Meet the Author - Kristen Harnisch

Kristen Harnisch [credit: Alix Martinex Photography]
Kristen Harnisch [credit: Alix Martinex Photography]

Tuesday, October 21st at 7 p.m.

Kristen Harnisch, author of The Vintner's Daughter, will be our featured speaker.

In 1895, seventeen-year-old Sara Thibault’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as master winemaker at their stunning Loire Valley family vineyard, Saint Martin. Although many don’t understand her ambition, Sara forges ahead toward her goal with a determination that will soon prove essential.

When Sara’s father is killed in a mudslide, her mother sells their land to a business rival whose eldest son married Sara’s sister, Lydia. Sara is shocked and deeply disappointed, having hoped to take over, to make her father proud. Disappointment quickly turns to fear when she realizes that her new brother-in-law Bastien has no real interest in the vineyard and far too much interest in her.

A violent tragedy leaves Bastien dead and compels the sisters to flee to America. Sara plans to eventually reclaim her family’s vineyard, but for now she travels to California in hopes of making her own way in the winemaking world. When she encounters Bastien’s brother, Philippe—a man as committed to bringing his brother’s killer to justice as he is to building the largest vineyard in the Napa region—they are instantly drawn to each other. But now she must make a choice: to risk discovery or run again. Will he help her regain Saint Martin, or prosecute her for her crime? How much more can she lose? And what loss is finally too great to bear?

About the Author

Kristen Harnisch drew upon her extensive research and experiences living in the San Francisco Bay Area and visiting the Loire Valley to create the story for The Vintner's Daughter, the first in a series about the changing world of vineyard life at the turn of the century. Harnisch has a degree in economics from Villanova University and currently resides in Darien, Connecticut, where she has lived for fourteen years.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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

Meet the Author - Marilyn Johnson

Marilyn Johnson
Marilyn Johnson

Thursday, November 13th at 7 p.m.

Marilyn Johnson, author of Lives in Ruins, will be our featured speaker.

Lives in Ruins is an absorbing and entertaining look at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past. Johnson digs and drinks alongside archaeologists, chases them through the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and even Machu Picchu, and excavates their lives. Her subjects share stories we rarely read in history books, about slaves and Ice Age hunters, ordinary soldiers of the American Revolution, children of the first century, Chinese woman warriors, sunken fleets, mummies.

What drives these archaeologists is not the money (meager) or the jobs (scarce) or the working conditions (dangerous), but their passion for the stories that would otherwise be buried and lost.

About the Author

Marilyn Johnson has been a staff writer for Life and an editor at Esquire, Redbook, and Outside. The Dead Beat was chosen for the Borders Original Voices program and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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

Video of Nicholas Dawidoff

On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Nicholas Dawidoff, author of "Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football", was our featured speaker.

Football is the country's most popular pastime, and yet most of what happens in today's NFL is a mystery. The New York Jets gave Nicholas Dawidoff a security code, a locker, an office in the scouting department, and for an entire year he lived with the team. He has written a vivid, funny, and moving narrative about an emblematic NFL season that deepens the way we know the game.

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Video of Michael Sears

On Wednesday, November 6, 2012, Michael Sears, author of "Mortal Bonds" was our featured speaker.

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Meet the Author - J. Michael Lennon

J. Michael Lennon
J. Michael Lennon

Sunday, February 9 at 5 p.m.

J. Michael Lennon, author of Norman Mailer: A Double Life, will be our featured speaker.

After knowing Mailer and his work intimately for many years, Lennon became his authorized biographer in 2006, with complete access to all his papers, library, and massive correspondence – about 45,000 letters over sixty-eight years. In Mailer’s final years, Lennon conducted more than twenty extensive interviews with him, and over the last thirty months of Mailer’s life, Lennon visited him daily in his longtime home in Provincetown, Massachusetts. “While always his own best lawyer,” Lennon writes, “Mailer never hinted at how he wished to be portrayed, nor did he ask my intentions. He answered all my questions candidly and with much good humor, enjoining me to ‘put everything in.’” In addition, Lennon had the full cooperation of Mailer’s last wife of twenty-seven years, the late Norris Church Mailer, as well as his sister and lifelong confidante, Barbara Mailer Wasserman, and the rest of the Mailer family.

