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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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.

Save the dates for our Spring Author Series!

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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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Meet the Author's Daughter - Reeve Lindbergh

Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m.

Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, will be our featured speaker to discuss her mother's final volume of letters and diary entries.

Against Wind and Tide is a collection of the previously unpublished diaries and letters of writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001) from between her 40th and her 80th birthdays. The material includes letters to her husband, aviator Charles A. Lindbergh, from 1947 until his death in 1974, as well as letters to her five children and to friends and acquaintances. In both the letters and the diary selections, Lindbergh addresses very personal concerns––marriage and childbearing, the struggle to balance a woman’s life and an artist’s work––and larger issues of the day, such as the devastation of Europe after World War II, the assassination of President Kennedy, and the conflicts in families and in the nation over the Vietnam War. The author often refers to her own readings in literature, philosophy, poetry, and religious thought, yet the meditative aspect of her writing is tempered by every day practicalities and a refreshingly sharp sense of humor.

About the Author

Reeve Lindbergh was born and raised in Connecticut, graduated from Radcliffe College in 1968, and then moved to Vermont, where she became a teacher, a writer, a mother and a grandmother. She has published a number of books for children and for adults, and has served on the boards of several organizations, including the Vermont State Library Board, The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, and the Harry F. Guggenheim Foundation. Reeve lives on an old farm near St. Johnsbury Vermont with her husband, writer Nathaniel Tripp, enjoying visits from their shared family and caring for an assortment of animals.

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

Save the dates for our Spring Author Series!

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

Darien Library Spring Author Series

Kris D'Agostino, Author of
Kris D'Agostino, Author of "The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac"

Drum roll please...

We are so very pleased to announce a Spring Author Series that really runs the gamut. From family ties to culinary pursuits to strolls through Paris -- we hope this Spring will leave you speechless.

KRIS D'AGOSTINO

Author of The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac

Wednesday, March 21 at 7 PM

In the spirit of Nick Hornby and Tom Perrotta comes a smart, funny debut from novelist Kris D’Agostino about a disillusioned young man whose fledgling leap from post-adolescence to adulthood lands him back in an already overburdened family nest. In The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac, D’Agostino introduces his readers to Calvin, a twenty-four year-old film school dropout living at home again and working at a preschool for autistic kids. Being a teaching assistant certainly isn’t his dream job. And life at home isn’t peachy either: his insufferable go-getter older brother is also living there, as is his seventeen year old sister, who has just confided to Cal that she’s pregnant—and plans to keep the baby.

Meanwhile, Calvin’s father, a career pilot, is temporarily grounded due to cancer and is now obsessed with his mortality. As if that weren’t enough family drama to give someone an ulcer, Calvin’s ever-stalwart mother is crumbling under the pressure of mounting bills and the imminent loss of their Sleepy Hollow, NY home.

Advance Praise for The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac

“Wickedly funny and as often beautiful as it is meandering, this debut novel reads much like Calvin’s life: bursts of activity followed by long periods of idleness and deep thought.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"D’Agostino’s tragicomic first novel is an insatiably readable tale of a family held together with duct tape and string...A memorable debut by a writer who bears watching."—Booklist

Advance Notice of Upcoming Spring Author Series Events:

Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. -- Jane Ziegelman, author of 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement

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

Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. -- Cristina Alger, author of The Darlings

Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. -- Eloisa James, author of Paris in Love

Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. -- Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of Anne Morrow Lindbergh who will discuss her mother's final volume of selected letters and diary entries Against Wind and Tide: Letters and Journals, 1947-1986

Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. -- James Gleick, author of The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

All Author Series Programs will feature a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at each event.

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

Video of Eloisa James

 

On Thursday, May 3, 2012, Eloisa James, author of Paris in Love, visited the Library.

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.

For more information, please visit the event's listing page.

Video of Cristina Alger

Cristina Alger, author of The Darlings, was our featured speaker on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

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