Meet the Author - Dorie Greenspan

Meet the Chef: Dorie Greenspan - Thursday November 18th at 7 p.m.
Meet the Chef: Dorie Greenspan - Thursday November 18th at 7 p.m.

Dorie Greenspan

Author of Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours

Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m.

Dorie Greenspan has been called “a culinary guru” by The New York Times. Julia Child was a fan. And...there's more. Dorie is the author of the James Beard Award-winning Baking: From My Home to Yours, which inspired the creation of the online baking community “Tuesdays with Dorie.” Currently, her brand new book, Around My French Table, is winning raves and fans. (It is GORGEOUS!) According to New York Journal of Books, Around My French Table is “positively chock full of new interpretations of old classics as well as a few surprising new recipes.” The reviewer added, “In addition to all the wonderful recipes, her anecdotal tidbits about life in Paris are priceless.”
Dorie, who is one of the most admired of American cooks, has been visiting Paris for more than three decades and has been living there part time for the past thirteen years. In her new book, she shares the remarkable dishes – some classic, many surprising and new – that she and her French friends cook at home every day.
Around My French Table is not French cooking by the rulebook. This is the author’s “French kitchen journal” – her own synthesis of the food she’s been passionately involved with for all these years – true elbows-on-the-table food that can be made and enjoyed by everyone.
This is a book that shows how people in France eat and cook now – a timely and engaging reminder that America’s love affair with French food is as passionate and as exciting as ever.

We will be providing homemade refreshments for this event – Library staff members will be choosing from the "more than 300" recipes to prepare from Dorie's French table!

A book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase. (Think Holiday Gift Giving!!!)

This event is the first of our Fall Author Events at the Library. Click here for more information.

Dorie Greenspan’s appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.

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

Meet the Author of "A Compromised Generation," Beth Lambert

Meet the Author, Beth Lambert, on Thursday, October 28th at 7 p.m.
Meet the Author, Beth Lambert, on Thursday, October 28th at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, October 28 at 7 p.m., meet Beth Lambert, author of A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children. Ms. Lambert is a featured speaker at the Library as part of our Health & Wellness Series.

A Compromised Generation reveals how seemingly benign elements of American culture are making millions of children chronically ill, disabled, or dysfunctional. Children are being diagnosed with illnesses such as autism, asthma, allergies, and ADHD at a breathtaking rate. The author reveals how environmental factors, specific American lifestyles, and pharmaceutical over-usage are at the root of the epidemic, and offers advice on how it can be reversed.

“’A Compromised Generation’ is a thorough and gripping account of the new reality for millions of children and their families. Beth Lambert - a clever, dedicated and courageous parent armed with maternal instincts and persuasive scientific facts - shows us why “mothers know best.” She explains how environmental insults have compromised the health and future of an entire generation and also provides well-researched strategies aimed at prevention. ‘A Compromised Generation’ is a must read for protecting our children.” -- Deirdre Imus, president of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology

Beth Lambert (pictured at right) is a former healthcare consultant and teacher, and is currently the Executive Director of PEACE: Parents Ending America's Childhood Epidemic, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to education the public about the epidemic of chronic illness affecting our youth. The Q&A portion will also feature co-author Victoria Kobliner, MS, RD, a registered dietician with extensive experience using diet to help children with autism and related disorders.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Refreshments will be served.

This program is part of our Health & Wellness Series, “A Picture of Health,” an extensive series of lectures, expert panels, computer workshops, and films. Click here for all the details.

The Annual Meeting of the Friends of Darien Library

Friends of the Darien Library cordially invite you to the Annual Meeting


5:30  p.m.

Isobel Coleman, author of Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East, will be the featured speaker. Ms. Coleman is Senior Fellow for U.S. Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she focuses on the Middle East and South Asia. Her areas of expertise include democratization, civil society, economic development, regional gender issues, educational reform, and microfinance. Her writings have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and online venues such as the Huffington Post. She is a frequent speaker at academic, business, and policy conferences. In 2010, she is also serving as a track leader for the Clinton Global Initiative.

Reviews for Paradise Beneath Her Feet:

"Mercifully, Coleman...offers this engrossing portrait of real Muslim women that reveals how Islamic feminists are successfully arguing that gender inequality is contrary to both Islamic spirit and law." -- Publishers Weekly

"...portrays feminist struggles in five rather different countries: Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. Coleman uses biographical vignettes to demonstrate how some Muslim women are advancing their rights without rejecting their religious traditions." -- Library Journal

Preceding the presentation, election of officers and new trustee nominations for the year 2010/2011 will take place. Dulcy Brainard, Amy Cholnoky, Randall Heck, Suzanne McGraw, and Susan Weaver are nominated as new trustees.

Learn about the year's developments at Darien Library from James F. Clark, President of the Board, and Louise Berry, Director of the Library.

Reception and book signing to follow.

Books will be available for purchase.

Meet the Author: Gene Stone (Author of "The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick)

On Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m., as part of our Health & Wellness Series, Gene Stone, author of The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick, will be our featured speaker.

