Whittemore to hold book talks

Whittemore Library

NAUGATUCK — The Whittemore Library will put on a pair of book talks and signings next week.

On Wednesday, author Mike Urban will discuss his book, “Lobster Shacks: A Road Trip Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints,” at the library on Church Street. The book is a road-trip-style guide to the 75 or so best shacks in New England, starting in Connecticut and heading north and east through Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Urban is an editor, writer, and book packager who specializes in travel, outdoor recreation, sports, food, and business/career books. He has been in book publishing for over 30 years, last serving as vice president and associate publisher of Globe Pequot Press.

Former Red Sox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd and co-author Mike Shalin will discuss their book, “They Call Me Oil Can: Baseball, Drugs and Life on the Edge,” Saturday at the Naugatuck Congregational Church, 9 Division St., beginning at 1 p.m.

In the book, Boyd discusses his childhood mired in poverty and racism in Mississippi, where at a young age he was forced to face alcoholism, murder, and deceit; and how he found salvation in baseball. The revelations in the book include Boyd’s admission that he often pitched while high on drugs and used during games and his relationships with teammates.

Both events are free and open to the public. The books will also be available for purchase. For more information, call the library at (203) 729-4591.