Programs

Please be aware that the following programs are subject to change as we continually review our safety guidelines regarding Covid-19.


 

The Discovery of a Masterpiece: Napoleon’s Marble Bust

Thursday, October 6 @ 6:30 pm via Zoom

Online Program

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While cataloging the artwork housed inside of the Hartley Dodge Memorial town hall building in New Jersey, historian and educator Mallory Mortillaro uncovered a masterpiece that had been lost to the art world since the 1930’s.  After a year of research, a marble bust of Napoleon was authenticated as an official work by renowned French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. Mallory will share with the audience the story of how a simple art cataloging project evolved into a search for a mysterious piece’s provenance, and became one of the biggest art finds in recent history.

In this virtual presentation, Mallory recounts the story of being hired straight out of college for a part time art cataloging project and how it morphed into a search for this mysterious piece’s provenance, eventually culminating in its authentication by the world’s leading Rodin expert.  Along the way she also shares the story of Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, the woman who gifted this artwork, along with an entire town hall building, all in the name of her one and only lost son.  Her lecture is fully illustrated with engaging present day and historic photographs. 

This program will be held virtually via Zoom. Registration is requested. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration. 

Mallory Mortillaro is an art historian and educator.  She has ten years of teaching experience, and has worked on various art research projects for museums and organizations in the metropolitan area.  She studied at Drew University.  Mallory resides in New Jersey with her husband.


GML & The Hickory Stick Bookshop present:

Chronicles of a Parson’s Wife: A Book Discussion with Elizabeth Snow Rowe

Saturday, October 8 @ 10:30 am

In-person program

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For several generations, inside one of several dusty boxes residing in an attic, Elizabeth Snow Rowe discovered the stories of her great grandparents’ life as Episcopal ministers in Washington, Connecticut and eastern New York dating back to 1883. Despite the century separating us from them, the parallels of their joys in family life and challenges with housing, health-care, child rearing, and transportation are striking. Elizabeth Snow Rowe will discuss the collection of stories she edited of her ancestors. These Chronicles are a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Hickory Stick Bookshop. Cash or check only. 

“Chronicles of a Parson’s Wife provides delightful insight into 19th century clergy life on the Connecticut frontier. Would that all of our great-grandparents and grandparents provide such wonderful details of their everyday lives and struggles! The family members come alive in ways that such everyday people do not in other history books. A must read.” — The Reverend Dr. Geoffrey Hahneman, D.Phil (Oxon) Priest-in-Charge, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Washington, CT


Short Story Discussion Group

Tuesday, October 11 @ 6:30 pm via Zoom

Online program

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This month, we will be reading two selections from Roddy Doyle’s latest collection, Life Without Children; “Box Sets” and “Life Without Children.”

Doyle’s collection has  ten beautifully moving short stories written mostly over the last year and paints a collective portrait of our strange times. Told with Doyle’s signature warmth, wit, and extraordinary eye for the richness that underpins the quiet of our lives, Life Without Children cuts to the heart of how we are all navigating loss, loneliness, and the shifting of history underneath our feet.

Access the stories here. 


Music with Peter Biedermann

Thursday, October 13 @ 6:30 pm

In-person program

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We are pleased to welcome solo guitarist Peter Biedermann for a special performance at the library. Peter Biedermann is a solo fingerstyle instrumental guitarist based in Green Valley, AZ that has performed in several different contexts since the mid 70’s. While his music doesn’t settle into any particular genre, it is a hybrid, contemporary style that melds elements of American, European and other world influences into a jambalaya of sound enhanced by subtle electronics and live looping on various guitars in unique tunings. Peter Biedermann began focusing on performing original music starting in the mid 80’s.

The focus of the concert program will be on pieces from his catalog of recordings beginning with ‘Sound & Spirit’ (2000) through the latest live release ‘Say What?’ (2020). The program also encourages questions from the audience and will include some of the history and evolution of original fingerstyle guitar playing.

CD’s will be for sale after the concert. Please go to www.biedermannmusic.com to learn more about Peter. 

Registration for this event is requested. 


Movie Matinee- Elvis

Monday, October 17 @ 1 pm

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Follows the story of infamous rock ‘n’ roll star Elvis Presley seen through the eyes of his controversial manager Colonel Tom Parker. The film explores Elvis Presley’s highs and lows and the many challenges and controversies he received throughout his career. PG-13 2h 39m. 

