Meet the Author - Susan Jane Gilman

Susan Jane Gilman
Susan Jane Gilman

Tuesday, October 14th at 7 p.m.

Susan Jane Gilman, author of The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street, will be our featured speaker. 

This debut novel will draw you in immediately with the irrepressible voice of protagonist Lillian Dunkle, who will proceed to tell you the epic tale of her rise from the squalor of the Lower East Side tenements as a new immigrant to become the greatest ice cream maker in America. While her story is captivating, what will keep you reading is Lillian herself: a charming, hard-working woman who’s overcome her disability to become America’s Ice Cream Queen. Oh, and a ruthless businesswoman who will play every situation to her advantage, regardless of the consequences for others. She is an anti-hero—who verges on villain—and you can’t help but love her.

Praise for The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

“An outstanding fiction debut...Gilman’s numerous strengths are showcased, such as character-driven narrative, a ready sense of wit, and a rich historical canvas.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Susan Jane Gilman has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Ms. magazine, among others. Though she lives in Geneva, Switzerland, she remains, eternally, a child of New York.

This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County and The Stamford Chapter of Hadassah.

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 - Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand
Elin Hilderbrand

Thursday, October 16th at 7 p.m.

Elin Hilderbrand, author of Winter Street, will be our featured speaker.

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket's Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can't get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley's second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines.

As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who's playing Santa at the inn's annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unreachable in Afghanistan, it might be up to Kelley's ex-wife, nightly news anchor Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn. 

About the Author

Elin Hilderbrand made a paper angel ornament in third grade that is still in her family's custody. She celebrates the holidays by making batches of homemade mustard and chive pine nut dip and gifting them to her lucky friends. Her favorite carol is "O Holy Night." Winter Street is her fourteenth novel.

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 - Kristen Harnisch

Kristen Harnisch [credit: Alix Martinex Photography]
Kristen Harnisch [credit: Alix Martinex Photography]

Tuesday, October 21st at 7 p.m.

Kristen Harnisch, author of The Vintner's Daughter, will be our featured speaker.

In 1895, seventeen-year-old Sara Thibault’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as master winemaker at their stunning Loire Valley family vineyard, Saint Martin. Although many don’t understand her ambition, Sara forges ahead toward her goal with a determination that will soon prove essential.

When Sara’s father is killed in a mudslide, her mother sells their land to a business rival whose eldest son married Sara’s sister, Lydia. Sara is shocked and deeply disappointed, having hoped to take over, to make her father proud. Disappointment quickly turns to fear when she realizes that her new brother-in-law Bastien has no real interest in the vineyard and far too much interest in her.

A violent tragedy leaves Bastien dead and compels the sisters to flee to America. Sara plans to eventually reclaim her family’s vineyard, but for now she travels to California in hopes of making her own way in the winemaking world. When she encounters Bastien’s brother, Philippe—a man as committed to bringing his brother’s killer to justice as he is to building the largest vineyard in the Napa region—they are instantly drawn to each other. But now she must make a choice: to risk discovery or run again. Will he help her regain Saint Martin, or prosecute her for her crime? How much more can she lose? And what loss is finally too great to bear?

About the Author

Kristen Harnisch drew upon her extensive research and experiences living in the San Francisco Bay Area and visiting the Loire Valley to create the story for The Vintner's Daughter, the first in a series about the changing world of vineyard life at the turn of the century. Harnisch has a degree in economics from Villanova University and currently resides in Darien, Connecticut, where she has lived for fourteen years.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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

The Annual Meeting of the Friends of Darien Library

Kate Manning
Kate Manning

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

Saturday, November 1st at 5 p.m.

Kate Manning, author of My Notorious Life, will be the featured speaker. This novel is the evocative, absolutely unforgettable new novel from Kate Manning. Inspired by the true story of Ann Trow Lohman, a female physician who became one of the most controversial figures in Victorian New York City. My Notorious Life, now published in paperback, vibrantly portrays a charismatic, passionate woman who changed the lives of countless others. 

Reviews for My Notorious Life:

“A daring page-turner.” — O, The Oprah Magazine

“This intriguing, thought-provoking work of historical fiction is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.”— Real Simple

Preceding the presentation, election of officers and new trustee nominations for the year 2014/2015 will take place.

