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Wilton Reads 2017

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire
October 24 – November 8, 2017

Circling the SunWe welcome all community members to join Wilton Library this fall as we come together to read, discuss and reflect upon Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire for our twelfth Wilton Reads event. Wilton Reads has, for several years, given us an opportunity through fine literature to sharpen our view of ourselves and the world around us.This stunning memoir is a vibrant and evocative look at Latin America from a child's unforgettable experience as he flees Castro's Cuba.

Carlos Eire was born in Havana in 1950 and left his homeland in 1962, one of fourteen thousand unaccompanied children airlifted out of Cuba by Operation Pedro Pan. After living in a series of foster homes, he was reunited with his mother in Chicago in 1965. Eire earned his Ph.D. at Yale University in 1979 and is now the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale.

Book Giveaway

To encourage readership and to kick off the Wilton Reads 2017 program, two hundred paperback copies of Waiting for Snow in Havana will be distributed to members of the community free of charge courtesy of Fairfield County Bank on a first-come, first-served basis, one per person, beginning on Tuesday, October 3, from 10 a.m to 12 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. while supplies last. The library also has copies of the book in eBook, eAudiobook, CDs and Spanish versions for borrowing. 

Share Your Images of Cuba

We are inviting people to bring in photos of Cuba before it was closed to American tourists - their photos, their parents' photos, their grandparents' photos - beginning Monday, Oct. 30 through Friday, Nov. 3.  The owners of the photographs will digitally scan them so that they can be projected in a slide show in the gallery during the Wilton Reads events. Participants will be trained on the digital scanner in the Thomas T. Adams, Esq. Innovation Station. The digital photos will be shown in a slide show in the gallery.  Participants will receive a thumb drive of their newly digitized photos. For information, deadline details and registration, email innovation@wiltonlibrary.org.

Wilton Reads 2017 Events

Please join us for the following programs that introduce us to a time, a place and a life to which most of us are not accustomed and let us explore another part of the world. Be part of our journey of book discussions, a film screening, a pre-revolutionary history lesson, a travel seminar, children's programs and more, all culminating in the author talk in person with Carlos Eire on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Autumn Poetry with Judson Scruton: Islands in the Autumn Sun

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Autumn Poetry Seminar Series exploring the poetry of islands. In keeping with Wilton Library’s focus on Cuba this fall with its Wilton Reads program, our poetry seminar will focus on Islands, both literal and metaphoric. From John Donne’s “No Man Is An Island” to Cuban-exile poet Richard Blanco’s “The Island Within,” and from Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, “Crusoe in England,” and “The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket.” Additionally, we will discuss island related poems by Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott.

Autumn Poetry with Judson Scruton: Islands in the Autumn Sun

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Autumn Poetry Seminar Series exploring the poetry of islands. In keeping with Wilton Library’s focus on Cuba this fall with its Wilton Reads program, our poetry seminar will focus on Islands, both literal and metaphoric. From John Donne’s “No Man Is An Island” to Cuban-exile poet Richard Blanco’s “The Island Within,” and from Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, “Crusoe in England,” and “The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket.” Additionally, we will discuss island related poems by Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott.

Wilton Reads—Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, Book Discussion with Susan Boyar

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses our Wilton Reads selection, Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire. This program is part of Wilton Library’s Wilton Reads 2017 Waiting for Snow in Havana event. Beverages will be provided.  No charge. Registration recommended. Author Talk with Carlos Eire is Wednesday, November 8, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Wilton Reads—Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, Book Discussion with Susan Boyar

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses our Wilton Reads selection, Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire. This program is part of Wilton Library’s Wilton Reads 2017 Waiting for Snow in Havana event. Beverages will be provided.  No charge. Registration recommended. Author Talk with Carlos Eire is Wednesday, November 8, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Register online or call 203-762-6334.

Wilton Reads—90 Miles to Havana-Children’s Book Discussion

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Kids in grades 5 - 7 are invited to join this book discussion as part of the Wilton Reads program. The book selected is 90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis. Registrants will receive a free copy of the novel to read before the program. In 90 Miles to Havana Julian and his brothers flee from Cuba to Miami in 'Operation Pedro Pan'. Once in Miami they soon find that things were not as they hoped.

