The Secrets to Self-Publishing: A Panel Discussion

Have you ever dreamed of publishing your own novel, memoir, or cookbook of herring recipes passed down from your Norwegian grandmother? Well now you can! And you can do it all using Darien Library's brand new Espresso Book Machine. (The EBM was removed in August 2012. Please contact On Demand Books for information about publishing from an EBM)

On Thursday, February 2 at 7 p.m. in an event co-sponsored by On Demand Books, we will host a panel presentation to show the secrets of self-publishing.

Panelists include:

- Self-Published Author William Edgerton will speak about his experience publishing his mystery novel "Wine Killer."

- Self-Published Book Designer and Author Sandy Garnett will recount his experience with designing self-published books and publishing his memoir "Baloney Express."

- Award-Winning Author Adair Heitmann will discuss how to promote oneself as an author.

- Stephanie Anderson of WORD Brooklyn will discuss the decision-making process in purchasing self-published works to sell.

A Facebook RSVP is appreciated but not required to attend this event.

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

Meet the Author: Priscilla Warner (Author of "Learning to Breathe")

Priscilla Warner (photo credit Jim Warner)
Priscilla Warner (photo credit Jim Warner)

On Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m., as part of our Health & Wellness Series, Priscilla Warner, author of Learning to Breathe, will be our featured speaker.

For 40 years, Priscilla Warner suffered from anxiety and panic attacks so debilitating that they left her unable to breathe. So when she read about Tibetan monks who had meditated so effectively that they were able to change their brains, Warner wanted in. Learning to Breathe chronicles Warner’s mission to rewire her brain and her body in search of her own “inner monk.” She tries spiritual chanting, meditative painting, restorative yoga, immersion in a Jewish ritual bath, and quasi-hallucinogenic Ayurvedic oil treatments. Meditating in malls instead of monasteries, Warner becomes a monk in a minivan and calms down long enough to examine her colorful family history in a new light, ultimately making peace with her past.

Priscilla Warner grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, and raised her two sons with her husband in Westchester County, New York. She coauthored the New York Times bestseller The Faith Club, and spent three years promoting the book while engaging in interfaith dialogue all across America. She has appeared on such national media outlets as the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and NPR, and writes for More magazine and The Huffington Post, among others.

A book signing and reception will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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. For more information, please click here.

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

Friday Film - "The Ides of March"

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

Friday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. -- THE IDES OF MARCH (2011) Starring George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman; Rated R; 101 minutes.

This film takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency. Based on the play by Beau Willimon.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

4 Golden Globe Award Nominations for Best PIcture (Drama), Best Actor - Ryan Gosling (Drama), Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

"The Ides of March soars." -- Rex Reed, The New York Observer

"A pulse racing thriller." -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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).

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).

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