Spring Author Abundance!

It's not even officially spring yet, but we are abloom with spring author news! Our spring has just been extended with some added bounty and color for our Spring Author Series. As if it wasn't already great enough (great? It's fantastic!), we have just added two authors to our Meet the Author events. T. J. Stiles, author of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt will be here on Thursday, May 13th at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m. we will welcome Lee Child, whose new Reacher novel, 61 Hours will be hot off the presses. All the details are below.

Our March authors focus on family and home; health and hearth.

 

Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m.

JUDITH WARNER - Author of We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication

Each year, millions of families struggle with how to help children who are suffering from a host of disorders, including autism, Asperger’s disorder, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and more. Treatment and remedies are topics that involve some of the most important and complex decisions that parents will ever make for their children. In her newest book, Judith Warner, New York Times bestselling author of 2005’s Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, returns to explore the answers to two very timely questions: Are we overdiagnosing and overmedicating our children? Are parents and physicians labeling children to “explain away” bad behavior? The author followed and spoke with a cross-section of parents, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other experts over the course of her five years of rigorous research for her insightful and compelling book. With sensitivity, compassion, honesty, and clarity, as seen through the stories of real children and their families, Warner brings concerns and perspective to this controversial debate. This program is co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness Network.

 

 

Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

JOHN BARRICELLI - Author of The SoNo Baking Company Cookbook: The Best Sweet and Savory Recipes for Every Occasion

John Barricelli is the owner of the SoNo Baking Company & Café in South Norwalk, a sought-after destination for artisanal breads, specialty cakes, delicate pastries, and much more. As a third generation baker, host of PBS’s Everyday Baking from Everyday Food, and regular guest on NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, Barricelli emphasizes using the best ingredients, techniques, and equipment to produce beautiful, professional-quality results at home. In this visually stunning new cookbook, he presents 150 comprehensive, easy-to-follow, and inventive recipes for sweet and savory items, including cookies, cobblers, pies, brownies, tarts, and quiches. Feast on delectable treats from SoNo Baking Company & Café while the author shares expert tips that will empower both novices and the most advanced chefs to revamp their baking repertoires and create new variations on old favorites.

 

 

Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

CHARLOTTE SMITH - Author of Dreaming of Dior: Every Dress Tells a Story

Five years ago, Charlotte Smith, Curator of The Fashion and Textile Gallery in Sydney, Australia, inherited a priceless vintage clothing collection from her American Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell. Dating from 1790 to 1995, the collection had been a lifetime labor of love for Darnell and consists of more than 5,000 treasures, ranging from a pioneer womans daintily mended best dress to couture originals by Dior, Chanel, and Balenciaga. Once Smith received the collection and unearthed her godmother’s book of stories about the dresses and the women who wore them, the true value of what was bequeathed to her actually hit home – that this isn’t a mere collection of beautiful things; it is a collection of lives – tiny snapshots of joys and disappointments, entrances and exits, and triumphs and tragedies. The book, complete with gorgeous illustrations by Grant Cowan, is for any woman who knows that a dress can hold a lifetime of memories. The author’s presentation will include a display of several pieces from the collection.

Sunday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m.

JONATHAN EIG - Author of Get Capone: The Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

Packed with booze, bullets, and blood, this is American history at its most riveting, written by New York Times best-selling and critically-acclaimed author Jonathan Eig (Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season). Part biography and part detective story, Get Capone shatters many of the myths surrounding the man referred to as “Scarface.” Drawing on newly discovered wiretaps, memos, IRS documents, prison records, and personal letters of Al Capone, the book explores how America’s “Public Enemy No. 1” was caught not by Elliot Ness and his “Untouchables” but by government attorneys and accountants operating on direct orders from President Herbert Hoover. Eig explains how Capone, a son of Italian immigrants, rose from small-time thuggery in Brooklyn to become one of the world’s first international celebrities and America’s most ruthless and successful gangster.  

 

Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m.

T. J. STILES - Author of The First Tycoon: the Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

This national bestseller and 2009 National Book Award Winner for Nonfiction is a gripping, groundbreaking biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism.

Founder of a dynasty, builder of the original Grand Central, creator of an impossibly vast fortune, by far the wealthiest man of his time, Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt is an American icon. In this definitive life of the great capitalist, we see Vanderbilt help to launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation. In fact, as T. J. Stiles elegantly argues, Vanderbilt did more than perhaps any other individual to create the economic world we live in today.

