The Intelligent Color Choice for Fall: Green!

John Wargo
John Wargo

Darien Library and Yale Club of Lower Fairfield County Speakers' Series Present

PROFESSOR JOHN WARGO

Chair of Environmental Studies, Yale University

Green Intelligence: Creating Environments that Protect Human Health

Sunday, October 18 at 5:30 p.m.*

 

Darien Library is pleased to bring you this exciting and timely presentation and discussion with Yale Club of Lower Fairfield County Speakers' Series. Please join us for this important event featuring Professor John Wargo, where he'll talk about the risk of toxic exposures and the health threat, particularly on children. In his new book, Green Intelligence, he demonstrates that exposure to hazardous health-damaging chemicals is widespread and poorly regulated, and that knowledge of contamination and danger is often kept from a too-trusting public. 

Most individuals carry in their tissues a combination of metals, pesticides, solvents, fire retardants, waterproofing agents, and by-products of fuel combustion and not surprisingly, many toxins are significantly more concentrated in the bodies of young children. 

Pesticides. Nuclear testing. Vehicle emissions. U.S. military activity. Plastics. These are some of the specific examples of past and present exposures to identify weaknesses in our system and lessons we can apply to guard human health.

Professor Wargo's sobering assessment of the impact of toxic chemicals on human health is frightening, but he also proposes clear solutions, and outlines practical protective measures and guidelines. 

Professor Wargo was a guest this week on the Living on Earth radio show and podcast - click here to listen. 

John Wargo is professor of environmental policy, risk analysis, and political science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Department of Political Science at Yale University. He is Chair of the Environmental Studies Major in Yale College and has been an adviser to several EPA administrators and National Academy of Sciences Committees, theU.S. Congress, the U.N. World Health Organization, and Vice President Al Gore.

Here are more details about the October 18th program at the Library:

* - 4:30 p.m.  - Special behind-the-scenes Green Tour of our environmentally innovative Darien Library

  - 5:30 p.m. - Presentation by Professor Wargo

  - 6:15 p.m. - Q&A and reception

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

Fall Author Series Begins This Sunday!

Meet A.J. Jacobs, the author of
Meet A.J. Jacobs, the author of "The Guinea Pig Diaries"!

 

A. J. Jacobs, author of The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment, will be here at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 4th. For more information about our Fall Author Series, click here. For more information about A.J. Jacobs and his upcoming appearance at Darien Library, check back right here during the week. 

...and speaking of that Fall Author Series, please note:

Thursday, October 22, 7 p.m. - Lucinda Scala Quinn, author of Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys

Sunday, November 1, 5:30 p.m. - Michael Mauboussin, author of Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition

Thursday, November 5, 7 p.m. - David Baldacci, author of True Blue

Sunday, November 15, 5:30 p.m. - Chris Welles Feder, author of In My Father's Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles

We hope that we're on your calendars!  

Looking Back and Looking Forward

Our Fall Author Series begins next Sunday, October 4th at 5:30 p.m. when our first featured author will be A.J. Jacobs (pictured below), who'll be talking about his newest book, The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment. Also this fall, we'll be welcoming Lucinda Scala Quinn, Michael Mauboussin, David Baldacci, and Chris Welles FederAll the details are right here!

I think that you'll agree - this is a FABULOUS series! Despite my excitement about the fall events, I, for one, cannot help but think about the author programs that we've already had this year! We all have special memories from each and every program -- and that serves as a reminder for us again to say thank you for the continuous and generous support from our members  (all of our programs are funded solely by contributions to the Annual Campaign. (Pretty amazing, isn't it? Thank you!)).

We are overjoyed to be bringing you another season of excellent author programs however, as we take a deep breath before the fall plunge, excuse us while we stand still for a few moments and look back at the author events from earlier this year...and look forward to our upcoming author visits!

Stand still with us, enjoy our animoto short video, and, as the song says, "enjoy the view"!

 

I hope that this brought back some great memories...I also hope that you've got us on your fall calendar with plans to come to the Library and enjoy another outstanding author series! 

You Won't Want to Miss a Thing (and you don't have to)!

