Southington Reads

Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and After Alice has been chosen as 2017 Southington Reads Author

New York Times bestselling novelist gregory-maguire-photo-credit-andy-newmanGregory Maguire will be the Southington Public Library’s 2017 Southington Reads author. Best known for his groundbreaking novel Wicked, Maguire will be at the Aqua Turf Club on Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss book-jacket-after-aliceAfter Alice, his latest novel, written to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Registration for this event is required and will begin Tuesday, February 14th.  Save the date.

Copies of After Alice and Wicked wickedare available at the Library. Call (860.628.0947 x 5) or visit  to reserve a copy.

Critical Praise for After Alice:

“Continuing his tradition of rewriting fairy tales with an arch eye and offbeat point of view, Maguire turns his attention to Lewis Carroll and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. . . . A brilliant and nicely off-kilter reading of the children’s classic, retrofitted for grown-ups—and a lot of fun.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“[Maguire’s] playful vocabulary may be Carroll-esque, but his keen wit is closer to Monty Python, with a fine, unforced sense of play… his erudition is a joy, his sense of fun infectious.” — Joe Hill, New York Times Book Review

After Alice will inspire readers to think anew about both historical realities and classic fantasies.” —



AnitaDiamantColor Anita Diamant

Southington Library is delighted to announce that Anita Diamant as our 2016 Southington Reads author. Anita is a world-famous, best-selling author. Her novel The Red Tent has been published in more than 25 countries and was adapted as a Lifetime TV miniseries.

We have chosen Anita’s most recent best-selling novel The Boston Girl as the book we will read this year. The Boston Girl is an exploration of the immigrant experience set against the backdrop of two World Wars, prohibition, the flu epidemic and the civil rights movement.BostonGirl_pb_

Here is what the critics are saying about The Boston Girl:

“Ravishing. . . .whip-smart, warm, and full of feeling… deeply pleasurable. . . you can’t help wanting to linger.” (Boston Globe)

“Crisp, lively, clear, wry, affectionate, compulsively readable and very entertaining…The Boston Girl’s…[narrator] is supremely brave and bighearted – a marvelous role model no matter how you parse it.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Boston Girl convincingly traces the story of a scrappy, intelligent immigrant, who does more than merely survive the 20th century; she embraces it all-tragedies, joys, and the humdrum-with unflagging passion.” (Miami Herald)

“Addie, the narrator, is a good storyteller, and her descriptions of the human devastation of World War I and the flu epidemic have an immediacy that blows away any historical dust.” (USA Today)

Anita will be speaking at The Aqua Turf on Wednesday, March 30th. Registration will begin in February. Save the date. Registration begins Thursday February 18th.

Copies of The Boston Girl are available at the Library. Please visit to reserve a copy (have your library card number available) or call the Reference/Information staff at 860.628.0947 option 5.

This is the 11th Southington Reads event presented by the Southington Library and our generous sponsors, The Aqua Turf Club and The Calvanese Foundation. In addition the Friends of Southington Library and Comfort Suites provided funding.

Previous Southington Reads titles

2006       Honky                                               Dalton Conley

2007       Girls of a Tender Age                       Mary Tirone Smith

2008       As Long as it Takes                           Captain William Pinkney

2009      Waiting for Snow in Havana          Carlos Eire

2010       The BIG READ/ featured multiple programs around the noir novels

Maltese Falcon/ Reckless                  Andrew Gross

2011        New England White                            Stephen Carter

2012        Ditchdiggers Daughters                    Dr. Yvonne Thornton

2013         The Lifeboat                                          Charlotte Rogan

2014         Dirty Love/House of Sand and Fog   Andre Dubus III

2015        Sand Castle Girls was selected to recognize the 100th Anniversary of the

Armenian Genocide

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands         Chris Bohjalian

2016        Boston Girl                                             Anita Diamant

2017       To be Determined


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