Meet the Author - Diana Abu-Jaber

Diana Abu-Jaber
Diana Abu-Jaber

Meet the Author

Diana Abu-Jaber

Author of Birds of Paradise

Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m.

Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Birds of Paradise will be our featured speaker on Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m.

In the tropical paradise that is Miami, Avis and Brian Muir are still haunted by the disappearance of their ineffably beautiful daughter, Felice, who ran away when she was thirteen. Now, after five years of modeling tattoos, skateboarding, clubbing, and sleeping in a squat house or on the beach, Felice is about to turn eighteen. Her family—Avis, an exquisitely talented pastry chef; Brian, a corporate real estate attorney; and her brother, Stanley, the proprietor of Freshly Grown, a trendy food market—will each be forced to confront their anguish, loss, and sense of betrayal. Meanwhile, Felice must reckon with the guilty secret that drove her away, and must face her fear of losing her family and her sense of self forever.

“Abu-Jaber makes us wonder about more than what will happen to one girl with a guilty secret. What, after all, does it mean to be a family? Is love really 'exchangeable, malleable'? We can’t help turning pages full of stunning prose to find out.” — Sarah Nelson, O, The Oprah Magazine

“This Jordanian American author writes about food so enticingly that her books should be published on sheets of phyllo dough. ‘Birds of Paradise’ contains her most mouthwatering writing ever, but it’s no light after-dinner treat. This is a full-course meal, a rich, complex and memorable story that will leave you lingering gratefully at her table.” — Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“The Muirs’ absorbing story builds to a thoroughly satisfying climax.” — Sue Corbett, People Magazine

Diana Abu-Jaber is the author of, most recently, Origin and The Language of Baklava. She has won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the American Book Award, and other prizes and divides her time between Coral Gables, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.

Please enjoy a videocast of Ms. Abu-Jaber's visit to Darien Library.

Ms. Abu-Jaber’s appearance at Darien Library is part of our 2011 Fall Author Series. Upcoming author events at Darien Library are:

All Author Series programs will feature a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at each event.

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

Our Fall Author Series Begins!

Jared Dillian
Jared Dillian

 

Darien Library Fall Author Series Presents

JARED DILLIAN

Author of Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers

Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m.

Jared Dillian is the founder of the subscription-based, daily financial market report The Daily Dirtnap. He was a trader for Lehman Brothers from 2001 to 2008, specializing in index arbitrage and ETF trading and he had a great story to tell.

Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers takes readers behind the scenes at Lehman Brothers, exposing its insane and often hilarious corporate culture. Jared Dillian (pictured below, right) gives a colorful account of the final years of Lehman Brothers, from 9/11 at their Ground Zero offices through the firm’s bankruptcy, including vivid portraits of trading-floor culture, the financial meltdown, and the company’s ultimate collapse – all while Dillian fought his own personal battle with mental illness.

A book signing and reception will follow the presentation.

Read more about this event and our Fall Author Series.

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

Darien Library Fall Author Series

Meet the Author: Jared Dillian, author of
Meet the Author: Jared Dillian, author of "Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers" - Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m.

One of our favorite things about Fall is announcing our Fall Author Series.This fall, we're rich with memoirs, stories, and recipes that are all filled with a kind of rich-ness in one form or another. We hope  that you'll join us for our upcoming Meet the Author events.

It all begins later in September and we'll be kicking it off with a memoir that you're sure to remember!

JARED DILLIAN

Author of Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers

Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m.

Jared Dillian is the founder of the subscription-based, daily financial market report The Daily Dirtnap. He was a trader for Lehman Brothers from 2001 to 2008, specializing in index arbitrage and ETF trading and he had a great story to tell.

Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers takes readers behind the scenes at Lehman Brothers, exposing its insane and often hilarious corporate culture. Jared Dillian (pictured below, right) gives a colorful account of the final years of Lehman Brothers, from 9/11 at their Ground Zero offices through the firm’s bankruptcy, including vivid portraits of trading-floor culture, the financial meltdown, and the company’s ultimate collapse – all while Dillian fought his own personal battle with mental illness.
On the day that Jared Dillian, a young Lehman Brothers associate, had an important interview that would decide which division he would be assigned, the world changed forever – the day was 9/11 and across the street at Lehman Brother’s World Financial Center offices, Dillian watched the World Trade Center destroyed before his eyes.   