Praise for Norman Mailer: A Double Life

“A must-read for students and admirers of Mailer’s work.” — Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

J. Michael Lennon is Emeritus Vice President for Academic Affairs and Emeritus Professor of English at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. In addition to being chair of the editorial board of The Mailer Review, he has written or edited several books about and with Mailer, including Norman Mailer’s Letters on An American Dream, 1963-69; Norman Mailer: Works and Days; Conversations with Norman Mailer; and Critical Essays on Norman Mailer. He is the past president of both the Norman Mailer Society and the James Jones Literary Society and serves on the board of both organizations. From 2005-2007, he was a literary consultant to the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas-Austin, where he assisted in the cataloguing of Mailer’s papers, and was a Fellow there in 2009. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Playboy, Provincetown Arts, New York, Modern Language Studies, Chicago Tribune, and New England Review, among other publications. He lives in Westport, Massachusetts.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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

Video of Michael Paterniti

On Wednesday, July 7, 2013, Michael Paterniti, author of The Telling Room, was our featured speaker.

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Video of Susan Conley

On Thursday, October 3, 2013, Susan Conley, author of "The Foremost Good Fortune" and "Paris was the Place", was our featured speaker.

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Meet the Author - Patricia Wells

Patricia Wells
Patricia Wells

Wednesday, October 23 at 7 p.m.

Patricia Wells, author of The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence, will be our featured speaker.

Focusing on the fresh, inspiring recipes and lessons from the much-coveted classes held in her beautiful homes in Paris and Provence, Patricia takes you into her life in France, telling the story of how her school began and the many memorable experiences she shared with family, friends, and students.

About the Author

Patricia Wells is a journalist, author, and teacher who runs a popular cooking school, At Home with Patricia Wells, in Paris and Provence. She has won the James Beard Award for The Provence Cookbook, Patricia Wells at Home in Provence, and Simply French. Also nominated for the James Beard Awards were Vegetable Harvest and The Paris Cookbook. Her other works include Simply Truffles, The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris, The Food Lover’s Guide to France, Bistro Cooking, Patricia Wells’ Trattoria, l’Atelier of Joel Robuchon, and with her husband, Walter, We’ve Always Had Paris…and Provence. The French government has honored her as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, recognizing her contribution to French culture. A former New York Times reporter, she is the only foreigner and the only woman to serve as restaurant critic for a major French publication, L’Express. For more than twenty-five years she was the global restaurant critic for the International Herald Tribune.

Patricia Wells' appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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

Meet the Author - Michael Paterniti

Michael Paterniti
Michael Paterniti

Wednesday, August 7 at 7 p.m.

Michael Paterniti, author of The Telling Room, will be our featured speaker. This event will include a cheese tasting by Fairfield Cheese Company.

In the fall of 1991, at Zingerman’s deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michael Paterniti encountered a piece of cheese. Not just any cheese. This was Paramo de Guzmán, a rare Spanish queso, which was one of the most sought-after delicacies on earth. Paterniti travels to Spain and discovers that the story of this cheese is nothing like the idyllic slow-food fable he first imagined. Instead, he’s sucked into the heart of an unfolding mystery, a blood feud that includes accusations of betrayal and theft, death threats, and a murder plot. As the village begins to spill its long-held secrets, Paterniti finds himself implicated in the very story he is writing.

Praise for The Telling Room

“Michael Paterniti is one of the best living practitioners of the art of literary journalism, able to fully elucidate and humanize the everyday and the epic. In his hands, every subject, every moment of personal or global upheaval, is treated with the same curiosity, respect, empathy, and clear-eyed wisdom.” – Dave Eggers, author of A Hologram for the King

About the Author

Michael Paterniti's writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Harper's, Outside, Esquire, and GQ, where he works as a correspondent. He is the recipient of an NEA grant and two MacDowell Fellowships. His first book, Driving Mr. Albert, was a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year.” He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, Sara Corbett, and their three children.

Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

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

Video of Christina Pugh

On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, local poet, Christina Pugh visited Darien Library to discuss her new collection of poemes, "Grains of the Voice."

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