Giulia's in the Kitchen (and on the TODAY Show and soon at the Darien Library!)

Giulia Melucci, the author of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti was on The TODAY Show this morning. If the name sounds familiar, it's because Giulia will be here at Darien Library on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. with Ilene Beckerman, the author of Love, Loss, and What I Wore for a special Meet the Author program we're calling Girls Night Out!

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Giulia's book just came out on Tuesday, and is getting fabulous reviews. Here's what Entertainment Weekly had to say, and...AND...if being on The TODAY Show wasn't enough good news for Giulia for one day, she is profiled in today's New York Times as the subject of  the "At Home With..." feature!

I loved the book and am so thrilled that Giulia and Ilene will be coming here to Darien to share share their stories with us! Talk. Laughs. Food. Wine. You know...a girls night out! Please be sure to join us!

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The Poet's Voice at the Library

"In the room of the spirit, Janet Krauss fills all the seats" - Paul Dry, Paul Dry Books, Inc.

The Poet's Voice, yearly readings in Fairfield County libraries by outstanding poets, returns to the Darien Library on Sunday, April 19th at 3 p.m.. Poet Janet Krauss will read her poems at this annual event, which will be held in the Conference Room on the Mezzanine Level.

Janet Krauss is a widely published poet and teaches literature and writing at St. Basil College and Fairfield University. She is the recipient of the Fairfiled Adjunct Award of the Year, 2006, and was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry.

A reception will follow the reading. 

The reading is supported by the Horace E. Manacher Poetry Fund and contributions to the Darien Library Annual Campaign.

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Poet Christina Pugh at the Library

 April is National Poetry Month!

On Monday, April 13th at 7 p.m., our Grand Opening Author Series continues with award-winning poet Christina Pugh. She is the author of Rotary, the winner of the Word Press First Book Prize in 2004. Her second book of poems, Restoration, was published in October 2008. Her poetry has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, and other publications. In addition to her own poems, she has also published numerous articles on poetry and poetics.

We are so pleased that Christina has agreed to come to Darien (especially during National Poetry Month) and to be part of our Grand Opening Author Series. Please join us for this special program.

Refreshments will be served.

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Fashion + Food = Fun = Girls Night Out at the Library

Do you remember what you wore on your first date with Mr. Right? Do you remember what you cooked when Mr. Wrong came to dinner? This is how my memory works, so I am especially excited about our upcoming Meet the Author(s) event! On Thursday, April 23rd at 7 p.m., Ilene Beckerman, the author of the bestselling book Love, Loss, and What I Wore, and Giulia Melucci, the author of the BRAND NEW (it comes out on April 8th) book I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, will be at the Library for a special event that we're calling Girls Night Out!  

 Ilene Beckerman had a runaway bestseller in the 1990s when she poignantly told her life story through the clothes that she wore. Love, Loss, and What I Wore struck a chord that still resounds. So many of us can relate to the idea of memories evoked from a certain outfit or article of clothing. The author of this deliciously illustrated memoir reminds us that what we wear may help to shape our memories and ultimately may be forever intertwined in every recollection.

If every outfit tells a story...what's in your closet?


How many of our memories are somehow wrapped up with food associations? How many conversations do we have over food? About food?! Few things evoke such strong memories for us... childhood, home, cafeterias, restaurants, good times, bad times, seduction, socializing, status,  nurturing, caring, love, relationships...the list is practically endless. When it comes to relationships, my food instincts (unfortunately) lead me to food as comfort. In Giulia Melucci's new book, I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, the author leads us on a culinary journey through her dating minefield, complete with laughs, disappointments, hope, worry, and wonderful recipes.

...and speaking of food, refreshments will be served! Please join us!

This Meet the Author(s) event is part of our Grand Opening Author Series.

