Women in literature

Pequot Library is starting a new initiative called “Beyond the Book Club.” According to a release from the library, the club is taking inspiration from Pequot Library’s founder, Virginia Marquand, by focusing on both women and Pequot Library’s mission of “Bringing Literature, Music, Art, Science & the Humanities to our Community.”
The club will be open to all and will meet 11 times a year. Participants can come to one program or all. There will be book discussions, related workshops or viewing and discussion of movies.
The first session starts with the movie “Little Women” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. Marianne Pysarchyk, head of technical services and teen librarian at Pequot, wanted to start with literature, but when she talked to her colleagues “the first name that popped up was the author Louisa May Alcott … ‘Little Women’ is so widely read, it’s read in schools and both young and older readers know it. Starting with the movie, we can compare and contrast the literal vs. the visual.”
Upcoming sessions are:
Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.: Book discussion on the historical fiction book “March” by Geraldine Brooks, whose character Mr. March, taken from Alcott’s “Little Women,” is the absent father gone off to war leaving his wife and daughters to make do in difficult times, and the new biography “Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother” by Eve LaPlante. Club participants will be able to compare and contrast historical fiction and non-fiction.
Saturday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m.: Workshop on creative writing, “Influential Women Who Shape and Inspire Our Lives and Our Writing.” Led by author, artist and speaker, Adair Heitmann, the workshop will guide participants to remember a significant woman who helped shape their life. Learn how to complete an outline and other writing tips. Heitmann is the director of communications at Pequot.
Although the club is free, registration is required by contacting Pysarchyk at 203-259-0349, ext. 19 or pysarchyk@pequotlibrary.org.

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