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.

       

Green Day at the Library

Usually, our "green" news has to do with our fabulous new green building, but this time it's with a capital G, as in Green, as in George Dawes Green, who was our featured speaker at our Adult Summer Reading Grand Finale last week. In case you don't know already... his newest novel, the fabulously-reviewed Ravens is my favorite book of the summer. When the author agreed to come to Darien Library to speak, I was expecting something really good...possibly GREAT...what we got was AMAZING.!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

There's something about a Southerner being in the room that slows the whole pace down just a bit. When you factor in the remarkable writing and storytelling ability and his skill at provoking thriller-worthy tension for the reader/listener, George Dawes Green was the perfect tonic for the lull of August. Just as he does in Ravens, he drew everyone in instantly. Thrills. Laughter. Pin-dropping tension. His genre is the thriller. His writing is poetic. His storytelling, masterful. This was goosebumps in August.

We can't mention George Dawes Green's incredible storytelling ability without mentioning that he is the founder of The Moth, a not-for-profit storytelling organization. That's the very basic description...if you saw this past Sunday's New York Times, then you know it's much bigger than that. The Sunday Styles section led with a (huge!) fabulous article about The Moth. We are so pleased that George agreed to spend some time with us and share his great talent.

This special author event was the highlight of our Grand Finale for our Adult Summer Reading Program but that night, we also had the drawing for the Grand Prize winners. Considering the hundreds of entries that we had, it was such fun that all three winners were in the audience that night! Here are just a few more shots from this extraordinary event.

 

 

 Thank you to everyone (members...staff....George) for making this our most successful Adult Summer Reading Program ever!

   

 

Adult Summer Reading Grand Finale!

We conclude our 4th Annual Adult Summer Reading Program with our Grand Finale on Thursday, August 13th at 7 p.m. Our special guest speaker will be George Dawes Green...author...poet...storyteller.

George Dawes Green is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels The Caveman's Valentine and The Juror. It's been 14 years since Green published The Juror, but the wait has certainly been worthwhile - his new book Ravens is a captivating thriller and it's been getting great reviews. Personally speaking, I loved it...I could not put it down. Click here to read what The Wall Street Journal had to say about Green's return.

George Dawes Green is also the founder of the not-for-profit storytelling organization, The Moth. Now in its 11th year, The Moth conducts six ongoing programs featured widely on television and radio. "Stories at the Moth" has attracted such notable headliners as Margaret Cho, Ethan Hawke, Moby, Rosie O'Donnell, George Plimpton and Julia Stiles. The annual Moth Ball was called the 'it' charity by the New York Observer and has included such guests as Garrison Keillor, Malcolm Gladwell, and Adam Gopnik.

Our Adult Summer Reading Grand Finale will also include a book signing by Green (books will be available for purchase), a wine and cheese party, and the drawing for the Grand Prizes. It's sure to be a great evening and we hope that you can join us!

As I write this, we still have nearly two weeks of Adult Summer Reading left and it's not too late to sign up and enter to win some great prizes! I don't, however, think it's too early for me to say that this year's effort has been a huge success! Thank you!

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

Summer's the Perfect Time for Cartwheels!

 On Thursday, July 16th at 7 p.m., Jayanti Tamm, author of Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult, will be here to talk about her unforgettable life story.

Born and raised in the cult of Sri Chinmoy and declared "The Chosen One," for over 25 years Jayanti lived within the guru's inner circle. Sri Chinmoy assigned Jayanti to court celebrities, infiltrate the United Nations, and find elephants for him to weight-lift, all in an effort to transform the world. At the age of 25, after multiple attempts to leave, she was permanently exiled from the group.

Cartwheels in a Sari is her personal story of growing up "cult" and her eventual freedom and new life.

"...her effort is worthy of applause." -- People (four-star review)

"With a succinct and earnest writing style, Tamm delivers a coming-of-age story overflowing with heartbreaking and hilarious moments." -- Forbes.com

A book signing will follow the presentation and refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase.

This Meet the Author program is an Adult Summer Reading event.

