Meet the Author: Michael Paterniti

Michael Paterniti
Michael Paterniti

Thursday, April 9th at 7 p.m.

Michael Paterniti, author of Love and Other Ways of Dying, will be our featured speaker.

Here are a few things Michael Paterniti does in Love And Other Ways Of Dying: drive across America with Albert Einstein’s brain in the trunk of his rental car, floating in a Tupperware container; eat François Mitterrand’s last meal (including the little songbird) in a rustic dining room in France; pick apples (and face mortality) with a real-life, eight-foot giant in the remote Ukrainian countryside; confront a distraught jumper on a “suicide bridge” in Nanjing, China and witness, firsthand, the ways in which the racial divide turns neighbor against neighbor in Dodge City, Kansas. He delves with heartbreaking detail into the aftermath of a plane crash off the coast of Nova Scotia, an earthquake in Haiti, and a tsunami in Japan— and, in searing swirls of language, unearths the complicated, hidden truths these moments of extremity teach us about our ability to endure, and to love.

About the Author

Michael Paterniti is a journalist, an essayist, and the bestselling author of Driving Mr. Albert and The Telling Room, named one of the best books of the year by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and The Christian Science Monitor. Nominated for the National Magazine Award eight times, he is also the recipient of an NEA grant and two MacDowell Fellowships. His stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Harper’s, Outside, Esquire, and GQ, where he works as a correspondent. He is the co-founder of a children’s storytelling center (www.tellingroom.org) in Portland, Maine, where he lives with his wife and their three children.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop

Workshop your play.
Workshop your play.

The Catherine Lindsey Actors/Playwrights Workshop is excited to announce that the Actors/Playwrights Workshop, now in its 23rd year, will present a series of workshops at Darien Library.

Submit your play using this form. Submissions are due April 1st.

Selected plays will be presented for workshop on Thursday, April 23rd and Thursday, April 30th. The workshops will allow the playwrights to refine their scripts before the final public reading. 

On Sunday, June 7th at 2 p.m., the Actors/Playwrights Workshop will present the first public-staged reading of selections from the plays in the Library’s Community Room.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes Actors’ Equity actors and non-Equity actors to participate, brings together local and regional playwrights and actors, and encourages a collaborative effort to create new plays and present a public-staged reading.

Co-founded by the late Catherine Lindsey and her husband Robert, the workshop introduces original plays in progress to be developed in a workshop environment with the goal of the public-staged readings. Catherine Lindsey was a beloved friend of the Library and director of Darien Library Theater for over 25 years. The memorial workshops will offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment.

The Actors/Playwrights Workshop welcomes all interested playwrights and actors, with or without experience, to join. The sessions offer actors and playwrights the opportunity to work together to create original theatrical works in a supportive and creative environment, culminating in the June 7th program, which will feature four staged performances. The musicals, monologues, short scenes from full-length and one-act plays to be performed will be chosen by the Darien Library Selection Committee.

When writing your piece please keep in mind that the number of cast members is limited, only one play may be submitted per person, and plays must be 10-minutes long or less. Please limit your plays to 10-pages double-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font.

For more information, contact Workshop Director Robert Cusack at (203) 655-7699 or at robert.cusack1@att.net.

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

Business Book Group: 'Zero to One'

Thursday, April 9th at 6 p.m.

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Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Peter A. Thiel's Zero To One : Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future. The group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by networking over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

About Zero To One : Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future

In Zero To One : Notes On Startups, Or How To Build The Future, Peter A. Thiel states that, doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

We have copies of the book available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussion.

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

Darien All-Schools Art Show

By Caroline Wildish
By Caroline Wildish

Tuesday, March 3rd to Thursday, April 7th

Come view Darien Public Schools students’ artwork from Grades K-12 at the Library. The gallery is located on the Library's Lower Level.

The Art Department ’s progressive curriculum enables the students to build art media skills as well as  educating them to use curiosity and intuitive thinking to express themselves in unique artistic images. Through studio based lessons the students learn, from art historical exploration, the role of the visual arts in reflecting human values. and aesthetics.

The dedicated art faculty help the children to understand  and use the Elements of Art and the Principals of Design as the students learn new ways to see, think and express themselves.

Music of the Grand Ole Opry: Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke

Sunday, March 29th at 5 p.m.

Spend an evening on an entertaining musical journey to the Nashville, Tennessee landmark with local band Gunsmoke. The show will feature stories and songs from classic country stars from the longest running radio show in the world.

About the performer

Gunsmoke is enshrined into the Connecticut country music hall of fame, the country music and dance hall of fame in Mount Kisco, NY and elected band of the year six years in a row by the New York Metro Country Music Association.  They have performed for two sitting Presidents of the United States.  They received a citation from the state of Connecticut commemorating the bands silver anniversary of 25 years entertaining audiences with classic country music.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Digital File Management

Image courtesy of flickr user earthworm.
Image courtesy of flickr user earthworm.

Tuesday, March 31st at 6:30 p.m. 

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Do you have difficulty finding files on your computer? Is your computer a virtual display of that junk closet in your home where everything is shoved and nothing is organized? Come learn how to organize your digital documents all while keeping your computer running efficient and safe.

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

Selling Your Treasures on eBay

Image courtesy Flickr user Kazuhisa OTSUBO.
Image courtesy Flickr user Kazuhisa OTSUBO.

Wednesday, April 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Have you thought about selling your treasures on eBay but you’re not sure where to start? Sue Skerrett has been selling on eBay for 12 years and is here to show you the ropes when it comes to creating an account, setting up a list, accepting payment through PayPal, and more.

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

How to Edit Family Photos

Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

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Do you have old family photos that need to be touched up? Using Pixlr, a free online image editor, you will learn how to fix your photos! You will learn how to color correct, crop, remove blemishes, fix stains, and more. There is no need to hire the professionals when you can edit your photos yourself!

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

MoMA Lecture: Björk Retrospective

Molleen Theodore
Molleen Theodore

Tuesday, April 7th at 7 p.m.

The Museum of Modern Art presents a retrospective of the multifaceted work of composer, musician, and singer Björk. The exhibition draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and innovative projects and her eight full-length albums to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, and costumes.

About the Presenter

Molleen Theodore is the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Fellow in the Education Department at the Yale University Art Gallery and a lecturer in the Education Department at the Museum of Modern Art. She received her Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2010 with a specialization in twentieth century art, photography, and film studies. Ms. Theodore was appointed critic at the Yale School of Art in 2012.

This event is part of Darien Library’s collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan. Refreshments will be served.

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

Politics, Passion and Peril: Life at the Tudor Court

Wednesday, April 22nd at 7 p.m.

Mixing history and Hollywood, Dr. Ford, a historian of Tudor politics, administration, and the court, will offer insights into the historical context behind the Hilary Mantel books and BBC Series. Her talk will cover topics including the anxiety behind Henry’s quest for a bride and an heir, the nature of politics on the move with the Tudor court on progress, is there a private life at court, and how easy is it to (literally) lose your head.

About the presenter

Lisa L. Ford is Assistant Director of Research at the Yale Center for British Art.  Dr. Ford received her PhD in 2001 from St. Andrews for a dissertation on politics and administration during the reign of Henry VII.  She was part of the AHRC/EPSRC-funded project “Representing Re-Formation: Reconstructing Renaissance Monuments” a study of the 16th and 17th Century tombs of the Howard Dukes of Norfolk and their family. Dr. Ford is currently working on further publications from the Howard tombs project, and a book on the visual and material use of the insignia of the Order of the Garter between the 15th and 19th centuries.

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