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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
The month-long programming for Wilton Reads has been made possible by the generosity of these sponsors: