The Gunn Memorial Library annual Library Luminaries will be held June 5.

A cocktail reception and a silent auction at the Wykeham Road library will kick off the event, followed by dinner parties at 10 private homes, each one in honor of this year's luminaries.

Luminaries, according to event chair Bill Fore, are "people who inspire us with their vision, commitment and excellence."

Many are authors, but the roster of luminaries since 1996 includes actors, educators, doctors, writers, artists of every stripe, architects, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, designers, public servants and businesspeople.

Honorees this year include Bill Berloni, whose 30-plus year career as an animal trainer for Broadway led him to champion animal rescue and welfare efforts across the country, and groundbreaking choreographer Martha Clarke, a recipient of the MacArthur grant and the 2010 Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, the most important lifetime award for choreographers.

Authors Philip Delves Broughton, George Krimsky, Diane Meier and Frank Delaney, Scott Singer, and Simon Winchester round out this year's roster along with chef Cesare Casella, vintner Joe Donelan of Pax and Donelan Family Wines, and abstract expressionist painter Gary Komarin.

For more information or to make reservations, call the library at 860-868-7586 or visit