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Norwich goes steampunk

Norwich — Participants in the city's inaugural Steampunk Week, Roz Etra, Faye Ringel, David Carlson and Frederick Rivard, sing "Silver Yells," a "Halloween carol," on Friday to patrons and staff in the lobby of Otis Library.

Steampunk is defined as “a genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology," according to the Oxford Dictionary. At City Hall, Mayor Peter Nystrom read a proclamation declaring Steampunk Week in the city, before the quartet proceeded to sing carols at bars and businesses downtown.

The week will conclude Nov. 9 with a literary event at the Norwich Arts Center dubbed the Book Fiend Readers Fest. The event will bring in authors representing such genres as fantasy, science fiction, horror, gothic and steampunk. They will give presentations and readings, and they will sign and sell their books.

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