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On Sunday, February 10, 2013, Richard Ford, author of Canada, was our featured speaker.

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Meet the Author - Richard Ford

Richard Ford [credit Laura Wilson]
Richard Ford [credit Laura Wilson]

Sunday, February 10 at 5 p.m.

Richard Ford, author of Canada, will be our featured speaker.

Canada, the latest novel from Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford, is a powerful, suspenseful story of misadventure and malevolence that explores large themes of identity, culpability, and the ineluctable bonds that tie us to the past. Ford’s first book in nearly six years, it is a compulsively-readable, uncompromising tale in which a host of transgressions—including bank robbery, kidnapping, abandonment and murder—shape the life of its protagonist: a fifteen-year-old boy compelled to forge his own way when his insular family implodes. With prose at once spare and luminous, Ford renders the desolate beauty of Montana and Saskatchewan as only a great writer can, providing the perfect backdrop for this spellbinding look at the dark side of the American experience.

Praise for Canada

“Pure vocal grace, quiet humor, precise and calm observation.” — The New Yorker

“Confirms [Ford’s] position as one of the finest stylists and most humane storytellers in America… his most elegiac and profound book…” — Washington Post

About the Author

Richard Ford is the author of the Bascombe novels, which include The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day—the first novel to win the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award—and The Lay of the Land, as well as the short story collections Rock Springs and A Multitude of Sins, which contain many widely anthologized stories. He lives in East Boothbay, Maine, with his wife, Kristina Ford.

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

Richard Ford's appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.

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

Meet the Author - David Benioff

David Benioff
David Benioff

Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

David Benioff, author of City of Thieves, will be our featured speaker.

The novel opens mid-siege as young Lev Beniov, small, smart, but insecure, is one of a handful of young men left in the city in 1942. Too young for service in the army, but old enough to refuse to accompany his mother out of town, he fends for himself. When a dead Nazi paratrooper lands in the middle of the square near his apartment building, he’s the only kid caught for looting the body. Dragged by the police to jail, he’s sure his life is over. The charge for looting is execution. Lev shares a cell with the charismatic, unflappable, and grandiose Kolya, a handsome young soldier arrested on desertion charges. Instead of facing the firing squad, Lev and Kolya are given a chance at survival by completing a seemingly unachievable task: securing a dozen eggs for a powerful colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unspeakable deprivation, where the glue in the binding of books serves as a form of nourishment, the pair embarks on a hunt to find the impossible.

About the Author

David Benioff is an author and screenwriter. He adapted his first novel, The 25th Hour, into a feature film directed by Spike Lee, adapted The Kite Runner for the screen, and wrote the screenplay of Wolverine. His most recent screenplay, Brothers, was directed by Jim Sheridan and will be released in October of this year. His short story collection, When the Nines Roll Over, received critical acclaim. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

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 Korda

Michael Korda will visit the Library Thursday, March 21.
Michael Korda will visit the Library Thursday, March 21.

Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m.

Michael Korda, author of Charmed Lives, will be our featured speaker.

With a loving but undeceived eye, Michael Korda recounts the trials and successes that fame brought to the Korda brothers from the Hungarian countryside to the pinnacle of Hollywood society.

Alexander Korda lived a life other men only dream about; having Churchill (who secretly wrote film scripts for him), HG Wells, Lord Beaverbrook and Robert Sherwood as lifelong friends; Olivier, Laughton, Ralph Richardson, Dietrich, Vivien Leigh, and Merle Oberon (whom he married) he brought to stardom. Achieving wealth and fame to become Sir Alexander Korda, one of the most legendary and flamboyant of all film tycoons- his two brothers, often unwillingly and quarrelsomely accepting his dominant role, rose with him. Zoltan, mercurial and eccentric, a director of genius whose The Four Feathers and Cry the Beloved Country are film classics; and Vincent, whom Alex shanghaied from a career as a painter to be the artistic director of his new motion picture empire. Alex, along with an incredible flair for success, had an equally powerful impulse toward destruction. In the end, it was this impulse that prevailed.

