First Look Darien: Lauren Acampora

Wednesday, May 13th at 7 p.m.

Lauren Acampora, author of The Wonder Garden, will be our featured speaker.

In the affluent and tranquil town of Old Cranbury, a man strikes an under-the-table deal with a surgeon to spend a few quiet seconds closer to his wife than he's ever been; a young soon-to-be mother looks on in paralyzing astonishment as her husband walks away from a twenty-year career in advertising at the urging of his spirit animal; an elderly artist risks more than he knows when he's commissioned by his newly-arrived neighbors to produce the work of a lifetime. Beneath their dreamy suburban surfaces, none of Acampora’s characters are anything like they appear. Deliciously creepy and masterfully choreographed, The Wonder Garden heralds the arrival of a phenomenal new talent in American fiction.

Advance Praise for The Wonder Garden

“Spooky and fabulous... a cleareyed lens into the strange, human wants of upper-class suburbia.”—Kirkus (STARRED review)

Acampora brilliantly captures the heartaches and delusions of American suburbanites.”—Booklist (STARRED review)

About the Author

Lauren Acampora's fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, and Antioch Review. Raised in Connecticut, she now lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, artist Thomas Doyle, and their daughter.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

First Look Darien is our debut author series designed to spotlight first novels handpicked by our staff.

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Meet the Author: Kristin White

Tuesday, May 19th at 7 p.m.

Kristin White, author of It's The Student, Not The College : The Secrets Of Succeeding At Any School -- Without Going Broke Or Crazy, will be our featured speaker.

Today’s college admissions culture has become fraught with more pressure than ever—both for students and for parents. Students are under intense pressure to get into the most elite schools which have minuscule acceptance rates and parents are facing the burden of helping their children afford these schools where application costs alone can be overwhelming. Kristin White helps set the record straight in It’s the Student, Not the College. Elite schools don’t make successful people—they admit students who already have the skills to make their own success. White explains how students and parents can cut the stress (and the debt!):

• Forget the elite-college mystique: Motivated students can make any school their dream school
• Choose the school that fits you best: What to consider—including your finances
• Develop a personal Success Profile: It’s not all about acing the SATs. Learn which traits and skills will help you thrive in high school, college, and beyond!

About the Author

Kristin White is an educational consultant with Darien Academic Advisors, where she works with students throughout the US and all over the world. She is the author of “The Complete Guide to the Gap Year: The Best Things to Do Between High School and College” published by Jossey Bass in 2009. She is also a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and the New England Association for College Admissions Counseling.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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

Meet the Author: Michael Palmer

Thursday, May 28th at 7 p.m.

Matthew Palmer, author of Secrets of State, will be our featured speaker.

As an outspoken iconoclast, Sam Trainor’s contrary point of view has often gotten in the way in what should be a brilliant career. Now, leaving his post as a South Asia analyst for the Bureau of Intelligence & Research to work for Argus Security, a Beltway Bandit consulting company, he quickly learns that the government and private consulting contractors have very different approaches and agendas. As he struggles to adjust to a more corporate version of the work that has driven him for so long, he stumbles across an anomaly in the intel – the transcript of a phone conversation suggesting that the delicate balance between India and Pakistan could be deliberately upset. As he digs deeper, he realizes that something worse than bad intel is at stake: nuclear war.

Deeply entrenched in real-world global intrigue and politics, Secrets of State is international thriller fiction at its best, from a man who has lived through it all. 

About the Author

As a twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, Matthew Palmer is a seasoned diplomat, whose work has taken him all over the world. From Kosovo to Africa, he has been at ground zero for some of the most pressing global political issues in recent history. Currently serving as the Director of Multilateral Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Asian and Pacific Affairs, his unrivalled knowledge of the workings of diplomacy and international crisis-solving, made his debut thriller, The American Mission (2014), a riveting and all-too-real page-turner.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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

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