Friday Film - "Cave of Forgotten Dreams"

Showing Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Showing Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. - CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (2010) Documentary feature directed by Werner Herzog; Not Rated; 90 minutes.

This film is a breathtaking new documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog which follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. This unforgettable cinematic experience that provides a unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago -- almost twice as old as any previous discovery.

"If you're a member of the human race - you owe it to yourself to see this movie." -- Dana Stevens, Slate

"Four stars! Wonderful. See this film. It takes you to a place you won't soon forget." -- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

Click here for a complete list of Friday Films in January.

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

Letting City Directories Work for You

Darien City Directory, 1953
Darien City Directory, 1953

Saturday, January 21 at 2 PM

Co-sponsored by Darien Library and the Middlesex Genealogical Society, presented by Toni McKeen.

City directories are one of the most overlooked source of historical information about families. You will learn how and where to find city directories, the important and surprising clues they hold, and their use in finding those missing census records and vital records.

For the last 7 years, Toni McKeen has been teaching several levels of genealogy in her home town of Ridgefield, Connecticut. Toni also has been a popular lecturer at various genealogical societies in the New York, Connecticut, Boston, and Long Island areas. Toni has been a frequent presenter at MGS meetings. In her lectures, Toni shares the tips and tricks she has developed over the years to help locate difficult relatives who don’t seem to want to be found.

Effective Use of City Directories

Skill Building: Analyzing City Directories

Using City Directories in Genealogical Research

City Directories on Microfilm at the Library of Congress

Circa 1930 City Directories available at the National Archives

City Directories of the United States of America

Old Directory Search: Stamford, Connecticut, 1907

Your Guide to Finding Ancestors in City Directories

City Directories at DistantCousin.com

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

Ask the Doctors!

Doctors4Darien - (l-r) Dr. Brian S. Sheets, Dr. Josephine Velasquez, Dr. Maryann Lehmann, and Dr. Brian P. McKay
Doctors4Darien - (l-r) Dr. Brian S. Sheets, Dr. Josephine Velasquez, Dr. Maryann Lehmann, and Dr. Brian P. McKay

Ask the Doctors!

Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m.

It’s time to take the anxiety out of the word “healthcare!” Doctors4Darien, a team of four esteemed community physicians, will discuss new research findings and information related to our bodies and our health. The panel will also focus on preventative healthcare from head to toe – literally! From dental care to foot care and everything in between, this is your chance to learn new and better paths to well-being.

Presented by Dr. Maryann Lehmann, D.D.S., Dentist; Dr. Brian P. McKay, D.C., Chiropractor; Dr. Brian S. Sheets, D.O., Ob/Gyn; and Dr. Josephine Velazques, D.P.M., Podiatrist.

This program is part of the Library’s Health & Wellness Series, “Winter Wellness,” an extensive series of lectures, expert panels, workshops, film screenings, and fitness activities designed to help you achieve an even better version of you.

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

 

 

 

 

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).

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.

 

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