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Author Katharine Weber Discusses "Still Life With Monkey" with Sybil Steinberg

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Novelist Katharine Weber sits with Sybil Steinberg to discuss her latest novel, Still Life With Monkey, the story of a man who finds himself questioning his will to live and grappling with the right to die, and the monkey helper who just might save him.

“Katharine Weber goes deep with the extraordinary Still Life With Monkey, a rich and compelling meditation on the question of what makes life worth living. Her characters are vividly, achingly real, including the tiny, furry one at the novel’s center. I kept thinking about all of them long after I’d read the final words of this beautiful book.”―Ann Packer, author of The Dive From Clausen's Pier

“Stark and compelling…Rigorously unsentimental yet suffused with emotion: possibly the best work yet from an always stimulating writer.”—starred Kirkus review

Note location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

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Katharine Weber is the author of seven books, including Triangle, Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, The Music Lesson, and The Little Women; the last three were New York Times Notable Books. The Washington Post called her novel True Confections “succulently inventive,” New York magazine called Triangle “a haunting exercise in memory,” and the New York Times called The Music Lesson “elegant and affecting.” She’s the Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing at Kenyon College, was one of Granta's “50 Best Young American Novelists,” her short fiction has been published in The New Yorker and Story, and her book reviews, essays, and journalism have appeared in publications including theNew York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post, among many others.

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NYT Book Review Editor Pamela Paul Discusses "My Life with Bob" with Sybil Steinberg

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New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul sits down to talk with Sybil Steinberg about her best selling memoir, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues.

Note location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Pamela Paul has kept a single book by her side for twenty-eight years—reliable if frayed, anonymous-looking yet deeply personal. This book has a name: Bob. Bob is Paul’s Book of Books, a journal that records every book she’s ever read, from Sweet Valley High to Anna Karenina, from Catch-22 to Swimming to Cambodia, a journey in reading that reflects her inner life—her fantasies and hopes, her mistakes and missteps, her dreams and her ideas, both half-baked and wholehearted. Her life, in turn, influences the books she chooses, whether for solace or escape, information or sheer entertainment.

But My Life with Bob isn’t really about those books.It’s about the deep and powerful relationship between book and reader. It’s about the way books provide each of us the perspective, courage, companionship, and imperfect self-knowledge to forge our own path.It’s about why we read what we read and how those choices make us who we are.It’s about how we make our own stories. 

Not only a New York Times Bestseller, this book was part of Sybil’s List in July 2017!

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. She is also the host of the weekly podcast, "Inside The New York Times Book Review." Her latest book is My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues. She is also the author of four other books: By the Book; Parenting, Inc.; Pornified; and The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony. Prior to joining the Times, she was a contributor to Time magazine and The Economist; her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Slate and Vogue.

Author photo credit: Earl Wilson, The New York Times

Books available for purchase and signing at event. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Library.
 

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The Community Table: Zachary K. Wood and Uncomfortable Learning

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How can we meaningfully and constructively engage with ideas and opinions that offend us? Join Zachary R. Wood when he talks about  his book, Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America, and shares his dynamic perspective on free speech, race and dissenting opinions—in a world that sorely needs to learn to listen. 

Note location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

“In this remarkably honest memoir, Zachary R. Wood has written a veritable bildungsroman, tracing his journey from high school scholarship student from a poor black neighborhood in Washington, D.C., to leader of the free speech movement at Williams College. This work provides a timely view of both political life on elite college campuses and the struggles of the working poor against the backdrop of institutional racism. It also explores, with bracing candor, Wood’s growth as a young writer and intellectual, whose mistakes are as formative as his successes. Wood’s memoir is a must-read for anyone concerned about the American promise of social mobility.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard, and author of Life Upon These Shores

Zachary R. Wood is a Robert L. Bartley Fellow at The Wall Street Journal and a class of 2018 graduate of Williams College, where he served as president of Uncomfortable Learning, a student group that sparked national controversy for inviting provocative speakers to campus. His recent work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, HuffPost, The Nation, The Weekly Standard, Times Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

Author photo credit: Kelly Campbell

“The Community Table,” our community conversation series, plants civil conversations in the public sphere around issues of culture, diversity and public policy. In each event, we explore a broad range of topics with authors and experts. Then, we’ll break into small groups for facilitated conversations that take a deeper dive into those topics. The series aims to engage the community in meaningful conversations about the important cultural and political questions of the moment and to foster understanding and respect for and across our differences.
 

