Early Reviews for  Author – Storyteller Carolyn Stearns  new adult novel “Christmas Letters”  check the events list to see where you can get a signed copy! You can also order here

A story of two women living parallel lives 100 years apart in the same house while their husbands serve in wars, WWI and Afghanistan.

“…a page-turner from the beginning. I didn’t want it to end, but couldn’t put it down!…”

“…Prepare yourself for some tears and laughter as you delve into this masterful novel by an emerging voice in the contemporary literary landscape…”

“…Carolyn Stearns once again has moved her ‘oral storytelling expertise’ to magic in the pages of this book. ..”

“…Carolyn writes the most heartwarming story…”




My third book was launched on Oct 30, 2022! Lots of fun local places to read about in Thirteen Spooky Tales from Mysterious Connecticut?

This is available to order now in paperback and ebook.


How did storytelling via Zoom relate? Here is a comment from my online Greenwich Library Tellabration:

“Wow! Carolyn, I just attended the Greenwich Library Tellabration. You told two fabulous stories! I was mesmerized!! You were informative, so inspiring, and very soothing. I loved losing myself in your stories and totally forgetting our current nonsensical reality.

Thank You!!”     Judy Petersen


Quote about How Far is Safe? from a reader: “I just read your book cover to cover and loved it. A story of friendship, resilience, community, hospitality, and so much more.”



April 10  Rev War History Putnam School grade 5 Performance

April 11 Rev War History Putnam School grade 5 classroom workshops

April 19 & 26 May 3& 10 Vance School New Britain Storytelling residency

May 18 Norwalk Big Book Event -Storytelling

June 8 Creamery Brook Bison Festival Brooklyn CT, storytelling and book signing

August 24 (25 raindate) Strong Family Farm Author Day

Sept 28  SmART Fest / Wreaths Across America Festival Branford Green

October 20, 2024 Strong Family Farm Festival

November 8 Ashford CT Historical Society, General Whitaker Historical storytelling




January 22 & 29 Canterbury School Residency

February 9 Canterbury School

February 14 Valentine’s Day Storytelling for Coventry Seniors


Selected 2023 EVENTS

October 14 Hempsted House New London, Spooky Stories

October 16 St Mary’s East Hartford 7pm A Story Mix

October 17 Windham Senior Center Stories for Community

Oct 21 Walktober at Mountain Dairy – walk leader  10 a.m.

Oct 21 Coventry Historical Society Hauntingly Good Stories 5pm

Oct 27 Derby Historical Society Lantern Tours 6-9

Oct 29 Bar August New Haven Spooky Stories

November 18 Tellabration Mansfield 10:30

November 18 Camp Ingersoll Portland CT

Nov 19 My books at Franklin Fire Dept Craft Fair

Nov 25 Hickory Ridge Tree Farm Coventry book sales featuring Christmas Letters book

Dec 2 Chaplin Breakfast with Santa book vendor

Dec 3 Christmas in the Village 12-4 Coventry Main St. Book Signing

Dec 4 & 11 Storytelling residency Canterbury Elementary

Dec 8 Killingly FFA Vendor Fair 5-8 book signing

Dec. 9 Book signing at Willimantic Food Co-op Valley St 11-5

Dec 17 Coventry Farmers Market (Coventry High School)

January 8 & 22 2024 Storytelling residency Canterbury Elementary School

ept 17 Guilford Fair Donkey Show announcer

Sept 18-19 Riverside Play in a Day

Sept 24 Bar August New Haven Spooky Stories

-August 25  Brooklyn Fair Equine Demo Announcer – evening

August 27 Author Day Strong Family Farm West Rd. Vernon 10-2

Sept 2 Hillyland Festival at Vineyard at Hillyland Scotland CT

July 8 Ellington Farmer’s Market 9-12 Book Signing

July 19 Tolland Pre-School

July 15 Civil War Storytelling – private party


Aug 11 Tolland Summer school/camp

Aug 19 Hartford County 4-H Fair Somers Book Sales TBD

July 6 Odyssey School Summer Camp

June 10 Creamery Brook Bison Fest  Brooklyn CT 12-4:30 – Storyteller and Book Vendor

June 10 Creamery Brook Bison Fest  Brooklyn CT 12-4:30 – Storyteller and Book Vendor

April – May Ct Humanities Book Voyageurs Hartford Public Library Park St Lyric Branch

May 17 Storyteller – Author in Cos Cob School

May 31 Private Party

March 25, 2023 Book Vendor CT Horse Symposium UCONN

CT Humanities Book Voyageurs at West Hartford Noah Webster Library

Mar-Apr Storytelling residence Canterbury Elementary School

Feb-March Storytelling residence in a New Britain School

Nov11 (Nov 12 raindate) Coventry Historical Society Spooky Tales by the Fire  see Facebook event – member event, join today

