Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups


Georgia on my Mind with Rita Englund

8 Thursdays, September 14 – November 2, 10:00 a.m., Free

Georgia O’Keeffe had her first solo exhibit one hundred years ago. We will celebrate her life, explore her art, and admire her individuality. Please start reading “Georgia” by Dawn Tripp (a novelization of her relationship with Alfred Steiglitz) or familiarizing yourself with some of her paintings before the first class.


Creative Writing with Rita Englund

8 Thursdays, September 14 – November 2, 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 !


Raising Great Expectations: an exploration of Charles Dickens’ classic

6 Thursdays, September 14 – October 26, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (no class September 21)

Please join us as we read the novel Time declared one of Dickens’ greatest works. Throughout this course, we will be examining the haunting tale of the aspirant, Pip – the world he inhabits, the characters he encounters and the dreams he cultivates. Our informal weekly discussions invite all participants to share their ideas and insights into this beloved author’s work. Stephanie Stiles, novelist and former British literature professor, will guide discussions.


Literary Ladies Book Club

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

September 20: The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
October 18: The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
November 15: Brave Companions David McCullough

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

September 20: The Van by Robert Doyle
October 18: Full Tilt: By Bicycle to India by Dervla Murphy
November 15: The Guards by Bruen

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


The Importance of Being Earnest:
A Dramatic Reading with Stephanie Stiles

3 Wednesdays, September 27 – October 11, 11:00 – noon, Free

Come join us as we all take part in reading aloud Oscar Wilde’s most beloved comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest. Participants need not have any dramatic training – just a love of literature, fun and the oral tradition. Each week, the group will read and discuss one act of this “trivial comedy for serious people” – and, though not required, participation is strongly encouraged ! Stephanie Stiles, novelist and former British literature professor will guide discussions.


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

September 12: Austria
October 10: Hungary
November 14: Greece

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