Learn about the year's developments at Darien Library from Amy Cholnoky, President of the Board, and Alan Gray, 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).

Meet the Author - Dana Cowin

Dana Cowin
Dana Cowin

Tuesday, November 11th at 7 p.m.

Dana Cowin, author of Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen will be our featured speaker.

An uproarious, inspiring cookbook from the longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, in which the first lady of food spills the secret of her culinary ineptitude, while learning—finally—to cook, side-by-side with some of the greatest chefs working today, from David Chang to Alice Waters to Thomas Keller.

About the Author

Dana Cowin, Food & Wine’s Editor-in-Chief since 1995, has been covering the world of food, wine, style, and design for over 30 years. She sits on the board of directors of City Harvest, a New York City hunger-relief organization, Wholesome Wave Foundation, dedicated to providing access to sustainable foods, and Hot Bread Kitchen, an organization that helps train low-income men and women to join the culinary workforce. In 2012, she was an inductee into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who in Food & Beverage in America. She is an alumna of Brown University and lives in New York City with her husband and two children. To read more about Dana’s adventures follow her at @fwscout on Twitter and on Instagram.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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

Meet the Author - Marilyn Johnson

Marilyn Johnson
Marilyn Johnson

Thursday, November 13th at 7 p.m.

Marilyn Johnson, author of Lives in Ruins, will be our featured speaker.

Lives in Ruins is an absorbing and entertaining look at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past. Johnson digs and drinks alongside archaeologists, chases them through the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and even Machu Picchu, and excavates their lives. Her subjects share stories we rarely read in history books, about slaves and Ice Age hunters, ordinary soldiers of the American Revolution, children of the first century, Chinese woman warriors, sunken fleets, mummies.

What drives these archaeologists is not the money (meager) or the jobs (scarce) or the working conditions (dangerous), but their passion for the stories that would otherwise be buried and lost.

About the Author

Marilyn Johnson has been a staff writer for Life and an editor at Esquire, Redbook, and Outside. The Dead Beat was chosen for the Borders Original Voices program and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award.

A book signing will follow the authors’ presentations. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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

Friday Night Features in September

We will screen WINTER'S TALE Friday, September 12th.
We will screen WINTER'S TALE Friday, September 12th.

Friday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - Good Will Hunting (1997) Starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, and Minnie Driver; Rated R; 127 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck co-scripted and star in this drama, set in Boston and Cambridge, about rebellious 20-year-old MIT janitor Will Hunting, gifted with a photographic memory, who hangs out with his South Boston bar buddies, his best friend Chuckie, and his affluent British girlfriend Skylar. After MIT professor Lambeau stumps students with a challenging math formula on a hallway blackboard, Will anonymously leaves the correct solution, prompting Lambeau to track the elusive young genius. As Will's problems with the police escalate, Lambeau offers an out, but with two conditions -- visits to a therapist and weekly math sessions. 

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

Friday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. - Winter's Tale (2014) Starring Colin Farrell, Will Smith, Jessica Brown-Findlay, and Russell Crowe; Rated PG-13; 129 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Peter Lake is a master thief, who never expected to have his own heart stolen by the beautiful Beverly Penn. But their love is star-crossed: she burns with a deadly form of consumption, and Peter has been marked for a much more violent death by his one-time mentor, the demonic Pearly Soames. Peter desperately tries to save his one true love, across time, against the forces of darkness, even as Pearly does everything in his power to take him down—winner take all and loser be damned. What Peter needs is a miracle, but only time will tell if he can find one.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Other Woman (2009) Starring Natalie Portman, Lisa Kudrow, and Scott Cohen; Rated R; 119 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An extramarital affair blossoms into a marriage defined by tragedy and hardship in this emotional family drama from director/screenwriter Don Roos. When Emilia met Jack, she was the other woman. In time, she became his only woman. Shortly after attempting to start their new life together by having a child of their own, their newborn dies suddenly. Compounding Emilia's grief over the loss of her child is the fact that her adolescent stepson, William, seems intent on making her life miserable. 

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

Friday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Finding Vivian Maier (2014) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 90 minutes.

