West Hartford Reads!

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West Hartford Reads! is a town-wide initiative encouraging everyone to read the works of one notable author, culminating each year with the author visiting West Hartford, Connecticut.

Acclaimed author Gish Jen will visit West Hartford Town Hall on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 7pm for West Hartford Reads! To express your interest in the event and receive reminders, please register here. The event is first come, first seated. Doors open at 5:45 and the jazz group, The Steven Bulmer Trio will be performing before the event. Books by Gish Jen will be available for purchase and there will be a book signing to conclude the evening. Free parking is available in the Town Hall surface lot and handicap parking spaces are conveniently located at the entrances of Town Hall.

Leading up to the event, we’re hosting a series of Gish Jen book discussions.

March 1, 6:30-7:30 – Typical American

March 8, 6:30-7:30 – Mona in the Promised Land

March 22, 6:30-7:30, The Resisters

March 30, 6:30-7:30, Thank You, Mr. Nixon

To borrow the works of Gish Jen from our catalog, click on her titles below.

Press for Thank You, Mr. Nixon

The New York Times interview: “How Covid Got Gish Jen Thinking About China”

Interview with Scott Simon on Weekend Edition

Amazon February Editor’s Pick for Best Literature & Fiction

Starred Reviews in Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Resisters:

“A 1984 for Our Times.” – Newsday

“A suspenseful, deftly plotted narrative … Gish Jen’s fifth novel imagines a dystopia so chillingly plausible that an entire review could be spent simply describing its components.” – Boston Globe

“Intricately imagined … The Resisters is a book that grows directly out of the soil of our current political moment.” – New York Times Book Review

Since 2000, many prominent authors have appeared in West Hartford including the following:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2019) Watch HERE
Billy Collins (2018)
Anna Quindlen (2017)
Richard Russo (2017)
Luis Alberto Urrea (2016)
Amy Bloom (2002/2007/2015)
Wally Lamb (2014)
Sue Miller (2013)
Adriana Trigiani (2012)
Frank Deford (2011)
David Rhodes (2010)
Elizabeth McCracken (2009)
Ralph Nader (2009)
Anne Fadiman (2008)
Alice Mattison (2001/2008)
Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (2008)
Galway Kinnell (2007)
Stewart O’Nan (2007)
Jonathan Franzen (2005)
Anita Shreve (2004)
Elizabeth Berg (2003)
Jennifer Weiner (2002)
Thomas Cahill (2002)
Jill Ker Conway (2001)
Simon Winchester (2001)
Dominick Dunne (2001)
Bill Bryson (2000)

Read Past Authors!

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West Hartford Public Library is able to offer this annual free event to the public each year through grant funding from the Thomas F. Kilfoil Bequest, West Hartford Public Library Foundation, and from library lovers like you! To donate to the Foundation, click the PayPal button or see other ways to give HERE.