Stephen Drew - Into the Thin
Monday October 26 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
This Event Is Presented in Partnership with the Kent Memorial Library
Join us for an evening with Stephen Drew, author of the new book Into the Thin, and a resident of Morris, Connecticut.
It felt like an emotional crucifixion—a dark year in which a father figure passed, a friend and mentor suffered a terminal illness, one child entered psychosis, another child took his life, and a 14 year marriage ended.As a new life began, an ancient pilgrimage called from across an ocean. Would it hold any answers? Were there any answers to be had? Questions are always temporal, but it seems pilgrimage follows the designs of the eternal. Join in a transcendent journey of the body, heart, mind, and spirit from the French Pyrenees Mountains, crossing northern Spain for 500 miles to the city of Santiago de Compostela, and beyond to the coastal town of Finisterre. Share the experience of walking a thousand year old road, the Camino de Santiago, the Way of Saint James, and its miraculous, mysterious ways. This is a story told in the language of the soul.
October Book Club - Leave The World Behind
Wednesday October 28 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Join us for a discussion of Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, a magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong.
Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they’ve rented for the week. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older couple—it’s their house, and they’ve arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area—with the TV and internet now down, and no cell phone service—it’s hard to know what to believe.
Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple—and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the vacation home, isolated from civilization, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one other?
As always, our virtual book club is fun, casual, and free. Tell your friends! And please RSVP here if you'd like to join our discussion.
Pam Huston & Amy Irvine - Air Mail
Thursday October 29 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Join authors Amy Irvine and Pam Houston for a virtual discussion on Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place.
When the state of Colorado ordered its residents to shelter in place in response to the spread of coronavirus, writers Pam Houston and Amy Irvine—who had never met—began a correspondence based on their shared devotion to the rugged, windswept mountains that surround their homes, one on either side of the Continental Divide. As the numbers of infected and dead rose and the nation split dangerously over the crisis, Houston and Irvine found their letters to one another as necessary as breath. Part tribute to wilderness, part indictment against tyranny and greed, Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place reveals the evolution of a friendship that galvanizes as it chronicles a strange new world.
Copies of Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place are available for curbside pickup and shipping.