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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. 

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

Authors who have debuted at New Canaan Library’s Literary Luncheon Benefit in recent years include:

  • 2019 Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing 
  • 2018 Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach 
  • 2017: Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow   
  • 2016: Paula McLain, Circling the Sun  
  • 2015: Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See  
  • 2014: Christina Baker Kline, Orphan Train  
  • 2013: Therese Ann Fowler, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald 
  • 2012: Sally Bedell Smith, Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of A Modern Monarch