Emergency! Writer Needed

Norine Schiller has received a plea from a friend who needs a writer fast:
Here is what he says:
I am trying to find writers for a series of books and am having trouble finding people for the subject matter. The series is on Dangerous Drugs and includes subjects such as anti-anxiety drugs.

Do you know anyone who might be willing to write such a book for middle schoolers? The word count for these titles is 8,000 and the pay is $1,500 (I can’t do anything about the fee).

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. The first one is due in December.

The hiring editor is Fletcher Doyle, Senior Editor at Cavendish Square Publishing, and his work email address is fletcherd@csqpub.com. Anyone who contacts him should mention to him that they heard about this through Norine.

Celebrate Cliff Teutsch’s life at Friday remembrance

This from Cliff Teutsch’s family:


Thank you all for the kind words and support during the last few days.  Believe us when we say, it has meant a lot.   Cliff was never one for pomp and circumstance and so we will not be having any formal funeral services.  However, we would like to invite you to come to the Lyceum (227 Lawrence St, Hartford, CT 06106) this Friday, October 17 from 5:00-7:30ish for an informal gathering in order to remember him.  Join us to share some food and drink and any Cliff stories you may have.  Again, thank you all for your recent thoughts.  We look forward to seeing you on Friday.

With gratitude and affection,
Patrice, Hannah, and Matt


Cliff Teutsch’s Death Brings Shock And Sorrow

Cliff at a happier time in the newsroom, congratulating then-State Editor Lynne DeLucia after the paper won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage for the March 1998 lottery shootings. (Tom Brown photo)

Word of Cliff Teutsch’s death ripped through the ranks of Connecticut journalists like an electric shock Friday.

The news no doubt stunned and saddened the scores of us, perhaps hundreds, whose lives Cliff touched while serving as managing editor and editor of The Hartford Courant.

Unlike some of the people in charge of the Courant newsroom through the years, Cliff was someone who was almost universally liked and respected. He led the place at a terrible time in its history, maintaining his composure, decency, and integrity at a time when Sam Zell and his pack of hounds were fouling the air on a daily basis.

In the end, rather than drink an ethically bankrupt corporation’s Kool-Aid, he left the company in May of 2009, sensing perhaps that his self-respect was more valuable than a paycheck, and perhaps thinking that he had no stomach for the additional misery that soon would be visited upon his fellow journalists.

At the time of his departure, Cliff wrote a heart-felt letter to his colleagues, explaining his decision to leave. I re-read it today, and it reminded me anew how much class and character Cliff Teutsch had.  Here it is. Here is his remembrance in the Courant, too, by Matt Kauffman.

Cliff dove below the radar after his resignation. His loss to Connecticut journalism at that time was a terrible and regrettable one.

His death today even more so.


Another Day, Another Book Launch — Anne Farrow’s

Anne Farrow, part of the Courant trio that wrote “Complicity,” has a new book about a similar subject: The Logbooks.

She be celebrating its launch Thursday at the Hartford Public Library, 5:30 p.m. at the Hartford History Center.

Here’s what the Library website has to say:

Independent historian and writer Anne Farrow will launch her new book The Logbooks: Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory with a party and a reading at our Hartford History Center. Published this week by Wesleyan University Press, The Logbooks is the account of a series of slave ships’ logs linking New London and West Africa during the mid-18th century, and which Farrow followed to Sierra Leone when she was a magazine writer at The Hartford Courant. A reception will be followed by a talk with the author and book signing

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