Library, Locals Launch ‘One Book New Canaan’

Media luminaries and New Canaanites Ann Curry, Mike Lupica, Chris Russo and Joe Scarborough are joining prominent residents and community leaders to support a town-wide reading effort led by New Canaan Library. “One Book New Canaan”—that’s #OneBookNewCanaan on social media—is designed to “celebrate and promote reading,” Susan LaPerla, the library’s director of programming, said in a press release. “In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick. Contributed photo

The book? “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex” by Nathaniel Philbrick, a nonfiction account of the whaler that helped inspire Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.”

“Students at Saxe Middle [School] and [New Canaan High School] will also read the book, and many New Canaan book groups plan to read it as well,” LaPerla’s release said.