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DEVELOPMENT: Literary Luncheon 2022


Martha Hall Kelly

MARTHA HALL KELLY is a native New Englander who lives in Litchfield County Connecticut. She earned journalism degrees from Syracuse and Northwestern Universities, worked as an advertising copywriter for many years and raised three wonderful children, who are now mostly out of the nest. Her debut novel Lilac Girls became an instant New York Times bestseller in April of 2016 and spent 56 weeks on the paperback bestseller list. Now, in Sunflower Sisters, Kelly tells the story of Georgeanna Woolsey, a Union nurse who joins the war effort during the Civil War, and whose calling leads her to cross paths with both Jemma, a young enslaved girl who is sold and conscripted into the army, and Anne-May Wilson, a southern plantation mistress whose husband enlists.

  • For Benefactor table information Email Brooke Moore or by phone at 203-594-5006
  • Benefactor responses will be fulfilled in the order received with priority given to Sunflower and Lilac Tables. Floor Plan
  • I cannot attend this year, but would like to Support the Library

Literary Luncheon Benefit

Since 2008, the Literary Luncheon has brought our community together to celebrate a renowned author 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.

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Committee Co-Chairs
A special thank you to our wonderful Co-Chairs

Sarah O’Keefe
Laura Prior
Michelle Riley
Anne Wagner

We are deeply grateful to this dedicated group of individuals who work tirelessly to bring this event to life. Thank you for your incredible support.

Kathy Bakal • Rachel Baker • Kristin Barnard • Sarah Casey • Carrie Corcoran • Susan Cushman • Christine DeKlerk • Kara Gilliam • Meghan Gould • Ipek Kaya-Savasoglu • Maria Magliacano • Lisa McLean • Mandy Miller • M.E. O’Connor • Claire O’Hare • Suzanne Pertusiello • Ashley Prymas • Meg Saunders • Nathalie Schubert • Abigail Skidmore • Taryn Sonesson • Beth Stimpson • Chelsea Taliercio • Jill Telesco • Charlotte Wilbur

Become a Corporate Sponsor

CORPORATE SPONSOR: We could not offer the high caliber of our special fundraising events without the support of our corporate and community sponsors. By becoming a corporate sponsor your organization will be recognized in targeted mailings, receive local print media coverage, social media coverage and much more. If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor for any of our upcoming events, please Email Brooke Moore or by phone at 203-594-5006.

Volunteering Opportunities

LITERARY LUNCHEON: The Literary Luncheon committee brings together a group of New Canaanites who bring their many 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 its significant fundraising goals. This is an exciting, rewarding and dynamic experience for everyone involved in planning this annual event. Committee Volunteer

SPRING EDITION: The Spring Edition Co-Chairs (typically 2-3 individuals) help create and promote this luncheon and presentation event. From choosing the menu and décor elements to assisting with advertising outreach, this opportunity helps the Library in raising critical fundraising dollars. Committee Volunteer