Meet the Authors - Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs
Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs

Meet the Authors

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs

Authors of The Food52 Cookbook

Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m.

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, authors of The Food52 Cookbook will be our featured speakers on Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m.

Former New York Times food columnist and bestsellling author Amanda Hesser and her Food52.com co-founder Merrill Stubbs had a mission: to discover and celebrate the best home cooks in the country. Each week for 52 weeks, they ran recipe contests on their site, Food52.com, and the 140 winning recipes make up The Food52 Cookbook.

This first-ever online-community cookbook includes recipes like:

  • Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies
  • Secret Ingredient Beef Stew
  • Simple Summer Peach Cake
  • Wishbone Roast Chicken with Herb Butter

The book also features Amanda and Merrill’s expert comments on every recipe, plus behind-the-scenes photos, tips and variations, reader responses, and brief features on the contributors.

Amanda Hesser has been named one of 50 women game-changers in food by Gourmet. A longtime writer and editor at the New York Times, Hesser has written the award-winning books Cooking for Mr. Latte and The Cook and the Gardener, and edited the essay collection, Eat, Memory. Her latest book, a New York Times bestseller and the winner of a James Beard award, is The Essential New York Times Cookbook. Hesser lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Tad Friend, and their two children.

Merrill Stubbs is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in London. She has written for various publications, including the New York Times’ “T Living,” Edible Brooklyn, Body+Soul and Culinate.com, and she was the food editor for Herb Quarterly magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

Four lucky winners will take home a complimentary copy of the Food52 Cookbook.

A reception and book signing will follow the author presentation. Books will be available for purchase. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs’ appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.

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

Video of The Fabulous Beekman Boys

 

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, better known as The Beekman Boys and authors of The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook were our featured speakers on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. For more information about their visit please see this page!

Meet the Authors - The Fabulous Beekman Boys

The Beekman Boys are Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge.
The Beekman Boys are Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge.

Meet the Authors

The Beekman Boys

Authors of The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook

Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, better known as The Beekman Boys and authors of The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook  will be our featured speakers on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

“Heirlooms” of any type have a sentimental or intrinsic value greater than their assigned monetary figure. They are often irreplaceable, and because of this, they are treasured and passed down from one generation to the next.

With this in mind, best-selling Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, also known as The Fabulous Beekman Boys set out to create The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook showcasing heirloom fruits and vegetables and recipes from their farm, family, and friends. Each recipe is simple and delicious, arranged by season, and intended for both every day and special occasions. From springtime pea pod risotto and summery strawberry shortcake to quick braised collards in autumn and yummy chicken ‘n’ dumplings for a snowy winter’s day, this is simple yet luscious farm-fresh fare that everyone will love.

Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge are the founders of Beekman 1802, one of the fastest-growing lifestyle brands in the United States. Their decision to leave city life behind has been chronicled in Kilmer-Purcell’s national best-seller, The Bucolic Plague, and on the hit Planet Green TV show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Their website, Beekman1802.com, has previously been nominated for a James Beard Award and Epicurious hailed them as “the next Martha Stewart.” Their company, based out of their 60-acre goat farm in Sharon Springs, NY, designs products that are sold throughout their website and in major retail stores as well as smaller shops and boutiques throughout the country. Ridge is a physician and formerly a vice president at Martha Steward Living Omnimedia. Kilmer-Purcell is an advertising executive and the New York Times best-selling author of I Am Not Myself These Days.

What the critics are saying...

Entertaining and informative…They call themselves ‘accidental farmers,’ but they could just as easily be described as ‘accidental reality-show stars.’”--Ari Karpel, The New York Post

“It's by turns funny, instructive, even inspirational. (These guys just don't quit!) And befitting its co-stars, it's also fabulous.”--Frazier Moore of the Associated Press

“Puts the fabulous back into farming while proving that people can still look immaculate surrounded by mud and manure.”--Jill Sergeant, Reuters

The Beekman Boys' appearance at Darien Library is part of our 2011 Fall Author Series. Upcoming author events at Darien Library are:

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 on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).

Meet the Author - Nina Sankovitch

Nina Sankovitch
Nina Sankovitch

Meet the Author

Nina Sankovitch

Author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

Nina Sankovitch, author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading will be our featured speaker on Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

Catalyzed by the loss of her sister, Nina Sankovitch, a mother of four, spent one year savoring a great book every day, from Thomas Pynchon to Nora Ephron, and beyond. In the tradition of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project and Joan Dideon’s A Year of Magical Thinking, Nina Sankovitch’s soul-baring and literary-minded memoir is a chronicle of loss, hope, and redemption. In her grief, the author turned to reading as therapy and through her journey illuminates the power of books to help us reclaim our lives.