In this ultra-competitive Ivy League world where men would  flip over each other’s ties to check out the labels (also known as the “Lehman Handshake”), Jared Dillian was an outsider as an ex-military, working-class guy in a Men’s Wearhouse suit.  Dillian was scrappy and determined; in interviews he told potential managers that, “Nobody can work harder than me. Nobody is willing to put in the hours I will put in.  I am insane.”  As it turned out, on Wall Street, insanity is not an undesirable quality.  

A couple of years later and Jared had risen to become Lehman’s head Exchange Traded Fund trader at time of unprecedented prosperity for Lehman Brothers. Dillian is an integral part of the firm in its final years and more than $1 trillion in wealth passed through his hands. But the exhilarating and explosively stressful job took its toll on Dillian, exacerbating the symptoms of his undiagnosed bipolar disorder, leading to a downward spiral that landed him in a psychiatric ward. Dillian put his life back together coming back to work healthier than ever before, but he soon realized that Lehman itself had seemingly gone mad, having made outrageous bets on commercial real estate and was quickly headed for self-destruction.

Advance Praise for Street Freak:

“This revealing, personal memoir of a volatile period in the dual lives of a big-time trader and the fallen American giant Lehman Brothers is depicted in the fueled words of Dillian, a major figure at the company… Dillian offers a candid look at the demise of a corporate behemoth.”    —Publishers Weekly

“A scathing critique of selfish, scrambling men so driven to earn a buck that they lose all sight of the world beyond the tickers….[Dillian’s] outsider status serve[s] as a great attribute, offering him a clearer view of an industry both morally and economically bankrupt.”    —Kirkus

Advance Notice of Upcoming Fall Author Series Events:

  • Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. -- The Beekman Boys (Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge), authors of The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook: Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables, and More Than 100 Heritage Recipes to Inspire Every Generation
  • Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m. -- Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, authors of The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks (This author appearance is made possible by Barrett Bookstore.)

All Author Series programs will feature a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at each event.

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

Meet the Author Presentation: Simon van Booy

Last night, we welcomed author Simon van Booy to Darien Library for an Adult Summer Reading, Meet the Author event. His newest book, Everything Beautiful Began After, is the first novel for this award-winning short story writer. His writing is fine, precise, and spare. Every word is necessary; the imagery, vivid.

What could be better than reading Simon van Booy's writing? I'll tell you. Listening to him read it aloud. His reading, his remarks, his responses to questions were all so very thoughtful and he delighted the audience with his presentation.

This morning, The Patch, posted a nice article about last night's author event at the Library. To read, click here.

To watch the presentation in its entirely, please click below.

 

Returning to Darien Library on July 14th -- Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill
Pete Hamill

On Thursday, July 14th at 7 p.m., Pete Hamill returns to Darien Library and we could not be more excited! He will be speaking about his newest book, “Tabloid City.”

Remember when he was last here? It was in January 2009 and he was the Library’s first speaker in our Grand Opening Author Series, and within weeks of our opening the new building. What a great night that was! We are overjoyed to be doubly honored and to welcome him to Darien Library.


Pete Hamill is a novelist, essayist, and journalist whose career has endured for more than 40 years. As a journalist, he has been a columnist for the New York Post, the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, the Village Voice, New York magazine, and Esquire. He has served as editor-in-chief of both the Post and the Daily News. As a journalist, he has covered wars in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Lebanon, and Northern Ireland, and lived for extended periods in Mexico City, Dublin, Barcelona, San Juan, and Rome. From his base in New York, he has also covered murders, fires, World Series, championship fights, and the great domestic disturbances of the 1960s, and has written extensively on art, jazz, immigration, and politics.
At the same time, Mr. Hamill has written much fiction, including movie and TV scripts. He has published ten novels and two collections of short stories. He’s written several New York Times bestsellers, including the novels Snow in AugustNorth River, and  Forever, and his memoir, A Drinking Life.
 

