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 for West Hartford Reads! 2021. (Note: This visit has been rescheduled twice due to the pandemic.) More details to come as the date nears. To borrow the works of Gish Jen from our catalog, click on her titles below.

Please note: This event is first come, first seated. There is no reserved seating. To express your interest in the event and to receive updates and reminders, please register HERE.

The West Hartford Public Library will be hosting a series of Gish Jen book discussions. Dates TBD.

Praise for Gish Jen’s 2020 novel The Resisters:

“A 1984 for Our Times.”—NEWSDAY

“The novel should be required reading for the country, both as a cautionary tale and because it is a stone-cold masterpiece.”—ANN PATCHETT

“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.