Wilton Library will be hosting two book discussions via Zoom. There is no charge for the programs, and advance registration is required to receive Zoom session links.
Book Discussion with Janet Krauss: Where the Crawdads Sing
Tuesday, July 21 fro, 2-3 p.m. Register here.
Janet Krauss leads a discussion of Delia Owens's Where the Crawdads Sing, the debut novel by wildlife scientist Delia Owens. The novel landed on The New York Times Best Seller list just a few weeks after its publication in August 2018, reaching Number One by January 2019 and then spending over 20 weeks in the top spot during 2019. Its two plots are an intertwining of a coming-of-age story and a murder mystery in the context of naturalist writing centered on the marshes and swamps of North Carolina.
Chris Schluep wrote in Amazon Book Review: “This novel has a mystery at its core, but it can be read on a variety of levels. There is great nature writing; there is coming of age; and there is literature. Crawdads is a story lovingly told...You’ll want to relax and take your time as well, and when you’re done you will want to talk about it with another reader.”
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea - A Book Talk with Peter Wrampe
Wednesday, July 22 from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Register here.
No other number can cause as much damage as it can. No other number advanced economic growth as it did. Please join Wilton Library for a virtual book talk by Wilton resident Peter Wrampe on Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea.
We will trace its emergence from Babylonian time, to its growth in the East, its subjugation in Greece to its non-emergence in Rome, to its banishment by the Church, and finally its ascendance in the West. We will discuss the earliest counting systems (still used by some indigenous peoples) and how it morphed into our current system. We will discuss how the fear of the “Big Bad Zero” choked the development of the West – especially science and economic development - by more than a millennium.
Peter Wrampe, a longtime resident of Wilton, is currently an Adjunct Instructor in NYU’s Graduate School, focusing on Inferential Statistics as well as Finance for Marketing. Previously he taught International Business at Albertus Magnus University. Peter has more than 20 years of experience in launching entrepreneurial business development teams in Praxair’s regional companies to leverage application technologies into increased sales and market share in Asia, Europe and South America. He holds engineering degrees from NJ Institute of Technology and an MBA from Pace University.