Meet the Author - Susan Conley

Susan Conley [credit Michael Lionstar]
Susan Conley [credit Michael Lionstar]

Thursday, October 3 at 7 p.m.

Susan Conley, author of Paris Was the Place, will be our featured speaker.

When Willie Pears agrees to teach at a Parisian center for immigrant girls who have requested French asylum, she has no idea it will utterly change her life. She has lived in Paris for six months, surrounded by the most important people in her life: her beloved brother, Luke, her funny and wise college roommate, Sara, and Sara’s do-gooder husband, Rajiv. And now there is Macon Ventri, a passionate, dedicated attorney for the detained girls. Theirs is a meeting of both hearts and minds— but not without its problems. As Willie becomes more involved with the immigrant girls who touch her soul, the lines between teaching and mothering are blurred. Conley has written a piercing, deeply humane novel that explores the connections between family and friends and reaffirms the strength of the ties that bind.

About the Author

Susan Conley is the author of The Foremost Good Fortune, a book that won the Maine Literary Award for memoir and was a Goodreads Choice Award Winner. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, The Paris Review, The Harvard Review, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband and their two sons.

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 Jami Attenberg, Rosie Schaap, and Meg Wolitzer

On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, we were honored to have three authors visit us at Darien Library: Jami Attenberg, Rosie Schaap, and Meg Wolitzer.

For more information, please visit the event listing page.

Meet the Author - Michael Sears

Michael Sears [photo credit: Rod Goodman]
Michael Sears [photo credit: Rod Goodman]

Wednesday, November 6 at 7 p.m.

Michael Sears, author of Mortal Bonds, will be our featured speaker.

Mortal Bonds is the second novel in Michael Sears’s extraordinary series featuring Jason Stafford, a former Wall Street trader who, in the wake of serving a prison sentence for fraud, is forced to earn his keep investigating wrongdoings in the financial world he knows intimately. A fundamentally decent man who foolishly got caught up in bad business, Stafford has a complicated personal life, with an autistic son and the ex-wife from hell. Always in need of ready cash, the beleaguered Stafford now finds himself entangled in a high profile case loosely based on the Bernie Madoff scandal that rocked the financial world.

Praise for Mortal Bonds:

“Sears’s knowledge of investment banking makes the plot compelling…Deft, witty prose is a plus.” ––Publishers Weekly

“As densely plotted as Sears’ strong debut (Black Fridays, 2012)…A particularly nice touch is the subordination of the scheming suspects to Stafford’s troubled, loving relationship with his son.” ––Kirkus

About the Author

Michael Sears was 61 when we published his first novel, Black Fridays in 2012. After nine years as a professional actor and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, Sears received an MBA from Columbia University. He spent over twenty years on Wall Street, rising to become the Managing Director in the bond trading and underwriting divisions of Paine Webber and, later, Jeffries & Co., before heeding his father’s advice: “When it stops being fun, get out.” He did so in 2005, and returned to what had always given him the greatest joy – writing – studying at NYU and the New School. Sears lives in Sea Cliff, New York, with his wife, artist Barbara Segal. They have two sons.

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).

Holiday Helpers: Darien Library Staff Recommends for the Holidays

This event will take place in our Community Room.
This event will take place in our Community Room.

Wednesday, December 4th at 11:00 a.m.

Darien Library librarians share with you their recommendations for gifts that are fun, classic, memorable, and diverse - for any relative and any occasion.

Right before our weekly Meet Us On Main Street program takes a holiday hiatus, we'll bring you the best books, DVDs, games, and technology to help spread the holiday cheer this year. We'll offer up choices for adults, children, and teens, and provide handouts so that you can take notes.

Friday Night Feature - 'His Way'

HIS WAY will screen in our Community Room Friday, October 4.
HIS WAY will screen in our Community Room Friday, October 4.

Friday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.His Way (2011) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 83 minutes.

A look at the professional, political and personal life of legendary movie producer Jerry Weintraub featuring interviews with friends, family and colleagues.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening in October.

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

Training: Medicare Supplement Insurance Database

Understanding Medigap Insurance
Understanding Medigap Insurance

Thursday, November 7 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Brian Ahern, Account Manager for Weiss Ratings & TheStreet Ratings, will be here to train users on the new Medicare Supplement Insurance Database.

You can save thousands on your Medigap insurance with a customized Medigap Buyer's Guide and Premium Calculator. Learn what Medicare does and does not cover, research options, pick a Medigap plan, find an authorized agent, and more.

Register for this one-hour training session.

 

Seasons Readings at Darien Library

Seasons Readings
Seasons Readings

Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m.

‘Tis the Season…

Join the producers of Play With Your Food for the Darien premiere of Seasons Readings. Enjoy the humor and heart of soul-stirring short plays and stories with a holiday theme, read by professional actors.

Seasons Readings will include Going Home by Matt Hoverman, The Loudest Voice by Grace Paley, The Season of Letter-Perfect Families by Garrison Keillor and A Christmas Ballad For the Captain by William Lederer. Cast will include Broadway actress Susan Terry.

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

Darien Summer Strings' Performance

Darien Summer Strings
Darien Summer Strings

Friday, July 5th at 11:00 a.m.

Join us tomorrow to enjoy a performance by the Darien Summer Strings in the Library's Courtyard. The Darien Summer Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Jane Minnis, is an ensemble of 20 middle school and high school string players. The group performs classical and popular music favorites at local venues.

We happily welcome them back to Darien Library for this special summertime treat.

Please come by for some great music, linger by the fountain, and enjoy the refreshing sounds of these talented young musicians.

Friday Night Feature - 'Unfinished Song'

We will screen UNFINISHED SONG November 8 in our Community Room.
We will screen UNFINISHED SONG November 8 in our Community Room.

Friday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Unfinished Song (2012) Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, and Christopher Eccleston; Rated PG-13; 93 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Unfinished Song is a funny and inspiring story about Arthur, a curmudgeonly old soul, who is perfectly content sticking with his dull daily routine until his beloved wife introduces him to a local seniors singing group. The group is led by the youthful and charming Elizabeth and her unexpected friendship with Arthur reignites his passion for new adventures and shows us all life should be celebrated at any age.

"Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp and those voices - their solos contain this picture like carved book-ends, vintage and lovely and still so profoundly of use." -- Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening in November.

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

Meet the Author - Nicholas Dawidoff

Nicholas Dawidoff [credit: Koren-Angell Studios]
Nicholas Dawidoff [credit: Koren-Angell Studios]

Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

Nicholas Dawidoff, author of Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, will be 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.

Praise for Collision Low Crossers

"Dawidoff is a crack writer, saturating the book with the best of a year's worth of anecdotes and lacing it with the backgrounds of coaches and players with an intimacy that begs the question how he got all this sharp and often moving material.... Dawidoff has a sure hand with the nature of passion, the rancor and weeping joy that characterizes every season in the most popular sport in the country. Insightful, immediate sportswriting. Readers will feel every bit of the team's frustration and elation." -- Kirkus (starred review)

About the Author

Nicholas Dawidoff is the author of four previous critically-acclaimed books, including the bestselling The Catcher Was a Spy and The Crowd Sounds Happy. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Civitella Ranieri Fellow, a Berlin Prize Fellow of the American Academy, and an Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University, and is now a Branford Fellow at Yale University. A Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Fly Swatter, Dawidoff is a contributor to The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his family.

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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