Wilton Reads book revealed

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris has been selected as the book for this year’s Wilton Reads program, Wilton Library Executive Director Elaine Tai-Lauria announced at the Board of Education’s Jan. 10 meeting.

Tai-Lauria said the goal of the community-wide reading program is to “deepen the appreciation in literature through reading and discussion.” With this book, she said, the hope is to “bring together the community to understand and appreciate the Holocaust and events that took place during that time.”

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a historical fiction book about Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov’s experiences as the man who tattooed numbers on the arms of thousands of concentration camp prisoners during the Holocaust. Free copies of the book will be given away, courtesy of Fairfield County Bank, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. and again from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., while supplies last.

Tai-Lauria said the library plans to “enhance” the reading of the book with “valuable” programming, including collaborations with Wilton Public Schools.

One of the highlights of this year’s Wilton Reads program will be an author talk with Morris at Wilton Library the evening of Thursday, April 11. Tai-Lauria said it will be Morris’s only New England stop during her United States tour. The hour-and-a-half author talk in the Brubeck Room will begin at 7 p.m., and include a Q&A session and book signing. The event will be free, but registration is highly recommended. To register, call 203-762-6334 or visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.

Tai-Lauria said there are several library programs being finalized, including book discussions, a Holocaust survivor talk, Holocaust-inspired art presentation, poetry seminar, moderated documentary film viewing, and concert, she said.

At Wilton’s public schools, the district’s digital learning director Fran Kompar said there will be book displays in the libraries, book discussions with parents and children, collaborations between the library and video production students, and more.

When these plans are finalized, Kompar said, they will be shared on the school district’s website.