Join the Evening Library Book Group: Fifty/Fifty!

A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre
A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre

Wednesday, September 24th at 7 p.m.

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A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre

Registration is limited to Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated $300 or more.

The Library's “Fifty/Fifty” book group is back! Join our evening book discussion where participants are invited to read 50% fiction and 50% nonfiction. The group meets the fourth Wednesday evening of each month at 7 p.m. in our conference room.

About the Book

Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War—while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world...

Praise for A Spy Among Friends

“Macintyre has produced more than just a spy story. He has written a narrative about that most complex of topics, friendship...When devouring this thriller, I had to keep reminding myself it was not a novel.”—Walter Isaacson, New York Times Book Review

Library staff members will lead the discussions.

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

Darien Library Writers Group

image courtesy Flickr user J. Paxon Reyes
image courtesy Flickr user J. Paxon Reyes

Thursday, September 25th at 7 p.m. in the Harris Room

If your novel or chapbook isn't finished yet, this group is for you.

If you have a poem, short story, novel or screenplay in your drawer or just in your head please join this friendly, supportive "no judgment" zone to work on your project. Everyone will get a chance to share their struggles and their work. Bring your ideas and any work you wish to contribute.

The workshop will be moderated by Laura Cavers.

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

The 6-Figure Freelancer : Everything I've Learned Building My Consulting Business

Clinton Warren
Clinton Warren

Wednesday, October 1st from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Clint Warren left a career in finance 4 years ago to become a personal trainer, getting sidetracked by web development along the way. Since then, he's built his consulting business from $16,000 per year to well over $16,000 per month. In this workshop, he reveals everything he's learned to help others looking to start a new conulting business or grow an existing one.

What's covered:

• How to quickly and effectively build a reputation, brand, and identity
• How to land your first few clients
• The most cost effective strategies for marketing your business, both online and in person
• How to manage projects and when to build a team
• How to consistently charge more and land bigger clients

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

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).

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