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Jane Green in Conversation with Author Jenna Blum

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Join New York Times bestselling author Jane Green for an intimate conversation with novelist Jenna Blum about her new book, The Lost Family. Appetizers inspired by Blum’s novel and signature cocktails created especially for the evening will be featured.  

Tickets for the event are $40 and include a copy of the book. Seating is limited. Registration link.

Note location: Tim's Kitchen, Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway
Community Partner: Wakeman Town Farm

In The Lost Family, Blum creates a vivid portrait of marriage, family, and the haunting grief of World War II in this emotionally charged, beautifully rendered story that spans a generation, from the 1960s to the 1980s. Spanning three cinematic decades, The Lost Family is a charming, funny, and elegantly bittersweet study of the repercussions of loss and love. Thus far, the book has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist and Library Journal.

Jane Green is the author of nineteen novels, one cookbook, and a weekly column about her adventures in Westport, published in the UK magazine, "The Lady." Her latest book, The Sunshine Sisters, is now out in paperback. In her next life she hopes to come back and live at Wakeman Town Farm.

Jenna Blum is the New York Times and international bestseller of Those Who Save Us, The Stormchasers, and her new novel The Lost Family. Jenna is also one of Oprah's Top 30 Women Writers and is based in Boston, where she has taught novel workshops for Grub Street Writers for 20 years and visited over 800 book clubs. She loves readers; method research, having created and kitchen-tested all the recipes in The Lost Family; and her 13-year-old black Lab, Woodrow. 

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WestportWRITES at the Maker Faire: R J Theodore on Getting Past Fear

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WestportWRITES welcomes author R J Theodore (Flotsam) for a talk about getting past fear as a writer and believing in creativity. Using her own writer’s journey as a starting point, Theodore will show you how to work past your self-imposed obstacles.

Flotsam, Theodore’s new book, is a fantastical steampunk first-contact novel that ties together high magic, high technology, and bold characters to create a story you won’t soon forget.

R J Theodore is hellbent on keeping herself busy. Seriously folks, if she has two spare minutes to rub together at the end of the day, she invents a new project with which to occupy them. She enjoys design, illustration, video games (mostly spectating, for she is not as adept at them as she would prefer), reading, binging on media, napping with her cats, and cooking. She is passionate about art and coffee. R J Theodore lives in New England with her family. She co-hosts The Hybrid Author Podcast and writes non-fiction as Rekka Jay.
 

 

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Author Nathan Englander On His New Novel

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Join Nathan Englander when he discusses his novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction, the novel is a political thriller that unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard. Register online. Location and sponsor: The Conservative Synagogue, 30 Hillspoint Road

Community partners: Temple Israel, Congregation B'nai Israel and The Westport Library

“Nathan Englander's latest is, as usual, superb: a work of psychological precision and moral force, with an immediacy that captures both timeless human truth as well as the perplexities of the present day.”
—Colson Whitehead 

He is a distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University and also the author of The Ministry of Special Cases and the story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank," winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Technology and Art with Visual Artist Rashaad Newsome

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture presents visual artist Rashaad Newsome for a talk exploring his use of technology—primarily video and sound technology—to create cutting edge contemporary art.

Note location: Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT

This science lecture is made possible by The Anne Eyes Endowment.

Rashaad Newsome is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blends several practices together including: collage, sculpture, video, music, computer programming and performance, to form an altogether new field. Best known for his visually stunning collages housed in custom frames, Newsomes’ work is deeply invested in how images used in media and popular culture communicate distorted notions of power. He was born in 1979 in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received a BFA in Art History at Tulane University in 2001. In 2004, he received a certificate of study in Digital Post Production from Film/Video Arts Inc. (NYC). In 2005 he studied MAX/MSP Programming at Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center (NYC).

He has exhibited and performed in galleries, museums, institutions, and festivals throughout the world including: The Studio Museum in Harlem (NYC), The National Museum of African American History and Culture (DC), The Whitney Museum (NYC), Brooklyn Museum (NYC), MoMAPS1 (NYC), SFMOMA (CA), New Orleans Museum of Art (LA), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow, Russia), and MUSA (Vienna, Austria).  Newsome’s work is in numerous public collections including the Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), The Brooklyn Museum of Art (NYC), The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LA), McNay Art Museum (TX), and The New Britain Museum of American Art (CT). In 2010 he participated in the Whitney Biennial (NYC), and in 2011 Greater New York at MoMAPS1 (NYC). His many honors and awards for his work include the 2017/2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 2017 Rush Arts Gold Rush Award, the 2014 Headlands Center for the Arts Visiting Artist Residency, a 2011 The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a 2010 Urban Artist Initiative Individual Artist Grant, and a 2009 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Arts Grant.

