Rector lived in the Doghouse - so nicknamed because it's the living quarters for faculty with dogs - with his wife, Tree Swenson, and their dog Keeper.
After Rector died, in 2007, his friends in the Dog House Band settled on a way to pay homage. They've released a CD, "Let's Doghouse: A Tribute to Liam Rector," a rollicking, witty, and occasionally mournful mix of blues, country, and bluegrass songs. Standouts include "The Bottle Let Me Down," by Merle Haggard, and "One's on the Way," Shel Silverstein's tongue-in-cheek tune about a tired, pregnant mother whose husband isn't much help.
Profits from CD sales will fund a longtime priority of Rector's - scholarships for MFA students at Bennington, says Birkerts, director of the Bennington Writing Seminars. Details at www.thedoghouseband.blogspot.com.
Uhlberg revisited his upbringing in many of the books he has written for children, including "Dad, Jackie, and Me," inspired by a Brooklyn Dodgers game he and his father attended. Uhlberg's father admired Jackie Robinson for the way he faced up to racial prejudice.
In a new memoir, "Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love" (Bantam), Uhlberg looks back with pride and pain. He recalls the day his father, a pressman at the New York Daily News, took him to work and his co-workers called him "the dummy." Uhlberg was horrified. Years later, his father told him that he had been well aware of the insult but chose to ignore it. Instead, he focused on the love he felt for his son.
"Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi," by Neal Bascomb (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
"Execution Dock," by Anne Perry (Ballantine)
Jan Gardner can be reached at JanLGardner@yahoo.com.