The Curse:  Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town

September 26, 2013       7 PM to 8 PM


This timely talk by fiction-writer Bob Steele is grounded in history.  His novel begins with the Pequot War in 1637 when Connecticut colonists led by Windsor’s Captain John Mason joined with the Mohegans to all but destroy the Pequots.  The story then jumps 350 years as the two tribes re-emerge to build the world’s two biggest casinos and a Connecticut family becomes embroiled in a struggle to stop the building of a third casino that threatens the family’s town and ancestral home.  The book comes at a time with Connecticut’s two mega-casinos face the prospect of heavy new competition from New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and the state’s casino revenue is falling, with growing political pressure to legalize Internet gambling.  Prepare to be entertained and informed.  Books will be available for purchase and author signing.  Cost:  $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, WHS members $4.  860/688-3813


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