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Connecticut Center for the Book opens at Connecticut Humanities

March 14, 2013 | By Federal/State Partnership Staff

Join Connecticut Humanities as they proudly celebrate the launch of the new Connecticut Center for the Book! For the past decade, the Connecticut Center for the Book has been a part of the Hartford Public Library, but now joins Connecticut Humanities' roster of programs. The opening event will be a great way to learn about some of the exciting new plans for the coming year, including World Book Night, Connecticut River of Words, author visits, and more. With the addition of Connecticut Humanities, there are now eleven state Centers for the Book housed with state humanities councils.

To celebrate this new venture, Connecticut Humanities and special guest The Honorable John B. Larson (D-1st District) will officially open the new Center for the Book on Friday, April 19th. The launch event will feature a panel discussion on the past, present, and future of the book with Dr. Kerry Driscoll, professor of English at University of Saint Joseph, former Poet Laureate of Connecticut Marilyn Nelson, and Connecticut State Librarian Kendall Wiggin. Another highlight will be a performance of spoken word presentations by members of the First Congressional Youth Cabinet, a group of high school students chosen by Congressman Larson to advise him on policy.  

The program is free and open to all. For more information visit

Following the afternoon launch of the Connecticut Center for the Book, join Connecticut Humanities that evening for Gatsby's Green Light Gala, a Great Gatsby-themed fundraiser to celebrate and support the new Center for the Book. Enjoy 1920's-style cocktails, light hors d'oeurves, and guest appearances by Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker, Nick Carraway, the owl-eyed man, and perhaps even Jay Gatsby himself!

For more information and to register visit CT Humanities event page