New Canaan Library
Beth Dwyer, Betsy Young, Lisa Smith, Christine Betackl
Author Therese Anne Fowler entertained a roomfull of literature lovers with her own story of how she came to write her critically acclaimed fictional biography, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. Fowler’s book chronicles the woman’s life, from her Alabama upbringing to the death of her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, in 1940. "I went looking for some preliminary information, and very quickly was struck by the way the surface-level knowledge about Zelda doesn't begin to describe the person that she really was.” Fowler was guest speaker at the New Canaan Library’s annual Literary Luncheon, which drew about 230 people to the Woodway Country Club, where library board members dressed in Gatsby-era white boas and greeted guests. “Through the hard work of our volunteer committee, this successful event netted $55,000. This is one of several events that will help us achieve our annual fundraising goal of $415,000,” said Lisa Oldham, the library’s executive director.