`Midnight Rising' Lunch Bunch topic

The Lunch Bunch will hear from systems librarian Jeff Zaino in a discussion of Tony Horwitz's "Midnight Rising," a book providing a look at an important period in American history, at noon on Wednesday, March 6, in the Adrian Lamb Room.

Light refreshments will be served, but attendees may bring a brown bag lunch.

"Midnight Rising" captures the dramatic days surrounding John Brown's surprise raid on the slaveholding South. Late on the night of Oct. 16, 1859, leading a biracial band of militant idealists, Brown seized the massive armory at Harpers Ferry, freed and armed slaves, and vowed to liberate every bondsman in America.

Debut novel to be discussed March 7

Peter M. Wheelwright, architect and an associate professor, will discuss his debut novel, "As It Is On Earth," which was nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2013, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, as part of the Authors on Stage series.

The event is co-sponsored by Elm Street Books and will take place in the Adrian Lamb Room.

Set in New England during the week leading up to Columbus Day at the end of the millennium 1999, "As It Is On Earth" is narrated by Taylor Thatcher, an irreverent young university professor from a fallen family of Maine Puritans. Both connected to and repulsed by his complex family legacy, Thatcher and his half brother navigate history and the landscape -- from New England to the Mayan Yucatan -- as well as the shifting tides of multicultural, modern-day America.

Wheelwright is an associate professor at Parsons The New School for Design, The New School University in New York City. His design work has been published in both the national and international press. The Kaleidoscope House, a modernist dollhouse designed in collaboration with artist Laurie Simmons, is in the Collection of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.

The New Canaan Library, 151 Main St., can be reached at newcanaanlibrary.org or 203-594-5040.

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