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Sundays, June 4th & 25th
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Two Booker Prize Winners: 
A Book Discussion with Mark Schenker
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The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a prestigious literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom. In this two-part series, we will explore two Man Booker Prize Winners.

Sunday, June 4: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
In 1520s England, Henry VIII’s challenge to the church’s power set off a tidal wave of religious, political and societal turmoil that reverberated throughout Europe. In this darkly brilliant reimagining of life under Henry VIII, Mantel boldly attempts to capture the sweeping internecine machinations of the times from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell, the lowborn man who became one of Henry's closest advisers.

Sunday, June 25: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has psychological and emotional depth and sophistication. This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about and he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.

Mark J. Schenker is the Senior Associate Dean of Yale College, Dean of Academic Affairs and a lecturer in English at Yale. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature. He lectures frequently on literary topics, and enjoys making literature accessible and enjoyable. Books are available at the library to borrow four weeks in advance of the discussion. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED 


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.

Everyone who completes at least one category will be entered to win a special prize. Follow us on Facebook for weekly book give-aways and more tips. And, if you complete eight or more challenge categories, you will be invited to attend an Exclusive After-hours Celebration Gathering at OWL.

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

Reading Outside the Box: Staff Book Talk

Wednesday, June 21
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

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Join Patricia Moore and Audra MacLaren for recommended reads to get you going for your summer reading challenges. Join us as we share our recommendations to help you navigate the challenges we have created for you. Light refreshments will be served. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED 

Tuesday, June 13th

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Childhood Interrupted: From Bosnia to America

with Author Jasmina Ceric

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Through one personal journey, Jasmina Ceric hopes to educate and raise awareness about ethnic cleansing and genocide. Childhood Interrupted is the story of a war survivor in Bosnia, striving for a better future for herself and her family, and hoping for her father’s release from a concentration camp.

“The shooting continued around us. They asked us where the men were. The women cried that they didn’t know anything. They said if we didn’t tell them where the men were, we would all be shot. I was so afraid: Almina and I just clung to our mama. They might find the men upstairs and kill all of us. Then one of the soldiers yelled, ‘We found some more,’ so they left us. The shooting continued around us.”

Jasmina Ceric was born in December of 1981 in the town of Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina. When the war began in 1991 in Croatia, she never imagined it would strike her home. In 1993, after her father was released from a concentration camp, she came to the U.S. sponsored by a family in Washington, CT who saw her on the CBS show Eye on America with Connie Chung and wanted to help.

Jasmina attended Washington Montessori, Shepaug Valley High School and UCONN for undergraduate and graduate studies, focusing on international affairs and conflict resolution. For the past 20 years she has traveled educating audiences on genocide and ethnic cleansing awareness, helping to sponsor over 20 families through churches and private families. A wine & cheese reception will follow. The author will provide books for sale & signing. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED 

Thursday, June 22nd
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love & Manic Depression

A Conversation with Author David Leite

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Notes on a Banana has been described as a candid, courageous, and at times laugh-out-loud funny story of family, food, mental illness, and sexual identity.

David Leite grew up in the 1960s in a devoutly Catholic, blue-collar, food-crazed Portuguese home in Fall River, Massachusetts. With a vivid imagination and a flair for the dramatic, “Banana” as his mother endearingly called him, yearned to live in a middle-class house with a swinging kitchen door just like the ones on television, and fell in love with everything French. But David also struggled with the emotional devastation of manic depression. Until he was diagnosed in his mid-thirties, David found relief from his wild mood swings in learning about food, watching Julia Child, and cooking for others.

Join Joseph Montebello as he facilitates this conversation with David Leite.

David Leite is a food writer, cookbook author, and web publisher. In 2006, he had the distinction of being the first winner of a James Beard Award for a website, a feat he repeated in 2007. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Pastry, Men’s Health, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Washington Post. He has also appeared on Beat Bobby Flay and The Today Show. His first book, The New Portuguese Table, explored the food of his heritage and won the IACP’s 2010 First Book: Julia Child Award. Visit his website at davidleite.com. A wine & cheese reception will follow. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED


Tuesday, June 27th
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Cinematic Guitar Poetry

with Hiroya Tsukamoto

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Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us on an innovative, impressionistic journey filled with earthy, organic soundscapes that impart a mood of peace and tranquility. It is cinematic guitar poetry, blending folk, jazz and Japanese roots to create a unique and powerful sound. Hiroya also introduces some Japanese folk music with the stories behind the songs. 

Acoustic Guitar Magazine wrote, “Hiroya Tsukamoto plays with fluid mastery, pristine tone, and great warmth…”

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a guitarist and composer originally from Kyoto, Japan. When he was 13, his father brought home a blue-grass banjo, “but there was no way to find a banjo teacher in my hometown in Japan,” Tsukamoto says. “So I tried to learn from the only bluegrass record I had, Foggy Mountain Banjo, by Earl Scruggs.” The album by the North Carolinian proved to be a challenge because of Scruggs’ renowned top-speed picking, “but I just loved the music very much.” His friends then introduced him to the guitar about a year later. In 2000, he moved to the U.S. when he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Today Hiroya performs more than one hundred shows a year across the U.S. and internationally, including several appearances with his group at Blue Note in New York. He has also performed and appeared on major international television networks such as NHK (Japanese National Television) and EBS in Korea. Visit his website at: hiroyatsukamoto.com. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED




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