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.

 

A new angle on Orson Welles

Chris Welles Feder
Chris Welles Feder

Last night, we had the honor and the pleasure of meeting and hearing from Chris Welles Feder, the oldest daughter of Orson Welles. Her new book is called In My Father's Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles and we filled the house with an audience eager to learn more about her father, the icon, and the man. What a thrill it was to listen to her talk about this great man. We have seen Orson Welles through many angles - mostly brilliant camera angles of his own accord, but to be able to share in the personal reminiscences of his darling Christopher (yes, he named his daughter Christopher Welles...because he liked the sound of it) was a joyous and meaningful event. 

Her life in the unreal world of Hollywood (and Europe and South Africa and...) is well...bigger than life...just like her father. We learned how William Randolph Hearst tried to destroy Orson Welles because of Citizen Kane,  that Welles loved Croatia and Spain, that though he said he hated acting, she believed otherwise, and she described their banter - warm, cozy, comfortable, and fun. She talked about his character and how his beliefs and his actions helped, not only to shape her, but to make a difference in the world.

Her story about her father taking her to see The Third Man when she was 11 was fun and endearing, and we love that he howled with laughter at her response to his villainous character. When you read the book, you'll note that she often makes her father laugh. Do not assume that it was simply a father's indulgent laugh; this woman is smart and funny and fascinating and we are delighted that we got to spend time with her!

Click here to see photos from the event and check back soon to see the video.

Today at 5:30 p.m.: Meet the Author - Chris Welles Feder

Did you catch the great story about our next author visit in The Advocate? Click here to read all about it!

CHRIS WELLES FEDER - Author of In My Father's Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles

Sunday, November 15, 5:30 p.m.

Orson Welles's oldest daughter, Chris Welles Feder, has written a revealing book about one of cinema's greatest icons. Click here for all the details.

 A book signing and wine and cheese reception will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

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

True blue fans for "True Blue" and Baldacci

Last night, we continued our Fall Author Series with a visit from international bestselling novelist David Baldacci. His new book, True Blue, came out just last week and as expected, is already heading full-speed ahead to the top of the bestseller lists. 

Anyone who's read his books knows that he is smart, creative, and has a wonderful ability to create intriguing characters and page-turning plots. What our audience found out last night was that he's funny, very entertaining, thoughtful, and philanthropic. His presentation was wonderful and fun and inspiring. He talked about his family, his life as an attorney in D.C., and of course, his life as a writer. His stories of his encounters with fans, the mayor of Barga, Italy, his daughter's classroom, former bosses, and Amtrak police brought smiles and laughs to our audience in this great shared experience. 

If you missed last night's program, we'll have the full event available online as a videocast next week, but in the meantime, here's the smallest snippet from the presentation taken from my little (shaky) camera:

Thank you, thank you, thank you David Baldacci for a most memorable evening! (Truly.)

Today 5:30! Meet the Author: Michael Mauboussin

Michael Mauboussin
Michael Mauboussin

Michael Mauboussin, author of the new book, Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition, will be the featured speaker at the Library on Sunday, November 1 at 5:30 p.m.

Mr. Mauboussin is also the author of More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places, which was named one of the best business books by Business Week in 2006. In his new book, the author addresses the decision-making process for those in all fields -- leaders who make crucial decisions every day. The harsh truth is, according to Mr. Mauboussin, that they mismanage many of those choices even though they have the right intentions. He explains that we fall victim to simplified mental routines that prevent us from coping with the complex realities inherent in important judgment calls. Yet these cognitive errors are preventable. In Think Twice, you will learn how to recognize and avoid common missteps.

Sharing vivid stories from business and beyond, Mr. Mauboussin offers powerful rules for avoiding each error. And he explains when it's time to think twice, to question your reasoning, and adopt decision-making strategies that are far more effective, even if they seem counterintuitive.

Michael Mauboussin, a Darien resident, is Chief Investment Strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management. He has been an adjunct professor of finance at Columbia Business School since 1993. Business Week's Guide to Best Business Schools highlighted him as one of the school's "Outstanding Faculty," a distinction received by only seven professors.

Mr. Mauboussin's appearance at Darien Library is part of our Fall Author Series.

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

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

Meet the Author: Chris Welles Feder

Chris Welles Feder
Chris Welles Feder

 

CHRIS WELLES FEDER - Author of In My Father's Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles

Sunday, November 15, 5:30 p.m.

Orson Welles's oldest daughter, Chris Welles Feder, has written a revealing book about one of cinema's greatest icons. Though many books have been written about Orson Welles, the mastermind behind such films as Citizen Kane and Touch of Evil, none have provided the deeply personal and nuanced portrait that emerges from Welles Feder's memories of her father. Featuring more than 50 photographs of Orson Welles and his family and friends, In My Father's Shadow offers a moving and insightful look at life lived in the shadow of a legendary figure; it is an immensely entertaining story of growing up a child of Hollywood.

This Meet the Author Event is part of the Fall Author Series at the Library.

A book signing and wine and cheese reception will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

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

Please be sure to catch our Orson Welles Movie Matinees during the week leading up to Chris Welles Feder's visit! Click here for more information.

It's True! David Baldacci is coming to Darien Library!

David Baldacci
David Baldacci

 

Our Fall Author Series Continues!

DAVID BALDACCI

Thursday, November 5th at 7 p.m

Internationally-acclaimed author David Baldacci shocked the publishing world when he burst onto the literary scene with his first novel, Absolute Power. Since then, he has written 13 additional bestselling works and is best known for his Camel Club series and the King and Maxwell series. On Thursday, November 5th, he is coming here to talk about his brand new book, True Blue and (truly!) we couldn't be happier! 

He is also the author of Total Control, The Winner, The Simple Truth, Saving Faith, Wish You Well, Last Man Standing, The Christmas Train, Split Second, Hour Game, The Camel Club, The Collectors, Simple Genius, Stone Cold, The Whole Truth, Divine Justice, and First Family. All of his books have been national and international bestsellers and over 90 million of his books appear in print and are published worldwide in at least 45 languages.

 A wine and cheese reception and book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

Please note: Donations of new and gently-used books will be accepted at this Library event to benefit Feeding Body & Mind,  a literacy program sponsored by Mr. Baldacci’s family foundation, the Wish You Well Foundation, which works to eliminate illiteracy. Feeding Body & Mind is a joint effort with Feeding America, that strives to meet both physical and intellectual needs through food and book donations for those in need. Through Feeding Body & Mind, new and gently-used books are collected and distributed through Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks.

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

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