Twelve years ago Susette Kelo, an EMT who raised five sons, bought her first house. She loved her little pink cottage and its view of the Thames River in New London, Conn.
That love was tested the following year when the city offered to pay a premium for the house. Kelo declined. The city vowed to take her house and others in the area by eminent domain. Kelo rallied her neighbors and became the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit heard by the US Supreme Court.
In the new book "Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage" (Grand Central), Jeff Benedict tells a page-turner of a tale about ordinary people challenging city government and
In a highly controversial decision in 2005, the Supreme Court sided with the city. The plainspoken Kelo, continuing her opposition, became a folk hero. Rallies were held across the country. Fan mail arrived from all over. Wearing a jacket the color of her house, Kelo testified before Congress.
In the wake of the ruling, many states - but not Connecticut - have strengthened protections for homeowners in eminent-domain cases. Kelo and the other five plaintiffs in the case moved out of New London, vowing never to return.
Kelo and Benedict will be honored at a reception Thursday night from 5 to 8 at the Union Club, 9 Park St., Boston. The cost is $10 for nonmembers. RSVP by Monday. Details at www.pioneerinstitute.org.
Kids Heart Authors Day is the brainchild of Mitali Perkins, a Newton author of young-adult books who will be appearing at Eight Cousins bookstore in Falmouth. At Village Books in Roslindale, the focus will be on authors who write for teenagers. For details on participating stores, visit www.kidsheartauthors.com.
Stauffer will discuss "Giants" as part of the Massachusetts Historical Society's celebration of the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at society headquarters, 1154 Boylston St. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are requested (617-646-0557).
"Captain Freedom: A Superhero's Quest for Truth, Justice, and the
"Pow-Wow: Charting the Fault Lines in the American Experience - Short Fiction From Then to Now," edited by Ishmael Reed with Carla Blank (Da Capo)
Jan Gardner can be reached at JanLGardner@yahoo.com.