VNA Northwest Hospice Program, which serves Greater New Milford, will present a program with nationally-known speaker Maggie Callanan May 23 at 5 p.m. in Litchfield.

Ms. Callanan will present "Surprising Messages of Hope," a talk about her experiences as a longtime hospice nurse, at the Litchfield Inn on Route 202.

Offerings will include hors d'oeuvres from 5 to 6 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and the talk at 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Callanan is the co-author of the celebrated book "Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness Needs and Communication of the Dying." She is the coordinator of the National Hospice, Palliative and Home Care Speakers Bureau.

Copies of Ms. Callnan's books will be available to buy and be signed.

Books are $15 each or two for $25. Only check and cash will be accepted.

There is no charge, but reservations are suggested by calling 860-567-6000 by May 14.