Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups

The Irish Identity: Independence, History, and Literature with Ned Monaghan

December 14 and then every other Thursday starting January 4 at 10 a.m., Free

Ned will show half-hour segments of this highly-rated Great Courses series and then lead a discussion. The videos feature Dr. Marc C. Conner, Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, who will discuss the monumental occurrences and artistic events that rocked the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as Ireland gradually shook off the shackles of British rule.

This segment of the series will feature Yeats, the Irish Renaissance, Synge and Joyce.


Creative Writing with Rita Englund

9 Thursdays, December 7- 14 and January 11 – February 22, 11:00 a.m., Free

We will each write according to our interests and then read our work to the group. Comments and critique will be done constructively and with civility. Rita will offer ideas, feedback and writing exercises to improve skill in creating interest, focus, clarity and depth.

New writers are welcome !

Investigating Crime and Punishment: An exploration of Dostoevsky’s classic

8 Thursdays, January 11 – March 8, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (no class February 22), Free

Join us as we read – or reread – the novel Dostoevsky himself described as the “psychological report of a crime.” Throughout this eight-week course, we will be examining the haunting tale of Raskolnikov, the choices he makes, and the consequences of his actions. Our informal weekly discussions invite all participants to share their ideas and insights into this enigmatic work.

Stephanie Stiles, novelist and former British literature professor, will guide discussions.

Literary Ladies Book Club

3rd Wednesday, 2:00 p.m., Free

December 20: Red Tails in Love by Marie Winn
January 17:  A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Klein
February 21: Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder

New book group members are always welcome!

Aggie Aspinwall leads this popular book discussion.

Irish Authors Book Group with Ned Monaghan

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., Free

November 15: The Guards by Bruen
December 20: Good Behaviour by Molly Keane
January 17: The Barracks by McGahern
February 21: Nora Webster by Toibin

Ned Monaghan and his group read and discuss books by Irish authors.


Our Book Groups welcome all readers; copies of books are usually available at the New Canaan Library. Come!

Stamps, Coins & Paper Currency Club

Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m., Free

November 14: Greece
January 9 – Australia and New Zealand
February 13 – China

Anyone with an interest in collecting stamps or money is welcome to attend these meetings.