The Gods of Greenwich

On Thursday, March 8 at 12:30 p.m. the Literary Lights Festival will feature a Luncheon with best-selling author Norb Vonnegut as speaker. His recent novel entitled “The Gods of Greenwich” has garnered critical acclaim. Reservations will be accepted at the following levels: Benefactors $500, Sponsors $250 and Tickets $125. Reservations may be made by calling the Greenwich Arts Council at 203-862-6750.

We’ve all seen the movie “Wall Street” and nobody can deny the excitement, the drama and the thrill of the action depicted. I have yet to read “The Gods of Greenwich” but according to reviewers the pace of the action and the flavor of the book are similar. “Top Producer,” Norb Vonnegut’s debut novel, was a featured pick on Today and one of Smart Money’s seven must-read books for the fall of 2009.

Vonnegut brings the much sought after insider’s perspective to his writing. Before turning to color commentary on Wall Street, he worked in wealth management with Morgan Stanley and other financial institutions. He graduated from Harvard College in 1980 and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1986. Visit his website to learn more.

I love to hear stories about people, like writer Norb Vonnegut, who switch gears mid-career and veer over to the creative side. Not that his work in wealth management did not utilize creative skills but there is nothing like the sheer unadulterated creation of writing a novel. That does not mean we all need to be like him and be creative full-time but having an artistic outlet can be important. Or maybe I should rephrase that, creativity is not necessarily expressed through the arts there are a thousand ways to express oneself, but they usually always involve doing something we love.

If you can’t do something you love full-time then make sure you find at least some time to do the things you love. Whether it’s painting, music, sports or reading doing the things we love is a basic human need so often overlooked as a guilty pleasure. Finding the time for the pursuits we enjoy makes us happier people and therefore better equipped to give back to our communities and to our loved ones.

“The Gods of Greenwich” sounds like a fascinating book, much of the action takes place in Greenwich so it’s a must read! But in case you’re not a fan of fast-paced novels with lots of Wall Street lingo then I still recommend attending the Norb Vonnegut Luncheon hosted by the Literary Lights Festival on March 8th, as I think that the author himself may provide inspiration to all the people out there looking to make a change in their own status quo.

In summary, mark your calendars: March 8th will be upon us a lot sooner than we imagine and these Literary Lights events sell out fast and seating is limited. If you don’t get tickets in time fear not, you can still buy the book and thereby enter Norb Vonnegut’s fast paced universe…

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