New York Times best-selling author Laura Lippman cracks open a new genre, “femme noir,” with her latest novel, Sunburn, which she will be discussing at the library on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For those who liked Gone Girl or Girl on a Train, Sunburn is a must read, a novel of psychological suspense about a pair of lovers with the best intentions and the worst luck: two people locked in a passionate yet uncompromising game of cat and mouse. But instead of rules, this game has dark secrets, forbidden desires, inevitable betrayals and cold-blooded murder. A Q&A will follow the talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. Free, registration is highly recommended.
Connecticut shows its innovation
The third session of the Wilton Library/Wilton Historical Society Scholarly Series — Yankee Innovators: Steamships to Silicon Chips, embraces technology right here in Connecticut, with Andrew Driver from Sikorsky Aircraft on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 4 to 5:30 at the historical society, 224 Danbury Road. In his lecture, Leading the Helicopter Industry into the 21st Century, Driver provides a brief history of how Igor Sikorsky emigrated from Kiev to the Nutmeg State, founded Sikorsky Aircraft, invented the helicopter, and launched an entire industry which today generates over $20 billion in global new helicopter sales each year. The final date and topic in the series is March 18 at the Wilton Historical Society — Faster, Smaller, Greener: How Semiconductor Lithography Enables Innovations All Around U with Chip Mason, ASML Fellow. Informal receptions follow each talk. There is no charge but donations are always welcomed. Registration is required.
A fun fund-raiser
The Children’s Library is sponsoring a fund-raiser, Tea with Belle, on Saturday, March 3, from 2 to 3:30. Children ages 4 and up will “Be Our Guest” for this wonderful event, in which the popular Disney princess will meet and greet all the children. Kids will get to enjoy refreshments and take home a sparkly craft to remind them of their special day with Belle. This is a wonderful photo opportunity for all, so caregivers are reminded to bring their cameras and smartphones. Costumes are definitely encouraged. Belle might even be inviting some of her other princess friends. The fee is $25 per child payable in advance at the time of registration. Register at the Children’s Library Reference Desk.
The library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19 for Presidents’ Day. To register for programs, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call the Circulation Desk at 203-762-6334 for adult programs, the Children’s Library at 203-762-6336, Teen Services and Innovation Station at 203-762-6342.