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, Inc. He is the author of the popular weight loss blog, “Man Meets Scale” at 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).

Meet the Author - Charles C. Mann

Charles C. Mann
Charles C. Mann

Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m.

Charles C. Mann, author of 1493, will be our featured speaker.

From the bestselling author of 1491 comes a deeply engaging new history of how European settlements in the post-Colombian Americas shaped the world. Presenting the latest research by biologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, Mann shows how the post-Columbian network of ecological and economic exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Mexico City—where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted—the center of the world. In this history, Mann uncovers the germ of today’s fiercest political disputes, from immigration to trade policy to culture wars.

Praise for 1493

"Even the wisest readers will find many surprises here...Like 1491, Mann's sequel will change worldviews." —San Francisco Chronicle

"Exemplary in its union of meaningful fact with good storytelling, 1493 ranges across continents and centuries to explain how the world we inhabit came to be." —The Washington Post

“Revelatory.” —Lev Grossman, Time Magazine

About the Author

Charles C. Mann, a correspondent for The Atlantic, Science, and Wired, has written for Fortune, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post, as well as for the TV network HBO and the series Law & Order. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he is the recipient of writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. His 1491 won the National Academies Communication Award for the best book of the year.

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).



Our Fall Author Series Begins!

Jared Dillian
Jared Dillian


Darien Library Fall Author Series Presents


Author of Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers

Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m.

Jared Dillian is the founder of the subscription-based, daily financial market report The Daily Dirtnap. He was a trader for Lehman Brothers from 2001 to 2008, specializing in index arbitrage and ETF trading and he had a great story to tell.

Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers takes readers behind the scenes at Lehman Brothers, exposing its insane and often hilarious corporate culture. Jared Dillian (pictured below, right) gives a colorful account of the final years of Lehman Brothers, from 9/11 at their Ground Zero offices through the firm’s bankruptcy, including vivid portraits of trading-floor culture, the financial meltdown, and the company’s ultimate collapse – all while Dillian fought his own personal battle with mental illness.

A book signing and reception will follow the presentation.

Read more about this event and our Fall Author Series.

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

Meet the Author: Simon van Booy

Simon van Booy
Simon van Booy

Simon van Booy, author of the award-winning “Love Begins in Winter” and “The Secret Lives of People in Love,” will be at Darien Library on Tuesday, July 19th at 7 p.m.

Mr. van Booy will be speaking about his newest book, Everything Beautiful Began After, a stunning debut novel of love amidst the ruins of Athens.

He is, without doubt, one of the best storytellers I've ever heard speak. Be prepared to be rapt.

(From the Publisher – about Everything Beautiful Began After)

Young, beautiful, and lost, Rebecca has come to Athens to abandon herself to the city’s strangeness and heat on a campaign to learn about love. Deserted by her mother and brought up by her grandfather in the south of France, she has never had an anchor to keep her from feeling constantly adrift.
George has come to
Athens to translate. It’s all he knows how to do. Dropped off at a New England boarding school when he was a child, his closest friends are Aristophanes and Jack Daniels, Euripides and Jim Beam.
Henry has come to
Athens to dig. An archaeologist, he spends his days on-site in Athens, and roams the Agora on the weekends. Henry comes from a happy, humdrum Welsh family. Nothing has really ever happened to him.
After a chance meeting on a hot
Athens day, however, and George and Rebecca begin a conversation…that turns into drinks…then a few dinners...
Until Rebecca meets Henry.
And Henry meets George.
Athens changes their lives forever.

“Van Booy's stories are somehow like paintings the characters walk out of, and keep walking.” -- Los Angeles Times

“His sentences are spare, subtle, and freighted, his images fresh . . . you see and feel his settings . . . a first-rate storyteller.” – Newsday

Simon van Booy’s appearance at Darien Library is part of our Adult Summer Reading Program.

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

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


Winter/Spring 2011 Author Series

Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler

The announcement of our 2011 Winter/Spring Author Series requires that ink meet the calendar! (Save the dates!)