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Upcoming Author Events at the Library

Yesterday afternoon, Arthur Frommer appeared at the Library for an entertaining and informative talk. This special program was part of our Grand Opening Author Series (yes, he was wonderful, as have been all of our speakers!). Lots of people asked about our upcoming author events, so in case you've lost the brochures, here's what's coming soon at the Library! 


Wednesday, April 1, 7 p.m.

Jonathan Lopez

Author Jonathan Lopez will talk about his groundbreaking book, The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meegeren, the real story of the world’s most famous art forger, Han van Meegeren. The Man Who Made Vermeers is an absorbing account and “unvarnishing” of the van Meegeren legend, that of a folk hero for duping the Nazi leader Hermann Goering with a fake Vermeer.  (A One Book, One Community event.)

April 13, 7 p.m.
Christina Pugh
Award-winning poet Christina Pugh is the author of Rotary, the winner of the Word Press First Book Prize in 2004. Her second book of poems, Restoration, was published in October 2008. Her poetry has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, and other publications. In addition to her own poems, she has also published numerous articles on poetry and poetics.
April 23, 7 p.m.

Girls Night Out!

Ilene Beckerman and Giulia Melucci
 Ilene Beckerman’s memoir Love, Loss, and What I Wore, a runaway bestseller from the 1990s, tells her life story poignantly through the clothes that she wore. Brimming with wit and honesty,I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti is Giulia Melucci’s first-hand account of searching for Mr. Right. It’s laced with soulful Italian-American recipes that got her through several Mr. Wrongs. Join us for this fun evening talking love, food, and fashion – we’re calling it Girls Night Out!
May 3, 5 p.m.
Randall Jones
The Richest Man in Town: The Twelve Commandments of Wealth
Worth magazine founder Randall Jones interviewed the richest men and women in the 100 largest towns in America -- all of them self-made financial giants. In his new book, he reveals the key common traits of these individuals and makes their success tips available to us all. Jones, a frequent commentator on numerous television shows including The Today Show, CNBC, CNN, CNNFN, and FOX News, will talk about his research and some of the surprising and extraordinary revelations.

Please join us for these great programs!

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And I Quote...

"This should be the model for all modern libraries."

-- Arthur Frommer (after a tour of the Darien Library)*


Yesterday afternoon, we continued our Grand Opening Author Series with a visit from travel expert Arthur Frommer. The standing-room-only crowd came prepared with pencils and paper, eager for the best in travel information and they were not disappointed! Mr. Frommer talked up-to-the-minute travel deals and anticipated future bargains, the benefits of using travel aggregates, and had advice for travelers of all ages! His talk was peppered with lots of amusing anecdotes and a couple of hilarious stories.


We had a reception and book signing after his presentation and many, many people remained to have books signed and to talk with the author. Surprisingly, this turned out to be a family event for many, and if anyone thought that children might be bored listening to this genuinely charming speaker, they'd have been wrong. Note the family above, right...before they left the signing table, the little girl rushed over and gave Mr. Frommer a big hug!!! Arthur Frommer is a hit in Darien. We thank him so much for coming to Darien Library and we can't wait to have him back!

*Mr. Frommer gave us permission to quote him!

To cruise or not to cruise...that is the question!

Arthur FrommerMeet the Travel Expert!

Arthur Frommer

Sunday, March 22 at 5 PM

in the Community Room

Arthur Frommer revolutionized the travel industry with his 1957 publication of Europe on $5 a Day. Today, over 50 years later, Frommer’s®  travel guides have included more than 340 titles covering every major destination in the world.

A few weeks ago, Barbara T., Janet, and I attended the The New York Times Travel Expo, where we had the pleasure of hearing Arthur Frommer and his daughter Pauline offer up some truly insider advice on how to make the most of vacation time and budget during tough financial times. After the presentation, we came away knowing how to effectively negotiate with top-notch hotels for the lowest room rates, the sites that provide the best travel deals, whether cruises or all-inclusive land resorts offer the most for your money, where to find flights from the New York area to exotic locales for just $99, and so much more - not to mention sore wrists from furiously writing down every bit of information we could! 