Here's a description of his new book, "Tabloid City," courtesy of Little, Brown and Company:
On a cold January night in a stately townhome in New York City’s West Village, two women--a wealthy socialite and her secretary--have been killed. Over the course of the next day, their shocking deaths will illuminate connections between men and women who could not be more different from one another, though they call the same metropolis home.
From the gruff editor-in-chief of the city’s last afternoon daily to the self-made advertising exec; from the NYPD sergeant to the Wall Street conman; from the angry young extremist to the Iraq vet struggling to come to terms with his sacrifices, Pete Hamill captures the voices and experiences of his fellow New Yorkers with his trademark blend of compassion and unflinching honesty.
For some of these men and women, the city is a proving ground. For others it is a decadent playground. For still others it is steeped in memories--a historic city eclipsed by modern times. At once a nostalgic hymn to old New York and a gripping, cinematic portrait of the complex city of today, Tabloid City is as exhilarating as New York itself.


Mr. Hamill’s appearance at Darien Library is part of our Adult Summer Reading Program.

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

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

Meet the Author: Simon van Booy

Simon van Booy
Simon van Booy

Simon van Booy, author of the award-winning “Love Begins in Winter” and “The Secret Lives of People in Love,” will be at Darien Library on Tuesday, July 19th at 7 p.m.

Mr. van Booy will be speaking about his newest book, Everything Beautiful Began After, a stunning debut novel of love amidst the ruins of Athens.

He is, without doubt, one of the best storytellers I've ever heard speak. Be prepared to be rapt.

(From the Publisher – about Everything Beautiful Began After)

Young, beautiful, and lost, Rebecca has come to Athens to abandon herself to the city’s strangeness and heat on a campaign to learn about love. Deserted by her mother and brought up by her grandfather in the south of France, she has never had an anchor to keep her from feeling constantly adrift.
George has come to
Athens to translate. It’s all he knows how to do. Dropped off at a New England boarding school when he was a child, his closest friends are Aristophanes and Jack Daniels, Euripides and Jim Beam.
Henry has come to
Athens to dig. An archaeologist, he spends his days on-site in Athens, and roams the Agora on the weekends. Henry comes from a happy, humdrum Welsh family. Nothing has really ever happened to him.
After a chance meeting on a hot
Athens day, however, and George and Rebecca begin a conversation…that turns into drinks…then a few dinners...
Until Rebecca meets Henry.
And Henry meets George.
And
Athens changes their lives forever.

“Van Booy's stories are somehow like paintings the characters walk out of, and keep walking.” -- Los Angeles Times

“His sentences are spare, subtle, and freighted, his images fresh . . . you see and feel his settings . . . a first-rate storyteller.” – Newsday

Simon van Booy’s appearance at Darien Library is part of our Adult Summer Reading Program.

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

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

 

Author Susan Conley Discusses "The Foremost Good Fortune" ... on Video

It was our pleasure to host author Susan Conley last Wednesday, February 16th for a discussion of her new memoir, The Foremost Good Fortune.

Visiting us from Portland, Maine, Ms. Conley shared with the audience the story of her family's sudden move to China for her husband's two-year consulting assignment; shortly after the move, she discovered that she had breast cancer. Our guest read touching passages from this beautifully-written and critically-acclaimed book, giving us wonderful insight into her experiences navigating a foreign culture while dealing with an incredibly serious disease. Sharing the joys of living in a new world, the frustrations of being without the comforts of home, and the difficulties of motherhood and raising two young boys during a challenging time, Ms. Conley was thoughtful, inspiring, and luminous.

Click here or watch the video below to view the entire presentation and Q&A.

 

The Foremost Good February

Author Susan Conley will be at Darien Library on Wednesday, February 16 at 7 p.m.
Author Susan Conley will be at Darien Library on Wednesday, February 16 at 7 p.m.

MEET THE AUTHOR

Susan Conley

Author of The Foremost Good Fortune

Wednesday, February 16 at 7 p.m.

Our Winter/Spring Author Series begins in February, making this, despite the snow on the ground and the chilling forecast, one of our favorite times of year! It is, indeed, our good fortune to begin the series with Jonathan Adler, author of the Happy Chic series, on Thursday, February 3rd at 7 p.m., and to continue the goodness and good fortune with a visit from Susan Conley, the author of The Foremost Good Fortune, on Wednesday, February 16th at 7 p.m.


