WestportREADS | events

The WestportREADS program is dedicated to strengthening the community through the shared experience of a book or an author.

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WestportREADS, sponsored annually by the Library since 2001, is once again underway, this time with some of the best fiction ever written in the English language—Dubliners by James Joyce. Help celebrate the 100th anniversary of this classic book in January, which is full of exciting and thought-provoking programs related to the book Dubliners by James Joyce. WestportREADS is funded by Jerry A. Tishman.

Pick up a copy at the Library, check out the audio book, access the ebook or digital audio version from the catalog and join the community in examining this classic collection of short stories. If you would like a facilitator for a book discussion, please contact Kelle Ruden at kruden [at] westportlibrary [dot] org or 203.291.4818.

There are two companion books for children: Fiona’s Lace by Patricia Polacco and Nory Ryan’s Song by Patricia Reilly Giff.

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Below, a listing by dates of scheduled events:

All month: Riverwalk Hallway Exhibit: "Westport and the Emerald Isle"
Exploring Westporters connection to Ireland.

All month: Kids: Make Paper Lace
Based on ideas from Fiona’s Lace by Patricia Polacco.

Sunday, January 4 at 1-4 PM: Collage and Mixed Media Workshops with multi-media artist Melissa Slattery

Sunday, January 4 at 3 PM: Dubliners 101: An Introduction with Dr. Gerry Kuroghlian

Background and insight for enjoying this literary classic.

Tuesday, Jan 6 at 2 PM: Movie: James Joyce: So This is Dyoublong?
An in-depth look at Joyce's life and works. (1000, 59 mins.)

Tuesday, Jan 6 at 7 PM: Dine Around Town: Dublin! at Terrain.
Purchase tickets online. Co-sponsored with CT Bites.

Saturday, Jan 10 at 4 PM: Kick-Off Event: Author and Broadcaster Frank Delaney
This award-winning writer and broadcaster discusses his novel Ireland, the vast influence of Joyce as well as his historic Joyce podcast project.

Sunday, January 11 at 1-4 PM: Collage and Mixed Media Workshops with multi-media artist Melissa Slattery

Sunday, Jan 11 at 2 PM: Irish Music & Step Dancing from ThemselvesHear music, traditional dance, poetry and stories inspired by James Joyce and his book Dubliners.

Monday, Jan 12 at 6 PM: Kids: Mysterious Book Society Discusses Nory Ryan’s Song With Author Patricia Reilly Giff. Register online.

Tuesday, Jan 13 at 2 PM: Movie: Dancing at Lughnasa
Dr. Gerry Kuroghlian introduces this film set in rural Ireland in 1936. (1998, 95 mins.)

Tuesday, Jan 13 at 7 PM: The Art of the Irish Fisherman's Sweater: A Workshop
A knitting workshop with Julie Van Norden of Westport Yarns. All levels.

Wednesday, Jan 14 at 7 PM:  Dine Around Town: Dublin! at Da Pietro. Purchase tickets online. Co-sponsored with CT Bites.

Thursday, Jan 15 at Noon: History Lunch Break: Explore Irish Saugatuck. Join Town Art Curator Kathie Bennewitz for a discussion of Robert L. Lambdin’s mural at the Westport Historical Society. Limit: 30. Tickets, $5, available at the door. Registration suggested at 203.222.1424. Co-sponsored with Westport Historical Society and Westport Arts Advisory Committee.

Thursday, Jan 15 at 7 PM:  A Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Irish Poet Paul Muldoon. Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos interviews Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet and poetry editor for The New Yorker. Register with Westport Country Playhouse. At Westport Country Playhouse. Community partner: Westport County Playhouse.

Saturday, Jan 17 at 4 PM: Movie: A Talkback and Special Screening of The Dead. A conversation with Joe Meyers, entertainment reporter for Hearst Newspapers and Mark Schenker, Dean of Academic Affairs at Yale University and James Joyce expert will occur after the screening of the final film, The Dead, by director John Huston. (1982, 85 mins.) Location: Christ & Holy Trinity Church. Purchase tickets online or at the door. Co-presenter: Westport Cinema Initiative.

Sunday, January 18 at 1-4 PM: Collage and Mixed Media Workshops with multi-media artist Melissa Slattery

Sunday, Jan 18 at 2 PM: Tour of Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University. A private docent-led tour of the largest collection of Great Hunger-related art. Register online. 

Tuesday, Jan 20 at 11 AM & 7:30 PM: PageTurners Discuss Dubliners

Tuesday, Jan 20 at 2 PM: Movie: The Wind That Shakes the Barley
A drama set during the early days of the Irish Republican Army. (2006, 127 mins.)

Thursday, Jan 22 at 7 PM: Dine Around Town: Dublin! at Blue Lemon. Purchase tickets online. Co-sponsored with CT Bites.

Saturday, Jan 24 at 2 PM: A Mother-Daughter Tea & Film.
Tea, treats and a viewing of Circle of Friends. (1995, 103 mins.) Register online. At Toquet Hall. Co-sponsored with Saugatuck Sweets and DAVIDsTEA.

Sunday, January 25 at 1-4 PM: Collage and Mixed Media Workshops with multi-media artist Melissa Slattery

Sunday, Jan 25 at 3 PM: Whiskey Tasting at LUXE. Lew Bryson of Whiskey Advocate magazine leads a tasting of Irish spirits and discusses his book, Tasting Whiskey. Purchase tickets online. Co-sponsored with CT Bites.

Tuesday, Jan 27 at 2 PM: Movie: Agnes Browne
Set in Dublin in 1967, Anjelica Huston stars and directs Agnes Browne, a funny and tender tale of Irish life. (1999, 92 mins.)

Wednesday, Jan 28 at 7 PM: Dine Around Town: Dublin! at Spotted Horse Tavern. Purchase tickets online. Co-sponsored with CT Bites.

Thursday, Jan 29 at 7 PM: Neighbors and Newcomers Discuss Dubliners

Friday, Jan 30 at Noon: How Literature Inspires Art: A Discussion with multi-media artist Melissa Slattery

If you would like a facilitator for a book discussion, please contact Kelle Ruden at kruden [at] westportlibrary [dot] org or 203.291.4818.

WestportREADS is funded by Jerry A. Tishman.