Nov 13 Preston Tellabration 2 pm Preston Historical Society

Nov 15 Wallingford Library Tellabration 7pm, program CT History

Nov 20 Franklin Fire Dept Vendor Holiday Fair – Book Signing

Nov 21 Griswold School Tellabration – private

Nov 25-26 Book Signing at Hickory Ridge Tree Farm

Nov 26 Camp Ingersoll Campfire Storytelling

Dec 3 Cast Youth Theater Vendor Fair Elks Hall Bissell St Manchester

Dec 10 Willimantic Food Co-op Holiday Tables – Book Signing

OCT 30th 10-2  Book Launch Thirteen Spooky Stories on Facebook

Oct 31    9pm Facebook Live spooky story reading

July 20 Tolland Summer K  10 a.m. Birch Grove School

July 27 Chaplin Library 6 p.m. Sea Stories and more

Aug 27-28 Brooklyn Fair Announcing Donkey and Goat Shows

Sept 3 Hillyland’s Homegrown Festival at The Vineyard at Hillyland 12-6 Scotland CT book event

Sept 11 CT Maritime Festival New London

September 18 Guilford Fair – Announcing

September 19-20 Riverside School Play in a Day grade 3

Oct 1 Bog Bodies Narrated Story Walk Whispering Brook Farm 114 Cedar Swamp Rd Tolland CT

Oct 15 raindate 16 Walktober Mountain Dairy with stories of farm, family and land 10-12

Oct 17 Spooky Night 7 p.m. Harkness State Park


July 20 Tolland Summer K  10 a.m. Birch Grove School

July 27 Chaplin Library 6 p.m. Sea Stories and more

June 5 Mansfield Historical Society Grand Opening Stearns 250 years exhibit

June 7,8,9 Riverside School Stamford Play-in-a-Day

June 11 Creamery Brook Bison Festival on the Farm 12-4 Storytelling and books Brooklyn CT

April-May Storytelling Residency New Britain grade 1

May 6  2pm Juniper Hill Housing Complex  Storytelling Program

May 15 Nixon Hills author/vendor fair Marlborough

May 21 Norwalk Carousel of Reading

May 24 Avon Schools storytelling residency

March 12 Launch Party for Mystic Girl my new middle grade novel 2-4 Mansfield Public Library

March 19-20  Hebron Maple Fest – Books and Stories at The Eeyore and Donkey Museum

March 26 UCONN Equine Symposium 8:30-2 Vendor fair with books

February 1,8,15,22 Book group Willimantic Public Library w/ CT Humanities

Feb 10, 24 March 10 CT Humanities Book group at Willimantic Public Library

Wed Dec 15 The Breadbox Concert Series 7pm to benefit the Covenant Soup Kitchen. St Paul’s church Valley St Willimantic Folk music and story!

Nov-Dec Canterbury Elementary School residency grade 1

Oct 21 6:30 p.m. adult Spooky Stories at Willimantic Public Library

Oct 16-17  10-4   Waters Farm Festival Sutton MA, announcing, storytelling, books for sale

Oct 23  1:30 Mansfield Public Library Donkey Day Come meet Jewel the donkey

Nov 21 Camp Ingersoll Family Campfire and storytelling Portland

**August 14, 2021  debut novel “How Far is Safe?” Book Launch Celebration AUG 14 1-4 at the Donkey & Eeyore Museum  Hebron CT

October 2 Children’s Book Fair with Willimantic Public Library at Memorial Park Main St 10-2

Sept 19 Guilford Fair Donkey Show

July 26 Winthrop School New London

Aug 12 Tolland Family Resource Center Storytelling

Aug 21 Book Signing at G. M. Thompson & Sons Rte 44 Mansfield Depot CT

Aug 26 Camp Hawk Got Talent Tolland

Aug 28 Brooklyn Fair Donkey Demonstration announcer

Aug 29 Brooklyn Fair Goat Show announcer

June 7 Hale School Storytelling

July 7 Tolland Family Resource Center Storytelling

CT Storytelling Festival April 23, 24, 2021 ONLINE

I performed Magdalena’s American Dream and offer my workshop “My Roots are Showing – Collecting and Telling Family Stories” 

Here is a comment about the performance:

“Your story was marvelous. I stand in awe of your ability to stitch together so many facts in such a natural flowing narrative. Your precision with words and your imagery is astounding. I will not forget that Christmas tree with candles nor the rocking motion of that ship. Your introduction…”Immigration has been in the news as it has always been” was delightfully subtle as was the message in your story. The persistence and courage of so many immigrants despite setbacks is inspiring and your story reveals a truth that is not relegated to the past alone.”
Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi, Storyteller
Jan. 29 2/26 3/25 4/29  7/9 & 23/2020  CT Humanities Book Voyagers at Killingly (now virtual)

Jefferson School New Britain

Danbury Library Revolutionary War Stories

Sub – Base Library Books and Stories Program with CT Humanities

Hubbell School students with CT Storytelling Center

Residency Canterbury Elementary School ( performed partial before Covid lockdown) via Zoom

