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Wilton Reads 2020

Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fall 2020

Tales of the Jazz Age

We welcome all community members to join Wilton Library this fall as we come together to read, discuss and reflect upon Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald for our fourteenth 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 year's community-wide read will bring an exploration of jazz and its impact on culture through insightful programming and a collaboration with the Wilton Public Schools.

Sometimes things just come together in a certain way that make it easier for other things to fall in place.  Such is the case with Wilton Library's selection of its Wilton Reads 2020 community-wide book this year.  With the centennial celebration of the late jazz legend and Wiltonian Dave Brubeck, the announcement of the Brubeck Collection archives coming to Wilton Library, and the collaboration of Wilton Library and Wilton Historical Society's "Jazzed Up - The History of Jazz" lecture series underway, it seems fitting that Wilton Reads 2020 focuses on American jazz - its contribution to music, to American culture, and to social issues and justice.

Tales of the Jazz Age, a compendium of short stories by the august author, delves into American social life and customs during the 20th century using the backdrop of jazz.  The Jazz Age world that Fitzgerald so aptly evokes appears in his later masterpiece, The Great Gatsby.


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Book Giveaway

To encourage readership and to kick off the Wilton Reads 2020 program, two hundred paperback copies of Tales of the Jazz Age were distributed to members of the community free of charge courtesy of Fairfield County Bank on a first-come, first-served basis, one per person, on March 3. We have a few books remaining that are available to patrons that can be picked up at the drive-thru window on a first come, first serve basis beginning Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. while supplies last. The library also has copies of the book in print and eBook format to borrow.


Wilton Reads 2020 Events

Please join us for the following programs that provide opportunity for insight and conversation about a formative time in America’s history. Be part of our journey of book discussions, a jazz history lesson, a poetry series with Judson Scruton that examines the arts and culture of the 1920s, and much more. Please click on the registration links for more details about each virtual program. Advance registration is required for each program in order to receive the Zoom link via email.  

Now through Oct. 31 Wilton Reads: Jazzy Art Contest for Teens, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Calling all teenage artists! Use your talents to design a mock book jacket or vinyl album cover depicting a jazz scene anywhere from the 1920's up to the present OR a famous jazz artist.  For inspiration, check out Dave Brubeck Quartet's Time Out or Charlie Parker's Bird and Diz albums. Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photography  by Roxane Orgill and Jazz Owls by Margarita Engle are also great books to help get your creative juices flowing. Entries will be judged by a panel. Winners will be announced the second week of November and receive gift certificates to Jerry's Artarama: 1st = $75; 2nd = $50; 3rd = $25. Submissions can be accepted at the Wilton Library's Lobby from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28th and Saturday, October 31st. Entry forms are available for download and must accompany everyone's artwork. For students in grades 7-12.  Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.  Questions: call 203-762-6343

Thursdays, October 1, 8, 15, & 22 Poetry with Judson Scruton: The Bridge - Hart Crane’s Journey Through and Over The Roaring 20s, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Judson Scruton  presents a four-week online literature seminar using Hart Crane's epic masterwork The Bridge as a vehicle for examining the inter-relationships between Crane's poetry and the arts and culture of the 1920s. Among the reference points considered are T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland,” Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero,” Joseph Stella’s mural of New York City, Wallace Stevens's “Sunday Morning,” photographs by Alfred Stieglitz and Walker Evans, trumpet riffs by Louis Armstrong and, in connection with our Wilton Reads 2020 theme, F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tales of the Jazz Age. Judson Scruton M.A. (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry) has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. Poetry packet will be emailed in advance to registrants. No charge for the program. This seminar is made possible with the support of the Literary Series in Memory of Amy Quigley. Please see the registration link for more speaker and program details. Registration required in order to receive the Zoom link. Register Now!

Wednesday, October 28 Wilton Reads - Book Discussion - Tales of the Jazz Age, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Wilton Library's Wilton Reads 2020 selection, Tales of the Jazz Age, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Feel free to munch your lunch as we travel back to the Jazz Age! Registration required in order to receive the Zoom link. Register Now!