After the talk, we spoke with Arthur and Pauline for a few minutes and quickly realized that not only are they wonderful authorities on all things travel, they are incredibly entertaining and engaging speakers who love libraries! Pauline regretfully let us know that she cannot make it to our program on March 22nd (she will be travelling for work on upcoming guides, of course!), but Arthur will be here with all of 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow UpNYC Free & Dirt Cheaphis charm and wit, ready to answer your most puzzling travel questions, and we couldn't be looking more forward to the event!

So whether your ideal vacation is relaxing on the French Riviera or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro...whether you're planning a romantic getaway for two or a road trip for the entire family...whether you want to see the far reaches of the earth or uncover the hidden treasures that lie in our own backyard, you won't want to miss Arthur Frommer's talk as he discusses his award-winning travel guide series and offers expert advice for planning a trip to anywhere in the world.

Join us with paper and pen in hand. You will want to take notes, guaranteed!


"With Wings..." Has Legs

We had an enormous turnout on Sunday afternoon to hear and meet Michael Korda, and with good reason. He was wonderful!  He spoke eloquently of the Battle of Britain. Audience members were eager to have their books signed and to speak with him after the presentation.

You can check out Michael Korda's new book, With Wings Like Eagles: The History of the Battle of Britain here at the Library. In case you missed his fabulous talk (or want to experience it again), click on the image below.  


Prepare to be Mesmerized

On Sunday, February 8 at 5 p.m., Michael Korda will be at the Library to talk about his new book, With Wings Like Eagles: A History of the Battle of Britain.

We've experienced Mr. Korda's commanding presence before. (Remember when he was here in November 2007 (photo at right) to talk about Ike: An American Hero?) I say "commanding" because he is nothing short of it. His command of the information, the history, the words, his voice, and any room he enters is something to behold. Whether reading from his book or in discussion, he has the unique ability to transport the listener.

We are delighted that Michael Korda wanted to return to Darien Library! With Wings Like Eagles, released just a few weeks ago, is already being considered the only book that describes the political maneuvering and behind-the-scenes strategizing that surrounded the Battle of Britain. This bestselling author has received excellent reviews for this latest book, including the following from Diana Preston of The Washington Post:

"…passionate and eloquent …With Wings Like Eagles is a skillful, absorbing, often moving contribution to the popular understanding of one of the few episodes in history to live on untarnished and undiminished in the collective memory and to deserve the description "heroic."

Personally, I am preparing for another memorable evening at the Library and I am immersing myself in the time period. After reading With Wings Like Eagles, I watched the new dvd, Flying the Secret Sky: The Story of the Royal Air Force Ferry Command and am currently reading Ken Follett's suspense tale set in the early days of WWII, Hornet Flight. Of course, you don't need to prepare for this fabulous author event which is part of our Grand Opening Author Series...just be prepared to be mesmerized.

A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

The Broad Spectrum of Green

So, there we were in our new Green building (LEED Gold!) with our second author in our Grand Opening Author Series, Deirdre Imus! Deirdre, the author of the bestselling "Green This!" series, has a new book out -- The Essential Green You! : Easy Ways To Detox Your Diet, Your Body, And Your Life, and she was here last night to talk to us about all things GREEN. From the state of our health (especially that of our children), to the impact of cleaning products, makeup, toiletries, plastics, fabrics, food, soy, dairy, toxic jeans, toxic tee shirts...

There were several audience members taking notes last night and lots more that purchased one (or all) of Deirdre's books. A book signing followed the presentation and the author was so gracious and enthusiastic -- chatting with all that came up to the table.

We had a huge crowd last night for this event. We are pleased and proud to have been able to bring such an important program to Darien -- one that's clearly important to our Members. We extend a huge thank you to Dierdre Imus for bringing such grace and warmth to what is often a scary and cold topic.

P.S. She loved our Library!

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