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New Rochelle Library Features Mystery Writers At Cocktails And Conversation

Maggie McConnon (Barbieri) Photo Credit: Ken Gmoser
Laura Bradford Photo Credit: Carrie Schechter Studios

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Mix and mingle with cocktails and conversations at an evening with mystery writers on Thursday, Sept. 29 at Alvin & Friends Restaurant in New Rochelle.

Join Laura Bradford, author of "Éclair and Present Danger" and Maggie McConnon (Barbieri) author of "Wedding Bell Blues: A Belfast McGrath Mystery," at New Rochelle Public Library Foundation Murder Mystery Edition.

This event is second in a series of Cocktails & Conversation programs designed as opportunities to mingle with -- and hear from -- Westchester’s literati.

The evening will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will feature drinks, savories and spirited conversation with the two authors.

The discussion will be moderated by Amy Bass, Director of the Honors Program and Professor of History at The College of New Rochelle.

The cost is $40 per person (includes two glasses of wine or beer and nibbles).

Copies of the authors’ latest books will be available for sale and signing from The Voracious Reader, 1997 Palmer Ave., Larchmont.

Click here to reserve tickets or send a check to NRPL Foundation, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY 10801.

Alvin & Friends will offer a complimentary glass of wine with an entrée for anyone who stays afterwards for dinner.

The New Rochelle Public Library Foundation is a volunteer fundraising and advocacy organization working to ensure the future well-being of the Library.

For more information call the NRPL Foundation at 914-632-7878, ext. 1600 or email

Maggie Barbieri is the author of the "Murder 101" series and a new series starring baker Maeve Conlon, the first being "Once Upon a Lie."

She lives in the New York metro area/Hudson Valley with her husband, and two children. By day she’s a writer and editor of college textbooks.

Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do or be anything else. Today, she is the national bestselling author of several mystery series, including the "Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries," the "Amish Mysteries," the "Jenkins & Burns Mysteries," and the upcoming "Tobi Tobias Mystery Series."

She is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance.

A graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, she enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

Alvin & Friends is located at 14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle.

The NRPL Foundation, created in 1993, supports library initiatives that enhance opportunities for learning, exploration and public discourse.

Among the Foundation’s recent contributions, it provided more than $106,000 to partially underwrite the cost of the remodel of the Ossie Davis Theater. Along with new seating and exterior signage and entrance work, the upgrade includes assistive listening technology, greater accessibility and upgraded fire suppression, HVAC and other systems.

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