Friday Night Feature - 'Hyde Park on Hudson'

We will screen HYDE PARK ON HUDSON May 24.
We will screen HYDE PARK ON HUDSON May 24.

Friday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) Starring Bill Murray, Laura Linney, and Olivia Colman; Rated R; 94 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor host the King and Queen of England for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York – the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one.

"Murray's spot-on portrayal of a man juggling myriad pressures and demands, from petty to momentous, marks one of the film's greatest strengths." -- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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

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

Meet the Author - Dennis Watlington

Dennis Watlington will visit the Library May 9
Dennis Watlington will visit the Library May 9

Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m.

Dennis Watlington, author of Chasing America, will be our featured speaker.

Chasing America is a rollercoaster ride through promise and poverty, affirmative action and addiction, and a powerful story that captures a life and an era that is seminally American. Born in Harlem in 1952, Dennis developed a heroin habit at the age of 14, kicked it, and received a scholarship to the Hotchkiss School where he was elected president of his class. He went on to NYU, became involved in film and theater, got addicted to crack, kicked that, and became an Emmy-winning television writer.

Chasing America shows us the best and worst that America offers to a Black man—from the Jim Crow South to boarding school life in New England to backstage at the Fillmore East to a holding cell in Bellevue Hospital.

About the Author

Dennis Watlington has been a junkie, a thief, a motivational speaker, a janitor for the circus, an occupational therapist, a journalist, a soap opera actor, and most recently a screenwriter and documentary filmmaker. His credits include The Untold Story of the Black West which won him an Emmy.

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 Poet: Christina Pugh

Christina Pugh will read from her new book of poems.
Christina Pugh will read from her new book of poems.

Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m.

Christina Pugh will read from her third book of poems, Grains of the Voice, which draws on the work of Roland Barthes and the sonnet tradition in order to investigate contemporary facets of sound, speech, and song.

About the Poet

Christina Pugh is also the author of Restoration and Rotary, as well as the chapbook Gardening at Dusk. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and other periodicals, and in anthologies such as Poetry 180. Her honors have included the Word Press First Book Prize (for Rotary), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from Poetry magazine, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, an individual artist fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, the Associated Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Award, the Grolier Poetry Prize, residencies at the Ragdale and Ucross Foundations, and a faculty fellowship from the UIC Institute for the Humanities.

A reception will follow the presentation.

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

Friday Night Feature - 'Cheerful Weather for the Wedding'

We will screen CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING in our Community Room May 10.
We will screen CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING in our Community Room May 10.

Friday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (2012) Starring Elizabeth McGovern, Felicity Jones, and Luke Treadaway; Not Rated; 92 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

A young woman frets upstairs in her family's country manor on her wedding day, fearful she's about to marry the wrong man. Downstairs, both her fiancé and her former lover grow increasingly anxious.

"Rice does a fine job of juggling so many characters and moving smoothly among flashbacks without losing sight of the main story." -- Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

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

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

Our Spring Book Discussion Series Concludes

"Stitches" by David Small will be the final book in our Spring Discussion Series.

Stitches by David Small

Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m.

David Small, a best-selling and highly regarded children's book illustrator, comes forward with this unflinching graphic memoir. Remarkable and intensely dramatic, Stitches tells the story of a fourteen-year-old boy who awakes one day from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he has been transformed into a virtual mute—a vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot. From horror to hope, Small proceeds to graphically portray an almost unbelievable descent into adolescent hell and the difficult road to physical, emotional, and artistic recovery.

National Book Award Finalist

“A profound and moving gift of graphic literature that has the look of a movie and reads like a poem.” -- Jules Feiffer

“A breathtaking, horrific, and ultimately redemptive work.” -- Miami Herald

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).

Meet the Author - Will Schwalbe

Will Schwalbe
Will Schwalbe

Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club, will be our featured speaker.

During her treatment for cancer, Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting in waiting rooms together. To pass the time, they would talk about the books they were reading. Once, by chance, they read the same book at the same time—and an informal book club of two was born. Through their wide-ranging reading, Will and Mary Anne—and we, their fellow readers—are reminded how books can be comforting, astonishing, and illuminating, changing the way that we feel about and interact with the world around us.

Praise for The End of Your Life Book Club

"A loving celebration of a mother by a son." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Not only a son’s heartfelt tribute to [his mother’s] courage and grace but vivid testimony to the enduring power of books to create meaning out of chaos, illuminate values, and connect us with each other.” -- The Boston Globe

About the Author

Will Schwalbe has worked in publishing (most recently as senior vice president and editor in chief of Hyperion Books); digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com; and as a journalist, writing for various publications including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is on the board of the Kingsborough Community College Foundation. He is the coauthor, with David Shipley, of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better.

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 - 'Late Bloomers'

We will screen LATE BLOOMERS Friday, June 7.
We will screen LATE BLOOMERS Friday, June 7.

Friday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.Late Bloomers (2011) Starring William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini; Not Rated; 95 minutes. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Mary and Adam aren’t your typical older couple, they’re high functioning and stylish and to their great surprise, they’ve entered the senior category. Adam is in frantic denial, desperately looking for the fountain of youth as Mary decides to deal with the situation by doing what she does best, taking care of her husband and family. After 30 years together, the married couple confronts the unpalatable realities of getting older and concludes that emotional absence is the easiest way to cope. But at what point does distance become divorce?

"[Rossellini] is radiant in a profoundly ordinary and believable way, as always, and stirs up generational pathos all by herself." -- Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

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

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

Wednesday Matinee - 'Les Miserables'

Showing in our Community Room May 15.
Showing in our Community Room May 15.

Wednesday, May 15 at 1:30 p.m. - Les Miserables (2012) Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway; Rated PG-13; 158 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Ex-prisoner Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. The world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale.

"One of the most emotionally devastating and gratifying movies I've ever seen." - Joy Tipping, Dallas Morning News

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

Darien Writers' Workshops

Develop your writing skills.
Develop your writing skills.

Nonfiction

Sunday, February 2nd at 2 p.m.

This workshop is currently full. To be added to the waitlist, please contact Erin Shea, eshea@darienlibrary.org.

About the Facilitator

Sonya Huber has written two books of creative nonfiction, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year, and Opa Nobody, shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize. She has also written a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers: Using Your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration. She teaches in the Department of English at Fairfield University and in the Fairfield Low-Residency MFA Program.

Poetry

Register: Sunday, February 9th at 2 p.m.

About the Facilitator

Carol Ann Davis is the author of Psalm and Atlas Hour, both from Tupelo Press. The recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and the W. K. Rose Fellowship for the Creative Arts from Vassar College, her recent work has appeared in Agni, American Poetry Review, Volt, and on the ArtBeat website for PBS' Newshour. She is currently Assistant Professor of English at Fairfield University.

Fiction

Sunday, February 16th at 2 p.m.

This workshop is currently full. To be added to the waitlist, please contact Erin Shea, eshea@darienlibrary.org.

About the Facilitator

Michael C. White is the author of Beautiful Assassin. His previous novels include the New York Times Notable Book A Brother’s Blood and two Connecticut Book of the Year finalists, The Garden of Martyrs and Soul Catcher. He is the Director of Fairfield University’s MFA program in Creative Writing.

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

Tumblr for Parents Workshop

Image courtesy of Flickr user Romain Toornier
Image courtesy of Flickr user Romain Toornier

Tuesday, February 4 at 10am

What is the Tumblr community and how can parents benefit from joining? Learn how to set up your own Tumblr account, find users to follow, and discuss Tumblr vocabulary such as “reblogging.”

Register online here

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