Items tagged with Authors

Register: "Pinkalicious & Peterrific" Celebration

Please see full event listing for date.

Victoria Kann, author of the Pinkalicious series, visits the Library on March 3 (registration required) to read from her book Peterrific and to celebrate the new PBS Kids series Pinkalicious & Peterrific (premiering February 19).

Local actor/singer Jaden Waldman, who is the voice of Pinkalicious's brother Peter in the PBS series, will perform one of the series' songs. In addition, the Story Explorers collaboration continues with an interactive activity to highlight the Playhouse's theatrical adaptation, Pinkalicious, The Musical (March 11). 

Register online for the March 3rd Library program. Attendees are welcome to come dressed up as their favorite character. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

Dan Woog's 06880 blog about Jaden.

Community partners: Westport Country Playhouse & Westport Young Woman’s League

Contact Children's Librarian Deborah White with any questions, dwhite [at] westportlibrary [dot] org

Large Reading Room
Family, Authors
All ages

National Book Award Finalist Ibi Zoboi on “American Street”

Please see full event listing for date.

Ibi Zoboi, a 2017 National Book Award Finalist, will join student panelists from Staples High School to discuss her debut novel American Street. It draws on her experience as a young Haitian immigrant, exploring American identity with magical realism and vodou culture. The book was a finalist for a 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. 

Ibi Zoboi holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine and The Rumpus, among others. Her debut novel, American Street, was published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers and has received five starred reviews. Her next YA novel, Pride, is due out in the Fall of 2018. Her middle grade debut, My Life as an Ice-Cream Sandwich is forthcoming from Dutton/Penguin Books. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, and their three young children.

Community partner Staples High School

Large Reading Room
Teen, Authors
Authors, Teen

Staged Reading Magic with Carole Schweid

Please see full event listing for date.

Explore the theater world with Westport’s own Carole Schweid. Have you ever wondered what it takes to direct a staged reading? Learn from the co-founder and artistic director of Play With Your Food© and now author of Staged Reading Magic. This practical guide teaches how to transform simple script readings into breathtaking, theatrical experiences and how to do it on a shoestring.

Carole Schweid studied Theatre at Boston University and has a BFA from Julliard. She has directed over a hundred staged readings of short plays in her role of co-founder and Artistic Director of Play With Your Food©. She has performed in Pippin, Minnie’s Boys and the original Broadway cast of A Chorus Line. 


Large Reading Room

Bestselling Author Amy Bloom Speaks About "White Houses"

Please see full event listing for date.

Guided by the three thousand letters between prominent journalist Lorena Hickock and one of the world’s most admired women, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amy Bloom recreated and re-imagined one of the greatest love stories of the 20th century. From Washington, D.C. to Hyde Park, from a little white house on Long Island to an apartment on Manhattan’s Washington Square, Bloom’s new novel moves through places and times, written in compelling prose and with emotional depth, wit and acuity.

“A novel of the secret, scandalous love of Eleanor Roosevelt and her longtime friend and companion Lorena Hickok, who relates the tale in her own, quite wonderful voice.”—Joyce Carol Oates

"Bloom elevates this addition to the secret-lives-of-the-Roosevelts genre through elegant prose and by making Lorena Hickok a character engrossing enough to steal center stage from Eleanor Roosevelt."—starred Kirkus Review

Amy Bloom is the author of the bestselling and acclaimed Away; Come to Me, a National Book Award finalist; A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Love Invents Us; and Normal. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Short Stories, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, and many other anthologies here and abroad. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, Granta and Slate, among other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. She taught at Yale University for the last decade. She is now Wesleyan University’s Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing.

Author photo credit Elena Seibert

Large Reading Room

Joseph A. Califano, Jr. On His New Book, "Our Damaged Democracy"

Please see full event listing for date.

Joseph A. Califano, Jr. discusses his new book, Our Damaged Democracy: We the People Must Act. This authoritative and passionate primer on the three branches of government reveals the changes—political, cultural, constitutional, technological, institutional—that render our government completely dysfunctional, and the urgent need to fix our democracy before it’s too late.