Saturday, October 31 Wilton Reads – F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Jazz Age with Mark Schenker, 3 – 4 p.m.
Mark J. Schenker of Yale College will discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life and work in the 1920s—a period he both depicted in his fiction and came to represent in his personal life—through the lens of Tales of the Jazz Age (1922). The most popular of the four short story collections published in the author’s short lifetime (1896-1940), Tales of the Jazz Age reflects the eclecticism, exuberance and experimentation of the 1920s, also called the Roaring Twenties because of the high energy and even freneticism of the decade. Mark Schenker has been at Yale College since 1990 and is currently a senior associate dean of the College and Dean of Academic Affairs. A former lecturer in the English Department at Yale, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University with a concentration in 19th-century and early 20th-century English literature. Mark is a favorite guest speaker at Wilton Library. Please see the registration link for more speaker and program details. Registration required in order to receive the Zoom link. Register Now!

Tuesday, November 3 Wilton Reads - Book Discussion - Tales of the Jazz Age, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Wilton Library's Wilton Reads 2020 selection, Tales of the Jazz Age, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Feel free to sip the beverage of your choice from the comfort of your home as we travel back to the Jazz Age!  Registration required in order to receive the Zoom link .Register Now!

Thursday, November 5 Wilton Reads - Jazz, Classical Music, and the 'Third Stream' with Gil Harel, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
During this virtual program, Professor Gil Harel will discuss the cross-pollination that occurred between jazz and classical music in the early 20th century, casting a spotlight on composers ranging from Paul Whiteman to George Gershwin, Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, and Dave Brubeck's mentor Darius Milhaud. Dr. Harel is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from the western classical repertoire to jazz. Currently he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College where he conducts the college chorale, a cappella ensemble, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. See the registration link for program and speaker details. Registration required in order to receive the Zoom link. Register Now!

Saturday, November 7 Wilton Reads – Airborne Jazz, 2 - 3 p.m.
Kids and their families are invited to this fun jazz program as part of Wilton Reads 2020 during vacation week.  The Airborne Jazz Trio will share their energetic, contemporary jazz as well as educate about jazz as an musical art form. Airborne is a multi-cultural Contemporary Jazz group based from New Haven, CT USA. Formed in the 1980s these veterans of jazz celebrate years of recordings, jazz festivals, concerts, and clubs. The members have toured across the world. Airborne has many award winning and chart topping CDs and has received worldwide airplay and international acclaim. Airborne was awarded a Merit of Honor by the World Peace Organization for Excellence in World Music and as Humanitarians. See the registration link for program and speaker details. Registration required in order to receive the Zoom link.  Register Now!

Programs

Date

Time

Book Giveaway

   

Tales of the Jazz Age Book Giveaway courtesy of Fairfield County Bank – stop by the drive-thru window to pick up a copy while supplies last

Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 3

10 am – 6 pm

Book Group Discussions

   

Book Discussion with Susan Boyar – 

Tales of the Jazz Age; virtual program requires registration 

Wednesday, October 28

12 – 1:30 pm

Book Discussion with Susan Boyar – 

Tales of the Jazz Age; virtual program requires registration

Tuesday, November 3

7 – 8:30 pm

Children/Teens

   

Jazzy Art Contest for Teens

Submissions will be accepted with entry forms downloaded from the website on these dates and times only; prizes; Grades 7 – 12 eligible.

Drop off dates: 

Wednesday, October 14 and Saturday, October 17 

11 am – 3 pm

Airborne Jazz Concert for kids and their families; virtual program requires registration

Saturday, November 7

2 – 3 pm

Experience

   

Educational resource links on Wilton Library website – films, books, etc. 

 

Jazz Lectures

   

Jazz, Classical Music, and the 'Third Stream' 

with Gil Harel; virtual program requires registration

Thursday, November 5

5 – 6:30 pm

Literary

   

Wilton Reads with Judson Scruton: The Bridge - Hart Crane's Journey Through and Over The Roaring 20s; 4-part series; virtual program requires registration

Thursdays, October 1 through October 22

10:30 am – 12 pm

F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Jazz Age 

with Mark Schenker; virtual program requires registration

Saturday, October 31

3 – 4 pm

 

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