Tellabration with Griswold School February 2021

Selected Past Events

Warehouse Point Library  for CT Humanities

Greenwich Library Tellabration  via Zoom

June 1Online CT Humanities and CT Storytelling program CCSU online in June

Apr 24-25 CT Storytelling Festival New London performance & workshop on Historical Family stories (Did a 15 minute contribution to virtual event)

May 7 Hartford Public Library Mother’s Day program – was performed online due to Covid19

12/4,11, Jan 15/22  Hubbell School Bristol Residency in Second Grade

11/30/19 4:30 P.M. Camp Ingersoll Bonfire Night Portland CT

11/20/19 Hubbell School Bristol CT Grade 2 residency

10/24/19  CT Humanities Growing Green Program at Hartford Public Library 5:30 p. m. 3rd floor children’s library Books, storytelling and crafts.

11/1/19  NaNoWriMo begins – 30 days to write a 50,000 word novel – Here I go! Met goal Nov 13 finishing book by Nov 30

11/2/19 CT After School Network Conference  workshop presenter “The Intersection of Storytelling and Social Emotional Learning”

11/10/19 Tellabration Preston long Society 1 pm Historical story of CS Ship Confederacy and other historical stories  45 Long Society Rd Preston CT

12/20-21/14 Mystic Aquarium 10:45 12:45 2:44 (15 days of performance)

3/13/15 CLIR – CT Learning in Retirement at UConn performing George Henry Story program 1:15 Depot campus

03/30/15 “Word Power, Your Power, My Power, Our Power” Women’s History Month program at WCSU 6-8 p.m.

4//7/15 WLIS WMRD radio  CT Outdoors with Suzanne Thompson talking about the Thames River and a the Ship Confederacy

09/23-24 & Oct 2-3/15 The Big E with STEAM Ice Cream
09/25-27/15     White Mountain Storytelling Festival Waterville Valley NH- featured storyteller

10/25/15 Bozrah Maples Farm Park  Civil War Stories

4/21/16 Earth Day Bridgeport & Ct Sierra Club present No More Pipeline

7/21-24/16  National Storytelling Conference Workshop Presenter “Crafting Your Historical Family Stories”

7/30/16 Pirate and Sea Day at Hempsted House New London

10/13/16  Mattatuck Museum Waterbury Spooky tales for Young Professionals 6 p.m.

10/23/16 Walktober Mansfield “Quietly Revolutionary” Mansfield Old Cemetery Rte 195

10/31/16 Ashford Senior Center Stew and Spooky Stories 11 a.m.

11/18/16 YWCA pre-schools Hartford & E. Hartford Tellabration

 12/3/16 Brookside of Avon Winter Theme performance 2 p.m.

12/10/16 Lyman Allyn Art Museum New London CT Family Story telling “Winter/ Dreams” 11 a.m.

2/10/17 Juniper Hill Village  Mansfield CT Winter and Historical Stories

’17 Spring Residencies at O’Connell School East Hartford grade 1, Hubbell School – Bristol, Holmes School & Smith School New Britain

3/20  World Storytelling Day!

3/24-2 6/17 LANES Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference Plymouth MA Workshop and Performance piece

4/12/17 Scotland Public Library “Chasing Vermeer” CT Humanities  Book Voyageurs, 4 p.m.

4/23 Storytelling to benefit the Willimantic No-Freeze Shelter- Fitch House Mansfield Center 2 p.m .

5/2 &9 Killingly Book Voyageurs 4:30 p.m. with CT Humanities

5/7/17 Wood Library S. Windsor CT 2p.m. Civil War performance for Families

6/29-7/2 National Storytelling Network Conference Kansas City MO.

9/13/17 Riverside School Play in a Day with CT. Storytelling Center

9/17 Guilford Fair Donkey and Mule Show – Announcing

9/30 Ashabel Woodward House Franklin CT / Civil War Stories / A Woman in Mourning 10-4

10/6 Radio Park Elementary State College PA

10/14 Water’s Farm  Fall Days – Donkeys and Storytelling! 10-4  Sutton MA

10/18 The Breadbox Feature Mic for the Covenant Soup Kitchen 15 minutes of performances  @ St. Paul’s Valley St Willimantic, CT

10/29 Coventry Farmers Market at Hale Homestead Coventry CT Spooky Stories 11 a.m.

11/12 Sheila Arnold Jones at NEAR & Far Storytellers in The Buttonwood Tree Middletown CT 3 p.m . $10 open mic included

1/12/18 AMC -Appalachian Mountain Club  Stew and Stories

4/27-28/18 CT Storytelling Festival New London

10/15/18 Story cafe TV 9 Seekonk MA STEAM & Story


Looking back at Covid time

How did storytelling via Zoom relate? Here is a comment from my online Greenwich Library Tellabration:

“Wow! Carolyn, I just attended the Greenwich Library Tellabration. You told two fabulous stories! I was mesmerized!! You were informative, so inspiring, and very soothing. I loved losing myself in your stories and totally forgetting our current nonsensical reality.

Thank You!!”     Judy Petersen