“Anyone who has ever sought refuge in literature will identify with ‘Tolstoy and the Purple Chair.’” -- O, The Oprah Magazine

“The beauty of her project lies in seeing how books intertwine with daily life, how very much they affect our moods, interactions, and, especially important for Sankovitch, how we recover and process our memories….She makes reading seem accessible, relaxing, inspiring, fun.”  -- The Los Angeles Times

Ms. Sankovitch’s appearance at Darien Library is part of our 2011 Fall Author Series. Upcoming author events at Darien Library are:

  • Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. -- The Beekman Boys (Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge), authors of  The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook: Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables, and More Than 100 Heritage Recipes to Inspire Every Generation
  • Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m. -- Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, authors of The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks (This author appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.)

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 on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).

Meet the Author - Diana Abu-Jaber

Diana Abu-Jaber
Diana Abu-Jaber

Meet the Author

Diana Abu-Jaber

Author of Birds of Paradise

Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m.

Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Birds of Paradise will be our featured speaker on Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m.

In the tropical paradise that is Miami, Avis and Brian Muir are still haunted by the disappearance of their ineffably beautiful daughter, Felice, who ran away when she was thirteen. Now, after five years of modeling tattoos, skateboarding, clubbing, and sleeping in a squat house or on the beach, Felice is about to turn eighteen. Her family—Avis, an exquisitely talented pastry chef; Brian, a corporate real estate attorney; and her brother, Stanley, the proprietor of Freshly Grown, a trendy food market—will each be forced to confront their anguish, loss, and sense of betrayal. Meanwhile, Felice must reckon with the guilty secret that drove her away, and must face her fear of losing her family and her sense of self forever.

“Abu-Jaber makes us wonder about more than what will happen to one girl with a guilty secret. What, after all, does it mean to be a family? Is love really 'exchangeable, malleable'? We can’t help turning pages full of stunning prose to find out.” — Sarah Nelson, O, The Oprah Magazine

“This Jordanian American author writes about food so enticingly that her books should be published on sheets of phyllo dough. ‘Birds of Paradise’ contains her most mouthwatering writing ever, but it’s no light after-dinner treat. This is a full-course meal, a rich, complex and memorable story that will leave you lingering gratefully at her table.” — Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“The Muirs’ absorbing story builds to a thoroughly satisfying climax.” — Sue Corbett, People Magazine

Diana Abu-Jaber is the author of, most recently, Origin and The Language of Baklava. She has won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the American Book Award, and other prizes and divides her time between Coral Gables, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.

Please enjoy a videocast of Ms. Abu-Jaber's visit to Darien Library.

Ms. Abu-Jaber’s appearance at Darien Library is part of our 2011 Fall Author Series. Upcoming author events at Darien Library are:

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 on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).

Our Fall Author Series Begins!

Jared Dillian
Jared Dillian

 

Darien Library Fall Author Series Presents

JARED DILLIAN

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.

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

Darien Library Fall Author Series

Meet the Author: Jared Dillian, author of
Meet the Author: Jared Dillian, author of "Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers" - Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m.

One of our favorite things about Fall is announcing our Fall Author Series.This fall, we're rich with memoirs, stories, and recipes that are all filled with a kind of rich-ness in one form or another. We hope  that you'll join us for our upcoming Meet the Author events.

It all begins later in September and we'll be kicking it off with a memoir that you're sure to remember!

JARED DILLIAN

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.
On the day that Jared Dillian, a young Lehman Brothers associate, had an important interview that would decide which division he would be assigned, the world changed forever – the day was 9/11 and across the street at Lehman Brother’s World Financial Center offices, Dillian watched the World Trade Center destroyed before his eyes.   

In this ultra-competitive Ivy League world where men would  flip over each other’s ties to check out the labels (also known as the “Lehman Handshake”), Jared Dillian was an outsider as an ex-military, working-class guy in a Men’s Wearhouse suit.  Dillian was scrappy and determined; in interviews he told potential managers that, “Nobody can work harder than me. Nobody is willing to put in the hours I will put in.  I am insane.”  As it turned out, on Wall Street, insanity is not an undesirable quality.  

