Wilton Reads Fall 2014: Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow — Wilton Library
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Wilton Reads Fall 2014: Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow

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Wilton Reads 2014

September 27 – October 24, 2014


We welcome all community members to join us this fall as we come together to read, discuss and reflect upon Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow for our tenth 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.  The modern American classic Ragtime was written in 1975 by E. L. Doctorow, one of America’s most accomplished and acclaimed living writers. Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the 20th century and the First World War and is part of the Modern Library collection of the 100 best novels of all time.

To encourage readership and kick-off our month-long Wilton Reads program, 100 copies of Ragtime will be distributed to members of the community free of charge courtesy of Fairfield County Bank, on a first-come, first-served basis, on Saturday, September 27 beginning at 10 am while supplies last.

Besides book discussions, we are enhancing the reading experience by providing programs that encourage everyone to learn about 1900s America inspired by Ragtime; we even have activities that will engage younger children.  During the month, we will have rotating exhibits featuring a costume from the era, advertisements and Wilton/Norwalk area photographs and newspapers. We’re asking people with photographs from the early 1900s to come to the library to get them digitally scanned so they can be projected during the Community Reception (for information email innovation@wiltonlibrary.org).  The original photographs will be returned and digital copies will be provided back to the owners.

Our culminating event, the Wilton Reads Community Reception brings in many elements of the turn of the century including food and cocktails that were introduced to America at that time, a display of Model T and Model A Fords, a dance demonstration by Walter Schalk School of Dance students, and ragtime music by the New Orleans Beatniks, plus more. Catering for the Community Celebration on October 24 is generously being provided by Barcelona SoNo, Bartaco, Bianco Rosso, Bistro 7, Little Pub, Marly’s, Wave Hill Breads and Wilton Pizza.  The reception is open to everyone.

Date Time Program
Saturday, September 27 10 am – 5 pm Ragtime Book Giveaway
Monday, October 6 3 – 4:30 pm Silent Film Screening of Speedy with John Mucci, piano accompanist
Tuesday, October 7 9am – 4:30 pm Bus Trip to The Morgan Library & Museum
Thursday, October 9 10:30 am – noon Book Discussion with Joanna Ecke
Friday, October 10 5 – 6 pm Dmitri Wright: A Talk on New American Impressionism
Friday, October 10 6 – 7:30 pm Art reception: New American Impressionism
Saturday, October 11 2 – 3 pm City Winds Trio Plays Ragtime; for children grades K and up
Tuesday, October 14 7 – 8:30 pm Toni McKeen, Genealogist: The Immigrant Experience
Wednesday, October 15 7 – 8:30 pm Book Discussion with Susan Boyar
Friday, October 17 4 – 5 pm Genealogy for Kids; grades 2 and up
Sunday, October 19 3 – 6 pm Screening of Ragtime, the 1981 movie
Monday, October 20 3 – 5 pm Ragtime Crafts
Tuesday, October 21 7 – 8:30 pm Wilton at the Turn of the Century with Bob Russell
Friday, October 24 6 – 8 pm Wilton Reads Community Reception


The month-long programming for Wilton Reads has been made possible by the generosity of these sponsors: