Talk on Van Gogh

The fact that legendary artist Vincent Van Gogh had a short and troubled life are well known facts, but there are many other aspects surrounding the artist's life that have largely remained unknown. In her first historical novel, author Carol Wallace employs rich detail and thorough research to shed light on the life and death of Van Gough.

Wallace will visit the library as part of the Authors on Stage series on Thursday, Dec. 8. The event, co-sponsored by Elm Street Books, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.

Children's author to speak

New Canaan Library announces Mary D. Bowman will visit the library on Monday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. as part of the Authors on Stage series.

Bowman is the author of the thoughtful and charming tale, "Little Spruce of Raspberry Creek." The program is appropriate for children 5 to 9 and their parents or caregivers.

Diver to speak about book

Richard Hyman, one of the few Americans who dove with iconic explorer and filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau, will appear at New Canaan Library on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

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Hyman appears as part of the library's Authors on Stage series and will speak about his recently released narrative, "Frogmen: The True Story of My Journeys With Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the Crew of Calypso." The event is co-sponsored by Elm Street Books and will take place in the Adrian Lamb Room.

Rug-hooking show

A trio of local artists who take the traditional craft of rug hooking in a fresh, contemporary direction present "Out of the Loop," at New Canaan Library.

Held in the H. Pelham Curtis Gallery, the show will feature the art of Liz Alpert Fay, Marilyn Bottjer and Tracy Jamar. "Out of the Loop" runs from Sunday, Nov. 27 to Dec. 31, with an opening reception on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Gallery.

Book sale Dec. 2-5

Preparations are underway for the Friends of New Canaan Library's semi-annual John Randolph Book Sale, which will take place at the library on Friday, Dec. 2, through Monday, Dec. 5.

The sale of used books is the Friends' principal fundraising activity, which raises money for a variety programs at the library, including summer reading programs, art exhibits, film discussions, and concerts. The book sale is named in honor of longtime volunteer and Friend of the Library, John Randolph.

Lunch Bunch discussion

New Canaan Library announces Phebe Kirkham, former head of reference, will be special guest leader for December's Lunch Bunch book discussion. The book to be discussed is "Juliet: a novel " by Anne Fortier. The group will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at noon in the Adrian Lamb Room. Lunch will be provided.

Film Discussion Series

New Canaan Library's Friends' Film Discussion Group explores the journey, not merely the destination, through its fall theme On the Road Again ... Without Thelma and Louise.

Session three will take place Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Plaut Room. Refreshments will be served.

On tap for discussion are two films that explore -- in very different ways -- how love and devotion can shape the journey. The 2005 hit documentary "March of the Penguins" highlights the astonishing devotion emperor penguin parents display as they make a 70 mile trek into the fiercest continent on Earth to lay, and guard, their eggs. On the human side, the 1967 classic "Two for the Road" (starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney) offers a sparkling observation of a marriage as the couple, on a present day trip to France, reminisces over past journeys and the stages of their relationship that have defined them as a couple.

Book discussions

Get ready for the long winter ahead with some superb reading and stimulating book discussions at Lapham Center's Exploding Book Group. Led by Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of Library Services for New Canaan Library, the group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Lapham Center in Waveny Park.

The schedule of upcoming book discussions:

Dec. 13: "Angelina's Bachelor's: A Novel With Food" by Brian O'Reilly

Jan. 10: "Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II" by Mitchell Zuckoff

Feb. 14: "Caleb's Crossing" by Geraldine Brooks

March 13: "The Girl in the Blue Beret" by Bobbie Ann Mason

All programs are free. Registration is recommended. For more information, visit www.newcanaanlibrary.org.