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Since 2008, the Literary Luncheon has brought together a renowned author and Library Benefactors to celebrate and strengthen the Library’s mission; to inspire lifelong learning through innovation and discovery and to be the information and cultural center of the community. Proceeds ensure New Canaan Library will continue to provide the very best programming and collections to our community and beyond. LEARN MORE about our history of award-winning authors featured at prior Lit Lunch events.

The Literary Luncheon is a highlight of New Canaan’s social calendar and a beloved annual tradition. 

We are re-imagining Lit Lunch to ensure the health and safety of our guests. This exciting event will be brought directly to your home. Expect all the usual Lit Lunch features including prize drawings, an online auction and other enchanting surprises.


Friday, November 13, 2020

Benefactor Tables & Tickets & Author Presentation


Author Presentation Tickets


Author Bio:

Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi University, from which she received a BA, and then received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which she attended in 1973 and 74, receiving an MA In creative writing.  She currently lives in Boston. 

Alice Hoffman is a New York Times bestselling author and has written more than thirty works of fiction, including The World That We Knew, The Rules of Magic, The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, The Dovekeepers and The World That We Knew. Hoffman’s new novel Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic will be released on October 6, 2020. 

About Magic Lessons:

In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.

Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she’s abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Unnamed Arts”. Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson. Always love someone who will love you back. 

When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it is here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters. 

Magic Lessons is a celebration of life and love and a showcase of Alice Hoffman’s masterful storytelling. 

Please join us to experience Lit Lunch @ Night – a reimagined evening event with Alice Hoffman and her new book (release October 2020) Magic Lessons. Everything that you have loved about Lit Lunch over the past 12 years will be brought to table buyers and their guests at home. A scrumptious dinner from Marcia Selden Catering, tablescape by Social Studies, Inc., and creative décor by our own Lit Lunch design team. Hoffman will join all via livestreamThe event will also include 3 fabulous prize drawings and a Grand prize by Livewell Design We will once again host our online auction and other surprises will magically appear throughout the event.  Learn more about Streaming from Home.

Benefactor Tables

Here is what you get….

About Indivitual Tickets:

Here is what you get….

Individual tickets are also available. Hardcover copies of Magic Lessons will be included with all ticket levels.  

Don’t forget the event – download the reminder right to your calendar!


We are once again hosting a fantastic online auction. From a behind the scenes tour of atop NYC museum ora private boat trip on the Long Island Sound to an airstream rental or fully catered dinner party,our auction offerings never disappoint. This year our team has secured many creative and memorable offerings for you to bid on. And you do not have to be a ticket purchaser to participate in this online auction. Click here to view our fantastic auction items and to place your bids (HYPERLINK TO ACCELEVENTS). Good Luck!

DRAWINGS (September 30, October 15, October 30)

This year, for the first time, we will be holding three pre-event drawings. Table buyers will receive 10 tickets,ticket buyers at the $200 and $125 levels will receive one ticket.Additional tickets may be purchased for $100 each. You do not have to attend Lit Lunch @ Night to purchase drawing tickets. The earlier you purchase your tickets the sooner you will be elegible to win! So purchase your tickets today so that you do not miss out on the first drawing.

(Pictures of 3 Prizes) 


Purchase of a drawing ticket also includes entry into our Grand Prize drawing. Once again  Livewell Design is supporting Lit Lunch. A stunning gold cuff bracelett valued at $3,000 will be the lucky winners prize! Do not miss this opportunity to win a stunning oneofakind piece from Livewell Design. 

(Picture of Grand Prize and Livewell Design logo) 

Thank you to our Sponsors whose support has been invaluable in a year of tremendous change!


The Literary Luncheon committee is a group of New Canaan women who bring a myriad of talents to this incredible event each year. From unparalleled creative vision to business acumen, the team brings Lit Lunch to life through transformative décor, an enticing online auction and other exciting elements ensuring that the Library achieves important and significant fundraising goals. This is an exciting and dynamic experience for everyone involved in planning this annual event.

2020 Committee Co-Chairs: 

Sarah Casey  (pictured, sitting on right)

Carrie Corcoran (pictured, sitting on right)

Michelle Riley (pictured, standing on left)

Anne Wagner (pictured, standing on right)

2020 Committee Members:

Rachel BakerSusie Catlin | Susan Clarke | Susan Cushman | Marjorie Furman | Kara Gilliam | Deborah Gordon | Meghan Murphy Gould | Louise Havens | Maria Magliacano | Beatrice Mellick | Mandy Miller  | M.E. O’Connor | Claire O’Hare | Sarah O’Keefe | Laura Prior | Ashley Prymas | Lesley Rotchford  | Meg Saunders 

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