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Jane Austen was born December 16, 1775

Jane Austen was born 238 years ago on December 16, 1775 in Steventon, England. She died on July 18, 1817 at age 41 in Winchester, England. She is one of the most widely read writers in English literature.

A news article published in November 2011 revealed that Jane Austen might have died of arsenic poisoning. Arsenic was a common ingredient in medicines of the time.

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 Jane Austen's works in our library collection

Audio Recordings of her books on CD and tape

Movie Adaptations of her books on DVD

Books and films about Jane Austen and her works

Jane Austen Read-alikes

Newer book acquisitions of interest to fans of Jane Austen (click on cover for online catalog link)

Dinner with Mr. Darcy: Recipes Inspired by the Novels of Jane AustinThe Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small ThingsJane Austen Quilts Inspired by Her Novels   
16158557What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved
 
Connecticut Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America
 
Online exhibition on Jane Austen compiled by the Morgan
Library in New York
 
Turquoise Jane Austen ring sells at auction
 
Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, England
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

National Book Award Winners

The winners of the 2013 National Book Award are:

FICTION:

James McBride: The Good Lord Bird

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The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NONFICTION:

George Packer: The Unwinding: an inner history of the new America

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Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by George Packer









POETRY:

Mary Szybist: Incarnadine

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Incarnadine by Mary Szybist









YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE

Cynthia Kadohata: The Thing about Luck

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The Thing About Luck, Cynthia Kadohata

 

November is Vegan Awareness Month

Check out our display of new cookbooks with a vegan theme during Vegan Awareness Month.

The United States Department of Agriculture has put together several information and fact sheets

with helpful tips for vegetarian diets. World Vegan Day is celebrated on November 1 because on

that day in 1944 the world's first Vegan Society was founded. Founder Donald Watson (1910-2005) chose the word

"vegan" to describe the diet of his 'non-dairy vegetarians'.

Explore our vegetarian cookbook collection here. To receive information about new cookbooks, subscribe to

our LIFESTYLES newsletter.

One-Dish Vegan: More than 150 Soul-Satisfying Recipes for Easy and Delicious One-Bowl and One-Plate Dinners

This Photography Book is a Bestseller!

Humans of New York

Brandon Stanton's "HUMANS OF NEW YORK" is that rare photography book that has stormed the bestseller lists! You can borrow it from our library.

The book, in its first week out,  has become the Number 2 bestselling nonfiction hardcover book according to an article in Publisher's Weekly from October 28, 2013.

The photographer and author Brandon Stanton, 29, moved from Chicago to New York. He used to be a bond trader. In New York he began photographing random people on the street and interviewed them. He then posted the images and interviews online. His blog has now a huge following.   Check out our other new photography and art books here. You can also subscribe to our various bookletters here.

 

 

Impressionism - Book Display and Lecture

We have gathered our most beautiful books on Impressionism for a display in

conjunction with the lecture on French Impressionism on Tuesday, October 29, 2013,

at 7 pm. New Canaan art educators Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman will be the presenters.

Artscapades

French Impressionism: From Studio to Plein Air

This lecture will focus on the important artists and movements of the period including background information on each artist's life and work, characteristics of style to help you visit any museum, anywhere, and recognize the artist’s work, and the relationship of the artistic movement to historical and intellectual currents of the time. 

The goal of ArtScapades is that you will develop the means to critique a work of art while learning art history and art appreciation.  You will come away with both an understanding of French Impressionism and the tools to effectively explore galleries and museums.  

ArtScapades takes you through the historical climate that gave rise to Impressionism and gives the history of factors that brought the movement to Paris: the redesign of the city, the growth of the café culture, the impact of the Industrial Revolution, and advances in materials and technology. Artscapades chronicles the life of four artists and their works, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas.

When: 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 7:00pm
Where: 
Miller Memorial Library, Thornton Wilder Auditorium, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT.

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