Wilton Library selects contemporary novel for Wilton Reads 2023

**Press release sent by Wilton Library**

December 15, 2022

Wilton Library is pleased to announce that Vigil Harbor has been selected as a book selection for Wilton Reads 2023, the library’s annual community reading program. Vigil Harbor by National Book Award winner Julia Glass is a contemporary novel, set 10 years in the future in a small coastal Massachusetts community where residents grapple with change and hardship including climate instability, political violence, and domestic upheaval. The library will again partner with Wilton Public Schools to facilitate discussion and conversation throughout the community at all levels.

Caroline Mandler, executive director of Wilton Library, credited Lauren McLaughlin, associate director of Wilton Library, for the selection. “Building on last year’s Wilton Reads discussion of Robert H. Russell’s Wilton, Connecticut, Julia Glass’ Vigil Harbor also addresses what it means to be part of a community, navigating the instability of our ever-changing world and tackling issues such as climate change and mental health. We think this selection is perfect for book groups and they will find plenty to discuss after reading this novel,” Mandler said of the pick. Julia Glass is the author of six previous fiction books, including the best-selling Three Junes , winner of the National Book Award, and I See You Everywhere, winner of the Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award, winner of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Glass is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College. He lives with his family in north Boston. This is Julia’s second library appearance, after speaking about I See You Everywhere in 2009.

“We believe the library selection for Wilton Reads 2023 highlights important and current topics – climate change and the environment – ​​that provide a special learning opportunity for the entire Wilton community. For our students, we will be able to engage them with many educational programs and discussions, including observing Earth Day on April 22,” said Dr. Kevin Smith, superintendent of Wilton Public Schools.

“We look forward to working with Wilton Library again for Wilton Reads. As with our previous partnerships, the school district will choose age-appropriate reading selections and create supplemental activities for various schools,” said Fran Kompar, director of digital learning who will lead this initiative for Wilton Public Schools.

The Wilton Reads program will culminate with a talk by the author of Julia Glass on Tuesday, May 9 at the Wilton Library. During her speech, the author will receive the Grodin Family Fine Writers Award.

The library plans to offer free copies of Vigil Harbor this spring, courtesy of Fairfield County Bank. The books are currently available through the library catalog at www.wiltonlibrary.org; eBooks and eAudiobooks are available for download to mobile devices in the Libby by OverDrive app. Please call the Reference Desk at (203) 762-6350 or email [email protected] for assistance in obtaining a copy of the book. For Wilton Reads 2023, a full slate of programs is planned for this spring. The library will also provide educational resources for further exploration. Additional details about the library’s Wilton Reads programming will be posted this spring on the library’s Web site at www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Public Schools programming details can be found by visiting the school district’s website at www.wiltonps.org.

This is the seventeenth season of Wilton Reads. The program began in 2005 with a reading of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. A list of previous Wilton Reads selections is available at www.wiltonlibrary.org/wilton-reads-2023.

Wilton Reads’ media sponsor is GOOD Morning Wilton.

Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center.

For more information, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org, call the library’s reference librarians at 203-762-6350, or email [email protected]

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