The Annual Meeting of the Friends of Darien Library

Kristen Harnisch
Kristen Harnisch

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

Saturday, October 17th at 5 p.m.

Kristen Harnisch, author of The Vintner's Daughter, will be our featured speaker. Kristen will discuss how Darien Library helped her transition from banker, to stay-at-home mom, to debut novelist. The Vintner's Daughter is a captivating story that immerses readers in the rich cultures of the Loire Valley, Napa, and New York and a tenacious heroine's fight to determine her own destiny.

Prior to Kristen's presentation, learn about the year's developments from Amy Cholnoky, President of the Board. Election of new trustees for the 2015-16 year will be held.

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

An Afternoon with Author Lisa Reisman

Monday, October 19th at 3 p.m.

Lisa Reisman, author of 5 Months, 10 Years, 2 Hours, will be our featured speaker during this afternoon tea.
Registration is required and space is limited

On August 1, 1998, 32-year-old disillusioned New York attorney Lisa Reisman plans to leave the law and hit the road in a lipstick-red convertible. Instead, she suffers a massive seizure and is found unconscious in her apartment 46 hours later. After undergoing brain surgery, she is diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme, the most lethal of brain tumors, and given a prognosis of one year to live. Five months later, she undergoes an MRI that shows the cancer cells have not spread.

Through the next ten years, Reisman faces what seems an even more daunting challenge: how to make a life equal to her miraculous recovery. Determined to forge an identity separate from one of survivor, she spends years riding on a series of successes and failures—as a writer, in dead-end jobs, and in a string of short-term relationships.

During the two hours of a grueling triathlon to mark her ten-year anniversary of surviving the disease, Reisman realizes she’s already found what she’s been looking for: her family and friends on the sidelines and her work cobbling together stories for a small newspaper about the unsung people, businesses, and visitors in her tiny corner of the world that lend her existence meaning and worth.

About the author

Lisa Reisman studied Ancient Greek and Latin at Haverford, Oxford and Yale, and law at the University of Virginia. She practiced law in New York City for four years. Reisman is a Connecticut freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Shoreline Times, the New Haven Register, the New Haven Advocate, Connecticut Magazine, and Poets & Writers Magazine. A Dean's Fellow at Columbia University's School of the Arts, she also has been supported by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, and Wesleyan University, and a work study scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Meet the Author: Jason Gay

Tuesday, November 17th at 7 p.m.

Jason Gay, author of Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living, will be our featured speaker.

In Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living Gay brings that trademark wit to an irreverent anti-advice book. It’s not a guide for how to lean in, tidy up, master your money, change your diet or be 10% happier. Instead, Little Victories is a short and brilliantly funny book about the less glamorous things (like surviving Thanksgiving with your in-laws, life with small children, dealing with aging parents, navigating the workplace), the little victories, as it were, that make up our everyday lives. It’s Gay’s particular brand of advice he calls “both practical and ridiculous… neither perfect nor universal.”

“Jason Gay’s rules for living will make you laugh out loud, and also make a whole lot of sense.  This is an advice book that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is all the more valuable for it.”

—Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit

“I loved this book. Jason Gay's Little Victories is funny, wise, direct, deceptively straight-forward and incredibly moving. As soon as I was finished reading it, I put it in the mail to my father, along with a reminder of my love. Such reminders, after all, are what we are here for, as this story—well—reminds us."
—Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love 

About the Author

Jason Gay is a sports columnist at The Wall Street Journal. He has written for publications including Vogue, GQ, Rolling Stone and The New York Observer. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family and a passive-aggressive cat.

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


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