Autumn Poetry with Judson Scruton: Islands in the Autumn Sun

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Autumn Poetry Seminar Series exploring the poetry of islands. In keeping with Wilton Library’s focus on Cuba this fall with its Wilton Reads program, our poetry seminar will focus on Islands, both literal and metaphoric. From John Donne’s “No Man Is An Island” to Cuban-exile poet Richard Blanco’s “The Island Within,” and from Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, “Crusoe in England,” and “The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket.” Additionally, we will discuss island related poems by Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott.

Wilton Reads - Back into the Heart of Cuba with Daryl Hawk

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

In the spring of 2016 and again in 2017 explorer and international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk embarked upon an unprecedented 2,700-mile circumnavigation of Cuba. One of the few Americans granted unrestricted access to Cuba, Hawk was able to capture the perennially colorful city streets. What he discovered was the heartbeat sustaining this Communist-ruled province: its people. The resulting photographs depict a people and place both lost in time and on the cusp of change.

Wilton Reads – Cuban History with Professor Ariel Mae Lambe

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Dr. Lambe will provide context for readings on the Cuban Revolution by presenting a summary survey of Cuban history from the 1860s through the 1950s, covering Cuba's three wars of independence, U.S. intervention in the island country following the Spanish American War, the republican or neocolonial period of the first half of the twentieth century, and ending with the revolution during the 1950s.  Lambe received her B.A. in history from Yale and her Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in New York City. She teaches Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S.

Wilton Reads – Experience Cuba

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Travel consultant Margaret Sanko of Wilton Center Travel and Meghan O’Shea, Sales Development Manager and Joyce Williams, Group Sales Specialist both from Tauck in Wilton, will share their vast knowledge of Cuba. They also will share details of a trip being planned for October 11 – 17, 2018 to benefit Wilton Library. Come prepared with questions.  Supported by Wilton Center Travel and Tauck. Registration is recommended.

Media sponsor: GOOD Morning Wilton. 

Wilton Reads – Kids Create Cuban Art

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Joanne Hunter from Danbury's Art Spot will be coming to the Wilton Library. With her guidance, children in grades 3 to 5 will be creating an acrylic painting on canvas of a still life motivated by Cuban artist Julio Larraz.  Sponsored by Fairfield County Bank. Registration required for grades 3 to 5.

Wilton Reads – Film Screening: Cubamerican

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 1:15pm

Cubamerican tells us the story of a variety of eminent exiles from Cuba who overcame personal loss and struggle to assimilate, triumph and thrive in the United States as Cuban-Americans. The cast covers a wide range of professional, business, and cultural fields and includes such notables as baseball great Tony Perez, actor Andy Garcia, and our featured Wilton Reads author and Yale historian Carlos Eire. Refreshments served. A Q&A session and discussion will follow the film moderated by documentary filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris.

Connecticut's Own Concert: The Madera Winds

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

The Madera Winds, formed in 2012, is a blend of Connecticut Musicians who have performed over the last thirty years in other chamber music groups in Wilton as well as throughout Fairfield County. Ralph Kirmser (Oboe) of Wilton and Janet Atherton (Clarinet) of Norwalk had been founding members of the Prevailing Winds Quintet since the 1980's. Rosemary Dellinger (Bassoon) has been the bassoonist for the Connecticut Little Symphony and teaches Spanish at Cider Mill School in Wilton. Joanne Hiscocks, a member of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years, is the flutist.

Wilton Reads: Author Visit—Carlos Eire: Waiting for Snow in Havana

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Carlos Eire’s talk is the culminating event of Wilton Library’s twelfth Wilton Reads town-wide reading program. Winner of the National Book Award for Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, this stunning memoir is a vibrant and evocative look at Latin America from a child’s unforgettable experience. Eire earned his Ph.D. at Yale University in 1979 and is now the T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale. Mr. Eire will be presented with the Grodin Family Fine Writers Award before his talk. Registration is strongly recommended.

Autumn Poetry with Judson Scruton: Islands in the Autumn Sun

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Judson Scruton leads this 4-part Autumn Poetry Seminar Series exploring the poetry of islands. In keeping with Wilton Library’s focus on Cuba this fall with its Wilton Reads program, our poetry seminar will focus on Islands, both literal and metaphoric. From John Donne’s “No Man Is An Island” to Cuban-exile poet Richard Blanco’s “The Island Within,” and from Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, “Crusoe in England,” and “The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket.” Additionally, we will discuss island related poems by Seamus Heaney, and Derek Walcott.

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