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Read Outside the Box
OWL’s Adult Summer Reading Program
June 1 - August 7 

From June 1 through August 7, join us as we challenge you to Read Outside The Box! 

Read Outside the Box: Adult Summer Reading Program will challenge you to broaden your reading horizons and discover new books with 12 reading challenge categories. Don’t panic…we’ve designed this for success including some two-for-one title tips to help you cross off two challenge categories with one book. To help inspire and encourage you, we have also planned book displays, recommended reading lists, and special events.

Complete one category to be entered into our giveaway for a Book Lover’s Prize Box. Follow us on Facebook for a chance to win weekly book give-aways! Finish eight categories and you will be invited to an Exclusive After Hours Celebration with us at the OWL.

The Exclusive After Hours Gathering will be Monday, August 14 at 7 PM. Enjoy delicious desserts, great conversation and much more! You don’t want to miss it!

Register at OWL beginning June 1 to start Reading Outside The Box!


Thursday, August 3rd
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The Price of Illusion

A Conversation with Author Joan Juliet Buck

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The Price of Illusion is the account of four decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, where Joan chronicles her quest to discover the difference between glitter and gold, illusion and reality, and what looks like happiness from the thing itself. 

Joan’s memoir tells the story of a life lived in the best places at the most interesting times: London and New York in the swinging 1960s, Rome and Milan in the dangerous 1970s, Paris in the heady 1980s and 1990s.

Join Joseph Montebello as he facilitates a conversation with Joan Juliet Buck about her memoir The Price of Illusion.

But when her fantasy life at Vogue came to an end, she had to find out who she was after all those years of make-believe. She chronicles this journey taking the reader through the wild parties and the fashion, the celebrities and creative geniuses as well as love, loss, and the loneliness of getting everything you thought you wanted and finding it’s not what you’d imagined.

Joan Juliet Buck was born in Hollywood, and raised in Paris, London, and Ireland. She began writing book reviews for Glamour at 19, and was Features Editor of British Vogue at 23. After two decades doing profiles, essays and criticism for American Vogue, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler and The New Yorker, she became the first and only American woman ever to fill Paris Vogue’s coveted position of Editor-in-Chief which she held from 1994 to 2001. A wine & cheese reception will follow. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Tuesday, August 8th

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

I Am Zelda

A Live Theatrical Performance with Rita Parisi

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Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald is often known as the crazy wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby. She was the glittering half of the Golden Couple of the 1920s and muse and inspiration for the flapper characters in Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age stories. But before she met Scott, she was the flamboyant and outrageous Zelda Sayre, the famous belle from Montgomery, Alabama and the daughter of a judge and an artistic mother. In fact, her antics before - and after - marriage became legendary. 

But Zelda was much more than a southern belle, a glittering jewel on Fitzgerald’s arm, 1920s icon or an American expatriate wife in Paris. This original play will pay tribute to an often misunderstood woman; a woman who battled schizophrenia for much of her life; a woman who was also a mother, an accomplished ballet dancer, an exhibited artist and a published writer.

Rita Parisi has been entertaining audiences for over 20 years in the New England area. In 2002, she founded Waterfall Productions to create shows that highlight her passion for theatre, literature and costuming; these shows have been performed all over the East Coast. Rita is also actively involved in the independent film scene and her films have been debuted at the Boston International Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. For more information visit waterfallproductions.com. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED 

Sundays, July 16th & August 13th
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Madame Bovary & The Bad Girl: Two Novels Sharing Common Threads

A Discussion with Aimee Pozorski

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In this series, we will look at the ways in which Nobel-Prize winning Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has revisited, revised, and updated for the 21st century Gustav Flaubert’s 19th century masterpiece, Madame Bovary. By first reading Madame Bovary, followed by The Bad Girl, we will discuss how these novels consider such themes as revolution, the nature of realism, representations of women, illness, and narration as rendered in two different centuries from two different parts of the world while at the same time maintaining their focus on the unifying vision of a woman stifled by the social codes of her time.

July 16: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert: The story focuses on a doctor’s wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life.

August 13: The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa: Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a bad girl. However poorly she treats him, he is doomed to worship her.

Aimee Pozorski teaches contemporary American literature at Central Connecticut State University and holds a PhD in English with a certificate in psychoanalytic studies from Emory University. She served as President of the Philip Roth Society from 2009 to May 2015. Her books include Roth and Trauma: The Problem of History in the Later Works and Falling After 9/11: Crisis in American Art and Literature. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED  

Thursday, August 17th
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Cooking For Picasso: A Novel

with Author Camille Aubray

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The French Riviera, spring 1936: Pablo Picasso is at a momentous crossroads in his personal and professional life - and for him, art and women are always entwined. The spirited Ondine, a 17-year old who cooks with her mother in the kitchen of their family-owned Café Paradis, chafing under her family’s authority and nursing a broken heart, is just beginning to discover her own talents and appetites. Her encounter with Picasso will continue to affect her life for many decades onward. 

New York, present day: Céline learns that her grandmother Ondine once cooked for Picasso and embarks on a voyage to the very town where Ondine and Picasso first met where she discovers truths about art, culture, cuisine, and love that enable her to embrace her own future.

Camille Aubray is an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship winner, and was a writer-in-residence at the Karolyi Foundation in the South of France. She was also a finalist for the Pushcart Press Editors’ Book Award and the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. She studied writing with her mentor Margaret Atwood at Humber College Writers’ Workshop in Toronto. Aubray has taught writing at New York University, and wrote and produced for ABC News, PBS, and A&E. Visit her website at: www.camilleaubray.com. A wine & cheese reception will follow. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED 



Thursday, August 24th
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

You Don’t Look Your Age…And Other Fairy Tales

with Author Sheila Nevins

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Sheila Nevins is the best friend you never knew you had. She is your discreet confidante you can tell any secret to, your sage mentor at work who helps you navigate the often uneven playing field, your wise sister who has “been there, done that,” your hysterical girlfriend whose stories about men will make you laugh until you cry. Sheila Nevins is the one person who always tells it like it is. In You Don’t Look Your Age, the famed documentary producer finally steps out from behind the camera and takes her place front and center.

In these pages you will read about the real life challenges of being a woman in a man’s world, what it means to be a working mother, what it’s like to be an older woman in a youth-obsessed culture, the sometimes changing, often sweet truth about marriages, what being a feminist really means, and that you are in good company if your adult children don’t return your phone calls.

Sheila Nevins has a BA from Barnard and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and is a television producer and the President of HBO Documentary Films. She has produced over one thousand documentary films for HBO and is one of the most influential people in documentary filmmaking. She has worked on productions that have been recognized with 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 News and Doc Emmy Awards, 42 Peabody Awards, and 26 Academy Awards. Nevins has won 32 individual Primetime Emmy Awards, more than any other person. A wine & cheese reception will follow. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED 





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