A couple of years later and Jared had risen to become Lehman’s head Exchange Traded Fund trader at time of unprecedented prosperity for Lehman Brothers. Dillian is an integral part of the firm in its final years and more than $1 trillion in wealth passed through his hands. But the exhilarating and explosively stressful job took its toll on Dillian, exacerbating the symptoms of his undiagnosed bipolar disorder, leading to a downward spiral that landed him in a psychiatric ward. Dillian put his life back together coming back to work healthier than ever before, but he soon realized that Lehman itself had seemingly gone mad, having made outrageous bets on commercial real estate and was quickly headed for self-destruction.

Advance Praise for Street Freak:

“This revealing, personal memoir of a volatile period in the dual lives of a big-time trader and the fallen American giant Lehman Brothers is depicted in the fueled words of Dillian, a major figure at the company… Dillian offers a candid look at the demise of a corporate behemoth.”    —Publishers Weekly

“A scathing critique of selfish, scrambling men so driven to earn a buck that they lose all sight of the world beyond the tickers….[Dillian’s] outsider status serve[s] as a great attribute, offering him a clearer view of an industry both morally and economically bankrupt.”    —Kirkus

Advance Notice of Upcoming Fall Author Series Events:

  • Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. -- The Beekman Boys (Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge), authors of The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook: Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables, and More Than 100 Heritage Recipes to Inspire Every Generation
  • Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m. -- Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, authors of The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks (This author appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.)

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 on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen’s).

Meet the Author Presentation: Simon van Booy

Last night, we welcomed author Simon van Booy to Darien Library for an Adult Summer Reading, Meet the Author event. His newest book, Everything Beautiful Began After, is the first novel for this award-winning short story writer. His writing is fine, precise, and spare. Every word is necessary; the imagery, vivid.

What could be better than reading Simon van Booy's writing? I'll tell you. Listening to him read it aloud. His reading, his remarks, his responses to questions were all so very thoughtful and he delighted the audience with his presentation.

This morning, The Patch, posted a nice article about last night's author event at the Library. To read, click here.

To watch the presentation in its entirely, please click below.

 

Returning to Darien Library on July 14th -- Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill
Pete Hamill

On Thursday, July 14th at 7 p.m., Pete Hamill returns to Darien Library and we could not be more excited! He will be speaking about his newest book, “Tabloid City.”

Remember when he was last here? It was in January 2009 and he was the Library’s first speaker in our Grand Opening Author Series, and within weeks of our opening the new building. What a great night that was! We are overjoyed to be doubly honored and to welcome him to Darien Library.


Pete Hamill is a novelist, essayist, and journalist whose career has endured for more than 40 years. As a journalist, he has been a columnist for the New York Post, the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, the Village Voice, New York magazine, and Esquire. He has served as editor-in-chief of both the Post and the Daily News. As a journalist, he has covered wars in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Lebanon, and Northern Ireland, and lived for extended periods in Mexico City, Dublin, Barcelona, San Juan, and Rome. From his base in New York, he has also covered murders, fires, World Series, championship fights, and the great domestic disturbances of the 1960s, and has written extensively on art, jazz, immigration, and politics.
At the same time, Mr. Hamill has written much fiction, including movie and TV scripts. He has published ten novels and two collections of short stories. He’s written several New York Times bestsellers, including the novels Snow in AugustNorth River, and  Forever, and his memoir, A Drinking Life.
 

Here's a description of his new book, "Tabloid City," courtesy of Little, Brown and Company:
On a cold January night in a stately townhome in New York City’s West Village, two women--a wealthy socialite and her secretary--have been killed. Over the course of the next day, their shocking deaths will illuminate connections between men and women who could not be more different from one another, though they call the same metropolis home.
From the gruff editor-in-chief of the city’s last afternoon daily to the self-made advertising exec; from the NYPD sergeant to the Wall Street conman; from the angry young extremist to the Iraq vet struggling to come to terms with his sacrifices, Pete Hamill captures the voices and experiences of his fellow New Yorkers with his trademark blend of compassion and unflinching honesty.
For some of these men and women, the city is a proving ground. For others it is a decadent playground. For still others it is steeped in memories--a historic city eclipsed by modern times. At once a nostalgic hymn to old New York and a gripping, cinematic portrait of the complex city of today, Tabloid City is as exhilarating as New York itself.


Mr. Hamill’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.

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

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