Autumn at Darien Library includes two august authors; both known and respected internationally in their professions and their areas of expertise.

We are proud and honored to announce that our fall calendar includes author events that will feature Dorie Greenspan and Michael Korda.

Each presentation will conclude with a book signing and books will be available for purchase.

Refreshments* will be served at both events.


Author of Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours

Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m.

Dorie Greenspan has been called "a culinary guru" by The New York Times. She is the author of the James Beard Award-winning Baking: From My Home to Yours, which inspired the creation of the online baking community Tuesdays with Dorie. Her new book, Around My French Table, is winning raves and fans. According to New York Journal of Books, Around My French Table is "positively chock full of new interpretations of old classics as well as a few surprising new recipes." The reviewer adds "In addition to all the wonderful recipes, her anecdotal tidbits about life in Paris are priceless."

Americans have had a long love affair with French cuisine, but in the past decade, we discovered Italian, Mexican, Asian and other foreign traditions. Now, however, we are in the midst of a French revival: witness the renewed interest in Julia Child at the movies and on bestseller lists.
Still, someone had to remind us that French cooking at home is one of life’s great pleasures, and that someone is one of the most admired of American cooks, Dorie Greenspan. Greenspan, who has been visiting Paris for more than three decades and has been living there part time for the past thirteen years, shares the remarkable dishes—some classic, many surprising and new—that she and her French friends cook at home every day.

Around My French Table is not French cooking by the rulebook. This is the author's "French kitchen journal" -- her own synthesis of the food she's been passionately involved with for all these years -- true elbows-on-the-table food that can be made and enjoyed by everyone.

This is a book that shows how people in France eat and cook now -- a timely and engaging reminder that America's love affair with French food is as passionate and as exciting as ever.

*Darien Library staff members are passionate about cooking...and books...and (no surprise!) cookbooks. We will be providing homemade refreshments for this event, choosing from the "more than 300" recipes from Dorie's French table! 

Dorie Greenspan's appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore. 


Author of Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

Thursday, December 2 at 7 p.m.

Best-selling author Michael Korda (Ike: An American Hero) returns to Darien Library to discuss his new biography of T.E. Lawerence, Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.

It's the story of an epic life on a grand scale, a revealing, in-depth, and gripping biography of the dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile—including his sun-burnished blonde looks and flowing white robes—made him an object of intense fascination, known the world over as “Lawrence of Arabia.” Yet unlike other biographers, Mr. Korda does not seek to burnish or destroy the legend; rather he aims to demystify and reveal the real man—T. E. Lawrence—as he truly was.

A diffident 5’5” Oxford scholar and archeologist, Lawrence vanished into the desert in 1917 to become the greatest and most colorful figure of World War I.  He was the inventor of modern guerilla warfare, the master of explosives, the world’s first media celebrity, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, and the boldest of warriors.

Ultimately, as Korda demonstrates, Lawrence remains the paradigm of the hero in modern times, the arch-heroic type whose life was both a triumph and a sacrifice, and whose capacity to astonish remains undimmed.

"This magisterial biography of British soldier and adventurer T.E. Lawrence celebrates a life spent subverting authority in the most glamorous -- and -- bizarre ways. Korda's vivid portrait of Lawrence and his warring impulses captures the brilliance and charisma of this fascinating figure." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Much has been written about him, but no one has succeeded in illuminating the quintessential Lawrence of Arabia so profoundly and so well as Michael Korda. HERO is a work of brilliance, discernment and meticulous scholarship that surely will be hailed as the gold standard.” -- Henry A. Kissinger

Please join us at Darien Library for these engaging and entertaining programs!

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).