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.

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

Below, a listing by dates of the events that occurred:

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.

Background and insight for enjoying this literary classic.

Thursday, Jan 22 at 1:30 PM: Westport Center for Senior Activies Discuss Dubliners. At Westport Center for Senior Activities.

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.


*These programs are also made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.