Interview with WNYC's Brian Lehrer on 2/14: "What's Wrong in Politics and How to Fix It"

Note location: The Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

Community partner: The League of Women Voters of Westport

With decades as a leader in government, law, and business, Joseph A. Califano, Jr. has the maturity to be party-neutral in his evaluation and the perspective to see the big picture of our democracy. Using anecdotes and examples featuring every modern president and actions of both parties, Califano makes the urgent case that we do not need to agree, but we do need to trust each other and be worthy of that trust, in order to bring back systems of government that protect freedom and promote fairness.

Joseph A. Califano, Jr. spent more than thirty years in Washington at the top of the Pentagon, on the White House staff as chief domestic advisor to the President, and in the Cabinet. He worked as an attorney for The Washington Post during Watergate and has represented clients as varied as the Black Panthers and Coca Cola. He also spent years as an attorney in Washington and on Wall Street and served on more than fifteen public company boards and numerous not-for-profit boards. He is founder of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA). He has written fourteen books, including Our Damaged Democracy. 

Author photo: © Eric Weiss Photography


Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Please see full event listing for date.

The 12th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration features keynote speaker Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction for Stamped from the Beginning, a book about the history of racist ideas in America. Musical performances will be by the Good News Gospel Choir, directed by Chris Coogan; and Weston High School jazz group. Students from the Regional Center for the Arts will present a spoken-word piece.

Note location: Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court

The celebration is co-sponsored by The Westport Library and Westport Country Playhouse in partnership with TEAM Westport and the Westport/Weston Interfaith Council. Seating is unreserved. Complimentary refreshments will be served in the Playhouse lobby after the presentation.

Keynote speaker Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is an assistant professor of African American History, focusing on racist and anti-racist ideas and movements. He is a frequent public speaker about the findings of his New York Times bestseller, Stamped from the Beginning and how they can fit into the national conversation surrounding movements such as #BlackLivesMatter and social justice.

The Westport/Weston Family YMCA will provide childcare and activities in the Lucille Lortel White Barn, Sheffer Studio, adjacent to the theater.
For more information, call the Westport Country Playhouse box office at 203.227.4177, toll-free at 1.888.927.7529. Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport.

Westport Country Playhouse
Music, Authors
Authors, Music

WestportREADS 2018: Author Andrew Carroll on "My Fellow Soldiers"

Please see full event listing for date.

Writer Andrew Carroll will discuss his most recent book, My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War. The book draws on a rich trove of both little-known and newly uncovered letters and diaries to create a vivid and moving account of the American experience in World War I, with General John Pershing featured prominently in the foreground.

Andrew is also the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including Letters of a NationWar Letters and Behind the Lines. He is featured in the critically acclaimed PBS film on World War I, called "The Great War.” He serves as the director of the Center for American War Letters.

Andrew has also been a contributing editor to numerous publications, including the New Yorker, TIME, AARP’s Bulletin and  magazine, and his op-eds and articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, American History magazine, USA Today, the Washington Post, Details, and National Geographic. He also authored the play, “If All the Sky Were Paper,” toured the United States in 2013 and was recently performed at the Kennedy Center. The play is based on Andrew’s worldwide search for the most extraordinary war letters ever written.

On Veterans Day 1998, Andrew Carroll founded a national initiative that honors veterans and active-duty troops by preserving their wartime correspondence. Over the past two decades, Americans have shared with Andrew an estimated 100,000 previously unpublished letters (and emails) from every war in U.S. history. The Legacy Project has been re-named “The Center for American War Letters,” and is now part of Chapman University. The Center’s mission is to continue collecting, preserving, cataloging, and digitizing, and promoting war-related correspondences. 

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Large Reading Room

Author Liza Mundy on "Code Girls"

Please see full event listing for date.

Award-winning journalist and NYT bestselling author Liza Mundy speaks about her new book Code Girls, The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II. In 1942, reeling from Japan’s devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States military launched a secret program to recruit young, female college graduates to serve as code breakers in the newly ramped up war effort. Their triumphs against the Germans and Japanese helped secure an Allied victory. Hear their fascinating stories, collected through archival research and numerous interviews conducted with the surviving code girls (now in their nineties), that have gone without recognition for nearly 70 years.

