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September embraces the end of summer and the beginning of Fall. There is always a big onslaught of new books published for this season. From the “Off the Shelf” newsletter, here are their suggestions for “26 Most Anticipated Books for Fall”. If there’s a long waiting list, don’t get frustrated. My trick is to look at lists of new books that have just come out in paperback. They will be easier to get because they’ve been out for a while. You’re sure to have missed some of these when they came out in hardcover. Try this list from She Reads, or this one from Literary Hub.

On a local literary note, the big news as summer wanes is a play by Edith Wharton which opened on Broadway at the end of August. It is called, “The Shadow of the Doubt: a play in three acts.”  The play was unearthed among a bunch of papers in an archive in Austin, Texas. Researchers established that the piece was set to be produced at the turn of the century but was eventually postponed. So it’s been lost for 122 years. You could take a trip to New York to see the play or you could celebrate this occasion by visiting the Mount, Edith Warton’s beautiful home and estate in Lennox, Mass. 

You can read the whole play for free if you’re interested, using your BPL e-library card.   Go to online resources (literature, books, reading) The entire play is presented in the JSTOR database.

As a reminder, The Chat & Chew book group is gathering again after a brief summer break on September 20th from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. You can meet with us in the cozy Ellsworth room at the library or meet virtually in the comfort of your home or job. We will be using Google Meet. Register through our calendar on our website and you will be sent a connection to use before the Wednesday meeting. Bring a book that you enjoyed reading this summer to recommend to others. Bring your lunch or a snack!