Meet the Author - Michael Paterniti

Michael Paterniti
Michael Paterniti

Wednesday, August 7 at 7 p.m.

Michael Paterniti, author of The Telling Room, will be our featured speaker. This event will include a cheese tasting by Fairfield Cheese Company.

In the fall of 1991, at Zingerman’s deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Michael Paterniti encountered a piece of cheese. Not just any cheese. This was Paramo de Guzmán, a rare Spanish queso, which was one of the most sought-after delicacies on earth. Paterniti travels to Spain and discovers that the story of this cheese is nothing like the idyllic slow-food fable he first imagined. Instead, he’s sucked into the heart of an unfolding mystery, a blood feud that includes accusations of betrayal and theft, death threats, and a murder plot. As the village begins to spill its long-held secrets, Paterniti finds himself implicated in the very story he is writing.

Praise for The Telling Room

“Michael Paterniti is one of the best living practitioners of the art of literary journalism, able to fully elucidate and humanize the everyday and the epic. In his hands, every subject, every moment of personal or global upheaval, is treated with the same curiosity, respect, empathy, and clear-eyed wisdom.” – Dave Eggers, author of A Hologram for the King

About the Author

Michael Paterniti's writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Harper's, Outside, Esquire, and GQ, where he works as a correspondent. He is the recipient of an NEA grant and two MacDowell Fellowships. His first book, Driving Mr. Albert, was a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year.” He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, Sara Corbett, and their three children.

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).

Friday Night Feature - 'Amour'

We will screen AMOUR September 6.
We will screen AMOUR September 6.

Friday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.Amour (2013) Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva; Rated PG-13; 127 minutes. Presented in French with English subtitles.

Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Academy Award Winner, Best Foreign Language Film

"Now at the end of the year comes a masterpiece, not just the best of the year, but one of the best ever: Michael Haneke's Amour." -- David Thomson, The New Republic

"A movie that is utterly worthy of its all-encompassing title." -- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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

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

Back to the Future eBook Group: The War of the Worlds

image courtesy flick user Joe Shlabotnik
image courtesy flick user Joe Shlabotnik

Thursday, August 8 at 7 p.m.

Join us for this staff-led discussion of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, a classic work of literature now in the public domain. Download this eBook to your eReader or borrow a print copy.

Friday Night Feature - 'Brooklyn Castle'

We will screen BROOKLYN CASTLE Friday, August 2nd.
We will screen BROOKLYN CASTLE Friday, August 2nd.

Friday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Brooklyn Castle (2012) Documentary Feature; Rated PG; 102 minutes.

This documentary tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories.

"Enlightening, inspiring and expertly crafted." -- Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out our Friday Night Features in August.

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

Video of Christina Pugh

On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, local poet, Christina Pugh visited Darien Library to discuss her new collection of poemes, "Grains of the Voice."

For more information, please visit the original post.

Our Fall Book Discussion Series Continues

Colum McCann's TRANSATLANTIC
Colum McCann's TRANSATLANTIC

Transatlantic by Colum McCann

Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m.

Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviators—Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown—set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War. Dublin, 1845 and ’46. On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause—despite the fact that, as famine ravages the countryside, the poor suffer from hardships that are astonishing even to an American slave.

New York, 1998. Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, where it has fallen to him, the son of an Irish-American father and a Lebanese mother, to shepherd Northern Ireland’s notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion. These three iconic crossings are connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history.

Praise for Transatlantic

“This novel is beautifully hypnotic in its movements, from the grand (between two continents, across three centuries) to the most subtle. Silkily threading together public events and private feelings, TransAtlantic says no to death with every line. Those who can’t see the point of historical novels will find their answer here: in all intelligent fiction, the past has not passed.”—Emma Donoghue, author of Room

Library staff members will lead the discussions.

We have copies of the books available for patrons to borrow, but prior reading of the books is not necessary to attend the discussions.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Before Sunset'

We will screen BEFORE SUNSET August 9.
We will screen BEFORE SUNSET August 9.

Friday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Before Sunset (2004) Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; Rated R; 80 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Jesse, a writer from the US, and Celine, a Frenchwoman working for an environment protection organization, acquainted nine years ago on a train from Budapest to Vienna, meet again when Jesse arrives in Paris for a reading of his new book. As they have only a few hours until his plane leaves, they stroll through Paris together.

"...an unusual example of a follow-up that doesn't seem forced, but expands effortlessly on the original." -- Christy Lemire, Associated Press

"This is a wonderful movie." -- Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out our Friday Night Features in August.

Adult Summer Reading Party Grand Finale Party with the Darien Community Band

image courtesy flickr user arnybo
image courtesy flickr user arnybo

Sunday, August 11 at 5 p.m.

This concert band is made up of members from Darien and surrounding towns. Join us for musical arrangements that will have you dancing in your seat. Then we’ll have our Grand Prize drawing for a brand new iPad. Attendees will receive an extra chance to win!

Debate Featuring Candidates for the Office of Board of Education

The League of Women Voters logo
The League of Women Voters logo

Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m. Meet and Greet with the Candidates, 7 p.m. Discussion and Debate

The Darien League of Women Voters is pleased to host this upcoming event:

Candidates for the Office of Board of Education will participate in a discussion and debate. This is a contested race with four candidates, two Democrats and two Republicans, running for three positions on the Board.

During this event, voters will be able to submit written questions to the candidates either in person or online via email to lwv.darien@gmail.com. This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates and ask about the many issues facing our town. Both events will be videotaped by Channel 79 and rebroadcast prior to Election Day November 5th. Please visit our website lwv.darien.org for more information.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'No'

We will screen NO Friday, August 16.
We will screen NO Friday, August 16.

Friday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.No (2012) Starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Alfredo Castro; Not Rated; 112 minutes. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

In 1988, Chilean mili tary dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the NO persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra, to spearhead their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot‘s minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.

"No is filmmaking of the first order." -- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

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