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).

 

Meet the Author - David Kirchhoff

David Kirchhoff
David Kirchhoff

Tuesday, October 9 at 7 p.m.

David Kirchhoff, author of Weight Loss Boss, will be our featured speaker.

David Kirchhoff isn’t just the President and CEO of Weight Watchers International—he’s a member of Weight Watchers® himself and one of its biggest success stories. In this book, Kirchhoff shares his personal story from his slide into full-fledged obesity, to his struggles managing his relationship with food and finding an exercise regimen that sticks. Kirchhoff offers a frank, funny and groundbreaking look at the challenges to losing weight and keeping it off—and makes the case for radically rethinking what it takes to achieve long-term success and a healthy lifestyle that lasts.

About the Author

David Kirchhoff is the President and CEO of Weight Watchers International, Inc., overseeing a network of service providers around the world who help 1.3 million people in its meetings each week. His business and personal philosophies are grounded in the belief that obesity prevention is achievable and can be realized through a combination of smart governance, industry support and community empowerment. Prior to his current position, Kirchhoff held several positions within the company, including Chief Operating Officer for Europe and Asia and President of WeightWatchers.com, Inc. He is the author of the popular weight loss blog, “Man Meets Scale” at ManMeetsScale.blogspot.com. All royalties from the book will be donated to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

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).

 

 

Video of Emma Straub

Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures was the first speaker for our new series, First Look Darien. This series will highlight a first-time publishing author whom we think is going to go BIG!  For more information about Emma's visit, please see the original post.

The Annual Meeting of the Friends of Darien Library

Rosecrans Baldwin [Credit: Susie Post-Rust]
Rosecrans Baldwin [Credit: Susie Post-Rust]

Friends of the Darien Library cordially invite you to the Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 20 at 5 p.m.

Please note the annual meeting is on Saturday, not Sunday as in the past.

Rosecrans Baldwin, author of the memoir Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down, will be the featured speaker. Baldwin’s first novel, You Lost Me There, was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2010, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and a Time and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of Summer 2010. Rosecrans’s essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Slate, and on NPR’s All Things Considered, among other publications. In 1999, Rosecrans co-founded the online magazine The Morning News, where he is an editor. He currently teaches in the writing program at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.

Reviews for Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down:

“A charming, hilarious account of la vie Parisienne by an observant young American. Great fun and surprisingly touching.” - Kirkus (starred review)

“Puts a lot of French fantasies to rest—and replaces them with realities worthy of true love.” - Shelf Awareness (starred review)

Preceding the presentation, election of officers and new trustee nominations for the year 2012/2013 will take place.

Learn about the year's developments at Darien Library from Bruce Ferguson, President of the Board, and Louise Berry, Director of the Library.

Reception and book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase.

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

Easy Economics: A Visual Guide to What You Need to Know

Easy Economics
Easy Economics

Monday, October 15 at 7 p.m.

Let’s face it. Although economics can be a big bore, we need a decent understanding of it if we are to survive in this frightening age of economic uncertainty. Unlike other economics books you may have seen, Easy Economics is filled with informative illustrations and easy-to-understand content that answers economics questions you never knew to ask.

Join us for a presentation from the contributors:

Stephen Buckles has been a board member of the Journal of Economics Education, economics editor of the Business Journal, and Chair of the Individual Investors Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange. He currently teaches economics at Vanderbilt University and lives in Darien.

Lee Smith served as a senior writer and member of the Board of Editors of Fortune Magazine for 20 years and was its Bureau Chief both in Washington and in Tokyo, where his articles won citations for excellence from the Overseas Press Club of America.

Leonard Wolfe spent more than 20 years at Time Inc. as an art director. He designed many of Time-Life Books' most successful series, was Associate Art Director of Fortune, founding art director of Time Inc.'s science magazine Discover, and Promotion Art Director of Time magazine. He lives in Wilton.

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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