Darien Library Spring Author Series

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

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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.

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Video of Cristina Alger

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

Meet the Author - Cristina Alger

Photo credit: Deborah Feingold
Photo credit: Deborah Feingold

Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m.

Cristina Alger, author of The Darlings, will be our featured speaker on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m.

Bear Stearns, Fanny and Freddy, Lehman Brothers, and AIG have all collapsed. Hedge funds are closing in droves, and Howary LLP, the storied Wall Street law firm where Paul Ross has worked as an attorney for seven years, has imploded after the managing partner is indicted. When Paul loses his job, his father-in-law Carter Darling, billionaire financier, offers him the chance to head the legal team at his hedge fund. Thrilled with his good fortune in the midst of the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression, Paul accepts the position.

But Paul’s luck is about to shift: a tragic event catapults the Darling family into the media spotlight, a regulatory investigation, and a red-hot scandal with enormous implications for everyone involved. Suddenly, Paul must decide where his loyalties lie—will he save himself while betraying his wife and in-laws or protect the family business at all costs?

Praise for The Darlings

“Two parts Too Big to Fail, one part The Devil Wears Prada, Alger’s debut is taut and compelling…Alger expertly evokes both sympathy and contempt for her characters and writes with a polished ease, telling the story of our time (or a particular glittery, corrupt corner of our time) with a mix of ruthlessness and sensitivity.” -- Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Cristina Alger received her BA from Harvard College and her JD from New York University Law School. She has worked as an analyst at Goldman, Sachs, & Co., and as an attorney at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, & Dorr. She was born and raised in New York City, where she currently resides. This is her first novel.

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).

Meet the Author - Susan Cain

Susan Cain (Photo credit Aaron Fedor)
Susan Cain (Photo credit Aaron Fedor)

Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

You've seen her TED Talk. You've read about her book in The New York Times. You've heard your colleagues discussing The Rise of the New Groupthink. Now she's coming to Darien Library!

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

Did you know that nearly half of Americans are introverts? If you’re not an introvert yourself, you are surely raising, managing, married, or related to one. Cerebral, quiet, perceptive to nuance, and emotionally complex, introverts are often discounted or undervalued. Yet many of the greatest achievers of the twentieth century have been introverts: Eleanor Roosevelt, George Orwell, Rosa Parks, Marcel Proust, Warren Buffett, Larry Page, and Mahatma Gandhi, to name just a few. Without introverts, the world would have missed out on the Apple computer, the theory of relativity, van Gogh’s sunflowers, and The Cat in the Hat.

A self-proclaimed introvert, author Susan Cain, a former Wall Street attorney, challenges what she calls the Extrovert Ideal in Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Our culture, she argues, overvalues the alpha personality—gregarious and highly verbal—while ignoring the subtler strengths of the introvert, such as reflectiveness, persistence, and sensitivity. Based on five years of research, Cain explores the physiological aspects and psychological advantages of being an introvert.

Praise for Quiet

“An intriguing and potentially life-altering examination of the human psyche that is sure to benefit both introverts and extroverts alike.” —Kirkus (starred review)

“Cain gives excellent portraits of a number of introverts and shatters misconceptions. Cain consistently holds the reader’s interest by presenting individual profiles, looking at places dominated by extroverts (Harvard Business School) and introverts (a West Coast retreat center), and reporting on the latest studies. Her diligence, research, and passion for this important topic have richly paid off.” —Publishers Weekly

“This is an intelligent and often surprising look at what makes us who we are.” —Booklist

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).

 

Video of Julie Jason

 

On Thursday, March 8, 2012, Julie Jason, author of Managing Retirement Wealth, came to Darien Library. A real concern for investors approaching retirement is losing assets in volatile or down market periods, and as a result, having to either work longer or reduce lifestyles. Managing Retirement Wealth will help you anticipate market-moving events, graduate from random buying and selling, and construct a goal-directed personal portfolio customized to serve you and your family for a lifetime.

Video of Jane Ziegelman

Meet the Author - Jane Ziegelman from Darien Library on Vimeo.

On April 5, 2012, Jane Ziegelman, the director of the Tenement Museum’s culinary center and the founder and director of Kids Cook!, a multi-ethnic cooking program for children came to Darien Library. Her writing on food has appeared in numerous publications, and she is the coauthor of Foie Gras: A Passion. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Meet the Author - Kris D'Agostino

Kris D'Agostino
Kris D'Agostino

Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m.

Kris D'Agostino, author of The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac will be our featured speaker on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m.

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

All author 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 on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).

Meet the Author - Julie Jason

Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m.

A real concern for investors approaching retirement is losing assets in volatile or down market periods, and as a result, having to either work longer or reduce lifestyles. Managing Retirement Wealth will help you anticipate market-moving events, graduate from random buying and selling, and construct a goal-directed personal portfolio customized to serve you and your family for a lifetime.

Julie Jason directs the personal portfolio management practice of Jackson, Grant Investment Advisers of Stamford, CT. A proponent of financial literacy, Jason is also the author of the award-winning AARP Retirement Survival Guide, a Booklist Top Ten Business Book and recipient of the Axiom Business Book Gold Medal for Retirement Planning. Her award-winning investor education column appears every Sunday in the business sections of the Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Danbury News Times, and Connecticut Post.

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

Video for Inextricably Linked...

 

On Thursday, March 29, 2012, in an event co-sponsored by Northern Trust, we are proud to welcome Chantal Collier, Director of the Long Island Sound Program for The Nature Conservancy to the Library for a presentation titled Inextricably Linked: Long Island Sound and Our Way of Life.

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