Nina Sankovitch
Nina Sankovitch

Meet the Author

Nina Sankovitch

Author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

Nina Sankovitch, author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading will be our featured speaker on Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

Catalyzed by the loss of her sister, Nina Sankovitch, a mother of four, spent one year savoring a great book every day, from Thomas Pynchon to Nora Ephron, and beyond. In the tradition of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project and Joan Dideon’s A Year of Magical Thinking, Nina Sankovitch’s soul-baring and literary-minded memoir is a chronicle of loss, hope, and redemption. In her grief, the author turned to reading as therapy and through her journey illuminates the power of books to help us reclaim our lives.

“Anyone who has ever sought refuge in literature will identify with ‘Tolstoy and the Purple Chair.’” -- O, The Oprah Magazine

“The beauty of her project lies in seeing how books intertwine with daily life, how very much they affect our moods, interactions, and, especially important for Sankovitch, how we recover and process our memories….She makes reading seem accessible, relaxing, inspiring, fun.”  -- The Los Angeles Times

Ms. Sankovitch’s appearance at Darien Library is part of our 2011 Fall Author Series. Upcoming author events at Darien Library are:

  • Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. -- The Beekman Boys (Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge), authors of  The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook: Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables, and More Than 100 Heritage Recipes to Inspire Every Generation
  • Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m. -- Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, authors of The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks (This author appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.)

All Author Series programs will feature a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at each event.

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