Authors at the Library

A SECOND CHANCE

Posted by on Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 - 5:48 PM

Yes! You get a second chance to hear the authors who speak at the Library. Programs are podcast on the Library website. If you want a CD of an author talk, we will provide it for you. (kbruce [at] westportlibrary [dot] org)

Lately, memoirs and biographies have been a popular  subject...life stories and philosophical beliefs with lots to think about.read more


FREADING

Posted by on Monday, Feb 13, 2012 - 6:18 PM

Have you tried it yet?  What is Freading?

Freading is a brand new service at the Westport Library. A different way to borrow books, Freading allows you to borrow eBooks and read them on your computer or on your eReader. Find out more about Freading... or bring your eReader -  (sorry, Kindle is not compatible, except for the Kindle Fire) - into the Library where staff will help you test drive this new service.  There are no holds on titles, because many people may download the same book at the same time. The loan period is two weeks, with one renew possible.

Here are some of the selections featured by  the Library on the Freading home page:

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

In 1946, a city girl tries to adjust to life on her southern husband's farm. Two men return from the war to work the land and a saga of family, friendship, jealousy, and prejudice unfolds.

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

In this modern version of The Scarlet Letter, a young girl suffers through the consequences of her love affair and abortion.

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Meet Hillary Jordan at the Library on Wednesday March 7 at noon.

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Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo

Similar to his book Golfing with God, this story pairs an ordinary, no-nonsense guy with a Buddhist guru. As the pair travels across middle America, a spiritual journey unfolds with wisdom and humor.

1969 by Rob Kirkpatrick

A man on the moon, the "Miracle Mets," Woodstock, Easy Rider, Slaughterhouse-Five by Vonnegut, punk music... read all about it!

Something To Declare by Julia Alvarez

Here are the events that inspired her fiction, as she reveals her family history of self-imposed exile in New York , after they fled the Dominican Republic and her own mastery of assimilation, identity, and her writing career.

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Burrow

Autobiography of a biracial girl, orphaned and living with her strict African American grandmother and dealing with society's ideas of race and class.

The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern

A mystery, a comedy, a time-travel story...full of Jewish history and requiring a suspension of disbelief to follow the adventures of a rabbi frozen in 1889 and thawed to live on in 1999.

The Ghost of Milagro Creek by Melanie Sumner

Set in a barrio in Taos, New Mexico and narrated by the ghost of a medicine woman, this is a love story that turns tragic.

The Da Vinci Notebooks

Love Leonardo? Here is a collection of his sketches, diagrams & writings on architecture, town planning,  engineering, naval warfare, music, medicine, mathematics, science, and philosophy.  Wow!


Authors - up close.

Posted by on Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 - 2:53 PM

Have you ever finished a book and wondered about the ending? Or, about how the author chose  the subject or  characters? Or, if the author considered a different storyline?  At the Library, you have the opportunity to converse with many authors.

In February, these authors will be speaking at the Library. Their books are available at the Library.read more


Nile Rodgers

Posted by MargieF on Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 - 12:35 PM

Are you a fan of disco music?  Did John Travolta's performance in Saturday Night Fever  lead you to the club scene?  If so, you should come to the Library on Monday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. to hear Nile Rodgers speak about his book, Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny.read more


New York, NY

Posted by SusanM on Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012 - 2:37 PM

New York CityI have a soft spot in my heart for books that take place in NYC.  Maybe it’s because I was born there and then lived in New York for a large part of my life.  It’s fun to recognize and remember the places that are mentioned, and it always seems as if there is something about the characters that make them distinctly New Yorkers.  In the last few months I’ve read three books that take place in NYC, and although each of them is very different from the others, any one of them would make a good choice for a book group.read more


On the horizon...

Posted by on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 - 4:56 PM

Amelia Earhart's photo - bigger than life...  Pictures of aviators on the Riverwalk wall...  Paper planes flying  & model planes idling...  Coconut water at the Library cafe...  All signs of WestportREADS 2012 !!

The programs start with a showing of Amelia, starring Hillary Swank and Richard Gere,  at  2 pm on Tuesday January 3 in the McManus Room. ( If you cannot attend, plan to come to the second showing on Thursday January 26 at 6:30pm.)

On Thursday, January 5 at 7:30 pm, Westport author Michaela MacColl will be here to talk about her  teen book Promise the Night. The historical fiction features Beryl Markham, another courageous female aviator.  Michaela will be signing books after her talk.

Borrow or buy a copy of I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn and join the discussion about the creative and poetic way Mendelsohn imagines Earhart and her navigator on a Pacific Island. Hear the author talk about her book on Wednesday January 11 at 7:30 pm.

Make WestportREADS a family activity using one of the companion books for younger readers.

***At each event you attend, you will be able to enter your name for a chance to win a 15 minute flight in a 1929 New Standard biplane at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodome.*** 

Join the fun and connect with the WestportREADS community.


Get the New Year off to a "flying start!"

Posted by on Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 - 1:53 PM

WestportREADS  creates connections and strengthens the community through the shared experience of a book, an author, and a theme.

 In January 2012, the focus will be on Amelia Earhart, the famous woman aviator who disappeared seventy-five years ago. A woman way ahead of her time, Earhart's life exemplified courage, adventure, celebrity, and accomplishment. The mystery of her disappearance lingers, with various theories about the end of her life.read more


Birds of Paradise

Posted by on Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 - 5:37 PM

In Birds of Paradise, Diana Abu-Jaber  creates a world of sensuous immersion reminiscent of Diane Ackerman's  non-fiction gems. But this is a novel, the story of a family whose 13-year-old daughter has run away "for good."read more


Sybil's List: fiction

Posted by on Thursday, Sep 22, 2011 - 11:25 AM

She did it again! Somehow Sybil Steinberg covered forty-some books in her latest book talk at the Library .read more


Buried alive!

Posted by on Friday, Jun 24, 2011 - 9:15 AM

buried secrets coverJust how far do authors go to research their books?

Joseph Finder climbed into the thick steel casket because he needed to know what it felt like to be buried alive.

The lid squeaked shut, and, "At first, it was very restful," the New York Times bestselling author says. The mattress was surprisingly comfortable.

But the "I could catch a good nap in here” feeling quickly passed and Finder called for help.

In a Hitchcockian twist, the funeral home employees couldn't hear Finder's voice at first! When he knocked on the lid of the casket, they heard him.read more