently published thrilling books—perfect for the Halloween season! Settle into cozy vintage rooms and enjoy hearing each author read. There will be plenty of time for discussion with the authors between readings in this intimate setting, and each author will have books for sale afterward.

I can easily imagine the c.1899 scene in Asylum when Carlotta and Uncle Elias devise a wicked plot to silence little Maggie. They schemed in Father’s library, which would have looked like the Jules Verne Steampunk Library at The Storyteller’s Cottage. I’ll be discussing and reading from Asylum in a restored Victorian room. I can feel the ambience.

The public is welcome to this free event. Online RSVP is appreciated.


Author Events: Oct. 26th, 2017 — Girl’s Night Out with Women Who Write.

Authors, books, raffle, auction, food, entertainment, vendor tables. Thur, Oct 26, 5:30-8:30pm. All proceeds go to the Network of Executive Women, Milford CT Scholarship Fund. A fun event with new friends.


Oct. 19th, 2017 6 to 8 PM — Mysteries & Moonlight Facebook Event. 

Mysteries & Moonlight, a Facebook Event

Join DreamWatch creator Kathryn Orzech, author of mysteries, suspense, and the dark side of history; mystery author Penny Goetjen; and Julie Griffin, ghost photographer-psychic-medium in a lively discussion of dreams, spirits, and otherworldly topics. Don’t be scared, log into your Facebook account and the Mysteries & Moonlight Event and join the conversation live on Facebook.

Mysteries & Moonlight Event remains on Facebook to view, click the link.


Author Events: Sept. 21 & 26, 2017 — The Big E, Connecticut Building, CAPA Bookstore

Big E Midway 2017

We’re excited to be back to The Big E, greeting readers and signing books in the Connecticut Building.

Our books will remain on the shelves from Sept. 16 through 26, so don’t be shy, step into the booth and browse.

Look for the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Assoc. (CAPA) Bookstore next to the State Police booth. (If they turn on the flashing lights, you won’t miss us.) We’re there just two afternoons, but our author pals are on hand every day of the fair from 10am till closing. Tell them Kathy sent you.


Book Blog Tour 2017

Aug. 31st, 2017 — Reading Renee features Asylum

No matter your mood, there’s a great book to suit it.

See Renee’s 4-Star Review on Goodreads. 

Asylum: a dark suspense saga by Kathryn Orzech @KathrynObooks @HuffPost HuffPostBooks


Aug. 14th, 2017 — Talking Asylum with Kathryn Orzech at Cheryl’s Book Nook blog.

Asylum book review and author interview at Cheryl’s Book Nook, a place to learn about the latest and upcoming books, contests, author interviews, book reviews, and all around fun.

Maggie may have been a naïve young girl when she was sent to the asylum but by the end, she was a strong woman.

It is scary to think of the abuse that people in power take advantage of the people that they are suppose to help. As I got further into the story, it picked up more speed and got darker with some twists. The location of Connecticut was the perfect backdrop for this story.

Asylum Review at Cheryl's Book Nook

Cheryl’s Book Nook Talks Asylum with Kathryn Orzech

I like the images Cheryl chose to supplement the interview, asylums, the New England countryside. I especially love the shot of Downton castle and 1970’s fashion, trust me, the ’70s never looked so good. The pictures alone are worth a quick visit.

Cheryl’s Book Nook is a beautifully organized and designed blogspot, very clean. Kudos to Cheryl. I’m grateful to have been invited. Stop by to see the pictures, review and interview, and join the discussion with your comment. Thanks for the invite, Cheryl!


Aug. 10, 2017 — In the hot seat with fellow Sister in Crime* Lisa Haselton.

Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews with mystery author Kathryn Orzech

Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews with mystery author Kathryn Orzech

Mystery, suspense, thriller author Kathryn Orzech is featured guest. Join her as Lisa probes for answers buried in a storied past of childhood dreams, present work, and future projects.

Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews

Award-winning blog for book reviews, author interviews, and anything writing-related.

*Sisters in Crime is an international, professional organization with a mission to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.


Aug. 8th, 2017 — Join the Flock at I Smell Sheep Book & Movie Blog:

I’m thrilled to be joining the flock and guest posting at I Smell Sheep, an award-winning blog for those who love stories—books, movies, comics, and much more—especially if it’s a little weird, a bit strange, and mysterious.

“Thank you, Meryl Streep. You made me a better writer.”

I Smell Sheep blog post: Thank You, Meryl Streep.

I Smell Sheep blog post: Thank You, Meryl Streep.





Meryl Streep to the rescue. Not once, but twice.

Read how one of America’s favorite actor-storytellers influenced me and my writing, and helped me learn the language of 1899.

We’re thrilled to be guest posting at I Smell Sheep, an award-winning review blog, where we’re sharing writing tips about researching and learning the language of 1899—and what Meryl Streep has to do with it.

See my guest post at I Smell Sheep, an award-winning blog Entertaining Ewe One Monster at a Time.


Author Events: The Author’s Table at Hartford Public Library. Meet Kathryn Orzech 12-3pm, June 21, 2017

A lovely afternoon at The Author’s Table! Our sincere thanks to the Hartford Public Library and to library patrons who stopped to chat. We love meeting and talking to readers.

The Author's Table, Hartford Public Library

Author Kathryn Orzech will be greeting visitors and happy to discuss Asylum, her gripping suspense saga set in Hartford and surrounding towns.  Set in 1899 and the mid-1970s, when the rise and fall of manufacturing, changing mores and folkways, and struggles for equal rights, prompted passionate discussion of social issues that remain relevant today, making Asylum a book club favorite.

The Author’s Table, Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., Hartford, CT 06103.


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