James Collins to Speak at the Library!

Update: Please note that this author event has been cancelled. This event will be rescheduled in the future. Please check back on our website for details.

On Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m., author James Collins will be speaking here at the Library. His novel Beginner’s Greek, a national bestseller, will be coming out in paperback that week and we look forward to welcoming him to Darien!

Upon its publication in hardcover, the author drew comparisons to Jane Austen and like one of her novels, this story of love found, love lost, and the role fate plays in our lives provides an intersection of literary wit and thoughtful levity. “A comedy of manners” might be an apt description of “Beginner’s Greek,” which is about the complicated world of its main character Peter Russell. Peter meets Holly on a plane during a flight from New York to the West Coast. She is the woman of his dreams and they share a powerful connection. Holly writes her phone number on a page torn from “The Magic Mountain” by Thomas Mann. Later, he discovers that the paper is gone. What follows is a romantic comedy with a distinct literary vein running beneath its surface.
            “A satire of modern love that will charm both sexes equally.” – Vanity Fair
            “Beginner’s Greek is, from start to finish, delicious.” – New York Times Book Review
 Collins is a former editor for Time and Spy Magazine and has contributed to The New Yorker and other magazines. He grew up in New York City and now lives in Virginia with his family. “Beginner’s Greek” is his first novel.
A book signing will following the presentation and books will be available for purchase.
Refreshments will be served.

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

Author! Author!

We'll be hosting two author events here at the Library during the month of May. One author will talk about taking chances, the other, about second chances.

W. Randall (Randy) Jones will be here on Sunday, May 3 at 5 p.m. to talk about  his new book, The Richest Man in Town: The Twelve Commandments of Wealth.

Jones, the founder of Worth magazine, interviewed the richest men and women in the 100 largest towns in America – all of them self-made financial giants. In his book, he reveals the common traits of these individuals and makes their success tips available to everyone. 

A book signing and reception will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase. Mr. Jones' talk is part of our Grand Opening Author Series.

On Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m., James Collins will be here to talk about his novel, Beginner's Greek, a national bestseller.

Update: Please note that this author event has been cancelled. This event will be rescheduled in the future. Please check back here on our website for details.

Brand new to paperback, "Beginner's Greek" is a romantic comedy with a distinct literary vein running beneath its surface. (The cover asks the question: "Could they have a second chance at love at first sight?")

"Jane Austen fans will feel right at home" - Library Journal

Refreshments will be served. A book signing will follow the presentation and books will be available for purchase.

Please join us for these special author events!  

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

Talking about "The Richest Man in Town"

W. Randall Jones
W. Randall Jones

W. Randall Jones, the founder of Worth magazine and the author of The Richest Man in Town: The Twelve Commandments of Wealth, will be at the Library on Sunday, May 3 at 5 p.m.

Mr. Jones, who will be launching his book tour here at the Darien Library, interviewed the richest men and women in the 100 largest towns in America – all of them self-made financial giants. In his new book, “The Richest Man in Town,” which debuts on May 4, he reveals the key common traits of these individuals and makes their success tips available to everyone. Mr. Jones, a frequent commentator on numerous television shows including The TODAY Show, CNBC, CNN, CNNFN, and FOX News, will talk about his research and some of the surprising and extraordinary revelations he made.

“Clear, concise and actionable advice from 100 of the greatest self-made success stories of our time, ‘The Richest Man in Town’ shows you how you too can become the most successful person in your town.” – Jennifer Openshaw, personal finance columnist, MarketWatch.com

Mr. Jones serves as Chairman and CEO of American Idea Lab, a media ideation and investment firm. He sits on the boards of Wilmington Trust New York, Trinity Capital Services, Yureekah Technologies, and American Idea Lab. In addition, Jones is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Creative Coalition, and the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy. To satiate his passion for economic education, Mr. Jones has served as a board member of the National Council for Economic Education. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America recently honored him as “Philanthropist of the Year.”

Considered a serial entrepreneur, W. Randall Jones is an author, publisher, and media executive who has spent 30 years in the publishing, TV, internet, film, and media businesses.

A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

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

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