This critically acclaimed documentary is about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Art On View: Trish Monahan

The work of Trish Monahan
The work of Trish Monahan

July 22nd through September 2nd

Closing Reception Friday, August 29th from 6 to 8 p.m.

In her own words, "As an artist, I always seek to explore and capture moments of wonder in the natural world: the feeling of an open meditative space infused with light, the geometric patterns of a landscape, bodies in motion, twisted trees and gardens that tangle. These constantly changing rhythms and colors fascinate me, for in nature we find the vital force, the very essence of life itself.

My art education came mostly from seeing, from looking deeply at things, and from being exposed to so much great art in the cities where I have visited and lived. It seems I have been been studying art and science for most of my life. After attending art and design classes at Wayne State University, Parsons School of Design and The Art Students League, I fine-tuned my eye working as a textile artist and clothing designer for several years in New York. I now paint in Westport, Connecticut as a member of "The Art Studio."

For many years now I have also been working in the Natural Healing field and this certainly influences my artwork. Working hands-on with people in such a close way increases your sensitivity to subtle currents of energy and what lies beneath the surface. The deeper unspoken truths are an integral part of my work, and I hope it is something the viewer feels when observing my paintings.

Friday Night Features in August

We will screen DEVIL'S KNOT Friday, August 15th.
We will screen DEVIL'S KNOT Friday, August 15th.

Friday, August 1st at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - We Could Be King (2014) Documentary Feature; Not Rated; 80 minutes. 

Slashing budgets and still facing shortfalls, Philadelphia did the unthinkable. It shuttered Germantown High School and sent its students to archrival Martin Luther King, leaving a first-time head coach and a new principal to join together in a fight to unite bitter adversaries. An intimate and unflinching snapshot of urban America's education crisis, We Could Be King is a celebration of the power of sports to bring young people, neighborhoods and a city together.

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

Friday, August 8th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - The Girl on a Bicycle (2013) Starring Nora Tschirner, Vincenzo Amato, and Louise Monot; Rated R; 101 minutes.

Paolo, an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess, Greta, when the young French beauty, Cécile pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle – and, in short order, Paolo, following some very bad advice from his friend, Derek, finds himself with a German fiancée, a French “wife,” two Australian children who call him “Papa,” and his life upside-down.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, August 15th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Devil's Knot (2013) Starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth; Not Rated; 114 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Director Atom Egoyan adapts journalist Mara Leveritt's  non-fiction book to the screen in this docudrama centered on the investigation into the notorious West Memphis Three case. Centered on the investigation conducted by private detective Ron Lax, The Devil's Knot details the discovery of crucial DNA evidence that helped to win back the freedom of Arkansas teens Damien Echols, James Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr., who were accused of ritualistically murdering three young boys in 1993.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.The Lunchbox (2014) Starring Irrfan Khan; Rated PG; 105 minutes; Presented in Hindi with English subtitles.

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, to Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

Friday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - Tim's Vermeer (2014) Documentary Feature; Rated PG-13; 80 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? Spanning a decade, Jenison's adventure takes him to Holland, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and eventually even to Buckingham Palace. The epic research project Jenison embarks on is as extraordinary as what he discovers.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer

All films are free and open to the public.

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

Winners of the Tree Conservancy Photo Contest

Best in Show, School age group. Photo taken by Josiah Harris, 7th Grade.
Best in Show, School age group. Photo taken by Josiah Harris, 7th Grade.

Winning photographs in the Tree Conservancy of Darien’s 2014 ‘Celebration of Trees’ photography contest will be on display at Darien Library on the second floor by the fireplace beginning May 6th, 2014 until May 31st.

In its second year, the photo contest promotes the value of Darien’s trees by encouraging participants to capture the beauty of the majestic, historic, attractive and unusual trees around town.

The Tree Conservancy of Darien is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the tree and forest resources for the benefit of the community, its health and its quality of life. Its goals are to educate the community about the value of trees and their care, to identify and revitalize significant (heritage) trees in town, to maintain a stewardship program for the care and maintenance of existing trees, and to build partnerships to achieve conservancy goals.

For more information visit the Tree Conservancy of Darien.

 

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