Just Announced! Darien Library Spring Author Series!
We have so much to share with you this spring! We'll meet the author who created the global sensation, Little Bee, and hear from an expert voice in the debate over overmedicating our children. We'll be welcoming authors from SoNo and from Sydney; learning about the savory and the sweet from the host of Everyday Baking from Everyday Food, and experiencing a vintage advantage...as in dresses and accessories...as in couture originals. We will conclude with a bang...a true story packed with booze, bullets, and blood.
Curious? Here's all you'll need to know!
Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m.
Published in the United States in February 2009, Little Bee, by award-winning British author Chris Cleave (Incendiary), was a New York Times bestseller, an instant favorite with readers, and a critical darling. This entertaining, poignant, and thought-provoking novel, narrated by two alternating and distinct voices, tells the story of the relationship between seemingly polar opposites – a young Nigerian girl who has fled the tribal oil wars of her homeland in hopes of seeking asylum in a new country, and an Englishwoman, whose life, with a beautiful house, a traditional family, and success as the editor of a fashion magazine, appears perfect on paper. When the pair meet in a stunning scene on the beaches of Africa, their destinies become inextricably linked and they learn that they have more in common than they ever thought possible. Cleave deftly combines humor with pathos in this timely tale of friendship, national identity, responsibility, grief, and redemption, and he has crafted a story about many things, both large and small: the plight of refugees, the quiet violence of selfishness, the last vestiges of hope in a grueling world, and the dilemma of being human.
Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m.
JUDITH WARNER - Author of We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication
Each year, millions of families struggle with how to help children who are suffering from a host of disorders, including autism, Asperger’s disorder, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and more. Treatment and remedies are topics that involve some of the most important and complex decisions that parents will ever make for their children. In her newest book, Judith Warner, New York Times bestselling author of 2005’s Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, returns to explore the answers to two very timely questions: Are we overdiagnosing and overmedicating our children? Are parents and physicians labeling children to “explain away” bad behavior? The author followed and spoke with a cross-section of parents, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other experts over the course of her five years of rigorous research for her insightful and compelling book. With sensitivity, compassion, honesty, and clarity, as seen through the stories of real children and their families, Warner brings concerns and perspective to this controversial debate. This program is co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness Network.
Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m.
JOHN BARRICELLI - Author of The SoNo Baking Company Cookbook: The Best Sweet and Savory Recipes for Every Occasion
John Barricelli is the owner of the SoNo Baking Company & Café in South Norwalk, a sought-after destination for artisanal breads, specialty cakes, delicate pastries, and much more. As a third generation baker, host of PBS’s Everyday Baking from Everyday Food, and regular guest on NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, Barricelli emphasizes using the best ingredients, techniques, and equipment to produce beautiful, professional-quality results at home. In this visually stunning new cookbook, he presents 150 comprehensive, easy-to-follow, and inventive recipes for sweet and savory items, including cookies, cobblers, pies, brownies, tarts, and quiches. Feast on delectable treats from SoNo Baking Company & Café while the author shares expert tips that will empower both novices and the most advanced chefs to revamp their baking repertoires and create new variations on old favorites.
Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.
CHARLOTTE SMITH - Author of Dreaming of Dior: Every Dress Tells a Story
Five years ago, Charlotte Smith, Curator of The Fashion and Textile Gallery in Sydney, Australia, inherited a priceless vintage clothing collection from her American Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell. Dating from 1790 to 1995, the collection had been a lifetime labor of love for Darnell and consists of more than 5,000 treasures, ranging from a pioneer woman’s daintily mended best dress to couture originals by Dior, Chanel, and Balenciaga. Once Smith received the collection and unearthed her godmother’s book of stories about the dresses and the women who wore them, the true value of what was bequeathed to her actually hit home – that this isn’t a mere collection of beautiful things; it is a collection of lives – tiny snapshots of joys and disappointments, entrances and exits, and triumphs and tragedies. The book, complete with gorgeous illustrations by Grant Cowan, is for any woman who knows that a dress can hold a lifetime of memories. The author’s presentation will include a display of several pieces from the collection.
Sunday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m.
JONATHAN EIG - Author of Get Capone: The Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster
Packed with booze, bullets, and blood, this is American history at its most riveting, written by New York Times best-selling and critically-acclaimed author Jonathan Eig (Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season). Part biography and part detective story, Get Capone shatters many of the myths surrounding the man referred to as “Scarface.” Drawing on newly discovered wiretaps, memos, IRS documents, prison records, and personal letters of Al Capone, the book explores how America’s “Public Enemy No. 1” was caught not by Elliot Ness and his “Untouchables” but by government attorneys and accountants operating on direct orders from President Herbert Hoover. Eig explains how Capone, a son of Italian immigrants, rose from small-time thuggery in Brooklyn to become one of the world’s first international celebrities and America’s most ruthless and successful gangster.
Each presentation will conclude with a book signing. Books will be available for purchase.
Refreshments will be served.
Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).