Douglas Stuart, Author of 2020 Booker Prize-Winning Novel, ‘Shuggie Bain,’ is Guest Speaker for New Canaan Library’s ‘Spring Edition’ Fundraiser

New Canaan Library is pleased to announce this year’s Spring Edition: Virtual Issue fundraiser will feature Douglas Stuart as guest author. Mr. Stuart was awarded the 2020 Booker Prize in fiction for his debut novel, Shuggie Bain, a New York Times bestseller and major international hit, soon to be translated into 34 languages and developed into a full-length film. In addition to the prestigious Booker Prize, Shuggie Bain was a finalist for the National Book Award, a Kirkus Prize finalist, and long listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medal, the Pen Hemingway Debut Novel prize, and the Center for Fiction Debut Novel prize. Spring Edition: Virtual Issue will be presented live via Zoom videoconference on Thursday, April 29, from 7 – 8 p.m. Individual tickets are $75, which includes a signed copy of Shuggie Bain, available for pick up from Elm Street Books. The event will feature a moderated conversation with Douglas Stuart, followed by a Q & A session.

Yale Science Communication Presents “A Game of Cellular Communication: How Miscommunication Causes Disease” via Webinar from New Canaan Library

New Canaan Library welcomes back Yale Science Communication, presenting a discussion via live webinar that explains the role of cell communication in the onset of diseases. Tune in to the lecture on Tuesday, April 27 at 7:00 PM EST. Zoom sign in information will be provided upon registration at newcanaanlibrary.org. The Yale Science Communication team will help the audience understand how and why we get sick. The cells in one’s body constantly communicate with each other through a network of ‘telephone calls’ to precisely maintain the delicate balance of our health.

Virtual Community Conference on ‘Decoding the Weather Machine” Continues Resilience Series from New Canaan Library, New Canaan Land Trust and Planet New Canaan

The collaborative series “Resilience” continues Saturday, April 24, with a presentation of the Library’s first-ever virtual Community Conference. The conference is aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of climate change and what scientists are doing to solve this complex problem. It will be held from 11 AM to 2:15 PM via videoconference; please register at newcanaanlibrary.org. Leading the conference and offering their unique perspectives are three top professionals in their respective areas of expertise: Waleed Abdalati, Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU-Boulder), and professor in CU-Boulder’s Geography Department, Colonel Jason Kelly, Commander, South Atlantic Division, of the US Army Corps of Engineers, and James O’Donnell, physical oceanographer, professor, and Executive Director of CIRCA (Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation). The Earth is a weather machine composed of four elements: land, air, water, and ice.

“Movements in Cinema: History of African – American Film” Presented by Professor Artel Great via Webinar from New Canaan Library

For nearly 125 years, Black cinema has served as an avenue for creative expression, cultural affirmation, and a reimagining of what freedom really means in America. Yet, the separate-and-unequal attention Hollywood pays to Black cinema has left most moviegoers largely unaware of its rich tradition. New Canaan Library welcomes Professor Artel Great, who will present an in-depth discussion of Black cinema as part of the Library’s Movements in Cinema series. The live webinar and will be held on Thursday, April 22 at 7 PM EST. Zoom sign in information will be provided upon registration at newcanaanlibrary.org.

Authors @ NCL Presents Acclaimed Author Russell Banks, Introducing New Novel, ‘Foregone’

New Canaan Library is pleased to announce that Pulitzer Prize finalist Russell Banks will be speaking about his latest release, Foregone, on Wednesday, April 21 at 7 PM EST via live videoconference. Please register at newcanaanlibrary.org; Zoom sign in information will be provided upon registration. Russell Banks, an acclaimed literary novelist whose books have been translated into more than 20 languages, will introduce Foregone, a searing novel about memory, abandonment, and betrayal. At the center of Foregone is famed, Canadian American documentary filmmaker Leonard Fife, one of sixty thousand draft evaders and deserters who fled to Canada to avoid serving in Vietnam. Fife, now in his late seventies, is dying of cancer in Montreal and has agreed to a final interview in which he is determined to bare all his secrets at last.