It is with tremendous (practically pulse-pounding!) excitement that we (once again) bring you calendar-worthy news for the fall! Technically, our Fall Author Series doesn't begin until October, but we are putting you on early alert because we believe that you will want to get these dates in ink right away! And, if you're like us and love early alerts and up-to-the-minute news, you'll love our tweets. If you're worried that you may miss what's happening at the Library, please follow us on Twitter.

Prepare  yourself for an autumn at Darien Library that includes talk of strange experiments...survival...power...murder...and a peek into the personal life of a Hollywood icon.

Please join us for...

A. J. JACOBS - Author of The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment

Sunday, October 4, 5:30 p.m.

From the writer who read the entire encyclopedia (The Know-it-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World) and followed every rule of the Bible for one year (The Year of Living Biblically), comes his most outrageous and thought-provoking series of adventures yet. In The Guinea Pig Diaries, A. J. Jacobs immerses himself in nine different lifestyles, including living undercover as a beautiful woman, outsourcing his life to India (the best month of his life), and practicing extreme honesty (the worst month of his life).  With each experiment, he learns surprisingly profound lessons about love, business, fame, and marriage. Editor-at-large of Esquire, contributor to NPR, and a columnist for mental_floss magazine, Jacobs's new book is so side-splittingly hilarious, it should come with a warning label! (Suggested "experiment" from me: Just try to read the first chapter of The Guinea Pig Diaries on the train without making a spectacle of yourself! I don't think it can be done.)

A wine and cheese reception and book signing will follow the presentation.


LUCINDA SCALA QUINN - Author of Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys

Thursday, October 22, 7 p.m.

 Lucinda Scala Quinn, Vice President and Editorial Director of Food and Entertaining of Martha Stewart Omnimedia, has three sons and a husband who love to eat. Perhaps best known for her regular appearances on NBC's Today and Martha, as well as hosting her weekly radio show and co-hosting PBS's Everyday Food, this popular chef, cooking teacher, caterer, food writer and expert has created a cookbook that hopes to help "civilize the wild beasts in your life, one meal at a time." Mad Hungry is a practical cookbook that contains recipes for nutritious and homemade meals, provides cooking techniques and survival strategies, and offers advice for teaching men and boys to create meals for themselves.

 A wine and cheese reception and book signing will follow the presentation.


 MICHAEL MAUBOUSSIN - Author of Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition

Sunday, November 1, 5:30 p.m.

Why does it seem so difficult to make sound business decisions? In his newest book, Think Twice, Michael Mauboussin, author of the critically-acclaimed More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places, explains how to avoid common mental missteps when making important judgment calls. Sharing vivid stories from business and beyond, he explains how to know when to think twice, question your reasoning, and adopt decision-making strategies that are far more effective, even if they seem counterintuitive. Michael Mauboussin is Chief Investment Strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management and an adjunct professor of finance at Columbia Business School.

 A wine and cheese reception and book signing will follow the presentation.


DAVID BALDACCI - Author of True Blue

 Thursday, November 5, 7 p.m.

David Baldacci, the internationally acclaimed author of 17 bestselling novels, will speak about his newest book, True Blue. This thriller, set in Washington D.C., follows wrongfully disgraced police officer Mason "Mace" Perry and young lawyer Roy Kingman as they investigate murders that put them on a collision course with the dark side of national security. True Blue is definitely a page-turner from (trust me!) page two. (It is a mystery to me how the author does that!)

David Baldacci is best known for his Camel Club series and the King and Maxwell series. Over 90 million of his books appear in print and are published worldwide in at least 45 languages.

A wine and cheese reception and book signing will follow the presentation.


CHRIS WELLES FEDER - Author of In My Father's Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles

Sunday, November 15, 5:30 p.m.

Orson Welles's oldest daughter, Chris Welles Feder, has written a revealing book about one of cinema's greatest icons. Though many books have been written about Orson Welles, the mastermind behind such films as Citizen Kane and Touch of Evil, none have provided the deeply personal and nuanced portrait that emerges from Welles Feder's memories of her father. In My Father's Shadow offers a moving and insightful look at life lived in the shadow of a legendary figure; it is an immensely entertaining story of growing up a child of Hollywood.

A wine and cheese reception and book signing will follow the presentation.