 

 


Author Talk with Noushin Ehsan

Tuesday, October 18 @ 6:30 pm

In-person program

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It is often stated that we are the sum of our experiences; that each moment of self-discovery, big or small, adds up to who we are as a whole person. Author and Architect Noushin Ehsan reflects that sentiment in her recently published memoir, Noushin: The Making of a Woman Architect. Noushin is an Iranian-born American architect who has studied her craft in many places around the world and seeks to bring the Spirit of Space into her work as an architect. Ehsan will discuss her memoir, her design work, and her unique experiences from around the world. Her story is a testament to perseverance, to starting over early and often and to believing that you are never too far in to make a change. 

Registration for this program is requested. Copies of Ehsan’s memoir will be available for purchase and signing at the event. 

Noushin Ehsan is an award-winning Iranian-born American Architect who studied at the Decorative School of Fine arts and School of Architecture at Tehran University, Beaux-Arts in Paris and UCLA Architecture and Planning. She has held numerous faculty positions at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Architectural Association School of Architecture, and London Polytechnic Institute. Ehsan co-founded and served as the managing director of BEB Consultants with offices in New York, London, Paris and Tehran. 


Movie Matinee- The Forgiven

Monday, October 24 @ 1 pm

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Explores the reverberations of a random accident on the lives of both the local Muslims, and Western visitors to a house party at a grand villa in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco over a single weekend. Starring Matt Smith, Jessica Chastain, and Ralph Fiennes. R 1h 57m. 

 

 

 


Book Club Meeting- Mexican Gothic

Thursday, October 27 @ 6:30 pm

In-person program

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After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.


Movie Matinee- Little Shop of Horrors

Monday, October 31 @ 1 pm 

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Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan working at Mushnik’s, a flower shop in urban Skid Row. He harbors a crush on fellow co-worker Audrey Fulquard, and is berated by Mr. Mushnik daily. One day as Seymour is seeking a new mysterious plant, he finds a very mysterious unidentified plant which he calls Audrey II. The plant seems to have a craving for blood and soon begins to sing for his supper. Soon enough, Seymour feeds Audrey’s sadistic dentist boyfriend to the plant and later, Mushnik for witnessing the death of Audrey’s ex. Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it? PG13- 1h 34m.

 

 

 


GML & The Hickory Stick Bookshop Present:

Author Talk with Soon Wiley 

Tuesday, November 1 @ 6:30 pm

In-person Program

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Gunn Memorial Library and the Hickory Stick Bookshop are pleased to welcome author Soon Wiley to the library for a conversation on Wiley’s debut novel, When We Fell Apart. Copies of Wiley’s novel will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Hickory Stick Bookshop. You can purchase a copy online here.  

Wiley’s novel is a profoundly moving and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties that bind families together—or break them apart—as a young Korean American man’s search for answers about his girlfriend’s mysterious death becomes a soul-searching journey into his own bi-cultural identity.

When the Seoul police inform Min that his girlfriend Yu-jin has committed suicide, he’s sure it can’t be true. She was successful, ambitious, happy, just on the cusp of graduating from university and claiming the future she’d always dreamed of. Min, on the other hand, born to an American father and Korean mother, has never felt quite the same certainty as Yu-jin about his life’s path. After growing up in California, where he always felt “too Korean” to fit in, he’s moved to Seoul in the hope that exploring his Korean heritage will help him find a sense of purpose. And when he meets Yu-jin, little does he know that their carefree relationship will set off a chain of events with tragic consequences for them both.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration required. 

Soon Wiley is A native of Nyack, New York and received his BA in English & Philosophy from Connecticut College. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wichita State University. His writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and earned him fellowships in Wyoming and France. He resides in Connecticut with his wife and their two cats.


The Importance of Focus with Greg Dwyer

Thursday, November 10 @ 6:30 pm

In-person program

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Did you know that the average person touches their phone at least 2,600 times per day? As helpful as our personal devices can be, they also are constantly pulling at our attention, distracting us and in turn, making us less productive and more stressed.

 Greg Dwyer, a former illusionist who worked on Doug Henning’s Broadway show, The Magic Show. Dwyer knows the secret behind the art of distraction and will give you the tools to retrain your mind to focus. If you are looking to refocus your life, join us for this interactive workshop! 

Greg Dwyer is an expert on focus. He is a former illusionist who worked on Doug Henning’s Broadway show, The Magic Show. He has made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman and has given presentations at libraries and corporate businesses around the world for over twenty years. Learn more about Greg at www.gregdwyer.org