"A mighty - and mighty confident - work...This is state-of-the-art biography, crisper and mroe piquant than a 600-page book has any right to be." -- The New York Times

"Stiles, a superb researcher, has unearthed quantities of new material and crafted them into the illuminating, authoritative portrait of Vanderbilt that has been missing for so long." -- The Washington Post

(T. J. Stiles' appearance is jointly funded by the Friends of the Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore.)

 

 Sunday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m.

LEE CHILD - Author of 61 Hours

Lee Child is the #1 internationally bestselling author of 13 Reacher thrillers, including The New York Times bestsellers The Enemy, One Shot, The Hard Way, and the #1 bestselling Bad Luck and Trouble, and Nothing to Lose. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and the Nero awards for Best Novel. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City.

61 Hours is Lee Child's 14th Reacher novel. Jack Reacher is back and the countdown has begun! Get ready for the most exciting 61 hours of your life. Lee Child's latest thriller is a ticking time bomb of suspense that builds electric tension on every page.

“All good thriller writers know how to build suspense and keep the pages turning, but only better ones deliver tight plots as well, and only the best allow the reader to match wits with both the hero and the author. Bestseller Child does all of that in spades.... [He] sets things up subtly and ingeniously, then lets Reacher use both strength and guile to find his way to the exciting climax.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review (Review for Gone Tomorrow)

"Do yourself a favor and get hooked on this series." - Cleaveland Plain Dealer

Each presentation will conclude with a book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Today at the Library: Meet the Author -Chris Cleave, Author of "Little Bee"

Chris Cleave
Chris Cleave

On February 28 at 2 p.m., we will welcome Chris Cleave, author of the global sensation, Little Bee.This program is part of our 2010 Spring Author Series.

 

Published in the United States in February 2009, Chris Cleave’s incandescent novel, Little Bee, was an instant favorite with readers (including ours!), a New York Times bestseller, and praise poured in from booksellers and critics alike.

 “Stunning” – People (Four Stars and a People Pick) 

“…[an] immensely readable and moving second novel… The character and voice of ‘Little Bee’ reveals Cleave at his finest… An affecting story of human triumph.” – New York Times Book Review

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

For all the details, click here.

For more information about our Spring Author Series, click here.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle.

 

Sunday at the Library: Chris Cleave, Author of "Little Bee" (!!!)

On February 28 at 2 p.m., we will welcome Chris Cleave, author of the global sensation, Little Bee.This program is part of our 2010 Spring Author Series.

Published in the United States in February 2009, Chris Cleave’s incandescent novel, Little Bee, was an instant favorite with readers (including ours!), a New York Times bestseller, and praise poured in from booksellers and critics alike.

Little Bee tells the story of a young Nigerian girl, Little Bee, a refugee from the internecine tribal oil wars of her country, who has fled to England in order to survive. The story is told in two alternating and distinct voices, Little Bee’s carefully acquired Queen’s English, laden with observational wit, and the more ironic voice of Sarah, an Englishwoman whose destiny is inextricably linked to this young African girl’s. Cleave deftly combines humor with pathos in this timely tale of friendship, national identity, responsibility, grief, and redemption. With this entertaining, poignant, and thought-provoking novel, Chris Cleave has crafted a story about many things, both large and small: the plight of refugees, the quiet violence of selfishness, the last vestiges of hope in a grueling world, and the dilemma of being human.

 “Stunning” – People (Four Stars and a People Pick) 

“…[an] immensely readable and moving second novel… The character and voice of ‘Little Bee’ reveals Cleave at his finest… An affecting story of human triumph.” – New York Times Book Review

“‘Little Bee’ will blow you away… In restrained, diamond-hard prose, Cleave alternates between these two characters’ points of view as he pulls the threads of their dark – but often funny – story tight. What unfolds between them…is both surprising and inevitable, thoroughly satisfying if also heart-rending.” – Washington Post

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

For more information about our Spring Author Series, click here.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle

Signs of Spring (with signings)!

Meet the Author: Chris Cleave, author of
Meet the Author: Chris Cleave, author of "Little Bee" - Sunday, February 28th at 2 p.m.

We know it's a little early, but we have early spring news that is certain to brighten your day and your calendar. (And let's face it, we couldn't wait to tell you all about it!)

Just Announced! Darien Library Spring Author Series!

