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.

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Meet the Author - Bob Spitz

Bob Spitz
Bob Spitz

Monday, September 10 at 7 p.m.

Bob Spitz, author of Dearie, will be our featured speaker.

It’s rare for someone to emerge in America who can change our attitudes, our beliefs, and our very culture. It’s even rarer when that someone is a middle-aged, six-foot three-inch woman whose first exposure to an unsuspecting public is cooking an omelet on a hot plate on a local TV station. And yet, that’s exactly what Julia Child did. The warble-voiced doyenne of television cookery became an iconic cult figure and joyous rule-breaker as she touched off the food revolution that has gripped America for more than fifty years. Now, in Bob Spitz’s definitive biography, he provides a clear-eyed portrait of one of the most fascinating and influential Americans of our time — a woman known to all, yet known by only a few.

About the Author

Bob Spitz is the award-winning author of The Beatles, a New York Times best seller, as well as seven other nonfiction books and a screenplay. He has represented Bruce Springsteen and Elton John in several capacities. His articles appear regularly in magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times Magazine; The Washington Post; Rolling Stone; and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others.

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Meet the Author - Monica Wood

Monica Wood
Monica Wood

Thursday, September 6 at 7 p.m.

Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys, will be our featured speaker.

This is the true story of life in 1963 Mexico, Maine, when Monica Wood had to grow up too soon after the death of her beloved father, and, together with her three sisters and mother, learn about the bonds of family from within their own four walls to the four walls of their neighbors, to those of the white house and beyond.

The strike against the paper mill in Mexico, Maine had a major impact on the town’s economy and the livelihoods of the residents at that time. But the mill isn’t the only character you’re rooting for in When We Were the Kennedys. There’s Father Bob, the priest uncle struggling so desperately with his own demons. Anne, the heroic eldest sister who keeps their mother from falling apart and sees to the details of everyday life. Denise, the best friend, who provides Monica with an immediate escape and a lifetime of friendship. And Betty, the mentally disabled sister with the surprising ability to unify her family and make them laugh again. Rich with details on family, culture, politics, and economics of the time from a creative and gifted writer, this is the memoir to pick up this summer.

Praise for When We Were the Kennedys

"A tender, plaintive memoir...a genuinely compelling depiction of family grief...a bittersweet, end-of-innocence family drama." —Kirkus Reviews

"In this amiable, specific glimpse of small-town life in 1960s-era Maine...a refreshingly functional family learns to accept loss and preserve love." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Monica Wood is the author of four works of fiction, most recently the ABA bestseller Any Bitter Thing. Other fiction includes My Only Story, a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award; Ernie's Ark; and Secret Language. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in various publications. Her widely anthologized short stories have won a Pushcart Prize and been featured on public radio, including the NPR program Selected Shorts. She also writes books for writers and teachers, including The Pocket Muse, volumes one and two. She lives in Portland, Maine, where she conducts a writing program for women at the Maine Correctional Center.

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Video of John Barricelli

On Tuesday, August 28, 2012, local chef, John Barricelli was our featured speaker. He is the author of The Seasonal Baker: Easy Recipes from My Home Kitchen to Make Year-Round.

Both novice and experienced home bakers will love John Barricelli's follow-up to the acclaimed SoNo Baking Company Cookbook; this new, seasonal cookbook, with easier recipes, puts mouthwatering, everyday home baking within reach for even the most harried among us.

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Adult Summer Reading Grand Finale Party with John Barricelli

John Barricelli
John Barricelli

Tuesday, August 28 at 7 p.m.

John Barricelli, author of The Seasonal Baker: Easy Recipes from My Home Kitchen to Make Year-Round, will be our featured speaker.

Both novice and experienced home bakers will love John Barricelli's follow-up to the acclaimed SoNo Baking Company Cookbook; this new, seasonal cookbook, with easier recipes, puts mouthwatering, everyday home baking within reach for even the most harried among us.

In this collection of 135 sweet and savory recipes that John Barricelli makes at home, his family stories and seasonally driven use of produce make it easy to create fresh food for everyday baking. He also includes a definitive glossary on how to buy, store, and prepare fruits and vegetables. These recipes are as eye-catching as they are delicious, and are accessible enough to teach new bakers the ropes of creating meals for the whole family.

About the Author

John Barricelli is the owner and chef of the SoNo Baking Company in South Norwalk, CT, which opened in 2005. For many years, he worked at Martha Stewart's magazines and television and radio shows. He was also the host of the PBS show Everyday Baking. A third-generation baker with thirty years of experience, he worked at River Café, Le Bernardin, and Four Seasons before opening his own bakeries. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and author of the SoNo Baking Company Cookbook.

We’ll also have our Grand Prize drawing for a new iPad. Patrons have been filling out book review/prize entry cards all summer and we will draw from this pool. Patrons who attend the Adult Summer Reading Grand Finale Party will receive an extra chance to win!

Books will be available for purchase at the event. Refreshments from the book will be served.

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Meet the Author - Maggie Shipstead

Maggie Shipstead credit: Alisha & Brook Photographers
Maggie Shipstead credit: Alisha & Brook Photographers

Monday, July 16 at 7 p.m.

Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements, will be our featured speaker.

