Meet the Author - Evie Wyld

© Roelof Bakker
© Roelof Bakker

Tuesday, April 29th at 12 noon

Evie Wyld, author of All the Birds, Singing will be our featured speaker. A light lunch will be served.

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Shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Award for Best Novel

Check out Evie's interview with NPR's Weekend Edition

Jake Whyte is living on her own in an old farmhouse on a craggy British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. Her disobedient collie, Dog, and a flock of sheep are her sole companions, which is how she wanted it to be. But every few nights something—or someone—picks off one of the sheep and sounds a new deep pulse of terror. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumors of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is also Jake's past—hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, held in the silences about her family and the scars that stripe her back—a past that threatens to break into the present. With exceptional artistry and empathy, All the Birds, Singing reveals an isolated life in all its struggles and stubborn hopes, unexpected beauty, and hard-won redemption.

About the Author

Evie Wyld grew up in Australia and London, where she currently resides. She received an M.A. in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the recipient of the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize and a Betty Trask Award.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.

Tea with the Author - Beatriz Williams

Beatriz Williams
Beatriz Williams

Tuesday, May 6th at 3 p.m.

Beatriz Williams, author of A Hundred Summers, will be our featured speaker.

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As the summer of 1938 begins, New York socialite Lily Dane has arrived at her family’s idyllic cottage on the Rhode Island coast with her mother and six-year-old sister in tow. Seven years earlier, as a Smith College senior, Lily fell head-over-heels for Dartmouth quarterback Nick Greenwald in a whirlwind romance gone wrong. Now, after a difficult year, Lily is looking forward to a rejuvenating respite in the place that helped her heal after her broken engagement.

But her plan is upended when Budgie, her ex-best friend, and Lily’s former fiancé arrive in Seaview for the season. Newly married to Nick, Budgie intends to restore her family’s cottage and reclaim her spot in Seaview’s posh social scene. The pair’s arrival rekindles a wildfire of gossip and casts a pall over Lily’s beloved home-away-from-home. In this small, class-conscious community, Lily is hard-pressed to avoid her faithless ex-friend. Budgie is nothing if not seductive and resourceful and she soon pulls kindhearted Lily back into her orbit, insinuating herself into Lily’s good graces. As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick will confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever.

Slipping gracefully back and forth between fictional Seaview and glimmering moneyed New York in the ‘30s, A Hundred Summers brilliantly captures the time after the Great Depression and with the uncertainty of war on the horizon, and the twin devastations heaped upon a community that summer: the loss of innocence and the loss of a way of life.

About the Author

A Stanford University honors graduate with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz Williams spent several years in New York and London as a corporate and communications strategy consultant. She now lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry. She is the author of the international bestseller Overseas and also writes as Juliana Gray.

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

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Meet the Author - Robert H. Patton

Robert H. Patton [Joyce Ravid]
Robert H. Patton [Joyce Ravid]

Thursday, May 8th at 7 p.m.

Robert H. Patton, author of Hell Before Breakfast will be our featured speaker.

From the acclaimed author of The Pattons and Patriot Pirates: a book that celebrates America’s forgotten war correspondents, men who were legends in their time; who, between 1860 and 1910, between the Civil War and the Spanish-American War—when empires fell and dynasties flourished—led romantic, thrilling lives on the edgiest frontiers of time and place: seeing the world, breaking the stories, making news themselves during the time when newspapers made the most foreign of landscapes available, and the circulation wars were revolutionizing contemporary life, shaping global events, and making history.

About the Author

Robert H. Patton graduated from Brown University and Northwestern University. He lives with his wife in Darien, Connecticut.

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 - Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick [credit Ellen Warner]
Nathaniel Philbrick [credit Ellen Warner]

Saturday, May 10th at 5 p.m.

Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Bunker Hill, will be our featured speaker.

In Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, Nathaniel Philbrick, award-winning and bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, brings his prodigious talents to the story that ignited the American Revolution. With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape—geographic and ideological—in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, and blisteringly real origins of America.

Praise for Bunker Hill

“Masterly narrative… Philbrick tells the complex story superbly… gripping book…”  -- Wall Street Journal

“A masterpiece of narrative and perspective…” -- Boston Globe

“You will delight in the story and the multitude of details Philbrick offers up.” -- USA Today

About the Author

Nathaniel Philbrick is The New York Times bestselling author of National Book Award winner In the Heart of the Sea, Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower, Sea of Glory, and The Last Stand. Bunker Hill won the 2013 New England Book Award for Non-Fiction. He is also the author of Why Read Moby-Dick? and Away Off Shore. He lives on Nantucket.

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 - Colum McCann

Colum McCann
Colum McCann

Wednesday, May 21st at 7 p.m.

Author presentation, Q&A Session, and Book Signing

Colum McCann, author of TransAtlantic, will be our featured speaker.

Join us as Colum McCann discusses the catalyst for his latest novel - the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the interwoven stories of his characters throughout history.

About Colum McCann

Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as two critically acclaimed story collections. His fiction has been published in 35 languages. He has received many honors, including the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace. He has been named one of Esquire’s “Best & Brightest,” and his short film Everything in This Country Must was nominated for an Oscar in 2005. A contributor to the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, and Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing Program. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children.

This event is open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations cannot be accommodated. The first 100 attendees will receive a complimentary copy of TransAtlantic. Additional copies will be available for purchase at this event. Colum McCann's appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore. A reception will follow the presentation.

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Meet the Author - Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand [credit Laurie Richards]
Elin Hilderbrand [credit Laurie Richards]

Thursday, June 12th at 7 p.m.

Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Matchmaker will be our featured speaker.

Dabney Kimball Beech, the 48-year-old fifth generation Nantucketer, has had a lifelong gift for matchmaking (52 couples still together to her credit). But when Dabney discovers she is dying of pancreatic cancer, she sets out to find matches for a few people very close to home: her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech; her lover, journalist Clendenin Hughes; and her daughter, Agnes, who is engaged to be married to the wrong man.

As time slips away from Dabney, she is determined to find matches for those she loves most—but at what cost to her own relationships? The Matchmaker is the heartbreaking new novel from Elin Hilderbrand about losing and finding love, even as you’re running out of time.

About the Author

Elin Hilderbrand has lived on Nantucket for 20 years. She runs every morning, delivers her children to their sporting events, and frequents the front row at the Chicken Box. The Matchmaker is her 13th novel.

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 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 - Edmund Levin

Edmund Levin
Edmund Levin

Sunday, June 1 at 5 p.m.

Edmund Levin, author of A Child of Christian Blood will be our featured speaker.

On March 20, 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found stabbed to death in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. Four months later, Russian police arrested Mendel Beilis, a 37-year-old father of five who worked as a clerk in a brick factory nearby, and charged him not only with Andrei’s murder but also with the Jewish ritual murder of a Christian child. Despite the fact that there was no evidence linking him to the crime, that he had a solid alibi, and that his main accuser was a professional criminal who was herself under suspicion for the murder, Beilis was imprisoned for more than two years before being brought to trial. This is the story of a Jewish factory worker who is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1913, and the trial that followed.

Praise for A Child of Christian Blood

“Good Morning America writer/producer Levin makes a century-old murder case come to life in a suspenseful true-crime thriller that had broad implications at the time. . . . [His] stellar re-creation of the personalities and events places them into the context of Russia during the last years of the tsar, and makes good use of records unavailable before the fall of the Soviet Union.” —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Edmund Levin is a Writers Guild and Emmy award–winning writer/producer for Good Morning America. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Atlantic, and Slate, among other periodicals, and was included in The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology.

This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County.

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 - 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).

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