We have so much to share with you this spring! We'll meet the author who created the global sensation, Little Bee, and hear from an expert voice in the debate over overmedicating our children. We'll be welcoming authors from SoNo and from Sydney; learning about the savory and the sweet from the host of Everyday Baking from Everyday Food, and experiencing a vintage advantage...as in dresses and accessories...as in couture originals. We will conclude with a bang...a true story packed with booze, bullets, and blood. 

Curious? Here's all you'll need to know!

Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m.

CHRIS CLEAVE - Author of Little Bee

Published in the United States in February 2009, Little Bee, by award-winning British author Chris Cleave (Incendiary), was a New York Times bestseller, an instant favorite with readers, and a critical darling. This entertaining, poignant, and thought-provoking novel, narrated by two alternating and distinct voices, tells the story of the relationship between seemingly polar opposites – a young Nigerian girl who has fled the tribal oil wars of her homeland in hopes of seeking asylum in a new country, and an Englishwoman, whose life, with a beautiful house, a traditional family, and success as the editor of a fashion magazine, appears perfect on paper. When the pair meet in a stunning scene on the beaches of Africa, their destinies become inextricably linked and they learn that they have more in common than they ever thought possible. Cleave deftly combines humor with pathos in this timely tale of friendship, national identity, responsibility, grief, and redemption, and he has crafted a story about many things, both large and small: the plight of refugees, the quiet violence of selfishness, the last vestiges of hope in a grueling world, and the dilemma of being human.

Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m.

JUDITH WARNER - Author of We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication

Each year, millions of families struggle with how to help children who are suffering from a host of disorders, including autism, Asperger’s disorder, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and more. Treatment and remedies are topics that involve some of the most important and complex decisions that parents will ever make for their children. In her newest book, Judith Warner, New York Times bestselling author of 2005’s Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, returns to explore the answers to two very timely questions: Are we overdiagnosing and overmedicating our children? Are parents and physicians labeling children to “explain away” bad behavior? The author followed and spoke with a cross-section of parents, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other experts over the course of her five years of rigorous research for her insightful and compelling book. With sensitivity, compassion, honesty, and clarity, as seen through the stories of real children and their families, Warner brings concerns and perspective to this controversial debate. This program is co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness Network.

Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

JOHN BARRICELLI - Author of The SoNo Baking Company Cookbook: The Best Sweet and Savory Recipes for Every Occasion

John Barricelli is the owner of the SoNo Baking Company & Café in South Norwalk, a sought-after destination for artisanal breads, specialty cakes, delicate pastries, and much more. As a third generation baker, host of PBS’s Everyday Baking from Everyday Food, and regular guest on NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, Barricelli emphasizes using the best ingredients, techniques, and equipment to produce beautiful, professional-quality results at home. In this visually stunning new cookbook, he presents 150 comprehensive, easy-to-follow, and inventive recipes for sweet and savory items, including cookies, cobblers, pies, brownies, tarts, and quiches. Feast on delectable treats from SoNo Baking Company & Café while the author shares expert tips that will empower both novices and the most advanced chefs to revamp their baking repertoires and create new variations on old favorites.

Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

CHARLOTTE SMITH - Author of Dreaming of Dior: Every Dress Tells a Story

Five years ago, Charlotte Smith, Curator of The Fashion and Textile Gallery in Sydney, Australia, inherited a priceless vintage clothing collection from her American Quaker godmother, Doris Darnell. Dating from 1790 to 1995, the collection had been a lifetime labor of love for Darnell and consists of more than 5,000 treasures, ranging from a pioneer womans daintily mended best dress to couture originals by Dior, Chanel, and Balenciaga. Once Smith received the collection and unearthed her godmother’s book of stories about the dresses and the women who wore them, the true value of what was bequeathed to her actually hit home – that this isn’t a mere collection of beautiful things; it is a collection of lives – tiny snapshots of joys and disappointments, entrances and exits, and triumphs and tragedies. The book, complete with gorgeous illustrations by Grant Cowan, is for any woman who knows that a dress can hold a lifetime of memories. The author’s presentation will include a display of several pieces from the collection.

Sunday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m.

