Author Eric D. Lehman

Eric D. Lehman is the author or editor of sixteen books, including The Quotable New Englander, A History of Connecticut Food, Literary Connecticut, A History of Connecticut Wine, Bridgeport: Tales from the Park City, Hamden: Tales from the Sleeping Giant, Insiders' Guide to Connecticut, The Foundation of Summer, Connecticut Town Greens, and Afoot in Connecticut: Journeys in Natural History, nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His biography of Charles Stratton, Becoming Tom Thumb, won the Henry Russell Hitchcock Award from the Victorian Society of America, and was chosen as one of the American Library Association's outstanding university press books of the year. His revolutionary history Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London was a finalist in two categories of the Next Gen Indie Book Awards, and was used in a question on Jeopardy. And his novella, Shadows of Paris, was the Novella of the Year from the Next Gen Indie Book Awards, a Silver Medal for Romance from the Foreword Review Indie Book Awards, and a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award.

He believes that history and travel help us know the place we live, and therefore know ourselves.


In addition to directing the creative writing program at the University of Bridgeport, Eric D. Lehman is the editor of the school literary magazine, Groundswell, and of the faculty essay series, The Commons. He is an Associate Editor and Staff Writer for The Wayfarer, and a regular contributor to Edible Nutmeg, Empty Mirror Books, and Berfrois. He has been consulted and quoted by The Atlantic Monthly, USA Today, the BBC, the History Channel, and Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

Watch Eric’s Afoot in Connecticut videos here.

Find out more about Eric at his University of Bridgeport page

Check out Eric at Connecticut Center for the Book.

Watch Eric's appearances (5) in the documentary, The Real Tom Thumb: History's Smallest Superstar, which he filmed with Wingspan Productions and appeared on the BBC4 before being picked up by Real Stories.