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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 an online auction and other enchanting surprises. Download the PDF Invitation or click the video below:

Friday, November 13, 2020

Benefactor Tables & Benefactor Tickets


Individual 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 MagicThe 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 was 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.

The annual Literary Luncheon Benefit is coming to your home @ Night with everything you have come to expect and love about the experience. The Digital Services Department will be available to help setup your home entertainment center for the livestream.

Benefactor Tables
Hannah Owens Table

  • Dinner for ten guests by Marcia Selden Catering
  • Prosecco and wines provided by Francos Wine Merchants
  • Tablescape created by NYC based Social Studies, Inc.
  • Magically curated decor
  • Enchanting centerpiece by Gillian Ozkaplan Florist
  • Link to Author Presentation and VIP Q&A with Alice Hoffman
  • 10 copies of Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Buy a Table

Individual Tickets
Faith Owens Benefactor Ticket

  • Dinner for one guest by Marcia Selden Catering
  • Link to Author Presentation and VIP Q&A with Alice Hoffman
  • One copy of Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Buy a Ticket

Our marvelous auction items are sure to charm everyone. We have weekend get-aways to Martha’s Vineyard and Newport, a private boat cruise of Long Island Sound, a dinner party with an illusionist, a large zoom trivia party, gardening lessons, a private shopping experience, a family photo shoot and the list goes on! The auction is a beloved part of the Lit Lunch every year, and this year you won’t want to miss it! The auction will be online, and you can bid on as many auction items as you like. Mark your calendars and start bidding!

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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 left)
Michelle Riley (pictured, standing on left)
Anne Wagner (pictured, standing on right)

2020 Committee Members:

Rachel Baker | Susie 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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