Knitting programs for adults and kids

The library continues the tradition of library knitting programs. In addition to the annual Knitting Camp for kids and Teen Knitting in the afternoons, it is offering a Knit Together time for adult knitters.

Knitting Camp, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. daily, is for kids entering fifth and sixth grades. No need to bring supplies, they will provide what you need to get started. Register by calling 203-594-5002.

Teen Knitting, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. daily, is for those entering seventh grade and older. No need to bring anything; they will supply what you need to get started.

Alumni of previous years are welcome to return, and if you have a project in progress they will help you with that. Register by calling 203-594-5040.

Library benefit will host Pulitzer winner

Stacy Schiff, bestselling biographer and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, will be the featured speaker at the New Canaan Library's fourth annual Literary Luncheon Sept. 22.

Schiff is the author of "Cleopatra: A Life," published last fall to popular and critical acclaim. The screen rights have been purchased by "The Social Network" producer Scott Rudin.

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Schiff's published works are available at the New Canaan Library in multiple formats. In addition, her book, "Vera," will be the subject of the Friends of the Library Lunch Bunch Book Group on Sept. 7 at noon in the Lamb Room and led by director of library services Cynde Bloom Lahey.

The benefit with Schiff will take place at the Woodway Country Club in Darien.

Proceeds from the luncheon series help underwrite library programs, with more than $60,000 netted to date.

Individual invitations will be available next month. For more information contact Susan LaPerla,

Book Club will discuss `Harmony'

The library's popular World Events, History and Culture Book Group will initiate its Fall 2011 session with a discussion of "Harmony," authored by His Royal Highness Prince Charles.

The group will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Plaut Room. Refreshments will be served.

Lunch Bunch Group will discuss `Vera'

Join Cynde Bloom Lahey, director of library services as she leads September's Lunch Bunch Group in a discussion of "Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabakov): Portrait of a Marriage" by Pulitzer prize-winning author Stacy Schiff.

The event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at noon in the Adrian Lamb Room. Lunch will be provided.

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Stuart will give talk

Author Julia Stuart will talk about her book "The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the New Canaan Library. Event co-sponsor Elm Street Books will sell copies, which will be available for signing.

Brimming with wit, warmth and whimsy, the novel, which was recently released in paperback, is set in the Tower of London.

There, Beefeater Balthazar Jones has lived with his loving wife, Hebe, and his 120-year-old pet tortoise for the past eight years. But it's no easy job living and working in this tourist attraction in present-day London.

Stuart is the author of one previous novel, "The Matchmaker of Perigord." A native of England, she now resides in Bahrain.

Authors on Stage presents Weber

Author of "The Memory of All That: George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family's Legacy of Infidelities," Katharine Weber has written an evocative and insightful memoir of her extraordinary family.

As her exploration stretches back over generations of highly influential, creative individuals central to the tale is the dynamic relationship between her maternal grandmother Kay Swift and composer George Gershwin.

Weber will appear on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Elm Street Books and will be held in the Adrian Lamb Room.

White introduces latest thriller

New Canaan Library announces that Kate White, author of the New York Times best-seller "Hush" and the Bailey Weggins mystery series, will introduce her latest thriller, "The Sixes" Monday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Elm Street Books and will be held in the Lamb Room.

`How My Kitchen Sees Me' exhibition

Far more than a simple collection of self-portraits, the art exhibition that opens at New Canaan Library on Sept. 7 speaks to the viewer from an intriguingly unexpected perspective.

In these graphite drawings, artist Barbara Griffiths' face appears at first comically distorted, as reflected by her coffee pot, her bottle opener, and her cheese grater -- until gradually the portraits morph into a head-on confrontation with aging and death.

The series has accompanying texts which explore the extent to which our sense of self is an illusion.

"How My Kitchen Sees Me" will be on view in the library's H. Pelham Curtis Gallery from Sept. 7 to Oct. 9, with a reception on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m.

All programs are free. Registration is recommended. Visit