Winn Van Meter is heading for his family’s retreat on the pristine New England island of Waskeke. Normally a haven of calm, for the next three days this sanctuary will be overrun by tipsy revelers as Winn prepares for the marriage of his daughter Daphne to the affable young scion Greyson Duff. Winn’s wife, Biddy, has planned the wedding with military precision, but arrangements are sideswept by a storm of salacious misbehavior and intractable lust: Daphne’s sister, Livia, who has recently had her heart broken by Teddy Fenn, the son of her father’s oldest rival, is an eager target for the seductive wiles of Greyson’s best man; Winn, instead of reveling in his patriarchal duties, is tormented by his long-standing crush on Daphne’s beguiling bridesmaid Agatha; and the bride and groom find themselves presiding over a spectacle of misplaced desire, marital infidelity, and monumental loss of faith in the rituals of American life.

About the Author

Maggie Shipstead was born in 1983 and grew up in Orange County, California. Her short fiction has appeared in Tin House, VQR, Glimmer Train, The Best American Short Stories, and other publications. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.

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Meet the Author - Alex Stone

credit Nina Subin
credit Nina Subin

Thursday, July 19 at 7 p.m.

Alex Stone, author of Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind will be our featured speaker.

A blend of history, psychology, science, and memoir, Fooling Houdini is a funny, insightful account told from the author’s unique perspective as a journalist and a former physics graduate student. A dedicated amateur magician since childhood, Stone vows to rebound from a disastrous showing at the 2006 Magic Olympics and soon embarks on an ambitious journey of self-improvement that takes him both across the globe and inside the brain, leading him to question life’s biggest mysteries and investigate the fundamental aspects of human nature in the process.

About the Author

Alex Stone has written for Harper’s, Discover, Science, and The Wall Street Journal. He graduated from Harvard University and has a master’s degree in physics from Columbia University. He grew up in Wisconsin, Texas, and Spain. He currently lives in New York City.

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Meet the Author - Linda Fairstein

Linda Fairstein (credit Peter Simon)
Linda Fairstein (credit Peter Simon)

Monday, July 23 at 7 p.m.

Linda Fairstein, author of Night Watch will be our featured speaker.

New York City’s restaurant scene is known all around the world for being both glamorous and cut-throat. In her new Alexandra Cooper novel, New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein takes readers on a tour of this competitive and renowned industry where the powerful and wealthy often break bread with some of society’s most unsavory characters.

Night Watch opens with Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper visiting her boyfriend Luc in Mougins, France, just as he is gearing up to re-open the famed French restaurant Lutece in New York. The original restaurant in Manhattan, which was created and owned by Luc’s father, closed its doors in 2004 after operating for more than 40 years.

Her vacation is interrupted when a young woman from the village is found dead with a Lutece calling card on her body. Even with Luc’s reassurances that he didn’t have anything to do with her death; something doesn’t sit right with Alex. Before she can fully bring herself to process the predicament Luc might be in, she is summoned back to New York to lead the charge in a separate high-profile case.

Advance Praise for Night Watch:

“Fairstein is in vintage form here, weaving the rape and murder stories together with great detail and clarity. As always, Manhattan becomes a character in itself, with the spotlight shining here on the inner workings of the restaurant industry in all its complexity, splendor, and corruption. A real winner from a legal-thriller master.” --Booklist, starred review

About the Author:

Linda Fairstein was the chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is America’s foremost legal expert on crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence. Her Alexandra Cooper novels are international bestsellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She lives in Manhattan and on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Video of Nichole Bernier

On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, Nichole Bernier and her sister Carrie Bernier were our guests. Nichole Bernier is the author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.

Kate Spenser is desperately in need of a vacation. Reeling from the death of her best friend Elizabeth a year prior, unnerved in the post-9/11 world, and struggling with her role as a stay-at-home mom and her deferred career ambitions, she longs for the safe haven of her family’s summer rental on Great Rock Island. But Kate’s baggage follows her to the island in the form of a trunk full of Elizabeth’s private journals, a weighty inheritance that came with one instruction: Start at the beginning.

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Meet the Author - Nichole Bernier

Nichole Bernier (credit: Nina Subin)
Nichole Bernier (credit: Nina Subin)

Wednesday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

Nichole Bernier, author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. will be our featured speaker.

Kate Spenser is desperately in need of a vacation. Reeling from the death of her best friend Elizabeth a year prior, unnerved in the post-9/11 world, and struggling with her role as a stay-at-home mom and her deferred career ambitions, she longs for the safe haven of her family’s summer rental on Great Rock Island. But Kate’s baggage follows her to the island in the form of a trunk full of Elizabeth’s private journals, a weighty inheritance that came with one instruction: Start at the beginning.

To Kate’s surprise, the diaries reveal a dark side to Elizabeth she never knew existed. Underneath the cheerful façade of the perfect wife and mother, Elizabeth was a frustrated artist with a troubled family history, battling depression and a deep ambivalence toward marriage and family. As a mysterious man surfaces in the diary pages, Kate’s basic sense of morality and fidelity is tested. Delving deeper into Elizabeth’s past casts a shadow of uncertainty over Kate’s own seemingly perfect life and begs the question – how well can we really know the people we love? And how well do we let them know us?

Advance Praise for The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.

“A smart, poignant novel about the bittersweet choices woman make and the secrets they keep. This is one of those rare novels that’s so real you forget it’s written; I literally carried it around with me, and I missed the characters when I was done.” –Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us

About the Author

Nichole Bernier is a freelance writer and a contributing editor with Condé Nast Traveler. She has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and Good Morning America, and has written for Elle, Self, Health, and Men’s Journal. She runs the literary website BeyondTheMargins.com and is on twitter @nicholebernier.

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