WILTON, Conn. -- Reading compelling stories that bring people to unfamiliar places is the impetus behind Wilton Library’s communitywide reading program, Wilton Reads, and this year’s program is no exception.
The selection is "Circling the Sun," by Paula McLain, a historical novel based on the life of Beryl Markham – a female pilot and horse-trainer in 1920s Kenya.
To encourage readership and to kick off the Wilton Reads 2016 program, 100 paperback copies of "Circling the Sun," will be distributed to members of the community free of charge courtesy of Fairfield County Bank, on a first-come, first-served basis, on Wednesday, May 18, beginning at 10 a.m. while supplies last.
For a little bit of flavor, free Kenyan coffee will be provided by Tusk & Cup Fine Coffee, a new Wilton Center establishment.
The story is about a fiercely independent and enigmatic woman who followed her own head and heart. From her early childhood to her east-west transatlantic flight, Markham’s struggles in early 20th century Kenya are just as relevant to today’s contemporary issues. Paula McLain is The New York Times and international bestselling author of "The Paris Wife."
This is the library’s 11th season of Wilton Reads which encompasses book discussions, movies, children’s activities, a travel seminar, and culminates with a visit from the author on June 1. McLain will be honored with a Grodin Family Fine Writers Award for outstanding writing when she visits the library.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Wilton Reads to the community once again. It is an opportunity for us to come together to discuss fine literature and it gives us a chance to look at the world in other ways. This is such a well-crafted story and the exotic locale adds another layer of richness to the experience that we think people will enjoy," said Elaine Tai-Lauria, executive director of Wilton Library.