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POSTPONED: Cookbook Club: Hero Dinners: Complete One-Pan Meals

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Join Westporters Marge Perry and David Bonom as they discuss and give demos from their new book, Hero Dinners: Complete One-Pan Meals That Save the Day. Even if you love to cook, the last thing you want to do at the end of a long day is wash a sink full of pots and pans. Hero Dinners gives you the superpower to make delicious, well-balanced meals using fresh, wholesome ingredients—all in just one sheet pan or skillet. The wizardry behind these complete meals is in super smart, innovative— and simple!—techniques that ensure you won’t end up with muddled flavors and textures. With these inventive recipes, you’ll maximize the impact of each and every ingredient and flavor. And every recipe truly makes a complete meal, including protein and a vegetable or grain—and usually both.

Location: Tim's Kitchen, Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway, Westport

Community Partner: Wakeman Town Farm

Cookbook Club guide

MARGE PERRY and DAVID BONOM are the owners of Vittles & Verbs, a company that provides food content to media, commodity boards, and corporations of all sizes. They live just outside New York City with two well-fed dogs and an oversize cat. Marge is an award-winning columnist for Newsday, a regular contributor for Rachael Ray Every Day, a health columnist for Allrecipes magazine, the long-time Ask the Expert columnist for MyRecipes, and founder of the blog A Sweet & Savory Life. Her work has also appeared regularly in numerous other publications, including the New York Times, Cooking Light, and Better Homes & Gardens. Marge is a chef-instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education and teaches food writing both there and at New York University. David started his culinary career at Union Square Café and is a CCP (Certified Culinary Professional). After cooking for such notable clients as Bette Midler, first lady Hillary Clinton, the Tisch family, and Sotheby’s, David served as test kitchen director for a number of magazines. His recipes have appeared regularly in many publications, including EatingWell, Fine Cooking, Cooking Light, and Better Homes & Gardens. He has also contributed to more than fifty cookbooks, including the Weber grilling, Weight Watchers, and Flat Belly Diet series.

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Memoirists Liz Scott and Victoria Bilski

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Join memoirists Liz Scott (This Never Happened) and Tory Bilski (Wild Horses of the Summer Sun: A Memoir of Iceland) for a conversation about their memoirs and the writing process. Memoirist and writing teacher Mary-Lou Weisman will moderate the discussion.

This Never Happened is a genre-bending memoir, told in a non-linear way using photographs, letters and lists. This is a spare work—alternatively heartbreaking and darkly comic. Like an archeological dig, Scott’s memoir goes in search of the answers to the mysteries of her family. In her relentless quest to uncover the truth, she leaves no one, including herself, unexamined. In the end, it is about the challenge of making peace with questions that will never be answered and the struggle to forgive.

In Wild Horses of the Summer Sun: A Memoir of Iceland, Tory Bilski tells of her annual trip to meet with fellow women travelers in Reykjavik where they head to northern Iceland. They escape their ordinary lives to live an extraordinary one at a horse farm perched at the edge of the world—if only for a short while. When they first came, these women were strangers to one another. The only thing they had in common was their passion for Icelandic horses. However, over the years, their relationships with each other deepens, growing older together and keeping each other young. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Location: Suzuki Music School of Westport, 246 Post Rd East

Staples HIgh School graduate Elizabeth Scott has been a practicing psychologist for 40 years, helping clients to identify life themes and make sense of the puzzle of their lives. She has brought this focus to her writing in the last fifteen years, first as a short story writer and most recently in her memoir, This Never Happened. She has been published in numerous literary journals and served two terms on the board of Oregon Literary Arts. Originally from New York City, she currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Tory Bilski is the founder of www.Icelandica.net and her short stories have been published in  The  Kenyon  Review,  Black  Warrior  Review,  13th  Moon, and other literary magazines. She has received a Pushcart Prize nomination and an Honorable Mention from the 92nd Street Y for her short stories, and she has recently published in Atlas  Obscura,  Roads  & Kingdoms, The Hartford Courant and Iceland Review. She has a B.A. from Oswego State, and a M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University. Tory works at Yale University and lives near New Haven, Connecticut, with her family. 

