Meet the Author - Michael J. Mauboussin

Michael J. Mauboussin
Michael J. Mauboussin

Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m.

Michael J. Mauboussin, author of The Success Equation, will be our featured speaker.

Much of what we experience in life results from a combination of skill and luck. A basketball player’s shot at the final buzzer bounces out of the basket and his team loses the national championship. An investor earns a windfall when he buys the stock of a company shortly before it gets acquired at a premium. A person wins a huge lottery using numbers they’d dreamt about. Different levels of skill and of luck (both good and bad) form the realities that shape our lives. And yet, we aren’t very good at distinguishing the two.

In The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing, Michael Mauboussin deciphers the difference between skill and luck, and provides useful frameworks and concrete suggestions on how to use this understanding to your advantage.

About the Author

Michael J. Mauboussin is an investment strategist and has been in the financial services industry for more than twenty-five years. He has also taught at the Columbia Graduate School of Business since 1993, and is on the board of trustees at the Santa Fe Institute. He is the author of two previous books, Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition and More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places, and is coauthor, with Alfred Rappaport, of Expectations Investing: Reading Stock Prices for Better Returns.

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).

First Look Darien - Emma Straub

Emma Straub
Emma Straub

Monday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, will be our featured speaker.

Ambitious and richly imagined, this novel begins in 1929 and follows Elsa Emerson from her childhood in Door County, Wisconsin where her family owns the Cherry County Playhouse, to the glamour and excess of Hollywood, where she is remade into movie star Laura Lamont. Exploring the power of illusion and the possibility of escape, the expectations placed upon us by others and the identities we create for ourselves, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures is a timeless story of a woman trying to balance career, family, and personal happiness, all while remaining true to herself.

Advance Praise for Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures

"At once iconic and specific, Emma Straub's beautifully observed first novel explores the fraught trajectory of what has become a staple of the American dream: the hunger for stardom and fame. Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures affords an intimate, epic view of how that dream ricochets through one American life." — Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad

“Emma Straub is a magician, full of brilliance and surprise.” — Lorrie Moore

About the Author

Emma Straub is from New York City. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published by Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, Time, Slate, and The New York Times, and she is a staff writer for Rookie. Emma lives with her husband in Brooklyn, where she also works as a bookseller.

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

First Look Darien is our debut author series designed to spotlight first novels handpicked by our staff.

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Meet the Author - David Kirchhoff

David Kirchhoff
David Kirchhoff

Tuesday, October 9 at 7 p.m.

David Kirchhoff, author of Weight Loss Boss, will be our featured speaker.

David Kirchhoff isn’t just the President and CEO of Weight Watchers International—he’s a member of Weight Watchers® himself and one of its biggest success stories. In this book, Kirchhoff shares his personal story from his slide into full-fledged obesity, to his struggles managing his relationship with food and finding an exercise regimen that sticks. Kirchhoff offers a frank, funny and groundbreaking look at the challenges to losing weight and keeping it off—and makes the case for radically rethinking what it takes to achieve long-term success and a healthy lifestyle that lasts.

About the Author

David Kirchhoff is the President and CEO of Weight Watchers International, Inc., overseeing a network of service providers around the world who help 1.3 million people in its meetings each week. His business and personal philosophies are grounded in the belief that obesity prevention is achievable and can be realized through a combination of smart governance, industry support and community empowerment. Prior to his current position, Kirchhoff held several positions within the company, including Chief Operating Officer for Europe and Asia and President of WeightWatchers.com, Inc. He is the author of the popular weight loss blog, “Man Meets Scale” at ManMeetsScale.blogspot.com. All royalties from the book will be donated to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

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 Emma Straub

Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures was the first speaker for our new series, First Look Darien. This series will highlight a first-time publishing author whom we think is going to go BIG!  For more information about Emma's visit, please see the original post.

The Annual Meeting of the Friends of Darien Library

Rosecrans Baldwin [Credit: Susie Post-Rust]
Rosecrans Baldwin [Credit: Susie Post-Rust]

Friends of the Darien Library cordially invite you to the Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 20 at 5 p.m.

Please note the annual meeting is on Saturday, not Sunday as in the past.

Rosecrans Baldwin, author of the memoir Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down, will be the featured speaker. Baldwin’s first novel, You Lost Me There, was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2010, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and a Time and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of Summer 2010. Rosecrans’s essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Slate, and on NPR’s All Things Considered, among other publications. In 1999, Rosecrans co-founded the online magazine The Morning News, where he is an editor. He currently teaches in the writing program at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.

Reviews for Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down:

“A charming, hilarious account of la vie Parisienne by an observant young American. Great fun and surprisingly touching.” - Kirkus (starred review)

“Puts a lot of French fantasies to rest—and replaces them with realities worthy of true love.” - Shelf Awareness (starred review)

Preceding the presentation, election of officers and new trustee nominations for the year 2012/2013 will take place.

Learn about the year's developments at Darien Library from Bruce Ferguson, President of the Board, and Louise Berry, Director of the Library.

Reception and book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase.

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

Easy Economics: A Visual Guide to What You Need to Know

Easy Economics
Easy Economics

Monday, October 15 at 7 p.m.

Let’s face it. Although economics can be a big bore, we need a decent understanding of it if we are to survive in this frightening age of economic uncertainty. Unlike other economics books you may have seen, Easy Economics is filled with informative illustrations and easy-to-understand content that answers economics questions you never knew to ask.