JONATHAN EIG - Author of Get Capone: The Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

Packed with booze, bullets, and blood, this is American history at its most riveting, written by New York Times best-selling and critically-acclaimed author Jonathan Eig (Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season). Part biography and part detective story, Get Capone shatters many of the myths surrounding the man referred to as “Scarface.” Drawing on newly discovered wiretaps, memos, IRS documents, prison records, and personal letters of Al Capone, the book explores how America’s “Public Enemy No. 1” was caught not by Elliot Ness and his “Untouchables” but by government attorneys and accountants operating on direct orders from President Herbert Hoover. Eig explains how Capone, a son of Italian immigrants, rose from small-time thuggery in Brooklyn to become one of the world’s first international celebrities and America’s most ruthless and successful gangster. 

Each presentation will conclude with a book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Tonight @ the Library: Meet the Author - Amy Bloom

Thursday at 7 p.m. - Amy Bloom
(Photo credit BethKelly Photography)
Thursday at 7 p.m. - Amy Bloom (Photo credit BethKelly Photography)

Bestselling author Amy Bloom will be here on Thursday, January 21st at 7 p.m. to talk about her just-released book, Where the God of Love Hangs Out.

Bloom, beloved for her short stories, is also the author of Away, Come to Me, and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You.

Here's some buzz about the new book:

Janet Maslin of The New York Times calls Where the God of Love Hangs Out a “beautifully astute new book” and adds “Ms. Bloom is as interested in the forces that rupture bonds as in the ones that, against all odds and sometimes at terrible risk, manage to create them. The subtle, stirring title story ably illustrates Ms. Bloom’s tremendous gift for imagining life as a series of choices, with the paths not taken as vivid as the ones that are.”

“Richly drawn… Bloom bravely exposes the double-edged nature of sex and romantic love, her two great subjects.” —Elle Magazine

“If you delight in the densely detailed, wryly funny, provocative fiction of Amy Bloom, her new story collection will not disappoint…To read Bloom is to fall in love—with her characters and with the magic that language can make.” —More Magazine

A book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for sale. Refreshments will be served.

Click here for more information.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library's contributions to our Annual Campaign, and the author's appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.

Amy Bloom (Will Hang Out) at Darien Library

Amy Bloom (Photo credit BethKelly Photography)
Amy Bloom (Photo credit BethKelly Photography)

On Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m., Amy Bloom, author of Away, and the just-released  Where the God of Love Hangs Out, will be hanging out with us right here at Darien Library! She is a New York Times bestselling author, a National Book Award Finalist, and a National Book Critics Circle Nominee. Where the God of Love Hangs Out , which comes out on January 12th, is an interconnected story collection focusing on two pairs of people, and radiating out from there to all the complexities of love, family, and friendship.

Amy Bloom is a beloved short story writer, whose writing has been praised by The New York Times as “alive with incident and unforgettable characters.” The Boston Globe comments that “it’s not easy to be lyrical, funny, and brilliant all at once, and Bloom is.”

Bloom’s trademark wry humor, dazzling prose, strong voice, and lively particulars can be found throughout Where the God of Love Hangs Out, as a student comes to terms with her roommate’s murder, a mother and stepson share a dark secret, and two married middle-aged friends begin an affair, among other complicated entanglements.

“Amy Bloom’s new stories are heartbreaking marvels of concision.” – Elle Magazine

Amy Bloom's training and long experience as a psychotherapist bring an insightfulness and an understanding of complex emotions to her writing. She is the author two collections of prize-winning and acclaimed story collections, Come to Me and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, Slate, and Salon. She teaches creative writing at Yale University.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for sale. Refreshments will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library's contributions to our Annual Campaign, and the author's appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.

 

Tonight at the Library: Norb Vonnegut - Author of "Top Producer"

Norb Vonnegut
Norb Vonnegut

 

Coming to Darien Library on Thursday, December 17th at 7 p.m.!

NORB VONNEGUT

Author of Top Producer

Norb Vonnegut built an extensive career in private wealth management, most recently as Managing Director with a finance boutique in New York City and previously with Morgan Stanley, Paine Webber, and Kidder, Peabody. Now he brings the reader into the world of Top Producer, a sharp and twisted thriller that moves at breakneck pace.

Click here for all the details.

 

 

December = Destination Darien

Dr. Mark Schenker of Yale University to speak on December 1st at 7PM
Dr. Mark Schenker of Yale University to speak on December 1st at 7PM

Tuesday, December 1st at 7 PM

Over the past few months, you have joined Darien Library's staff as we have visited England, Nigeria, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, China, and France - and even found a bit of time to have some truly inspiring conversations about books! Though there were a lot of differing opinions about the characters, the authors' intents, the plots, and even the book covers, all who participated in this year's Fall Book Discussion SeriesAdventures for the Armchair Traveler, were able to settle on one single idea - that there is nothing quite like experiencing other cultures...other ideas...other lives...through a beautifully written word.

