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Canaan Street Meetinghouse Reading Series

moderated by Lyme’s Phil Pochoda

This Week’s Readers:

Christopher Benfey
IF: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years. Benfy has written many wide-ranging books and essays (in the NYRB, NYT, and elsewhere) on themes and authors of the Gilded Age in America.

Hernan Diaz
In the Distance (novel). 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist; 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist. Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Book of the Year.

About Canaan Meetinghouse Readings

The Meetinghouse Readings feature fiction, nonfiction and poetry read aloud by authors in the 1793 Meetinghouse in Canaan’s historic district. Over the years, the series has presented scores of authors, from great names — including Alice Munro, Grace Paley, Donald Hall and Charles Simic — to emerging talents such as Dave King and Jeffrey Lent. Offered in the spirit of barnstorming tours by Dickens and Twain, the Meetinghouse Readings promote reading as the best possible entertainment. There’s no academic solemnity, and there are no Q&A sessions. The readings usually attract crowds of 100 to 150 or more.

The schedule is always rich with fascinating (and often politically charged) nonfiction, exciting poetry and mesmerizing storytelling. Admission is free, authors’ books are on sale, and the home-baked refreshments are unpretentiously magnificent.
For more information, visit our website to see the schedule, or write to us at meetinghousereadings at gmail.