Community partners: Westport Historical Society, Princeton Alumni Association of Fairfield County and History Book Discussion Group

“Liza Mundy’s Code Girls reveals one of World War II’s last remaining secrets: the true tale of the young American women who helped shorten the war and saved thousands of lives by breaking the codes of the German and Japanese armed forces. But it’s also a superbly researched and stirringly written social history of a pivotal chapter in the struggle for women’s rights, told through the powerful and poignant stories of the individuals involved. In exploring the vast, obscure, and makeshift offices of wartime Washington where these women performed seemingly impossible deeds, Mundy has discovered a birthplace of modern America.”―Glenn Frankel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of High Noon


"Mundy is a fine storyteller.... A sleek, compelling narrative.... The book is a winner. Her descriptions of codes and ciphers, how they worked and how they were broken, are remarkably clear and accessible. A well-researched, compellingly written, crucial addition to the literature of American involvement in World War II."—Kirkus (starred review)

"...prodigiously researched and engrossing new book..."
NYT Sunday Book Review, November 12

Liza Mundy is the New York Times bestselling author of The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family and Michelle: A Biography. She was a long-time reporter at the Washington Post and has contributed to numerous publications including The Atlantic, TIME, The New Republic, Slate, Mother Jones and Politico. She is a frequent commentator on prominent national television shows, radio, and online news outlets. A senior fellow at New America, Mundy is one of the nation's foremost experts on women and work issues. 

Author photo credit Nina Subin

Large Reading Room

Author Sam Graham-Felsen on His Debut Novel, Green

Please see full event listing for date.

Sam Graham-Felsen talks about his debut novel, Green, which was inspired by some of his middle school experiences. The novel is a coming-of-age story about race, privilege and friendship in 1990s Boston. More on the book...

Community Partner: TEAM Westport

“Green is a fierce and brilliant book, comic, poignant, perfectly observed, and blazing with all the urgent fears and longings of adolescence. It’s a glorious story about the subtle complexities of loyalty and friendship that courses with deeper themes of societal expectations, social injustice, and the nature of belonging. By the time I reached the closing chapter, I was so invested in the fate of its characters that I could hardly bear for it to end. It absolutely knocked me out.”—Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk

“[Green] poignantly captures the tumultuous feelings of adolescence against the historical backdrop of a racially segregated city and country.”—Library Journal (Editors’ Fall Pick)

Sam Graham-Felsen was born and raised in Boston. He has worked as chief blogger for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, a journalist for The Nation and a peanut vendor at Fenway Park. 

Author photo credit: (c) Tamar Steinberger

Large Reading Room

Bestselling Author Simon Sebag Montefiore

Please see full event listing for date.

Red Sky at Noon is the new novel by Simon Sebag Montefiore, the New York Times bestselling author of The Romanovs and Jerusalem. This wartime thriller and adventure story is set on horseback in the grasslands of south Russia during WW2. Imprisoned in the Gulags for a crime he did not commit, Benya Golden joins a penal battalion made up of Cossacks and convicts to fight the Nazis and fight for his redemption. Note Changed Time: Talk begins at 1:30 pm

Interview with Montefiore on NPR's Scott Simon Weekend Edition Saturday 1/6/18.

Community partners: Russian Conversation Group and the History Book Discussion Group

"The gripping final instalment of the Moscow Trilogy tells of a man wrongly imprisoned in the Gulags and his fight for redemption. Meticulously researched ... In this searing tale of love and war, most moving is the redemptive relationship between a soldier and a nurse that blooms amid the brutality. An homage to the author's favourite Russian writers and the Western masterpieces of Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy and Elmore Leonard, such influences pervade this atmospheric tale told in the author's distinct own voice." - The Observer

Simon Sebag Montefiore’s prize-winning, bestselling novels are published in twenty-seven languages. Red Sky at Noon is the last of the acclaimed “Moscow Trilogy,” which includes Sashenka and One Night in Winter, which was long-listed for the Orwell Prize. Montefiore’s nonfiction books include Jerusalem: The Biography, a #1 Holiday Book Pick on the TODAY show, Young Stalin, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography, and most recently, The Romanovs, which was a New York Times bestseller. 

Author photo credit: Jeremy Young

Large Reading Room