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 officers and new trustee nominations 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.

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