The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick tells the stories of 25 people who each possess a different secret of excellent health, and shows how we can all use these insights to improve our own lives. The stories make it personal; then comes the science, the expert authority, and the nuts and bolts. From probiotics to veganism to a daily dose of garlic, from yoga to cold showers, it’s an extensive list: 25 secrets to health and how to make each work for you.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Gene Stone is a health-savvy journalist, writer, and former Peace Corps volunteer. He’s written and/or ghostwritten more than 30 books, most recently the national bestseller The Engine 2 Diet, with Rip Esselstyn; his articles and columns have appeared in New York, Playboy, Esquire, Vogue, Elle, and GQ.

Our Health & Wellness Series, “A Picture of Health” is an extensive series of lectures, expert panels, computer workshops, and films. The schedule offers sessions on a variety of health issues, including nutrition, stress management, personal safety for children and teens, pain management, holistic medicine, sleep disorders, and medication management. For more information, please click here.

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

Concluding in Grand Fashion

Alexandra Lebenthal
Alexandra Lebenthal

What do you wear to meet a socialite?


What do you wear to meet a CEO-cialite?!

That was the question on hand (or perhaps just in my mind?!) last Thursday as Darien Library hosted it's 5th annual Adult Summer Reading Grand Finale Party!

Our guest speaker was Alexandra Lebenthal, the socially prominent (and completely stunning) President and CEO of Lebenthal & Co. and its wealth management division, Alexandra & James, Inc. Ms. Lebenthal, who also serves as a board member of the School of American Ballet and is involved with several other leading New York cultural institution (and who approves of the CEO-cialite moniker, dubbed by the press!), visited us to talk about her debut novel, The Recessionistas, which is set during the 2008 economic landslide and follows a cast of high society characters living in New York City. She gave the audience some fascinating and expert insight into the entire financial debacle and revealed the inspiration for this fictional account by sharing some of the true stories - the what, where, why, and how - that occurred in New York City among the financial and social elite at the time of the slide -- and yes, the talk did involve a bit of fashion and fierce shoes! (I took notes!)

Fascinating, entertaining, and completely enthralling. It was a quintessential summer-in-the-city experience, centered around this quintessential summer-in-the-city read! (In case you missed the event, Alexandra's presentation is posted below. And take a look at more photos from the event here.)

To make the evening complete, our guest speaker helped us draw the winners for our grand finale prizes, the Amazon Kindle (with a leather case and gift certificate to, and just for those in attendance, our last weekly tote bag filled with books (including a signed copy of The Recessionistas). Then, it was time for wine, cheese, and celebration of a summer full of reading and talking about books!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this year's program. We received over 600 participants and over 500 reviews, and over the next few weeks, we'll be adding them to our website (as reviews by "Summer Reading 2010"), so that we can all share what we thought about the books we've read over the past few months!


Alexandra Lebenthal at Darien Library from Darien Library on Vimeo.

Emily Gray Tedrowe at Darien Library - The Video of the Presentation

Last Thursday evening, July 15th, we hosted the first of our Adult Summer Reading Meet the Author events. We were delighted to welcome Emily Gray Tedrowe, the author of the critically-acclaimed novel, Commuters,and she graced us with a thoughtful and fun presentation. If you've been to our weekly Meet Us on Main Street program recently, or if you visit our website frequently, you'll know that Commuters is one of our favorites this year - highly recommended as a summertime (or anytime) read.

Emily spoke of her love of books, her memories of reading, and her memory of the conversation (gossip???) that planted the seed for this story in her mind. In the crafting of this literate first novel, the author, an award-winning short story writer, created rich and three-dimensional characters and tells the story through the voices of three main characters. Vanity. Greed. Illness. Betrayal. Love. Loss. Lust. Secrets.  ...they all converge in this multi-layered, multi-generational, one-year-in-the-life, truly original story.


Emily Gray Tedrowe, author of Commuters: A Novel from Darien Library on Vimeo.



Meet the Author: Emily Gray Tedrowe

Emily Gray Tedrowe
Emily Gray Tedrowe

Emily Gray Tedrowe

Author of Commuters: A Novel

Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m.

Living the life of a commuter may not be the ideal during the hot summer months, but we're happy to be enjoying the newly-released book, Commuters: A Novel by Emily Gray Tedrowe- an engrossing read, ideal for summer (or any time, actually). Add to that our happiness at being able to announce Ms. Tedrowe's visit here to Darien Library as part of our Adult Summer Reading program, and, well, yes...we have lots of reasons to smile.

Commuters depicts the shockwaves set in motion by the sudden marriage of one middle-class family's 78-year-old matriarch to a wealthy outsider. Winnie Easton has found love with Jerry Trevis - and their decision to purchase the biggest house in their small upstate New York town is met with anger and skepticism from their families. It's an insightful human story about human nature, the nature of families, and the inherent complexities and repercussions of those relationships and decisions. Told from alternating perspectives, Ms. Tedrowe captures the profound and the intimate in this beautifully-drawn family drama.

