Author Julie Hersh Visits Darien Library: A Video of the Presentation

Author Julie Hersh visited Darien Library on Friday, June 4, 2010.
Author Julie Hersh visited Darien Library on Friday, June 4, 2010.

Last Friday, Darien Library held a special Meet-the-Author event with Julie K. Hersh, author of the recently released book, Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope. The book shares with great candour and humility the author's intense struggles with depression.

In this very eloquent, engaging, and entertaining presentation, Julie tells the story of her depression, the factors that contributed to the seriousness of her illness, and the controversial treatment, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), that aided in her recovery. She also shares practical tips for distinguishing between having a "down" day and being depressed, the additional factors that helped Julie achieve mental health again, and ways that you can to maintain your mental health, as well.

 

Julie K. Hersh author of Struck by Living from Darien Library on Vimeo.


For additional resources pertaining to mental health awareness in the local community, The Community Fund of Darien has published Creating Connections, a directory of mental health and support services for Darien. Click here to access the full directory. Specific hotlines within Darien that attend to mental health include:

Infoline: 211
Child Guidance: 888-825-6777
Family Centers: 877-349-4689

 

"Struck by Living" Author at the Library

Julie K. Hersh
Julie K. Hersh

On Friday, June 4 at 10 a.m., Julie K. Hersh will be at the Library to speak about her new book, Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope. Ms. Hersh is a mother, corporate wife, and advocate for mental health awareness. The book traces Ms. Hersh’s search for identity through her career, interfaith marriage, motherhood, and clinical depression. In “Struck by Living,” Hersh picks apart the irony of her life with humor and brutal honesty. Despite having a loving husband, healthy children, and financial security, she tried to kill herself three times.

(A study conducted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported in September 2009 that 2.3 million adults had made a suicidal plan and that 1.1 million adults actually attempted suicide in the past year in the United States.)

“My goal with ‘Struck by Living’ is to dispel the stigma associated with mental illness and make it more real for those who have never experienced depression,” the author says. Ms. Hersh’s recovery path includes electroconvulsive therapy, also known as ECT. “In my case, ECT was that last option for pulling me out of depression much like a triple bypass is used for someone with severe heart disease,” she states. In summary, her book provides a personal account of what a clinically depressed person feels and the challenges faced for a medical problem with an inexact methodology for recovery.

"As a severe case, Hersh gives a clear, resonant voice to many aspects of a complicated illness, while offering a moving and hopeful (though at times frightening) narrative for those fighting to overcome depression's worst." -- Publishers Weekly 

The program will include refreshments and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

Please join us for this important author event.

Meet the Author: Lee Child

Meet the Author: Lee Child - Sunday, June 6th at 5:30 p.m.
Meet the Author: Lee Child - Sunday, June 6th at 5:30 p.m.

Our Spring Author Series will conclude on Sunday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m. with a visit from bestselling author Lee Child. Lee Child is the #1 bestselling author of 14 Reacher thrillers, including his newest, 61 Hours, which was published on May 18th.  

The series character Jack Reacher is a former United States Army Military Policeman who led a fictional unit, the 110th Special Investigations Unit, formed to handle exceptionally tough cases, especially those involving members of the United States Army Special Forces.

Now a drifter, the only possessions Reacher appears to keep are a foldable toothbrush, an expired passport, and an ATM card. 61 Hours is set in South Dakota and Reacher is traveling on a sightseeing tour bus when it crashes during a savage snow storm. As the riders are stranded in the middle of nowhere during a blizzard, Reacher gets caught up in a hunt for a murderer and the protection of a key witness who is set to testify in court against an international drug ring.

Here's what the critics are saying about 61 Hours (and its author):

 “Child is a superb craftsman of suspense, juggling several plots and keeping his herrings well-rouged... Best of all, this is a rare series book that reads like a stand-alone. Everything you need to know about Jack Reacher is contained within its pages. And chances are you’ll want to seek out other Reacher adventures the moment you finish.” – Entertainment Weekly

 “Child’s writing is superb. Not only is this thriller believable, but the descriptions of the blizzard will make readers want to hug their furnaces. Fast paced and exciting, this is highly recommended.”Library Journal, starred review

 “This is Child in top form, but isn’t he always?”Booklist, starred review

The Stamford Advocate did a nice story in last Friday. Click here to read the article. Also, here's the link to Joe Meyers' great feature for the Connecticut Post.

Child is a native of England and a former television presentation director for Granada Television in Manchester. During his tenure, his company made Brideshead Revisited, "The Jewel in the Crown," Prime Suspect, and Cracker.

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).

See The Big Picture (and Bottle Shock)

Friday, May 21st at 7:30  p.m. -- Meet the Author: Kevin Coupe
Friday, May 21st at 7:30 p.m. -- Meet the Author: Kevin Coupe

On Friday, May 21 at 7:30, Meet the Author Meets  Friday Night Films! Kevin Coupe, co-author of the book The Big Picture: Essential Business Lessons from the Movies will be here to talk about the book...and the movies. The film Bottle Shock will be shown following the presentation. The book, written by Coupe and Michael Sansolo, uses movies ranging from The Godfather to Young Frankenstein to illustrate tenets of leadership, the importance of marketing and branding, and how to survive in the workplace.