And whether or not you have read our selections for this series (Little Bee, A Golden Age, The Painter From Shanghai, and the one that seems to have generated the most love/hate relationships of them all - The Elegance of the Hedgehog), you won't want to miss out on the conclusion to our adventures in travel; it will surely be a treat for us all!

Our final destination is home - Darien Library, in fact! We welcome back one of our favorite speakers, Dr. Mark Schenker of Yale University, who will visit us on December 1st at 7:00 p.m.  to give a fascinating lecture, "Imagined Travels to Real Places: How Fiction Connects Us to Places We've Never Been." We will learn about how fiction, more than simply visiting a country as a tourist, allows us to experience another place or culture so that we really understand...we "get it" and not just "get there." It will surely be a treat for us all! 

Mark J. Schenker has been at Yale College since 1990. He is currently an associate dean of the College and dean of academic affairs. Born and raised in New York City, he received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia, New York University, and Trinity College (Hartford). He was the recipient of the 2001 Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar, presented by the Connecticut Humanities Council.

"Top Producer" Production

Norb Vonnegut
Norb Vonnegut

Coming to Darien Library on Thursday, December 17th at 7 p.m.!

NORB VONNEGUT

Author of Top Producer

Norb Vonnegut built an extensive career in private wealth management, most recently as Managing Director with a finance boutique in New York City and previously with Morgan Stanley, Paine Webber, and Kidder, Peabody. Now he brings the reader into the world of Top Producer, a sharp and twisted thriller that moves at breakneck pace.

Let's set the scene:

TOP PRODUCER takes readers into the world of Grove O’Rourke, a rising star at the brokerage firm of Sachs, Kidder, and Carnegie, who has buried his recent personal losses in an adrenaline-fueled pursuit of wealth for his clients. Grove is no stranger to rough patches, but now his life appears to be heading into a real tailspin. After he—along with several hundred other people—witnesses his close friend Charlie Keleman die in the most gruesome way imaginable, Grove sets out to help Charlie’s widow. And help is just what she needs; Charlie was a financial wiz and the genius behind a fantastic hedge fund, but the money he was managing seems to have vanished. And Alex Romanov, a friendly competitor on Wall Street (as if there could possibly be such a thing), has expressed a very keen interest in any information on Charlie’s assets that Grove can turn up—information that, as Grove starts to piece it together, makes him a much-sought-after man in certain homicidal circles.

Here's what people are saying:

"The Gold Standard for financial thrillers." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Norb Vonnegut's Top Producer begins where Liar’s Poker and The Bonfire of the Vanities left off and puts an electrifying spin on the winner-take-all culture of Wall Street. Turn to the first page and plunge into the shark-infested waters of high finance and greed."  - Brent Ghelfi, ITW Award-nominated author of Volk’s Game and The Venona Cable

Here's what Norb is saying:

 "A funny thing happened during my 60-hour weeks as a wealth adviser. I discovered the joy of writing. For years I wrote about investment decisions, why we bought this stock or sold that one. I loved the wordplay, but the letters never quite sated my appetite. I addressed stiff, technical issues like free cash flow or capital adequacy. Frankly, the ratios made my teeth hurt. I longed to write stories about Wall Street's people, the crazy things that percolate through trading floors and broker bullpens. So I wroteTop Producer. My debut Wall Street thriller was published [in] September 2009. My characters hail from the trenches of finance. Brokers. Traders. Sales assistants. There is the occasional CEO, or the bigger-than-life hedgie. But I care most about the rank and file, the everyday Joes that come with warts and canker sores. In Top Producer they find themselves thrust into uncomfortable worlds by forces far beyond their control."

Here's what we're saying:

Please join us for this fun and fabulous author event!

A book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

Refreshments will be served.

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

Videocasts for "Just in Case"

Just in case you missed one of our Meet the Author events...or want to watch it again...and/or wish to share the experience with a friend, you'll be head-over-heels happy that our videocasts for some recent authors are now on our website. Click on the images below to watch Chris Welles Feder, David Baldacci, A.J. Jacobs, and Jayanti Tamm. To see all available videocasts from Darien Library, click here.

 

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