Join us for a presentation from the contributors:

Stephen Buckles has been a board member of the Journal of Economics Education, economics editor of the Business Journal, and Chair of the Individual Investors Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange. He currently teaches economics at Vanderbilt University and lives in Darien.

Lee Smith served as a senior writer and member of the Board of Editors of Fortune Magazine for 20 years and was its Bureau Chief both in Washington and in Tokyo, where his articles won citations for excellence from the Overseas Press Club of America.

Leonard Wolfe spent more than 20 years at Time Inc. as an art director. He designed many of Time-Life Books' most successful series, was Associate Art Director of Fortune, founding art director of Time Inc.'s science magazine Discover, and Promotion Art Director of Time magazine. He lives in Wilton.

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 - Charles C. Mann

Charles C. Mann
Charles C. Mann

Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m.

Charles C. Mann, author of 1493, will be our featured speaker.

From the bestselling author of 1491 comes a deeply engaging new history of how European settlements in the post-Colombian Americas shaped the world. Presenting the latest research by biologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, Mann shows how the post-Columbian network of ecological and economic exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Mexico City—where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted—the center of the world. In this history, Mann uncovers the germ of today’s fiercest political disputes, from immigration to trade policy to culture wars.

Praise for 1493

"Even the wisest readers will find many surprises here...Like 1491, Mann's sequel will change worldviews." —San Francisco Chronicle

"Exemplary in its union of meaningful fact with good storytelling, 1493 ranges across continents and centuries to explain how the world we inhabit came to be." —The Washington Post

“Revelatory.” —Lev Grossman, Time Magazine

About the Author

Charles C. Mann, a correspondent for The Atlantic, Science, and Wired, has written for Fortune, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Technology Review, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post, as well as for the TV network HBO and the series Law & Order. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he is the recipient of writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. His 1491 won the National Academies Communication Award for the best book of the year.

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 - Bob Spitz

Bob Spitz
Bob Spitz

Monday, September 10 at 7 p.m.

Bob Spitz, author of Dearie, will be our featured speaker.

It’s rare for someone to emerge in America who can change our attitudes, our beliefs, and our very culture. It’s even rarer when that someone is a middle-aged, six-foot three-inch woman whose first exposure to an unsuspecting public is cooking an omelet on a hot plate on a local TV station. And yet, that’s exactly what Julia Child did. The warble-voiced doyenne of television cookery became an iconic cult figure and joyous rule-breaker as she touched off the food revolution that has gripped America for more than fifty years. Now, in Bob Spitz’s definitive biography, he provides a clear-eyed portrait of one of the most fascinating and influential Americans of our time — a woman known to all, yet known by only a few.

About the Author

Bob Spitz is the award-winning author of The Beatles, a New York Times best seller, as well as seven other nonfiction books and a screenplay. He has represented Bruce Springsteen and Elton John in several capacities. His articles appear regularly in magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times Magazine; The Washington Post; Rolling Stone; and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others.

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 - Monica Wood

Monica Wood
Monica Wood

Thursday, September 6 at 7 p.m.

Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys, will be our featured speaker.

This is the true story of life in 1963 Mexico, Maine, when Monica Wood had to grow up too soon after the death of her beloved father, and, together with her three sisters and mother, learn about the bonds of family from within their own four walls to the four walls of their neighbors, to those of the white house and beyond.

The strike against the paper mill in Mexico, Maine had a major impact on the town’s economy and the livelihoods of the residents at that time. But the mill isn’t the only character you’re rooting for in When We Were the Kennedys. There’s Father Bob, the priest uncle struggling so desperately with his own demons. Anne, the heroic eldest sister who keeps their mother from falling apart and sees to the details of everyday life. Denise, the best friend, who provides Monica with an immediate escape and a lifetime of friendship. And Betty, the mentally disabled sister with the surprising ability to unify her family and make them laugh again. Rich with details on family, culture, politics, and economics of the time from a creative and gifted writer, this is the memoir to pick up this summer.

Praise for When We Were the Kennedys

"A tender, plaintive memoir...a genuinely compelling depiction of family grief...a bittersweet, end-of-innocence family drama." —Kirkus Reviews

"In this amiable, specific glimpse of small-town life in 1960s-era Maine...a refreshingly functional family learns to accept loss and preserve love." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Monica Wood is the author of four works of fiction, most recently the ABA bestseller Any Bitter Thing. Other fiction includes My Only Story, a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award; Ernie's Ark; and Secret Language. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in various publications. Her widely anthologized short stories have won a Pushcart Prize and been featured on public radio, including the NPR program Selected Shorts. She also writes books for writers and teachers, including The Pocket Muse, volumes one and two. She lives in Portland, Maine, where she conducts a writing program for women at the Maine Correctional Center.

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 John Barricelli

On Tuesday, August 28, 2012, local chef, John Barricelli was our featured speaker. He is the author of The Seasonal Baker: Easy Recipes from My Home Kitchen to Make Year-Round.

Both novice and experienced home bakers will love John Barricelli's follow-up to the acclaimed SoNo Baking Company Cookbook; this new, seasonal cookbook, with easier recipes, puts mouthwatering, everyday home baking within reach for even the most harried among us.

For more information, please view the event listing.

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