Update: Please note that this author event has been cancelled. This event will be rescheduled in the future. Please check back on our website for details.

On Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m., author James Collins will be speaking here at the Library. His novel Beginner’s Greek, a national bestseller, will be coming out in paperback that week and we look forward to welcoming him to Darien!

Upon its publication in hardcover, the author drew comparisons to Jane Austen and like one of her novels, this story of love found, love lost, and the role fate plays in our lives provides an intersection of literary wit and thoughtful levity. “A comedy of manners” might be an apt description of “Beginner’s Greek,” which is about the complicated world of its main character Peter Russell. Peter meets Holly on a plane during a flight from New York to the West Coast. She is the woman of his dreams and they share a powerful connection. Holly writes her phone number on a page torn from “The Magic Mountain” by Thomas Mann. Later, he discovers that the paper is gone. What follows is a romantic comedy with a distinct literary vein running beneath its surface.
            “A satire of modern love that will charm both sexes equally.” – Vanity Fair
            “Beginner’s Greek is, from start to finish, delicious.” – New York Times Book Review
 Collins is a former editor for Time and Spy Magazine and has contributed to The New Yorker and other magazines. He grew up in New York City and now lives in Virginia with his family. “Beginner’s Greek” is his first novel.
A book signing will following the presentation and books will be available for purchase.
Refreshments will be served.

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