Praise for Charmed Lives:

"A rare, intimate portrait...crowded with anecdotes, comedy and drama." - The New York Times

"A rags to riches fairytale...Rich in anecdote...In a word: Charming!" - Newsday

About the Author

Michael Korda was born in London, in 1933, and has lived in the United States since 1958. He was educated at Le Rosey, in Switzerland, did his military service in the Royal Air Force, and then attended Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1956, he drove to Budapest with three friends to deliver medical supplies to the insurgents and took part in the Hungarian Revolution.

After working briefly for CBS-TV in New York City, Mr. Korda joined Simon and Schuster as an assistant editor in 1958, and subsequently became Managing Editor, Executive Editor and Editor in Chief. Over nearly five decades his authors have included presidents Carter, Reagan and Nixon, Charles De Gaulle, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Cher, Kirk Douglas, David McCullough, and Mary Higgins Clark.

His books include the #1 bestseller Power, the bestselling novels Queenie and The Fortune, and most recently Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain, Ike: An American Hero, Country Matters, Another Life, Horse People, Ulysses S. Grant and Journey to a Revolution. He makes his home on a farm in Dutchess County, New York, with his wife Margaret, with whom he has, co-authored two books, Horse Housekeeping and Cat People.

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).

First Look Darien - Charles Dubow

Charles Dubow [photo credit Tanya Malott]
Charles Dubow [photo credit Tanya Malott]

Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

Charles Dubow, author of Indiscretion will be in conversation with his editor Henry Ferris.

Every love story has its time, place, and narrator—someone who puts together all the pieces and recounts the sequence of events. Indiscretion starts during an idyllic summer in the Hamptons where the parties are abuzz with an endless supply of flowing spirits, intellectual conversation, and warm hospitality, as only the glow of society could provide. It’s at one such party that the young, vibrant Claire is introduced to the hosts Harry and Madeleine Winslow—an intoxicatingly glamorous couple who quickly welcome Claire into their inner sanctum. Harry and Madeleine’s oldest friend Walter Gervais remembers the day Claire walked into all three of their lives, but could never have predicted all that was about to unfold. Indiscretion is a deeply layered, addictive novel that explores the consequences of decisions made and promises broken.

Advance Praise for Indiscretion

Indiscretion richly delves into the complex permutations of love. Charles Dubow writes with nuanced precision, and his characters are captivatingly real. This is a fine, supple, riveting first novel.”—Kate Christenson, author of The Great Man and The Astral

About the Author

Charles Dubow was born in New York City and spent his summers at his family’s house on Georgica Pond in East Hampton. He was educated at Wesleyan University and New York University. He has worked as a roustabout, a lumberjack, a sheepherder in New Zealand, and a congressional aide, and was a founding editor of Forbes.com and later an editor at Businessweek.com. He lives in New York City with his wife, and two children.

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.

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

Video of Becky Aikman

 

Becky Aikman, author of "Saturday Night Widows" was our featured speaker on Thursday, January 30, 2013.

One night in 2010, Becky Aikman convened the first meeting of what she called the “Saturday Night Widows”—a group of six women (she among them) shocked to find themselves widowed in the middle of their lives. Becky’s idea was to create an amateur support group to help one another not only past the toughest transition they’d ever made, but to reinvent themselves in the face of grief and build their lives anew.

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Meet the Author - Deb Perelman

Deb Perelman
Deb Perelman

Thursday, November 29 at 7 p.m.

Deb Perelman, author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, will be our featured speaker.

Deb Perelman founded her award-winning blog, smittenkitchen.com, on the premise that cooking should be a pleasure, and that the results of your labor can be delicious every time. Deb is a firm believer that there are no bad cooks, just bad recipes. She has dedicated herself to finding the best of the best and adapting them for the everyday cook—the ones with little time to spare, little money to burn on unpronounceable ingredients, and little help in the kitchen. And now, Deb presents her first cookbook—more than 100 new recipes, plus a few favorites from her site, all gorgeously illustrated with hundreds of Deb’s beautiful color photographs.

About the Author

Deb Perelman is a self-taught home cook and photographer; and the creator of SmittenKitchen.com, an award-winning blog with a focus on stepped-up home cooking through unfussy ingredients. In previous iterations of her so-called career, she’s been a record store shift supervisor, a scrawler of “happy birthday” on bakery cakes, an art therapist, and a technology reporter. She likes her current gig—the one where she wakes up and cooks whatever she feels like that day—the best. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook is her first book. Deb lives in New York City with her husband and delicious baby son.

