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Author Talk and Book Signing-

James Mustich- 1000 Books to Read Before You Die

Thursday, November 8th @ 6:30 pm 

With 1,000 Books to Read Before Your Die, named as an “Indie Next List Great Reads,”  readers will never again be left wondering what to read next. It’s as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the thousand books it recommends, and it celebrates something we all love, the joy of discovery. Encompassing fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die moves across cultures and through time to present an eclectic collection of titles, each described with the special enthusiasm readers summon when recommending a book to a friend. An insightful, curated personal compendium that will inspire hours of browsing and a lifetime of
reading, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die celebrates the gorgeous mosaic that is our literary heritage.

Mustich’s informed appraisals will drive readers to the books they’ve yet to read, and stimulate discussion of those they have.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

A treasure chest for book lovers everywhere.” —Library Journal, Starred Review

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event, courtesy of Hickory Stick Bookstore.

James Mustich began his career in bookselling at an independent book store in Briarcliff Manor, New York, in the early 1980s. In 1986 he co-founded, and was for two decades the guiding force behind, the acclaimed book catalog A Common Reader. He subsequently worked as an editorial and product development consultant for publishers and booksellers, and is currently Vice President for Digital Product at Barnes & Noble. He lives with his wife in Connecticut.


Author Talk and Book Signing 

Connecticut Architecture:Stories of 100 Places– with Architectural Historian & Author Chris Wigren 

Thursday, November 29th @ 6:30 pm 

Architectural Historian, Deputy Director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Christopher Wigren will offer a talk, visual presentation and signing of his recently released book Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places. Mr. Wigren’s book is the first comprehensive illustrated history of Connecticut’s rich and diverse architectural heritage. Connecticut boasts some of the oldest and most distinctive architecture in New England, from Colonial churches and Modernist houses to refurbished nineteenth-century factories. The state’s history includes landscapes of small farmsteads, country churches, urban streets, tobacco sheds, quaint maritime villages, and town greens, as well as more recent suburbs and corporate headquarters. In his guide to this rich and diverse architectural heritage, Christopher Wigren introduces readers to 100 places across the state and emphasizes the importance of the built environment and its impact on our sense of place. Featuring more than 200 illustrations, the book is organized thematically. Sections include concise entries that treat notable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities, emphasizing the importance of the built environment and its impact on our sense of place. The text highlights key architectural features and trends and relates buildings to the local and regional histories they represent. There are suggestions for further reading and a helpful glossary of architectural terms. A project of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, the book reflects  more than 30 years of fieldwork and research in statewide architectural survey and National Register of Historic Places programs.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event, courtesy of Hickory Stick Bookstore.

Christopher Wigren is an architectural historian and Deputy Director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. His articles and essays have appeared in the Hartford Courant, the New Haven Register, and Connecticut Explored magazine. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.


Monday Matinees

November 19th @ 1 pm- Christopher Robin 

In the heartwarming live action adventure “Disney’s Christopher Robin,” the young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.

PG / 1hr 44min


November 26th @ 1 pm- Crazy Rich Asians 

“Crazy Rich Asians” follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of  one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.

PG – 13 / 2hr


All programs are free and open to the public, but registration is requested.
Please call 860-868-7586 for further information or visit
The Gunn Memorial Library is located at
5 Wykeham Road at Route 47 on the Green, in Washington, CT.