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Virtual Book Club – March 2023

Via Zoom

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats


by Jan-Phillip Sendker

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

The Southbury Library will hold copies of this novel for the AE Book Club.

Participants must register by Tuesday, March 14, to receive the Zoom link.

Book Club is free and limited to 12 attendees.

Virtual Book Club – February 2023

Via Zoom

The Shipping News


by Annie Proulx

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award

When Quoyle’s two-timing wife meets her just deserts, he retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters and family members all play a part in Quoyle’s struggle to reclaim his life. As Quoyle confronts his private demons–and the unpredictable forces of nature and society–he begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery. A vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary North American family, The Shipping News shows why Annie Proulx is recognized as one of the most gifted and original writers in America today.

The Southbury Library will hold copies of this novel for the AE Book Club.

Participants must register by Tuesday, February 14, to receive the Zoom link.

Book Club is free and limited to 12 attendees.

Virtual Book Club – January 2023

Via Zoom

The Golden Compass


by Phillip Pullman

Considered a classic in the fantasy genre, this is Book 1 of the His Dark Materials Trilogy.

Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal–including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.

Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want–but what Lyra doesn’t know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other

The Southbury Library will hold copies of this novel for the AE Book Club.

Participants must register by Tuesday, November 15 to receive the Zoom link.

Book Club is free and limited to 12 attendees.

First Thursday – Open Mic

MONTHLY FREE EVENT

Arts Escape invites writers to share their creative work in our monthly open mic. Bring your work-in-progress-either fiction or non-fiction-or something new you’re trying out. It promises to be an evening of fun, support, and community. Want to listen only? We welcome you. Reservations are required and participants are limited to 20

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First Thursday – Open Mic

MONTHLY FREE EVENT

Arts Escape invites writers to share their creative work in our monthly open mic. Bring your work-in-progress-either fiction or non-fiction-or something new you’re trying out. It promises to be an evening of fun, support, and community. Want to listen only? We welcome you. Reservations are required and participants are limited to 20

VIA ZOOM

First Thursday – Open Mic

MONTHLY FREE EVENT

Arts Escape invites writers to share their creative work in our monthly open mic. Bring your work-in-progress-either fiction or non-fiction-or something new you’re trying out. It promises to be an evening of fun, support, and community. Want to listen only? We welcome you. Reservations are required and participants are limited to 20

VIA ZOOM

Writing Your Legacy Letter

Online via Zoom

A legacy letter is a written document that captures who you are and what matters most to you. It allows you to reflect on your important life experiences and transmit your values and life lessons to future generations. A legacy letter is a way for you to be remembered and for your life lessons to be shared and preserved. It also gives you an opportunity to express gratitude, request forgiveness, or make amends.

Writing one is a rewarding experience that creates an enduring gift for your family, friends, loved ones, and yourself.

This course is designed to introduce the concept of legacy letters and to help you craft your own legacy letter. It includes discussion and writing exercises. Jay will offer advice to help you complete your legacy letter, share it with loved ones, and preserve it for future generations.

All sessions will be recorded and recordings will be available, on request, to students who need to miss a session or want to review the material. Recordings are password protected for privacy and may be accessed only by students enrolled in the course.

The fee for the four-week workshop is $125. The minimum enrollment is five students; the maximum is twenty.

.Jay Sherwin has practiced law, given away money for
five charitable foundations and served as a hospital
chaplain. Drawing on all those experiences, Jay
created the Life Reflections Project to educate people
about legacy letters and ethical wills; he now teaches
classes and workshops on legacy writing and helps
people create their own legacy documents. You can
read more on Jay’s website at www.jaysherwin.com.

First Thursday – Open Mic

MONTHLY FREE EVENT

Arts Escape invites writers to share their creative work in our monthly open mic. Bring your work-in-progress-either fiction or non-fiction-or something new you’re trying out. It promises to be an evening of fun, support, and community. Want to listen only? We welcome you. Reservations are required and participants are limited to 20

VIA ZOOM

Virtual Book Club – November 2022

Via Zoom

My Name Is Lucy Barton


by Elizabeth Strout

From the author of Pulitzer Prize winner Olive Kitteridge comes an unforgettable mother-daughter story.

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Her unexpected visit forces Lucy to confront the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of her life: her impoverished childhood in Amgash, Illinois, her escape to New York and her desire to become a writer, her faltering marriage, her love for her two daughters.

Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable. In My Name Is Lucy Barton, one of America’s finest writers shows how a simple hospital visit illuminates the most tender relationship of all-the one between mother and daughter.

The Southbury Library will hold copies of this novel for the AE Book Club.

Participants must register by Tuesday, November 15 to receive the Zoom link.

Book Club is free and limited to 12 attendees.

Virtual Book Club – October 2022

Via Zoom

The Age of Innocence
by Edith Wharton

Winner of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize, The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York, a time when society people “dreaded scandal more than disease.”

This is Newland Archer’s world as he prepares to marry the beautiful but conventional May Welland. But when the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska returns to New York after a disastrous marriage, Archer falls deeply in love with her. Torn between duty and passion, Archer struggles to make a decision that will either courageously define his life—or mercilessly destroy it.


The Southbury Public Library will be holding copies of this book for the AE Book Club.

Participants must register by Tuesday, October 18 to receive the Zoom link.

Book Club is free and limited to 12 attendees.