Volpicelli releases Darien-based book ‘Up Close and Personal’

Lou Volpicelli's new book, "Up Close and Personal," was celebrated with a book signing on Wednesday night  at Atria, where Volpicelli lives.

Lou Volpicelli’s new book, “Up Close and Personal,” was celebrated with a book signing on Wednesday night at Atria, where Volpicelli lives.

Long-time Darienite Lou Volpicelli has released a new book of closer looks at the people and businesses that make up Darien.

The book, “Up Close and Personal,” was released this week, and is a collection of his “Visits with Volpicelli” columns that he has contributed to The Darien Times for the past several years. Features including interviews with the staff of The Sugar Bowl, The Darien Sports Shop, Post Corner Pizza, Palmer’s Market, Papa Joe’s, Ring’s End, and Chuck’s Steak House.

Volpicelli also interviews long-time Darienites like the Frates and the Dolcettis, and former Darien Times’ editor Joshua Fisher.

A book signing was held at Atria Darien earlier this month. Former First Selectman Bob Harrel gave Volpicelli a pin of the town seal of Darien, saying “No one deserves this more than you do.”

The book was published through the efforts of Darienite David Genovese working in conjunction with Mary Ferrara of The PCI Group. It includes many photos by Darien Times photographer Laureen Vellante and a forward by current Times’ editor Susan Shultz.

The book, dedicated to Volpicelli’s wife, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, is available for $19.23. A portion of the proceeds will be donated toward Alzheimer’s Disease research.

It will be available at Darien Sport Shop, 1127 Post Road, Everything is Rosey, 19 Edmond Street, and the Darien Toy Box, 1064 Boston Post Road.

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