Winter and spring will swell with adventure at Darien Library as we seek and study the chic, the cultural, and historic; presenting stories of craftsmanship, crisis, and the home, on the homefront, and with homesickness in a foreign land.
Join us for insight into the “spirit of grooviness.” Marvel at the resilience of a young mother with breast cancer who is far from home. We’ll revisit the Cuban Missile Crisis through the eyes of an 11-year old girl, and see 1960s America through the eyes of an 11-year old boy – a Cuban refugee.

Thursday, February 3 at 7 p.m.

Jonathan Adler (pictured at left)
Author of the Happy Chic Series

Jonathan has a mission: to quash the world’s fear of decorating. Each book in his Happy Chic series gives you both the information and motivation you need to not only envision a tastefully chic home, but to also infuse your inner sanctums with wit and personality. In a confessional tone, you’re encouraged to answer questions about your own tastes, interest, and influences.

Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic:
“95% chic + 5% happy = 100% The Decorative Nirvana that I Call Happy Chic.”


Wednesday, February 16 at 7 p.m.


Susan Conley
Author of The Foremost Good Fortune


Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young sons say good-bye to their friends, family, and house in Maine for a two-year stint in a high-rise apartment in Beijing, prepared to embrace the inevitable onslaught of new experiences that such a move entails. But Susan can’t predict just how much their lives will change.
Upon learning that she has cancer and undergoing treatment in Boston, she returns to Beijing, again as a foreigner—but this time, it’s her own body in which she feels a stranger.  Set against the eternally fascinating backdrop of modern China and full of insight into the trickiest questions of motherhood—How do you talk to children about death?  When is it okay to lie?—this wry and poignant memoir is a celebration of family and a candid exploration of mortality and belonging.

“Luminous….Conley's writing is at once spare and strong…[She] pulls the reader into her world like a close friend.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m.

Deborah Wiles
Author of

(A One Book, One Community* Event.)

It’s 1962, and it seems that the whole country is living in fear. When President Kennedy goes on television to say that Russia is sending nuclear missiles to Cuba, it only gets worse. 11-year-old Franny Chapman doesn’t know how to deal with what’s going on in the world — no more than she knows how to deal with what’s going on with her family and friends. But somehow she’s got to make it through.
Countdown features a captivating story interspersed with footage from 1962. Deborah Wiles has created a documentary novel that will put you right alongside Franny as she navigates a dangerous time in both her history and our history. It is an experience you will never forget.

“Wiles palpably recreates the fear kids felt when air-raid sirens and duck-and-cover drills were routine, and when watching President Kennedy’s televised speech announcing the presence of missiles in Cuba was an extra-credit assignment.” – Publishers Weekly


Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m.



Carlos Eire
Author of
Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy

(A One Book, One Community* Event.)

This program is co-sponsored by the Yale Club of Lower Fairfield County.

Carlos Eire, author of the 2003 National Book Award-winning memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, returns to Darien Library. In Waiting for Snow in Havana, the author narrated his coming of age in Cuba just before and during the Castro revolution. Learning to Die in Miami begins with his journey to America.

The year was 1962 and he and his older brother, Tony, had fled along with 14,000 other children from “Castrolandia.” They were not only refugees, but also orphans—both of Carlos’s parents were stuck behind in Cuba. During those first years, Carlos learns to adjust to life in America as he spends nearly a year in a Dickensian foster home, struggles to learn English and blend into American schools, and confronts the age-old immigrant’s plight—he is surrounded by the bounty of this rich land yet unable to partake. He believed that in order for his new American self to emerge, his Cuban self must "die."
Flashing back and forth between past and future, we watch as Carlos balances the divide between his past and present homes and finds his way in this strange new world, one that seems to hold the exhilarating  promise of infinite possibilities, and one that he will eventually claim as his own.

 “A mix of insightful observation, humor, and heartfelt emotion. . . . Easily one of the more impressive memoirs on the thorny issue of immigration.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Each presentation will conclude with a book signing and reception.
Books will be available for purchase.

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

*One Book, One Community encourages everyone in town to read the same book and then come together to explore its themes. Our 3rd annual One Book, One Community Program will take place during March and April. The selected book for the town-wide read is Countdown by Deborah Wiles.

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