Deb Perelman's appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served. Doors will open at 6 p.m. We cannot accomodate reservations for this event. Seating is limited on a first-come, first served basis.

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

 

Meet the Author - Eric Asimov

Eric Asimov
Eric Asimov

Thursday, December 13 at 7 p.m.

Eric Asimov, author of How to Love Wine, will be our featured speaker.

For most, choosing the right wine comes with strong feelings of anxiety—the sense of inadequacy when you find yourself, clueless, scanning the shelves of your local wine store, or when a restaurant sommelier approaches you to taste the bottle for your table. Do you twirl the glass? Inspect it carefully? Drink the full amount or just take a sip? New York Times chief wine critic Eric Asimov knows that while wine anxiety is normal, it’s also the greatest obstacle to deriving pleasure from this incredible yet complex beverage. Part manifesto, part memoir, How to Love Wine isolates and diminishes the sense of anxiety that so burdens would-be wine lovers.

About the Author

Eric Asimov is the chief wine critic of the New York Times. His weekly column appears in the Dining section and he contributes to the Diner’s Journal blog on the Times’s website. Before he started writing full-time about wine in 2004, Asimov wrote primarily about restaurants and food. He created the “$25 and Under” restaurant reviews in 1992 and wrote them through 2004. He is co-author of five editions of The New York Times Guide to Restaurants, and published four editions of $25 and Under: A Guide to the Best Inexpensive Restaurants in New York. Asimov is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut and did graduate work in American Civilization at the University of Texas at Austin. He is married to Deborah Hofmann, has two children, Jack and Peter, and lives in Manhattan. Naturally, he is on Twitter, you can follow him @EricAsimov.

Eric Asimov's appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Wine will be served courtesy of Nicholas Roberts Fine Wine.

 

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

 

Meet the Author - Michael J. Mauboussin

Michael J. Mauboussin
Michael J. Mauboussin

Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m.

Michael J. Mauboussin, author of The Success Equation, will be our featured speaker.

Much of what we experience in life results from a combination of skill and luck. A basketball player’s shot at the final buzzer bounces out of the basket and his team loses the national championship. An investor earns a windfall when he buys the stock of a company shortly before it gets acquired at a premium. A person wins a huge lottery using numbers they’d dreamt about. Different levels of skill and of luck (both good and bad) form the realities that shape our lives. And yet, we aren’t very good at distinguishing the two.

In The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing, Michael Mauboussin deciphers the difference between skill and luck, and provides useful frameworks and concrete suggestions on how to use this understanding to your advantage.

About the Author

Michael J. Mauboussin is an investment strategist and has been in the financial services industry for more than twenty-five years. He has also taught at the Columbia Graduate School of Business since 1993, and is on the board of trustees at the Santa Fe Institute. He is the author of two previous books, Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition and More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places, and is coauthor, with Alfred Rappaport, of Expectations Investing: Reading Stock Prices for Better Returns.

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).

First Look Darien - Emma Straub

Emma Straub
Emma Straub

Monday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, will be our featured speaker.

Ambitious and richly imagined, this novel begins in 1929 and follows Elsa Emerson from her childhood in Door County, Wisconsin where her family owns the Cherry County Playhouse, to the glamour and excess of Hollywood, where she is remade into movie star Laura Lamont. Exploring the power of illusion and the possibility of escape, the expectations placed upon us by others and the identities we create for ourselves, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures is a timeless story of a woman trying to balance career, family, and personal happiness, all while remaining true to herself.

Advance Praise for Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures

"At once iconic and specific, Emma Straub's beautifully observed first novel explores the fraught trajectory of what has become a staple of the American dream: the hunger for stardom and fame. Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures affords an intimate, epic view of how that dream ricochets through one American life." — Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

“Emma Straub is a magician, full of brilliance and surprise.” — Lorrie Moore

About the Author

Emma Straub is from New York City. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published by Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, Time, Slate, and The New York Times, and she is a staff writer for Rookie. Emma lives with her husband in Brooklyn, where she also works as a bookseller.

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.

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

 

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