Author and UB professor Eric D. Lehman to present “Becoming Tom Thumb” at the Schelfhaudt Gallery on November 20

Author and University of Bridgeport (UB) professor Eric D. Lehman will present his latest book, Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P. T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity, at 4:30 p.m., November 20 at the Arnold Bernhard Center’s Schelfhaudt Gallery, 81 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport.

The talk is free and open to the public, and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Charles Stratton, known to the world as Tom Thumb, was a Bridgeport native who began working for P.T. Barnum as a child. Under his employment, Stratton traveled throughout the world, met Abraham Lincoln and Queen Victoria, and became of the most famous and beloved stars of the day.

Lehman is director of creative writing at UB. His previous books include Bridgeport: Tales from the Park City, Hamden: Tales from the Sleeping Giant, Insiders’ Guide to Connecticut, and Afoot in Connecticut: Journeys in Natural History.

He also coauthored A History of Connecticut Food and A History of Connecticut Wine: Vineyard in Your Backyard with UB professor and award-winning poet Amy Nawrocki.
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