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 woman’s 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).