Mary-Lou Weisman is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. Her published books include: My Baby Boomer Baby Book (rev. ed. Workman), Traveling While Married (Algonquin Books), My (Middle-aged) Baby Book: A Record of Milestones, Millstones and Gallstones, (Workman Publishing Co.) and Intensive Care: A Family Love Story (Random House) and Playing House in Provence: How Two Americans Became a Little Bit French (iUniverse). Her essays, feature articles, interviews, and film and book reviews have appeared in many magazines, among them The Atlantic Monthly ,The New Republic, Newsweek and Vogue. For several years, she wrote a column, “One Woman’s Voice” nationally syndicated by the New York Times and, following that, the “Hers” column and many travel essays for the New York Times. She has also served as a commentator on Public Radio International’s Savvy Traveler. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, PEN, and The Authors Guild. She had taught memoir and personal essay writing at the Tisch School at NYU and The New School and currently teaches both subjects at the Westport Library.

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Susannah Marren’s “A Palm Beach Wife” at A Splash of Pink

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The Westport Library teams up with A Splash of Pink-A Lilly Pulitzer Store for an author experience with Susannah Marren and her new book, A Palm Beach Wife. For readers of Elin Hilderbrand, Susannah Marren's A Palm Beach Wife is a delicious and irresistible novel set among the high society galas and gossip of Palm Beach.

Location: A Splash of Pink 275 Post Road East

Amid the glamour and galas and parties of Palm Beach, Faith knows that image often counts as much if not more than reality. She glides effortlessly among the highest of the high society so perfectly that you would never suspect she wasn’t born to this. But it wasn’t always so; though she hides it well, Faith has fought hard for the wonderful life she has, for her loving, successful husband, for her daughter’s future. In this town of secrets and gossip and rumors, Faith has kept a desperate grip on everything she holds so dear, built from so little. And yet even she—the only one who knows just how far she has to fall—never suspects from which direction, or how many directions all at once, betrayal will come.

Marren will be on hand to discuss her new book and take audience questions.
 

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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. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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.

 

Author photo credit: Lara Robby

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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. 

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

As a part of the presentation, two Igbo chiefs, Ichie (Chief) Paulinus Odigbo and Chief Sir Chukwudi Dikko, will share with us the ceremony of breaking kola, an essential part of welcoming visitors to one’s home or event. Chief Sir Chukwudi Dikko says, “The kola nut enjoys a spiritual symbolism among Igbo people. It is said that the kola nut does not speak or understand any other language except Igbo. It is believed that he who brings kola brings life, and all who partake in the breaking and eating share life, blessings and community.” Audience members will be given a kola nut to take home. There will be other small Nigerian snacks as well.

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. 

Chief Sir Chukwudi Dikko is President and CEO Dikko Associates and Dikko Financial Group in Fairfield. He is also a writer and commentator on political economy and finance, and Founder, Rescue Alliance for Connecticut (REACT). He is a Red Cap chief and a Knight of St. Christopher, an Anglican lay organization. He is married and father of three children. He is from Okwelle Town in Imo State, Nigeria and has lived in Connecticut for 30 years.

Ichie (Chief) Paulinus Odigbo is a licensed alcohol and drug Counselor, currently working for the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. He is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport and received his Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Educational Leadership and Administration in 2006. Odigbo is from Ihiala in Anambra State and has been in the US for 25 years. He is married and has four children.

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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 richness 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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Cookbook Club: Compassionate Cuisine: 125 Plant-Based Recipes

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Join Chef Linda Soper-Kolton for a taste of a delicious plant-based recipe from her new cookbook, Compassionate Cuisine: 125 Plant-Based Recipes from Our Vegan Kitchen. Interwoven with the recipes, the book tells the story of one of the country's oldest animal sanctuaries, the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, through its food. Their award-winning vegan culinary program is designed to show how easy and delicious it is to cook without using animal products. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Location: Tim's Kitchen, Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway, Westport

Community Partner: Wakeman Town Farm

Cookbook Club guide

Linda Soper-Kolton graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, with a certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a holistic health coach. Linda went to the Sanctuary in 2012 as a guest chef, intending to teach Compassionate Cuisine cooking classes for a season before returning to her vegetarian and vegan café in Fairfield. Lured by the magic of the sanctuary, Linda stayed to lead and grow the Culinary program, inspiring and educating with love, patience and delicious food. Six years later, she continues to cook, teach, write, and kiss pigs.

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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.