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.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.

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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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Meet the Author - James Gleick

Photo credit: Phylis Rose
Photo credit: Phylis Rose

Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m.

James Gleick, author of The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood, will be our featured speaker.

From the bestselling author of the acclaimed Chaos and Genius comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory.

Acclaimed science writer James Gleick presents an eye-opening vision of how our relationship to information has transformed the very nature of human consciousness. A fascinating intellectual journey through the history of communication and information, from the language of Africa’s talking drums to the invention of written alphabets; from the electronic transmission of code to the origins of information theory, into the new information age and the current deluge of news, tweets, images, and blogs. Along the way, Gleick profiles key innovators, including Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Samuel Morse, and Claude Shannon, and reveals how our understanding of information is transforming not only how we look at the world, but how we live.

Praise for The Information

"Ambitious, illuminating, and sexily theoretical."--New York Times

About the Author

James Gleick is our leading chronicler of science and modern technology. His first book, Chaos, a National Book Award finalist, has been translated into twenty-five languages. His best-selling biographies, Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman and Isaac Newton, were short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book, The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood was a national bestseller and declared a Best Book of the Year by The Los Angeles Times, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), and Publishers Weekly.

All author programs will feature a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at each event.

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Video of Susan Cain

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Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking was our featured speaker on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

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Video of Reeve Lindbergh

 

On Thursday, May 17, 2012, Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was our featured speaker to discuss her mother's final volume of letters and diary entries.

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Meet the Author - Eloisa James

Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m.

Eloisa James, author of Paris in Love will be our featured speaker.

Fresh on the heels of a difficult period in her life, Eloisa James sold her house, took a sabbatical from her university job as a Shakespeare professor, and moved her family to Paris. Paris in Love: A Memoir chronicles Eloisa’s joyful year in one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world.

With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow or cars to park, Eloisa revels in the everyday pleasures of Parisian life—discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen’s sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another. She copes with her Italian husband’s notions of quality time; her two children, Anna and Luca, ages eleven and fifteen, as they navigate schools—not to mention puberty—in a foreign language; and her mother-in-law Marina’s raised eyebrow in the kitchen (even as Marina overfeeds Milo, the family dog).

Praise for Paris in Love

“While the children struggled then triumphed in school and with new friends, the dog grew fatter, and Alessandro advised his French conversation partner in affairs of the heart, James discovered a ‘materialist’s playground’ in Paris, finding just that precious objet or museum or nibble, and relaying in her sensible, reflective prose the lessons to take home and dream over...[An] effervescent diary.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Mary Bly (a.k.a Eloisa James) is currently a full professor and co-director of the creative writing program at Fordham. She and her family now live in New York City. Paris in Love is her first work of nonfiction.

All author programs will feature a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at each event.

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Meet the Author - Jenny Rosenstrach

Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m.

Jenny Rosenstrach, author of Dinner: A Love Story will be our featured speaker.

Jenny’s blog, Dinner: A Love Story, is where she shares her practical, laid-back advice on the family dinner ritual. The site, launched in March 2009, soon attracted tens of thousands of unique visits. Part cookbook, part memoir, Dinner: A Love Story provides a no-nonsense, non-judgmental approach to an issue that many parents struggle with—putting dinner on the table every night and trying to regain the benefits of the lost art of the family meal.

About the Author

Jenny Rosenstrach is the creator of Dinner: A Love Story and the co-author of Time for Dinner: Strategies, Recipes, Inspiration for Family Meals Every Night of the Week. For four years she was the features director for Cookie magazine, Conde Nast’s lifestyle magazine for parents, and prior to that, a special projects editor at Real Simple where she launched the first special issue of Real Simple Family. Her essays and articles have appeared in numerous national publications including Martha Stewart Living, Whole Living, and the New York Times. She is the author, with her husband, Andy Ward, of “The Providers,” a column in Bon Appétit. She and her family live in Westchester County, New York.

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