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Against Wind and Tide is a collection of the previously unpublished diaries and letters of writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001) from between her 40th and her 80th birthdays.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!

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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.


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.

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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.

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!

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Our Fall Author Series Begins!

Jared Dillian
Jared Dillian


Darien Library Fall Author Series Presents


Author of Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers

Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m.

Jared Dillian is the founder of the subscription-based, daily financial market report The Daily Dirtnap. He was a trader for Lehman Brothers from 2001 to 2008, specializing in index arbitrage and ETF trading and he had a great story to tell.

Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers takes readers behind the scenes at Lehman Brothers, exposing its insane and often hilarious corporate culture. Jared Dillian (pictured below, right) gives a colorful account of the final years of Lehman Brothers, from 9/11 at their Ground Zero offices through the firm’s bankruptcy, including vivid portraits of trading-floor culture, the financial meltdown, and the company’s ultimate collapse – all while Dillian fought his own personal battle with mental illness.

A book signing and reception will follow the presentation.

Read more about this event and our Fall Author Series.

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Meet the Author: Simon van Booy

Simon van Booy
Simon van Booy

Simon van Booy, author of the award-winning “Love Begins in Winter” and “The Secret Lives of People in Love,” will be at Darien Library on Tuesday, July 19th at 7 p.m.

Mr. van Booy will be speaking about his newest book, Everything Beautiful Began After, a stunning debut novel of love amidst the ruins of Athens.

He is, without doubt, one of the best storytellers I've ever heard speak. Be prepared to be rapt.

(From the Publisher – about Everything Beautiful Began After)

Young, beautiful, and lost, Rebecca has come to Athens to abandon herself to the city’s strangeness and heat on a campaign to learn about love. Deserted by her mother and brought up by her grandfather in the south of France, she has never had an anchor to keep her from feeling constantly adrift.
George has come to
Athens to translate. It’s all he knows how to do. Dropped off at a New England boarding school when he was a child, his closest friends are Aristophanes and Jack Daniels, Euripides and Jim Beam.
Henry has come to
Athens to dig. An archaeologist, he spends his days on-site in Athens, and roams the Agora on the weekends. Henry comes from a happy, humdrum Welsh family. Nothing has really ever happened to him.
After a chance meeting on a hot
Athens day, however, and George and Rebecca begin a conversation…that turns into drinks…then a few dinners...
Until Rebecca meets Henry.
And Henry meets George.
Athens changes their lives forever.

“Van Booy's stories are somehow like paintings the characters walk out of, and keep walking.” -- Los Angeles Times

“His sentences are spare, subtle, and freighted, his images fresh . . . you see and feel his settings . . . a first-rate storyteller.” – Newsday

Simon van Booy’s appearance at Darien Library is part of our Adult Summer Reading Program.

A reception and book signing will follow the author’s presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

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Winter/Spring 2011 Author Series

Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler

The announcement of our 2011 Winter/Spring Author Series requires that ink meet the calendar! (Save the dates!)

Winter and spring will swell with adventure at Darien Library as we seek and study the chic, the cultural, and historic; presenting stories of craftsmanship, crisis, and the home, on the homefront, and with homesickness in a foreign land.
Join us for insight into the “spirit of grooviness.” Marvel at the resilience of a young mother with breast cancer who is far from home. We’ll revisit the Cuban Missile Crisis through the eyes of an 11-year old girl, and see 1960s America through the eyes of an 11-year old boy – a Cuban refugee.

Thursday, February 3 at 7 p.m.

Jonathan Adler (pictured at left)
Author of the Happy Chic Series

Jonathan has a mission: to quash the world’s fear of decorating. Each book in his Happy Chic series gives you both the information and motivation you need to not only envision a tastefully chic home, but to also infuse your inner sanctums with wit and personality. In a confessional tone, you’re encouraged to answer questions about your own tastes, interest, and influences.

Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic:
“95% chic + 5% happy = 100% The Decorative Nirvana that I Call Happy Chic.”


Wednesday, February 16 at 7 p.m.


Susan Conley
Author of The Foremost Good Fortune


Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young sons say good-bye to their friends, family, and house in Maine for a two-year stint in a high-rise apartment in Beijing, prepared to embrace the inevitable onslaught of new experiences that such a move entails. But Susan can’t predict just how much their lives will change.
Upon learning that she has cancer and undergoing treatment in Boston, she returns to Beijing, again as a foreigner—but this time, it’s her own body in which she feels a stranger.  Set against the eternally fascinating backdrop of modern China and full of insight into the trickiest questions of motherhood—How do you talk to children about death?  When is it okay to lie?—this wry and poignant memoir is a celebration of family and a candid exploration of mortality and belonging.

