The Stratford Library has announced its selections for the Fall/Winter 2020 series of Books Over Coffee, the monthly book discussion program that has been a popular staple at the library for more than 30 years. The library continues to offer this lively forum via Zoom. Hosted by Library staffer Linda LiDestri, the free and open to the public program is offered monthly on Wednesday afternoons from 12-1 p.m.
Opening the new series on Wednesday, Sept. 30 will be The Woman with Silver Wings by Katherine Sharp Landdeck. This is the true story of the female aviators who helped the United States win World War II, only to be forgotten by the country they served. Historian Landdeck introduces these young women as they meet the trailblazing pilots who first envisioned sending American women into the air and whose rivalry would define the Women Air Force Service Pilots. For women, it was a chance to serve their country and prove that women aviators were just as skilled and able as men.
An additional event will occur in October with a “Meet-the-Author” discussion of Being Lolita, a memoir by former Stratford resident Alisson Wood. A dark romance evolves between Bunnell High School junior Alisson Wood and her charismatic English teacher in Wood’s powerful and honest memoir relating the journey of a young woman who must learn to rewrite her own story. Wood will be the special guest at the book discussion on Oct. 7. Other titles for 2020 will be Stuart Truton’s 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (Oct. 28), The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline (Nov. 18), and Dear Edward by Jane Napolitano (Dec. 16).
Copies of all books are currently available for loan at the library’s Circulation Desk. The titles are also available for loan on Kindle and Nook eReaders. Participants are invited to register online here.
Stratford Library is located at 2203 Main Street in Stratford, Conn. For more information, phone (203) 385-4162 or visit stratfordlibrary.org.