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Cosmic Tremors—The Quest for Colliding Black Holes

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture presents Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan, a professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University, in a talk about one of the most mysterious phenomena in the universe: black holes.

In February 2016, the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) collaboration detected the collision of two black holes from the tremor they generated in space time, making black holes real and proving that Einstein was right yet again! In her talk, Dr. Natarajan will trace the history of the idea of black holes and will present our evolving understanding of how they form and grow.

Note location: Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT

This science lecture is made possible by The Anne Eyes Endowment.

Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan is a Professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University. She is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in cosmology, gravitational lensing and black hole physics. Her research involves mapping the detailed distribution of dark matter in the universe exploiting the bending of light en-route to us from distant galaxies. In particular, she has focused on making dark matter maps of clusters of galaxies, the largest known repositories of dark matter.

In addition to her academic position at Yale, she also currently holds the Sophie and Tycho Brahe Professorship of the Dark Cosmology Center, Niels Bohr Institute, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She has been recently elected to an Honorary Professorship for life at the University of Delhi, India.

She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the academic year (2010 - 2011), during which she was also a JILA Fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a visiting professor at the Institute for Theory and Computation at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She was enrolled as a graduate student in the Spring (2011) at the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT. She was a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Italy during May-June 2011. In 2008-2009, she was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and held the Emeline Bigelow Conland Fellowship.
 

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Putting the Science in Science Fiction with Novelist Jeremy K. Brown

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture presents novelist Jeremy K. Brown for a talk exploring the ways science fiction writers research the science behind the stories, and how they imagine the future of science and technology.

This science lecture is made possible by The Anne Eyes Endowment.

Jeremy K. Brown has authored several biographies for young readers, including books on Stevie Wonder and Ursula K. Le Guin. He has also contributed articles to numerous magazines and newspapers, including special issues for TV Guide and the Discovery Channel, and recently edited a collector’s issue on Pink Floyd for Newsweek. He worked for 10 years for WWE, serving as Deputy Editor of WWE Magazine and as a member of the company’s television writing staff. Jeremy published his first novel, Calling Off Christmas, in 2011 and co-authored the bestselling novel Ocean of Storms with Christopher Mari. His new novel, Zero Limit, was released this spring. 
 

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Jon Meacham

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In The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and 2013 BOOKED for the evening honoree Jon Meacham looks back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear to help us understand the present moment in American politics and life. 

Preferred seating tickets are available with the purchase of a book. The early-bird price is $26 for up to two seats. If want an additional copy or if you are unable to attend, you may also reserve a signed copy for the pre-event price of $26. A limited number of general admission seats will be available. Books will be for sale at the event for $30 each. Register online.

Note location: Westport Town Hall Auditorium, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport

Community partners: The League of Women Voters & the Yale Clubs of Eastern and LowerFairfield County

NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews Meacham on May 1.

NPR "Fresh Air" interview, May 2, with Meacham on Soul of America

“This is a brilliant, fascinating, timely, and above all profoundly important book. Jon Meacham explores the extremism and racism that have infected our politics, and he draws enlightening lessons from the knowledge that we’ve faced such trials before.”—Walter Isaacson

“Jon Meacham has done it again, this time with a historically rich and gracefully written account of America’s long struggle with division in our immigrant nation and the heroic efforts to heal the wounds. It should be in every home and on every student’s desk.”—Tom Brokaw

Our current climate of partisan fury is not new. Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and illuminating the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. He writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the Lost Cause; the backlash against immigrants in the First World War and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women’s rights; the demagoguery of Huey Long and Father Coughlin and the isolationist work of America First in the years before World War II; the anti-Communist witch-hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson’s crusade against Jim Crow. Each of these dramatic hours in our national life have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear—a struggle that continues even now.

While the American story has not always—or even often—been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times. In this inspiring book, Meacham reassures us, “The good news is that we have come through such darkness before”—as, time and again, Lincoln’s better angels have found a way to prevail.

Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer. The author of the New York Times bestsellers Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, Franklin and Winston, and Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, he is a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, a contributing writer for The New York Times Book Review, and a fellow of the Society of American Historians.

Author photo credit Heidi Ross.

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