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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 can be purchased online. Seating is limited. Registration link.
Note location: Tim's Kitchen, Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway, Westport
Community Partner: Wakeman Town Farm

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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.

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

“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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Signs of Resistance

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Westporter and award-winning graphic designer Bonnie Siegler combined her passions for graphic design and resistance to produce Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America. For centuries, from postcards and posters to modern-day gifs and memes, citizens have always found a way to speak their minds when political and social injustice occurs. In hundreds of iconic, smart, angry, clever, unforgettable images, Signs of Resistance chronicles what truly makes America great: citizens unafraid of speaking truth to power.

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

Vanity Fair magazine slide show on the book.

“Clever images of dissent are not a recent phenomenon in the United States. ... [Signs of Resistance is] visually fascinating ... [and] there is bigly wit here, too.”—The Washington Post

“Illuminating. ... Signs of Resistance includes the work of many movements—woman’s suffrage, civil rights, Black Lives Matter—but the creativity and conviction behind each image are a common thread.”
Los Angeles Times

Bonnie Siegler, voted one of the fifty most influential designers working today by Graphic Design USA, founded and runs the award-winning design studio Eight and a Half. She is best known for her design work for Saturday Night Live, the Criterion Collection, HBO, Late Night with Seth Meyers, StoryCorps, Participant Media, and Newsweek. Most recently, she was the creative director of the Trump parody autobiography You Can’t Spell America Without Me by Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen and created the main title sequence for Will & Grace. She has taught at the graduate level for many years at the School of Visual Arts and Yale University, conducted workshops at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Rhode Island School of Design and judged design competitions all over the place. Siegler is the author of two new books, Signs of Resistance, which is a visual history of protest in America, and Dear Client, which is a book that will (hopefully) help clients work more successfully with creative people.  

Author photo credit to Ryan Christopher Jones

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Author Caroline Weber on Her Book, Proust's Duchess

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Barnard College professor Caroline Weber discusses Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siècle Paris. This triple biography reveals the women who inspired Marcel Proust’s Duchesse de Guermantes. These superstars of Parisian high society who, as Caroline Weber says, "transformed themselves, and were transformed by those around them, into living legends: paragons of elegance, nobility, and style." Weber delves into their daily lives to detail the glitter, as well as the loneliness, rigid rules and constraint. Proust, as a 20-year-old law student in 1892, would worship them from afar, and later meet them and create his celebrated composite character for The Remembrance of Things Past.

Community partner: The Barnard Club of Connecticut

Note location: Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport, CT

A palpable, engrossing portrait of three extraordinary women and their tempestuous, fragile world.—starred Kirkus Review

Caroline Weber is a professor of French and Comparative Literature at Barnard College, Columbia University; she has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton. She is the author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the Revolution (2006) She has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Financial Times, London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, and New York magazine. 

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Re-Scheduled Date: Staged Reading Magic with Carole Schweid

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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. 

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