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Senior Center Book Discussions

All adult Wilton residents are welcome to join this free book discussion group which meets at the Comstock Community Center from September through May. The book discussions are from 11 am to noon followed by an optional lunch for $3.  Extra copies of each title will be available at the Wilton Library in the month the book is to be discussed. Please call the Senior Center at 203-834-6240 to reserve a place for lunch.

Senior Center Book Discussion: Jack London: An American Life

Tuesday, October 22, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Please join us as Barbara Jones leads a discussion of Jack London: An American Life by Earle Labor, the foremost Jack London scholar in the world, who has given us the finest biography of this great American writer.

This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from September through May, excluding December. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.

Jack London was one of the first writers to reach worldwide celebrity status and to amass a fortune from his writing. We are all familiar with his Klondike Gold Rush classics like The Call of the Wild and White Fang but his large literary output included dozens of novels, short stories, plays, memoirs, poetry, and non-fiction. He even wrote two novels in the nascent genre of science fiction:  indeed, his dystopian novel Iron Heel had a significant influence on George Orwell in his writing of 1984. So said The Washington Post in a review: 'If you want to acquaint yourself with the writer whom much of the rest of the world equates with Melville, Hemingway and Faulkner, then begin with Labor's elegantly written, thoroughly researched and steel-eyed biography.'

Senior Center Book Discussion: Noon Wine

Tuesday, November 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Please join us as Ray Rauth leads a discussion of Katherine Anne Porter's short novel Noon Wine.

This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from September through May, excluding December. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 203-834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.

Katherine Anne Porter’s literary production may not have been large in quantity but it more than makes up for that in terms of its quality and she is especially masterful in her short fiction. Indeed, the compilation of her short stories and short novels, which includes Noon Wine, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award when it came out in 1966. This short novel is essentially a Greek tragedy set in a shabby, down-at-heel farm in Texas. The New York Times Book Review said: 'If it is the function of the artist to produce a masterpiece, Miss Porter may rest easy. In Noon Wine she has written a short novel whose largeness of theme, tragic inevitability, and steadiness of focus put it into the small category of superb short fiction that includes Joyce, Mann, Chekhov, James, and Conrad.'

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