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Thursday, October 23rd
7:00 - 8:00 p.m

Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger
with Author Stephen Grant

Collecting Shakespeare recounts the story of Henry and Emily Folger, a couple who were devoted to each other and to Shakespeare. Shortly after marrying in 1885, the Folgers started buying, cataloging, and storing all manner of items about Shakespeare and his era. Emily earned a master’s degree in Shakespeare studies. The frugal couple worked passionately as a tight-knit team during the Gilded Age, financing their hobby with the fortune Henry earned as president of Standard Oil Company of New York, where he was a trusted associate of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. 

Their passion culminated in the construction of The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. The library houses 82 First Folios, 275,000 books, and 60,000 manuscripts. It welcomes more than 100,000 visitors a year and provides professors, scholars, graduate students, and researchers from around the world with access to the collections.

Writing is Stephen Grant’s second career after a diplomatic profession working as an education project manager in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with long-term postings in Ivory Coast, Egypt, Guinea, Indonesia, and El Salvador.     Shifting largely from a diplomatic career to a writing life, he serves as Senior Fellow at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training in Arlington, Virginia, where he helps retired diplomats prepare their manuscripts for publication. Visit his website at              www.stephenhgrant.com. A wine & cheese reception will follow the event. The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing. Space is limited. Registration is required.
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Fourth Sunday of Each Month
July 27th - October 26th
1:00 - 2:00 p.m

Sunday Book Discussion Series with Dr. Mark Schenker

Our Sunday Book Discussion Series with Dr. Mark Schenker focuses on four novels set during the First World War, whose centenary will be marked this summer. The first two novels were written in the decade following the war and the last two selections were written in the 1990s. Taken together, they provide a range of insights - from American, German and British authors - into an event that claimed more than nine million lives and changed forever the political and cultural landscapes of the Western 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. In 2001, the Connecticut Humanities Council presented him with the Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Registration is required. Books are available at the library to borrow four weeks in advance of each discussion.
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July 27 - A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
August 24 - All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
September 28 - Regeneration by Pat Barker
October 26 - Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War by Sebastian Faulks


Wednesday, October 29th
7:00 - 8:15 p.m

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band
A Live Theatrical Performance with The East Haddam Stage Company

The East Haddam Stage Company is proud to present William Gillette’s 1930 radio script of the first Sherlock Holmes play ever broadcast via radio. Thanks to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center’s Nook Farm collection, they know that this 30-minute ‘sketch’ as he called it was originally written by Edith Meiser but extensively by Gillette himself. He knew Sherlock like no other actor at the time, having played the detective for many years on stages all over the world. Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band is one of the most popular Holmes stories about a young woman named Helen Stonor who employs Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to foil the villainous plans of her stepfather, Grimesby Roylott. 

The cast includes Neil Myers originally from London, England now in Old Lyme as Sherlock; Rick Bean of New Haven as Dr. Watson; Rayah Martin of Manchester as Helen and Julia Stonor; and John Haynal of Old Saybrook as Billy and Dr. Roylott, and as Announcer and Sound Effects. 

The East Haddam Stage Company is managed by K & C Enterprises, with Artistic Director Kandie Carle. Ms. Carle has 30 years experience in all forms of theatre and dance. The goal of the EHSCO is to offer the public an intriguing, thoughtful and provocative theatrical experience. Their website is www.ehsco.org. Space is limited. Registration is required.
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Wednesday, November 5th
7:00 - 8:00 p.m

OWL Cookbook Club
with OWL Staff

Are you a “crusty” reader?
Join Audra MacLaren, Adult Services Librarian, and Patricia Moore, Librarian, for the first meeting of the OWL Cookbook Club. At our inaugural meeting we will be discussing (and eating!) pie. 

Beginning a month before the discussion date we will have an assortment of pie cookbooks available for check out—select the one that most interests you.

Over the course of the month we encourage you to make recipes from your selected cookbook and come ready to chat about what worked, what didn’t, and what you cannot wait to make again.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, find out who has the most foolproof pie crust and what exciting new pies are going to be served next to those tried and true favorites. Audra and Patricia will be bringing their favorite pies to the discussion and if you are feeling adventurous we encourage you to do the same—don’t be intimidated, we are all just amateur cooks who love books and food! Pie and tea will be served. Space is limited. Registration is required.
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