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One Summer, One Book

A Community Read

Let's Get Engaged!

In this time of pandemic, quarantining, social distancing, social unrest, and all the rest we at OWL believe that our community might well benefit from a group activity to bring us closer together. And being a library, of course, we thought that activity should be reading.

To that end we have combed through hundreds of titles and selected a book that we hope will appeal to a broad audience of men, women, adults and teens.

Join OWL and your friends and neighbors in the Litchfield Community in reading this extraordinary novel that speaks eloquently and provocatively to these very times we are struggling so hard to understand.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times raves: “Wildly ambitious….It’s impossible not to admire Homegoing, and thanks to Ms. Gyasi’s instinctive storytelling gifts, the book leaves the reader with a visceral understanding of both the savage realities of slavery and the emotional damage that is handed down, over the centuries, from mothers to daughters, fathers to sons….”

Starting right now, you may check out Homegoing from OWL as a paper book or ebook. Or you may purchase a paperback or ebook from your favorite retailer. Homegoing is also available as an audio CD.

And join us on Thursday, July 30th at 7 PM for a live video panel discussion about Homegoing. Get reading now!

One Summer, One Book

A Community Read

LIVE Zoom Event: Exploring Homegoing
A Panel Discussion with Drs. Newman-Phillips & Pozorski

Thursday, July 30: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

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Join panelists Dr. Newman-Phillips and Dr. Pozorski as they explore Homegoing.

Each will look at the book, exploring from three different disciplinary viewpoints: anthropology (Dr. Newman-Phillips) and literary (Dr. Pozorski).

Evelyn Newman-Phillips, Ph.D., is a Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University. Her teaching is founded upon principles of critical pedagogy, where students are taught tools of inquiry so that they are empowered to investigate diverse situations, institutions, and society-at-large. Prior to her academic work, Dr. Newman Phillips served as a Peace Corps volunteer for 2 years in the African country of the Gambia.

Evelyn Newman-Phillips

Aimee Pozorski
Aimee Pozorski is Professor of English and Director of English Graduate Studies at Central Connecticut State University. She has authored three monographs on representations of trauma in contemporary American literature and often teaches Homegoing in such classes as “Writing Home” and “Trauma and the Contemporary American Novel.” She is co- director of the American Studies Minor at CCSU and, with Maren Scheurer, and co-executive editor of Philip Roth Studies.
  • To join the event by phone:
  • Meeting ID: 881 2057 8738
  • Password: 884156
  • +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)