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POSTPONED Thurs. 7/16 2-3pm Willa Cather Book Club at Wood Memorial Library: Lucy Gayheart

Thurs. 7/23 6pm Stephen King Book Club at Major Donnelly Land Preserve: Under the Dome (2nd half)

Join our King Club facilitated by local author Jessica Bottomley. Start at In the Jug chapter and read until the end. 

BYOC: bring your own chair (or let us know if you need one), BYOS: bring your own snack (& drink) Please utilize social distancing. 

Our meeting will be virtual if the weather doesn’t cooperate.


Thurs. 7/30 7pm Fresh Air Book Club: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Let’s get together for an outdoor, socially distant, book chat! Read The Nickel Boys and join facilitator Cynde Acanto at Major Michael Donnelly Land Preserve, 1165 Sullivan Ave., South Windsor.
We have copies available at with free local delivery. Shopping with us helps us to keep our events free to attend.

BYOC: bring your own chair (or let us know if you need one), BYOS: bring your own snack (& drink)
Our meeting will be postponed if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

About the book:

In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

When Elwood Curtis, a black boy growing up in 1960s Tallahassee, is unfairly sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, he finds himself trapped in a grotesque chamber of horrors. Elwood’s only salvation is his friendship with fellow “delinquent” Turner, which deepens despite Turner’s conviction that Elwood is hopelessly naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. As life at the Academy becomes ever more perilous, the tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades.

Based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.


Mon. 8/10 7pm Virtual Event: Author Megan Collins in conversation with John Valeri, Behind the Red Door details tba

Megan Collins, the author of the “suspenseful, atmospheric, and completely riveting” (Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author) debut The Winter Sister returns with BEHIND THE RED DOOR, a darkly thrilling novel about a woman who comes to believe that she has a connection to a decades old kidnapping and now that the victim has gone missing again, begins a frantic search to learn what happened in the past.

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More about Behind the Red Door:
When Fern Douglas sees the news about Astrid Sullivan, a thirty-four-year-old missing woman from Maine, she is positive that she knows her. Fern’s husband is sure it’s because of Astrid’s famous kidnapping—and equally famous return—twenty years ago, but Fern has no memory of that, even though it happened an hour outside her New Hampshire hometown. And when Astrid appears in Fern’s recurring nightmare, one in which a girl reaches out to her,

pleading, Fern fears that it’s not a dream at all, but a memory.

Back at her childhood home to help her father pack for a move, Fern purchases a copy of Astrid’s recently published memoir—which may have provoked her original kidnapper to abduct her again—and as she reads through its chapters and visits the people and places within it, she discovers more evidence that she has an unsettling connection to the missing woman. With the help of her psychologist father, Fern digs deeper, hoping to find evidence that her connection to Astrid can help the police locate her. But when Fern discovers more about her own past than she ever bargained for, the disturbing truth will change both of their lives forever.

Featuring Megan Collins’s signature “dark, tense, and completely absorbing” (Booklist) prose and plenty of shocking twists and turns, Behind the Red Door is an arresting thriller that will haunt you long after you turn the last page.

Sat. 9-19 11am-12pm Author Event: Emily Arsenault, All the Pretty Things

Join us to hear and meet New York Times Notable Author Emily Arsenault, in conversation with book reviewer John Valeri, at Wood Memorial Library!
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and bring it to be signed or purchase at the event.
This is a free event with light refreshments. Only books purchased with us are available to be signed.

All the Pretty Things is a skillfully plotted mystery, bursting with the glare and feverish energy of its summer amusement park setting. The atmosphere creeps up on you, wraps you up, and transports you to Fabuland with Ivy, where you’ll discover that among the roller-coasters and cotton-candy stalls,
dark secrets await.” —Holly Jackson, author of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
Emily Arsenault is the author of several literary mysteries, including In Search of the Rose Notes, a Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year;

The Broken Teaglass, a New York Times Notable Crime Book; and The Evening Spider.
Wood Memorial Library 783 Main St., South Windsor

Sat. 11/7 1pm Author Event: New York Times Best Selling Author Kimberly McCreight, A Good Marriage

In conversation with the Book Cougars at Wood Memorial Library

This is a free event with light refreshments. Order your copy now at

Only books purchased from us are eligible for signing.

"A Good Marriage is absolutely, positively riveting. I could not put this down! Kimberly McCreight has crafted a captivating, thrilling story that bolts out of the gate at a breakneck speed and never misses a step."- Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & The Six

Big Little Lies meets Presumed Innocent in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, in which a woman’s brutal murder reveals the perilous compromises some couples make—and the secrets they keep—in order to stay together.

Wood Memorial Library 783 Main St., South Windsor

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