In The Foremost Good Fortune, Susan Conley brings us a memoir of her time when she moved with her husband and two young sons from Maine to Beijing, China. She was prepared for a year of new experiences and big changes as she and her family faced the unknown. Though Chinese customs and language posed a struggle, Susan embraced her new high-intensity life. While her husband worked to convince banks to implement a credit rating system in a country where credit cards aren’t accepted, she focused on tasks that were very different, if no less perplexing: how to buy produce at a Chinese mega-market (paying the cashier doesn’t cut it), fielding invitations to things like “Sweater Parties,” and working to establish new friends – akin to dating, and “very Jane Austen.”

Nothing occupied Susan’s mind and energies more than caring for her two confused and frustrated little boys as they try to find their way in a world utterly unlike the one they used to know. Bit by bit, they make friends and adjust to life in China. And though it’s more than she bargained for, life in Beijing isn’t anything Susan can’t handle – until she finds a lump in her breast and receives the news that nobody wants to hear, least of all in faltering English while lying in a Chinese operating room. After completing an aggressive treatment regimen in the States, Susan returns to China as a foreigner yet again – but this time, it’s her own body in which she doesn’t feel at home.  

Filled with candid insights about the difficulties and small triumphs that can make or break one’s day when attempting to navigate a foreign culture, “The Foremost Good Fortune” is a touching exploration of the big questions of motherhood – how do you talk to children about life and death? When is it okay to lie? – and an unsparing look at the realities of coming face to face with mortality when one least expects it.
 
“Luminous….Conley's writing is at once spare and strong…[She] pulls the reader into her world like a close friend.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review


 “…compelling and humorous. . . . Beautifully written and insightful on many levels.” – Booklist

Click here to learn more about Susan Conley and The Foremost Good Fortune.


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

Susan Conley’s appearance at Darien Library is part of the Library’s Winter/Spring 2011 Author Series. Click here for the schedule.

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

Meet the Author - Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler will be at Darien Library on Thursday, February 3 at 7 p.m.
Jonathan Adler will be at Darien Library on Thursday, February 3 at 7 p.m.

“95% chic + 5% happy = 100% The Decorative Nirvana that I Call Happy Chic” – Jonathan Adler

Meet the Author!

Jonathan Adler

Thursday, February 3 at 7 p.m.

Please join us for the kick-off of our Winter/Spring Author Series with Jonathan Adler!  (He's an author...a designer...a television star...he is a BRAND!)

Jonathan Adler is the author of the Happy Chic series, a sought-after interior designer, and the owner of an international gift and design company which bears his name.  He was also the lead judge on the Bravo series, “Top Design.”
Known for an aesthetic that mixes modernist forms with bold colors and “groovy graphics,” Jonathan Adler has become one of the newest and hottest names on the decorating scene.  Fully committed to producing beautiful collectibles for the ages, he hews to the company’s motto: “If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it."

Each book in Jonathan Adler’s Happy Chic series gives you both the information and motivation you need to not only envision a tastefully chic home, but to also infuse your inner sanctums with wit and personality. His designs bring style, craft, joy, and a “spirit of grooviness” to the home.

In Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic: Colors, Adler inspires readers to be fearless in their decorating choices. He guides us through color-drenched rooms, from “True Blue” and “Going Rouge,” to “Champagne Sparkle.” Every chapter is devoted to his thoughts on one color scheme, and he reveals his go-to paint chips, favorite fabrics, and personal color muses, like Diana Vreeland and Grace Jones.

In Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic: Accessorizing, Adler takes us on a whirlwind tour through gorgeously styled interiors. Organized by type of furniture (bed, bookshelf, dining table, dresser, table), Adler divulges all the tricks and tips needed to artfully arrange anything in one’s home.
Jonathan Adler has eleven stores nationwide, a thriving on-line site and a wholesale business boasting more than 1,000 locations around the world.  He is also a highly sought-after interior designer working on luxury residential projects as well as large-scale commercial projects including the celebrity hot spot Parker Palm Springs Hotel and the High Roller suites at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. Other high-profile projects include the retro-glam interior for the “real” Malibu Dream House for Barbie’s® 50th Anniversary.  

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


Upcoming events in Darien Library’s Winter/Spring Author Series include Susan Conley, author of “The Foremost Good Fortune,” on Wednesday, February 16 at 7 p.m., Deborah Wiles, author of “Countdown,” on Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m., and Carlos Eire, author of “Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy,” on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. Click here for more information about the series.

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

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