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Author Julie Orringer on "The Flight Portfolio"

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Author Julie Orringer discusses The Flight Portfolio, a historical novel based on the true story of Varian Fry’s extraordinary attempt to save the work, and the lives, of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust.

Location: The Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

In 1940, Varian Fry, a Harvard educated American journalist, traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to rescue within a few weeks. Instead, he ended up staying in France for thirteen months, working under the veil of a legitimate relief organization to procure false documents, amass emergency funds, and set up an underground railroad that led over the Pyrenees, into Spain, and finally to Lisbon, where the refugees embarked for safer ports. Among his many clients were Hannah Arendt, Franz Werfel, André Breton, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp and Marc Chagall.

Julie Orringer is the author of the novel The Invisible Bridge and the award-winning short-story collection How to Breathe Underwater, which was a New York Times Notable Book. She is the winner of The Paris Review‘s Plimpton Prize for Fiction and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Stanford University, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn.

 

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13th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration with Pulitzer Prize Winner James Forman, Jr.

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The 13th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration features keynote speaker James Forman, Jr., the 2018 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. The event will also include performances from the Serendipity Choir and the Regional School of the Arts. (Note: this program was re-scheduled from a prior date because of inclement weather on the original date.)

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.

Location: Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court

The Westport/Weston Family YMCA will provide childcare and activities in the Lucille Lortel White Barn, Sheffer Studio, adjacent to the theater.

Former public defender James Forman, Jr. is a leading critic of mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on people of color. Forman graduated from Atlanta’s Roosevelt High School, Brown University, and Yale Law School. He worked as a law clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. After clerking, he joined the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where for six years he represented juveniles and adults in felony and misdemeanor cases. 

Professor Forman has written many law review articles, in addition to op-eds and essays for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Nation, and The Washington Post. His first book is the critically acclaimed Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America (2017), which explores how decisions made by black leaders, often with the best of intentions, contributed to disproportionately incarcerating black and brown people. A Washington Post bestseller, Locking Up Our Own was longlisted for the National Book Award and has been named a Best Book of the Year by numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Marshall Project, Publisher’s Weekly, and GQ. Reviewers have called the book “superb and shattering” (New York Times), “eloquent” and “sobering” (London Review of Books), and “moving, nuanced, and candid” (New York Review of Books). On Twitter, The New York Times book reviewer Jennifer Senior called Locking Up Our Own “the best book I’ve read this year.” The book was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction in April 2018.

 

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Author Catherine Onyemelukwe on "Breaking Kola"

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Westport author Catherine Onyemelukwe speaks about her new book, Breaking Kola: An Inside View of African Customs. This sign of hospitality, respect and community in Igbo culture, has become a familiar and beloved ceremony for Catherine. In her intriguing stories about her Nigerian in-laws, other clan members and her husband in his younger days, she explores this and other customs that create the indissoluble bond that ties people together in an African setting. She contrasts this sense of community to the individualism experienced by people in the West. With her vivid descriptions of Igbo names and religious beliefs, she adds to the readers’ understanding of an African society. 

Catherine Onyemelukwe is the author of the memoir Nigeria Revisited, My Life and Loves Abroad. She writes about her twenty-four years in Nigeria, starting as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1962 and returning to the United States in 1986. The memoir reflects on her experiences during those years as she changed from an idealistic though naïve Peace Corps volunteer to an experienced educator, parent and entrepreneur. 

Location: The Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

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WestportREADS: Keynote Talk with Author Mohsin Hamid

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Join us for a video chat with the Mohsin Hamid, author of this year's selection, Exit West. This award-winning novel follows two refugees who, against all odds, find life and love on the run. The conversations sparked included the timely topics of change, compassion and migration, as well as the richess gained through shared cultures. The book was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award and named a top ten best book of 2017 by the New York Times.

Location: Saugatuck Elementary School,170 Riverside Avenue

WestportREADS 2019 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman. 

Author photo credit: Jillian Edelstein

Awards & recognitions given to Mohsin Hamid:

2019: DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (shortlist): Exit West

2018: Aspen Words Literary Prize (winner): Exit West, British Science Fiction Association Award (shortlist): Exit West, Dayton Literary Peace Prize (shortlist): Exit West, Eastern Eye Arts Culture & Theatre Award (shortlist), Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, KLF Getz Pharma Fiction Prize (shortlist): Exit West, LA Times Book Prize (winner): Exit West, National Book Critics Circle Award (shortlist): Exit West, Pakistan Sitara-i-Imtiaz/Star of Excellence, Rathbones Folio Prize (shortlist): Exit West

2017:Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize (shortlist): Exit West, Kirkus Prize (shortlist): Exit West, Man Booker Prize (shortlist): Exit West, Medici Book Club Prize (shortlist): Exit West, Neustadt Prize (shortlist), New York Times Best Book of the Year: Exit West, St. Francis College Literary Prize (shortlist): Exit West

2014: Haus der Kulturen der Welt International Literature Award (shortlist): How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, KLF Embassy of France Prize (shortlist): How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Tiziano Terzani International Literary Prize (winner): How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

2013: DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (shortlist): How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers

2009: Guardian's Books of the Decade: The Reluctant Fundamentalist, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Premio Speciale Dal Testo Allo Schermo (winner): The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2008: Ambassador Book Award (winner): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award (winner): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Arts Council England Decibel Award (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Asian American Literary Award (winner): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Australia-Asia Literary Award (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Index on Censorship T R Fyvel Award (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, James Tait Black Memorial Prize (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, South Bank Show Award for Literature (winner): The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2007: Good Housekeeping Book Award for Most Compelling Read (winner): The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Man Booker Prize (shortlist): The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2001: Betty Trask Award (winner): Moth Smoke, Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (shortlist): Moth Smoke, PEN/Hemingway Award (shortlist): Moth Smoke

 

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Wearable Books Exhibit (Full-Length), Saugatuck StoryFest 2018

October 15, 2018
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Enjoy this full-length (14 mins) video of the Wearable Book Exhibit. It was a part of a three-day celebration of writing that combined a town-wide multidisciplinary literary festival with a craft-focused, workshop-based writers conference that occurred October 12-14, 2018.


Wearable Books Exhibit Trailer, Saugatuck StoryFest 2018

October 16, 2018
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This Wearable Book Exhibit was a part of a three-day celebration of writing that combined a town-wide multidisciplinary literary festival with a craft-focused, workshop-based writers conference that occurred October 12-14, 2018.


Author Susan Ross on Her New Middle-Grade Novel, "Searching for Lottie"

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Author and Westport Library Trustee Susan Ross discusses her newest novel for middle grade readers. Searching for Lottie is a contemporary mystery about a 12-year-old girl trying to discover the fate of her great-aunt, Lottie, a young violinist who disappeared during the Holocaust. The book was inspired by the author's own family history. Searching for Lottie won the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award and is a PJ Our Way selection book. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Location: Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

"A highly accessible and endearing historical mystery about a painful period of the past that still resonates in the contemporary landscape."—Kirkus Reviews

"This is a tender, hopeful work with just the right level of suspense for younger fans of historical fiction."—Publishers Weekly

Susan Ross is an author and writing teacher and is a member of Westport Library's Board of Trustees. Searching for Lottie is Susan's second middle grade novel. Her debut, Kiki and Jacques: A Refugee Story, was named to the Bank Street Children's Best list and was a children's companion book for WestportREADS 2019.

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Author Crystal Hana Kim In Conversation with Sybil Steinberg

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Author Crystal Hana Kim sits down with Sybil Steinberg to talk about her debut novel If You Leave Me. This story of war, family and forbidden love is the saga of two lovers in Korea and the choices they’re forced to make in the years surrounding the Korean War.

Location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

“Stunning … The novel is interested in something most others aren’t: the aftermath. It focuses both on what comes after war—as a new country struggles to develop its identity—and what follows Haemi’s fateful decision, as the ramifications of her choice ripple out to affect everyone around her.”
Washington Post

“Combines vivid depictions of traditional Korean culture with an immersive, heartbreaking story about war, passion, and the road not taken.”—People

“A family struggles to balance tradition and change in Kim’s marvelous debut. . . . [this] lyrical intergenerational saga resonates deeply and will appeal to readers who enjoyed The Orphan Master’s Son.”— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 “Kim renders her multivoiced, multilayered ancestral and cultural history into stupendous testimony and indelible storytelling.”— Booklist (starred review)

Sixteen years old and living in a refugee camp in 1951 Busan, South Korea, Lee Haemi is not interested in marrying but knows the plight of her situation might necessitate it. War has put everything on hold except starving, dying, and desperation. Her decision to find a husband—borne partially out of hope for finding help for her ailing little brother, Hyunki—ripples through the lives of those around her, especially the cousins who compete for her affections.

If You Leave Me was named a best book of 2018 by The Washington Post, ALA Booklist, Literary Hub, Cosmopolitan, and more. It was also longlisted for the Center for Fiction Novel Prize. Crystal was a 2017 PEN America Dau Short Story Prize winner and has published in Elle Magazine, The Paris Review, and The Washington Post among others. She is a contributing editor at Apogee Journal.  

Author photo credit Nina Subin

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Saugatuck StoryFest 2018

October 15, 2018
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The inaugural Saugatuck StoryFest was a three-day celebration of writing that combines a town-wide multidisciplinary literary festival with a craft-focused, workshop-based writers conference that occurred October 12-14, 2018.


Author Dale Atkins on "The Kindness Advantage"

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Co-author Dale V. Atkins, PhD, discusses The Kindness Advantage. In homes and communities nationwide, there is re-energized interest in the values of community, compassion, tolerance and in finding our way to a kinder culture. The Kindness Advantage offers inspiration and activities to encourage empathy, inspire a culture of compassion and connection, and empower adults and children to make a difference in their community. This presentation is for anyone interested in encouraging compassion and kindness in children, families and communities. Atkins will discuss the various benefits to our own wellbeing (including the “Helpers High”) when people regularly practice or witness acts of kindness, as well as ways to incorporate social media as a vehicle for good. 

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Location: The Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

Dale V. Atkins, PhD, a former Westporter, is a frequent guest psychologist on NBC's TODAY and many other TV and radio shows. She is a licensed psychologist with more than forty years of experience as a relationship expert focusing on families, wellness, managing stress, and living a balanced, meaningful life and co-author of The Kindness Advantage: Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children.

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