Join a day of activities around one of cinema's most enduring and popular characters, Godzilla. Start with classic Godzilla movies on the big screen. Then, Staples High School English teacher and author Brian Solomon shares his book, which explores the character, popularity and the many facets of the "King of the Monsters." Finish the day with a sculpting workshop with Chris Crowe and create your very own Godzilla!
9:15 am:Godzilla (1954; 1h 36m) 11 am: King Kong vs. Godzilla
(1962; 1h 31m) 1 pm: Author Brian Solomon on his book Godzilla FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King of the Monsters 2:30-4:30 pm: Sculpt your own Godzilla with Chris Crowe
Author Brian Solomon has been in love with Godzilla for as long as he can remember, and today he is proud to be passing along the kaiju craze to his own son. As a writer, he's contributed to publications such as Fangoria, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, and VENU, and he s even edited a volume on the history of chemical and biological warfare. He s the mastermind behind the popular film website TheVaultOfHorror.net and has given film discussions throughout the greater New York area
Author Elinor Lipman returns to talk with Sybil Steinberg,Publishers Weekly contributing editor, about her latest novel, On Turpentine Lane. “Light and tight, On Turpentine Lane is constructed with an almost scary mastery. Not a single thread dangles, not a single character is left without a place in Faith’s world. The story folds out and back in as neatly as an origami flower, and Faith recounts it all with a raised eyebrow and plenty of cheek. ... Lipman seems to have the most fun writing ridiculous characters, which may be why the novel’s worst people are so enjoyable. ... A neat bourbon swapped for the usual rom-com grenadine.”—The New York Times Book Review
Elinor Lipman is the author of ten novels, including The Inn at Lake Devine and My Latest Grievance, winner of the Paterson Fiction Prize. In 2001 she won the New England Book Award in fiction.
Are you an author looking to show off your latest work? Join the first-ever Local Author Fair at the Westport Library. It’s the culmination of the first year of WestportWRITES, and we want you there. Meet your readers, get your work out in the public and sell your book.
Author Leonard Sherman discusses If You’re In A Dogfight, Become A Cat!—Strategies For Long-Term Growth, which offers practical advice on two of the most vexing issues facing businesses today: achieving long-term profitable growth and breaking away from the pack. Explore why so many companies struggle to sustain growth, what new leadership skills are needed and what the prognosis is for the years ahead.
Leonard Sherman is an executive-in-residence and adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, with over forty years of experience in business, teaching and research on business strategy and entrepreneurship. He currently teaches courses in the MBA and EMBA programs, where he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013. He was managing partner of J. D. Power and Associates, where he led the firm's management consulting practice, and was a partner at Booz, Allen & Hamilton with responsibility for its U.S. automotive practice.
Author Lauren Smith Brodyspeaks about The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby. The first three trimesters (and the fourth—those blurry newborn days) are for the baby, but the Fifth Trimester is when the working mom is born. No matter what the job or how you define work, you're going to have a lot of questions. When will I go back? How should I manage that initial "I want to quit" attack? Flex-time or full-time? How can I achieve 50/50 at home with my partner? What's the best option for childcare? Is it possible to look like I slept for eight hours instead of three? And why is there never a convenient space to pump?
Lauren Smith Brody is the founder of The Fifth Trimester movement, which helps businesses and new parents work together to create a more family-friendly workplace culture. A longtime leader in the women's magazine industry, Lauren was most recently the executive editor of Glamour magazine. Raised in Ohio, Texas, and Georgia, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two young sons.
Writer and editor George Hodgman talked about the WestportREADS 2017 selection Bettyville on January 19, 2017. His critically-acclaimed memoir relates with wit and tenderness a son's journey from New York City to care for his irascible mother in his Missouri hometown.
Westport author Nina Sankovitch discusses The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family shares the fascinating story of the Lowells, one of the most influential families in the history of the United States.
Merchant prince turned farmer, preacher turned community organizer, lawyer turned revolutionary, society debutante turned social commentator, trader turned manufacturer, poet turned abolitionist; traveler of the Far East turned traveler of the Universe. Ministers who fought for change, lawyers who fought for human rights, boys who fought to end slavery, and young women who fought for the chance to live their own lives: these are The Lowells of Massachusetts.
Recommended by Library Journal: “Sankovitch’s use of interpretative passages breathe color into descriptions of home life of various Lowells, adding an artistic dimension to the account. Her ability to switch the focus among the family members while keeping readers fully engaged in the narrative is a significant achievement.”
Nina Sankovitch is the author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading and Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing. She also leads the "Book Chat" group here on the first Tuesdays of every month in the Sheffer Reading Room.
Meet novelistJane Green as she shares her passion for all things food and entertaining and her cookbook, Good Taste. In the midst of her successful career which includes 17 New York Times bestsellers and more than 10 million copies of her books in print, she trained as a chef at the International Culinary Center. The desire for more technical training grew out of a lifetime of experience creating recipes, cooking for family and friends, and entertaining at home. Home and family are at the heart of every beloved Jane Green novel—whether set in a ramshackle cottage, a chic city apartment, a weathered beach bungalow, or a stately manor. And they also take center stage in Good Taste. Light refreshments; register online. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
Author photo credit Tom McGovern
For Green, meals are a celebration, opportunities to spend time with the special people in her life and to nourish them—body and soul. In Good Taste, she shares tips on entertaining, ideas for making any gathering a cozy and classy affair, and some of her favorite dishes—from starters like Sweet Corn and Chili Soup to one-pot mains like Slow-Braised Onion Chicken to desserts like Warm Chocolate and Banana Cake and Jane’s Chess Tart.
Jane Green is the author of eighteen novels, of which seventeen are New York Times Bestsellers, including her latest, Falling. Previous novels have included The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J and Tempting Fate.
New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky presents an insider's view inHavana: A Subtropical Delirium, on the elegant, tattered city he has come to know over more than thirty years. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs, and Kurlansky's own pen-and-ink drawings throughout, Havana celebrates the city's singular music, literature, baseball, and food; its five centuries of outstanding, neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of cultures.
“This little gem of a book by the prolific Kurlansky is a revelation . . . At a most auspicious moment in the history of Cuba and Havana, Kurlansky, who has spent much time in the country as a journalist, writes an eloquent love letter to one of the world's great cities.”—starred review, Booklist
Author photo credit Sylvia Plachy
Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of Cod, Salt, Paper, The Basque History of the World, 1968, The Big Oyster, International Night, The Eastern Stars, A Continent of Islands and The White Man in the Tree and Other Stories. He received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonviolence, Bon Appetit’s Food Writer of the Year Award, the James Beard Award, and the Glenfiddich Award. Salt was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. He spent ten years as Caribbean correspondent for the Chicago Tribune.
Former NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) special agent and Homeland Security executive Mark Fallon discusses Unjustifiable Means: The Inside Story of How the CIA, Pentagon, and US Government Conspired to Torture. Hear about the decision to implement “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques,” and the backchannels and deception employed to legalize these methods and hide them from the public’s view. Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Bill Dedman, co-author of Empty Mansions, will introduce Mark Fallon.
An international security consultant, Mark Fallon spent more than 30 years as a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), counterintelligence officer, counterterrorism operative, undercover agent, asset handler and law enforcement specialist. A senior ranking member of the Department of Homeland Security under the Bush administration, he has been involved in some of the most significant counterterrorism operations in US history. He has earned numerous honors and awards for his service.