Meet the Author - Susan Conley

Susan Conley [credit Michael Lionstar]
Susan Conley [credit Michael Lionstar]

Thursday, October 3 at 7 p.m.

Susan Conley, author of Paris Was the Place, will be our featured speaker.

When Willie Pears agrees to teach at a Parisian center for immigrant girls who have requested French asylum, she has no idea it will utterly change her life. She has lived in Paris for six months, surrounded by the most important people in her life: her beloved brother, Luke, her funny and wise college roommate, Sara, and Sara’s do-gooder husband, Rajiv. And now there is Macon Ventri, a passionate, dedicated attorney for the detained girls. Theirs is a meeting of both hearts and minds— but not without its problems. As Willie becomes more involved with the immigrant girls who touch her soul, the lines between teaching and mothering are blurred. Conley has written a piercing, deeply humane novel that explores the connections between family and friends and reaffirms the strength of the ties that bind.

About the Author

Susan Conley is the author of The Foremost Good Fortune, a book that won the Maine Literary Award for memoir and was a Goodreads Choice Award Winner. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, The Paris Review, The Harvard Review, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband and their two sons.

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

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Video of Jami Attenberg, Rosie Schaap, and Meg Wolitzer

On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, we were honored to have three authors visit us at Darien Library: Jami Attenberg, Rosie Schaap, and Meg Wolitzer.

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Meet the Author - Michael Sears

Michael Sears [photo credit: Rod Goodman]
Michael Sears [photo credit: Rod Goodman]

Wednesday, November 6 at 7 p.m.

Michael Sears, author of Mortal Bonds, will be our featured speaker.

Mortal Bonds is the second novel in Michael Sears’s extraordinary series featuring Jason Stafford, a former Wall Street trader who, in the wake of serving a prison sentence for fraud, is forced to earn his keep investigating wrongdoings in the financial world he knows intimately. A fundamentally decent man who foolishly got caught up in bad business, Stafford has a complicated personal life, with an autistic son and the ex-wife from hell. Always in need of ready cash, the beleaguered Stafford now finds himself entangled in a high profile case loosely based on the Bernie Madoff scandal that rocked the financial world.

Praise for Mortal Bonds:

“Sears’s knowledge of investment banking makes the plot compelling…Deft, witty prose is a plus.” ––Publishers Weekly

“As densely plotted as Sears’ strong debut (Black Fridays, 2012)…A particularly nice touch is the subordination of the scheming suspects to Stafford’s troubled, loving relationship with his son.” ––Kirkus

About the Author

Michael Sears was 61 when we published his first novel, Black Fridays in 2012. After nine years as a professional actor and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, Sears received an MBA from Columbia University. He spent over twenty years on Wall Street, rising to become the Managing Director in the bond trading and underwriting divisions of Paine Webber and, later, Jeffries & Co., before heeding his father’s advice: “When it stops being fun, get out.” He did so in 2005, and returned to what had always given him the greatest joy – writing – studying at NYU and the New School. Sears lives in Sea Cliff, New York, with his wife, artist Barbara Segal. They have two sons.

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

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Meet the Author - Nicholas Dawidoff

Nicholas Dawidoff [credit: Koren-Angell Studios]
Nicholas Dawidoff [credit: Koren-Angell Studios]

Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

Nicholas Dawidoff, author of Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, will be our featured speaker.

Football is the country's most popular pastime, and yet most of what happens in today's NFL is a mystery. The New York Jets gave Nicholas Dawidoff a security code, a locker, an office in the scouting department, and for an entire year he lived with the team. He has written a vivid, funny, and moving narrative about an emblematic NFL season that deepens the way we know the game.

Praise for Collision Low Crossers

"Dawidoff is a crack writer, saturating the book with the best of a year's worth of anecdotes and lacing it with the backgrounds of coaches and players with an intimacy that begs the question how he got all this sharp and often moving material.... Dawidoff has a sure hand with the nature of passion, the rancor and weeping joy that characterizes every season in the most popular sport in the country. Insightful, immediate sportswriting. Readers will feel every bit of the team's frustration and elation." -- Kirkus (starred review)

About the Author

Nicholas Dawidoff is the author of four previous critically-acclaimed books, including the bestselling The Catcher Was a Spy and The Crowd Sounds Happy. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Civitella Ranieri Fellow, a Berlin Prize Fellow of the American Academy, and an Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University, and is now a Branford Fellow at Yale University. A Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Fly Swatter, Dawidoff is a contributor to The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his family.

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 Authors - Jami Attenberg, Rosie Schaap, and Meg Wolitzer

Jami Attenberg, Rosie Schaap, and Meg Wolitzer
Jami Attenberg, Rosie Schaap, and Meg Wolitzer

Tuesday, July 2 at 7 p.m.

Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins
After two kids and more than 30 years, Edie and Richard Middlestein’s solid family life together is disintegrating due to Edie’s lifelong obsession with food—she eats, sleeps, and dreams about her local Chinese restaurant. When Richard jumps ship, it’s up to the next generation to take charge. Robin, the schoolteacher daughter, is determined that her father pay for leaving Edie. Benny, an easy-going, pot-smoking family guy, just wants things to be copacetic. His uptight wife Rachelle, who obsesses about being uber-thin, is intent on saving her mother-in-law’s life, but this task proves more complicated and a lot more emotionally draining than planning her twins’ extravagant b’nai mitzvah party.

Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking with Men
Starting with her misspent youth in the bar car of a regional railroad, where at 15 she told commuters’ fortunes in exchange for beer, and continuing today as she slings cocktails at a neighborhood joint in Brooklyn, Schaap has learned her way around both sides of a bar and come to realize how powerful the fellowship among bar patrons can be. Now in a poignant and deeply funny memoir told from a distinctively female perspective, Rosie celebrates the camaraderie and community one can only find at her local haunt.

Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings
The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. The novel follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Refreshments will be served.

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

Video of David Benioff

On Thursday, April 25, 2013, author David Benioff was our featured speaker. He wrote, "City of Thieves," our One Book One Community read for this year.

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Video of Douglas Kennedy

On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, author David Kennedy, who wrote Five Days visited Darien Library.

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Meet the Author - Douglas Kennedy

Douglas Kennedy
Douglas Kennedy

Tuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m.

Douglas Kennedy, author of Five Days, will be our featured speaker.

Forty-two-year-old Laura spends her days looking at other people’s potential calamities. She works in the radiography unit of a small hospital on the Maine coast, scanning and x-raying frightened patients. In a job where finding nothing is always the best result, she is well versed in the random unfairness of life, a revelation that has started to affect her personally. Her husband Dan has become a stranger since losing his job eighteen months ago and she feels the distance is only growing between them. Her son, a promising artist, is in college, and her vivacious seventeen-yearold daughter is set to leave home within the year. Laura begins to wonder if her impending empty nest will only deepen the disconnected state of her marriage.

So when the opportunity arises for her to spend the weekend at a radiography conference in Boston, Laura jumps at the chance. She’ll be on her own for 72 hours for the first time since her children were born—and she revels in her temporary escape.

Praise for Five Days

“With Five Days, Douglas Kennedy has crafted a brilliant meditation on regret, fidelity, family, and second chances that will have you breathlessly turning pages to find out what happened in the past and what will happen next. At once heartbreaking and hopeful, it is a powerful new work of fiction by an internationally acclaimed writer at the height of his powers.” —Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club

About the Author

Douglas Kennedy is the author of ten previous novels, including the international bestseller The Moment. His work has been translated into twenty-two languages, and in 2007 he received the French decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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 - Dennis Watlington

Dennis Watlington will visit the Library May 9
Dennis Watlington will visit the Library May 9

Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m.

Dennis Watlington, author of Chasing America, will be our featured speaker.

Chasing America is a rollercoaster ride through promise and poverty, affirmative action and addiction, and a powerful story that captures a life and an era that is seminally American. Born in Harlem in 1952, Dennis developed a heroin habit at the age of 14, kicked it, and received a scholarship to the Hotchkiss School where he was elected president of his class. He went on to NYU, became involved in film and theater, got addicted to crack, kicked that, and became an Emmy-winning television writer.

Chasing America shows us the best and worst that America offers to a Black man—from the Jim Crow South to boarding school life in New England to backstage at the Fillmore East to a holding cell in Bellevue Hospital.

About the Author

Dennis Watlington has been a junkie, a thief, a motivational speaker, a janitor for the circus, an occupational therapist, a journalist, a soap opera actor, and most recently a screenwriter and documentary filmmaker. His credits include The Untold Story of the Black West which won him an Emmy.

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 Poet: Christina Pugh

Christina Pugh will read from her new book of poems.
Christina Pugh will read from her new book of poems.

Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m.

Christina Pugh will read from her third book of poems, Grains of the Voice, which draws on the work of Roland Barthes and the sonnet tradition in order to investigate contemporary facets of sound, speech, and song.

About the Poet

Christina Pugh is also the author of Restoration and Rotary, as well as the chapbook Gardening at Dusk. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and other periodicals, and in anthologies such as Poetry 180. Her honors have included the Word Press First Book Prize (for Rotary), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from Poetry magazine, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, an individual artist fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, the Associated Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Award, the Grolier Poetry Prize, residencies at the Ragdale and Ucross Foundations, and a faculty fellowship from the UIC Institute for the Humanities.

A reception will follow the presentation.

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

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