Southington Reads 2022



The Southington Public Library is happy to announce the return of Southington Reads! It has been two long years since we last held this very popular event, but we are ready to bring it to you virtually to celebrate the 15 th Anniversary of the event.

Spencer Quinn, the 2020 selected author of the Heart of Barkness, the Chet and Bernie Series and The Right Side will virtually join us for his long-awaited appearance. Spencer Quinn is the pseudonym of Peter Abrahams, known for the Echo Falls series for Teens and many more. He is a New York Times Bestselling author and Edgar Allen Poe and Agatha Award winner.

Peter/Spencer currently lives in Cape Cod with his wife and dogs Audrey and Pearl who heavily influence his writing. Chet, the lovable dog who didn’t quite make it through K-9 school, offers a seriously unreliable narrator to the escapades and mystery solving capabilities of his human: Detective Bernie.

Copies of the Heart of Barkness, as well as others by Spencer Quinn will be available at the Southington Public Library to borrow.

The decision to move forward with a virtual event versus an in person one was determined by the uptick in Covid cases at the recommendation of the Health Department. We believe it will be in everyone’s best interest to avoid a large crowd indoors and have a virtual event to keep our patrons healthy and safe.

Do not fear; this will still be an exciting event!

Registration will open on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 9:30 a.m. for the virtual event to take place on Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. The first 50 registrants will receive a “doggy bag” to be picked up at the library with refreshments for the event and other fun goodies.

Each year the Southington Public Library chooses a Southington Reads book and encourages all members of the community to read this and others by the featured author. Past authors include Julia Glass, Wally Lamb, Gregory Maguire, Anita Diamant, and Chris Bohjalian. The program has been on hiatus the past two years due to Covid-19 concerns.



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