Kevin is a Darien resident and has his own website/blog, MorningNewsBeat.com, which after 10 years, has well over 20,000 subscribers. He also runs Coupe Communications, a production company that specializes in business videos designed to help companies define and share big ideas with employees, customers, and clients.

The author presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will include a book signing. (Books will be available for purchase.) The film screening of Bottle Shock will begin at 8:30 p.m. We hope that you'll join us for this enlightening and entertaining evening!

Bottle Shock (2008) Starring Bill Pullman and Alan Rickman; Rated PG-13; 109 minutes

This film is based on an inspiring true story from the early days of California winemaking. In 1976, in the Napa Valley, a small winery and its workers compete in a blind taste test against French wine.

"Bottle Shock is more than the story. It is also about people who love their work, care about it with passion and talk about it with knowledge." -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"This intelligent, affectionate, beautifully acted movie gives crowd-pleasers a good name." -- Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

Click here to watch the trailer for the film.

Click here to see the schedule of our upcoming Friday Night Films.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 

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

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author T.J. Stiles at the Library

T.J. Stiles will be the featured speaker at Darien Library on Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m.

T.J. Stiles, the author of The First Tycoon: the Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, was recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize for biography for The First Tycoon.  His appearance is part of our Spring Author Series and we are delighted that he will be here to tell us about Cornelius Vanderbilt, the man who inspired the term "robber baron." The title of the book includes the word epic (and it is); Dwight Garner of The New York Times calls the prize-winning book a "whacking new biography." How in the world can we miss this talk?

The First Tycoon is a national bestseller and 2009 National Book Award Winner for Nonfiction. It 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 more 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

This event is jointly funded by the Friends of the Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore and the author's appearance made possible by Barrett Bookstore.

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

Refreshments will be served.

T.J. Stiles' visit mid-May will be a great treat. We hope that you'll join us!

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

To learn more about upcoming events at the Library, please click here.

Meet the Author: Jonathan Eig -- Author of "Get Capone"

Sunday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. - Meet the Author: Jonathan Eig
Sunday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. - Meet the Author: Jonathan Eig

Jonathan Eig, author of Get Capone: The Plot That Captured America’s Most Wanted Gangster,” will be our featured speaker on Sunday, May 2nd at 5:30 p.m.

Get Capone, which comes out on Tuesday, April 27, is an engrossing biography 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.  

“In a page-turning account, Eig details the chase for the elusive Capone, dissecting both the man and his myth.” Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

“…Eig’s riveting telling of this iconic American Story is both fresh and utterly dazzling.” – Ken Burns, filmmaker

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

Jonathan Eig’s appearance is part of our Spring Author Series.

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

 

Girls' Night Out!

Charlotte Smith
Charlotte Smith

It's Girls' Night Out at the Library and our Spring Author Series continues to unfold with an author and fashion expert whose remarks and collection are in vogue, in demand, and most desirable no matter what the season.  

 


Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

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

Charlotte Smith, Curator of The Fashion and Textile Gallery in Sydney, Australia, inherited a collection of vintage designer dresses from her godmother. There were also the stories...the stories of the dresses and the women This dreamy collection holds (beholds!) 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.

 For more information, please click here.

Please join us for this special 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).

Sunday at the Library - The Poet's Voice

Annie Boutelle
Annie Boutelle

The Poet's Voice, yearly readings in Fairfield County libraries by outstanding poets, returns to Darien Library on Sunday, April 18th at 3p.m.. Poet Annie Boutelle will read her poems at this annual event, which will be held in the Conference Room on the Library's Mezzanine Level.

In Becoming Bone, (pictured left) Boutelle seeks to recover the inner life of Celia Thaxter, one of nineteenth-century America's most popular poets. "Like whaler's scrimshaw, images incised on shell and bone, Boutelle's lines seem etched, indelible," writes poet Eleanor Wilner. Gerald Stern, former Poet Laureate of New Jersey dubbed the book, "a magnificent secret history."

Annie Boutelle's second book, Nest of Thistles, won the 2005 Samuel French Morse Prize from Northeastern University Press. It is in part, an autobiographical exploration of her childhood in Scotland. With patient care, she maps the borders of unrecoverable loss and unbounded joy.

Boutelle teaches at Smith College, where she founded the Poetry Center. She is considered the guiding light of the Poetry Center and continues to guide the Center's efforts.

A reception will follow the reading.

The reading is supported by the Horace E. Manacher Poetry Fund and contributions to the Darien Library Annual Campaign.

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

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Coming to Darien Library on May 13th

This just in...the Pulitzer Prize for biography goes to T.J. Stiles. In case you've missed our earlier announcements, here's a reminder that Mr. Stiles will be speaking at Darien Library next month as part of our Spring Author Series.

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 more 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.)

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

Refreshments will be served.

We've Got a Passion for Fashion

How lovely!
How lovely!

New York Fashion Week is held twice a year. Designers preview and show off their latest collections every February and September inside giants tents covering most of the eight acres of Bryant Park.

We LOVE fashion and will talk fashion anytime, but this April is special because this April, our Spring Author Series continues to unfold with an author and fashion expert whose remarks and collection are in vogue, in demand, and most desirable no matter what the season.  

 

 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.

Please join us for this special 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).

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