“Luminous….Conley's writing is at once spare and strong…[She] pulls the reader into her world like a close friend.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m.

Deborah Wiles
Author of

(A One Book, One Community* Event.)

It’s 1962, and it seems that the whole country is living in fear. When President Kennedy goes on television to say that Russia is sending nuclear missiles to Cuba, it only gets worse. 11-year-old Franny Chapman doesn’t know how to deal with what’s going on in the world — no more than she knows how to deal with what’s going on with her family and friends. But somehow she’s got to make it through.
Countdown features a captivating story interspersed with footage from 1962. Deborah Wiles has created a documentary novel that will put you right alongside Franny as she navigates a dangerous time in both her history and our history. It is an experience you will never forget.

“Wiles palpably recreates the fear kids felt when air-raid sirens and duck-and-cover drills were routine, and when watching President Kennedy’s televised speech announcing the presence of missiles in Cuba was an extra-credit assignment.” – Publishers Weekly


Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m.



Carlos Eire
Author of
Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy

(A One Book, One Community* Event.)

This program is co-sponsored by the Yale Club of Lower Fairfield County.

Carlos Eire, author of the 2003 National Book Award-winning memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy, returns to Darien Library. In Waiting for Snow in Havana, the author narrated his coming of age in Cuba just before and during the Castro revolution. Learning to Die in Miami begins with his journey to America.

The year was 1962 and he and his older brother, Tony, had fled along with 14,000 other children from “Castrolandia.” They were not only refugees, but also orphans—both of Carlos’s parents were stuck behind in Cuba. During those first years, Carlos learns to adjust to life in America as he spends nearly a year in a Dickensian foster home, struggles to learn English and blend into American schools, and confronts the age-old immigrant’s plight—he is surrounded by the bounty of this rich land yet unable to partake. He believed that in order for his new American self to emerge, his Cuban self must "die."
Flashing back and forth between past and future, we watch as Carlos balances the divide between his past and present homes and finds his way in this strange new world, one that seems to hold the exhilarating  promise of infinite possibilities, and one that he will eventually claim as his own.

 “A mix of insightful observation, humor, and heartfelt emotion. . . . Easily one of the more impressive memoirs on the thorny issue of immigration.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Each presentation will conclude with a book signing and reception.
Books will be available for purchase.

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

*One Book, One Community encourages everyone in town to read the same book and then come together to explore its themes. Our 3rd annual One Book, One Community Program will take place during March and April. The selected book for the town-wide read is Countdown by Deborah Wiles.

Meet the Author - Michael Korda



Author of Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

Thursday, December 2 at 7 p.m.

Best-selling author Michael Korda (Ike: An American Hero) returns to Darien Library to discuss his new biography of T.E. Lawerence, Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.

It's the story of an epic life on a grand scale, a revealing, in-depth, and gripping biography of the dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile—including his sun-burnished blonde looks and flowing white robes—made him an object of intense fascination, known the world over as “Lawrence of Arabia.” Yet unlike other biographers, Mr. Korda does not seek to burnish or destroy the legend; rather he aims to demystify and reveal the real man—T. E. Lawrence—as he truly was.

A diffident 5’5” Oxford scholar and archeologist, Lawrence vanished into the desert in 1917 to become the greatest and most colorful figure of World War I.  He was the inventor of modern guerilla warfare, the master of explosives, the world’s first media celebrity, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, and the boldest of warriors.

Ultimately, as Korda demonstrates, Lawrence remains the paradigm of the hero in modern times, the arch-heroic type whose life was both a triumph and a sacrifice, and whose capacity to astonish remains undimmed.

"This magisterial biography of British soldier and adventurer T.E. Lawrence celebrates a life spent subverting authority in the most glamorous -- and -- bizarre ways. Korda's vivid portrait of Lawrence and his warring impulses captures the brilliance and charisma of this fascinating figure." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Much has been written about him, but no one has succeeded in illuminating the quintessential Lawrence of Arabia so profoundly and so well as Michael Korda. HERO is a work of brilliance, discernment and meticulous scholarship that surely will be hailed as the gold standard.” -- Henry A. Kissinger

A book signing will follow the presentation. Book will be available for purchase.

Refreshments will be served.

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

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