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.

We’re currently planning West Hartford Reads 2023 which will take place October 2023. Follow us on social media, sign up for our newsletter, or check back in on this page for announcments.

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

Gish Jen (2022)
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.