"Tedrowe is an exceptionally adept first-time novelist, creating a thoroughly engrossing plot, redolent settings, and intriguing characters coping valiantly with fear, terrible decisions, and the bewitchment of money. Tedrowe's tale of family conflict, shelter, love, and loss is suspenseful, funny, and tender." -- Donna Seaman, Booklist

"In her wonderfully cohesive debut novel, short story writer Tedrowe graduates to elegant novelist with a winding, convincing familial drama about the ties that bind and the bonds that bend to the breaking point... The author's deft handling of a large and distinctive cast should win raves from those who revel in this sort of ensemble crazy quilt. A lovely and literate family drama wins bonus points for its sincerity and open-hearted delivery." -- Kirkus

Recently, at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington D.C., I had the good fortune to speak with Ms. Tedrowe who was at the Harper Collins booth  signing copies of her book.  Happy to receive one, I (coincidentally) saved the book for the commute back to Connecticut. The author is delightful - the book, so completely engrossing, multi-layered and literate, it's hard to believe that she is a first-time novelist. Not only does this book seem destined to become a favorite selection for book groups, it also marks the beginning of this new novelist's solid footing in the world of literature.

A resident of Chicago, she's looking forward to her visit to Darien Library. We look forward to welcoming her!

Please join us on Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m. for this very special Adult Summer Reading author event.

Refreshments will be served.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Books will be available for purchase.


Lee Child at Darien Library - The Video of the Presentation

Lee Child visited the Library on June 6th. His newest book is
Lee Child visited the Library on June 6th. His newest book is "61 Hours."

When Lee Child was here last Sunday to talk about his newest book in the Reacher series61 Hours, we had a standing-room only crowd for his most-excellent presentation. It was such an honor to host the #1 bestselling author, and it was made doubly (triply?!) satisfying because he was warm and interesting and funny and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. One fan drove from upstate Connecticut, through near-tornado conditions to see her favorite author. Attendance at the event was an early Father's Day surprise for another one of our visitors, whose family beamed as he was, indeed, delightfully surprised. 

Forgive us if we are still on a little bit of an author high ourselves. We are overjoyed that Lee agreed to make Darien Library a stop on his international tour. (Pause. Reflect. Sigh. Put feet on ground.)

For those of you who were here for the program, you'll recall that the author took a photo of the audience to post on his website. Well, post it he did! Here's the photo of us (at right) and you can read what he had to say on his tour blog by clicking here.

If you were unable to attend Sunday's smash event, below is the video of the author presentation. And if you were here for the event, we know that you know that you'll just have to watch it again to see if it really was as good as you remember. (It was!) 

Lee Child author of 61 Hours from Darien Library on Vimeo.

Author Julie Hersh Visits Darien Library: A Video of the Presentation

Author Julie Hersh visited Darien Library on Friday, June 4, 2010.
Author Julie Hersh visited Darien Library on Friday, June 4, 2010.

Last Friday, Darien Library held a special Meet-the-Author event with Julie K. Hersh, author of the recently released book, Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope. The book shares with great candour and humility the author's intense struggles with depression.

In this very eloquent, engaging, and entertaining presentation, Julie tells the story of her depression, the factors that contributed to the seriousness of her illness, and the controversial treatment, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), that aided in her recovery. She also shares practical tips for distinguishing between having a "down" day and being depressed, the additional factors that helped Julie achieve mental health again, and ways that you can to maintain your mental health, as well.


Julie K. Hersh author of Struck by Living from Darien Library on Vimeo.

For additional resources pertaining to mental health awareness in the local community, The Community Fund of Darien has published Creating Connections, a directory of mental health and support services for Darien. Click here to access the full directory. Specific hotlines within Darien that attend to mental health include:

Infoline: 211
Child Guidance: 888-825-6777
Family Centers: 877-349-4689


"Struck by Living" Author at the Library

Julie K. Hersh
Julie K. Hersh

On Friday, June 4 at 10 a.m., Julie K. Hersh will be at the Library to speak about her new book, Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope. Ms. Hersh is a mother, corporate wife, and advocate for mental health awareness. The book traces Ms. Hersh’s search for identity through her career, interfaith marriage, motherhood, and clinical depression. In “Struck by Living,” Hersh picks apart the irony of her life with humor and brutal honesty. Despite having a loving husband, healthy children, and financial security, she tried to kill herself three times.

(A study conducted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported in September 2009 that 2.3 million adults had made a suicidal plan and that 1.1 million adults actually attempted suicide in the past year in the United States.)

“My goal with ‘Struck by Living’ is to dispel the stigma associated with mental illness and make it more real for those who have never experienced depression,” the author says. Ms. Hersh’s recovery path includes electroconvulsive therapy, also known as ECT. “In my case, ECT was that last option for pulling me out of depression much like a triple bypass is used for someone with severe heart disease,” she states. In summary, her book provides a personal account of what a clinically depressed person feels and the challenges faced for a medical problem with an inexact methodology for recovery.

"As a severe case, Hersh gives a clear, resonant voice to many aspects of a complicated illness, while offering a moving and hopeful (though at times frightening) narrative for those fighting to overcome depression's worst." -- Publishers Weekly 

The program will include refreshments and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

Please join us for this important author event.

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