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National Book Award Winner Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on “How to Be an Antiracist”

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National Book Award winning writer Dr. Ibram X. Kendi returns to Westport to discuss his new book, How to Be an Antiracist.

In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.In this book, Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism. How to Be an Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. A professor of history and international relations and a frequent public speaker, Kendi is a columnist at The Atlantic. He is the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize. Kendi lives in Washington, D.C.

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Dreyer’s English

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We all write, all the time: books, blogs, emails. Lots and lots of emails. And we all want to write better. Random House copy chief Benjamin Dreyer is here to help with his book Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style. He deconstructs the English language and distills everything he has learned from the myriad books he has copyedited and overseen into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward.

Benjamin Dreyer, author of the New York Times bestseller Dreyer's English, is vice president, executive managing editor and copy chief, of Random House. He began his publishing career as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. In 1993, he became a production editor at Random House, overseeing books by writers including Michael Chabon, Edmund Morris, Suzan-Lori Parks, Michael Pollan, Peter Straub, and Calvin Trillin. He has copyedited books by authors including E. L. Doctorow, David Ebershoff, Frank Rich, and Elizabeth Strout, as well as Let Me Tell You, a volume of previously uncollected work by Shirley Jackson.

Photo: © Gabriel Dreyer

“An essential (and delightful!) grammar guide . . . interwoven with cultural history and lively self-revelation, this bracing manual will up your game even if all you’re writing is emails.”—People (Book of the Week)

“Playful, smart, self-conscious, and personal . . . One encounters wisdom and good sense on nearly every page of Dreyer’s English.”—The Wall Street Journal
 

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Books & Bites

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Enjoy conversation and light refreshments while discovering great new books in this new series that celebrates Westport authors across a variety of genres. Support Westport authors Amy Oestreicher and Alexandra Bregman when they discuss their newest endeavors with local book blogger Jennifer Blankfein and local writing teacher Jan Bassin. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Alexandra Bregman provides details into the legal battle between Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovev and Swiss art warehouse magnate Yves Bouvier in The Bouvier Affair: A True Story. Using first-person accounts from Bouvier and his purported accomplice, Bregman recounts the money laundering scandal that rocked the art world in 2015. She approaches the story with an art historican's sense of scholarship and a journalistic sense of tenacity.

Amy Oestreicher shares her near-death experience and unique personal story, highlighting the disappointments, struggles, triumphs and gratitude in her life on a journey of hope, determination and perseverance in My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful. A celebration of life, Amy shares what trauma can teach all of us and the tremendous gifts which can be reaped. Her book discusses the role that reframing her narrative through storytelling played in her healing process and reintegration into society and provide tools for others to do the same.

Bregman has been published extensively as an art critical writer. She has written about early 20th century Russian art for the Wall Street Journal, ancestral Rajasthani havelis for Architectural Digest, and Austrian Jugendstil art for Cultbytes, where she is Editor-at-Large. Additionally, she wrote for Art Observed from 2011 to 2013, Hong Kong-based Asian Art News in 2012, and continuously for the London-based Asian Art Newspaper since 2012. Her career in the contemporary art world began at Christie’s, then the Gagosian Gallery flagship in 2009. She
received her graduate degree from Columbia Journalism School, her undergraduate degree from Smith College, and spent a year in Paris at Université Paris IV-Sorbonne.

Amy Oestreicher is an international keynote speaker, sexual assault and health advocate, actress, artist, songwriter and Audie Award-nominated playwright. She’s toured her one-woman musical, Gutless and Grateful, winning seven national awards since the 2012 New York premier. Amy’s writings have appeared in over 70 online and print publications and her story has appeared on TODAY and CBS and in Cosmopolitan and Glamour magazines. Amy has delivered TEDx talks on transforming adversity into personal growth through creative expression. She created the #LoveMyDetour movement to inspire individuals to thrive because of, rather than, in spite of, obstacles. www.amyoes.com

Jennifer Gans Blankfein is a freelance marketing consultant for small local businesses and authors and currently works with Bedside Reading where books are placed by the bedside in luxury and boutique hotels. She is an avid reader and reviews books in her blog, Book Nation by Jen. Jennifer graduated from Lehigh University with a Psychology degree and has a background in advertising. Jennifer lives in Westport CT with her husband, two sons and black lab.

Jan Bassin is a writing teacher, consultant and program designer in the literary arts, who believes that the act of writing has transformative power. With an emphasis on social sustainability, she is committed to community building, place-making and forging intergenerational connections. Jan is the founder and director of The Writer’s Workshop at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, where she serves as Coordinator of Writing Programs.

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Thriller Panel: Authors Liv Constantine, Wendy Walker & Kimberly Belle

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Three top thriller writers — Liv Constantine, Wendy Walker and Kimberly Belle — come together for a panel discussion about the thriller genre as well as their latest works.

Liv Constantine is the pen name of bestselling authors Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Their debut thriller, The Last Mrs. Parrish, was a Reese Witherspoon book club selection, a People Magazine book of the week, a Target book club selection, and is in development for television. Their next book, The Last Time I Saw You, will be published by HarperCollins in May. They are national and international bestselling authors with books available in 27 countries.

Wendy Walker is a former family law attorney in Fairfield County, Connecticut who began writing while at home raising her three sons. She published two novels with St. Martin’s Press and edited multiple compilations for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series before writing her debut psychological thriller, All is Not Forgotten in 2016. Her second thriller, Emma In The Night, was released the following year. Her latest novel, The Night Before, was published in May 2019. Wendy is currently writing her fourth thriller while managing a busy household.

Kimberly Belle is the international bestselling author of five novels of suspense. Her third, The Marriage Lie, was a semifinalist in the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Mystery & Thriller and has been translated into ten languages. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Kimberly worked in marketing and nonprofit fundraising before turning to writing fiction. She lived for over a decade in the Netherlands and currently divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.

 

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NEW DATE: 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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Author Candace Bushnell on "Is There Still Sex In the City?"

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Were you a Sex and the City fan? Candace Bushnell will speak about her new collection of essays, Is There Still Sex in the City?, with Westport book blogger Jennifer Blankfein the day before her book is available in stores. Bushnell dives into love and dating habits of middle-aged men and women as they continue to navigate the ever-modernizing world of relationships.

Registration and pre-event book purchase is suggested. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at the event.

In Is There Still Sex in The City?, Bushnell looks at love and life from all angles—marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all. This is a pull-no-punches social commentary and an indispensable companion to one of the most revolutionary dating books of the twentieth century.

Jennifer Gans Blankfein is a freelance marketing consultant for small local businesses and authors and currently works with Bedside Reading where books are placed by the bedside in luxury and boutique hotels. She is an avid reader and reviews books in her blog, Book Nation by Jen. Jennifer graduated from Lehigh University with a Psychology degree and has a background in advertising. Jennifer lives in Westport CT with her husband, two sons and black lab.

Author photo credit Patrick McMullan
 

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Author J. Ryan Stradal

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Did you enjoy reading Kitchens of the Great Midwest? J. Ryan Stradal comes to Westport with The Lager Queen of Minnesota, his new novel on family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer.

A sampling from a local microbrewery will be part of the event. 
Registration is encouraged. Purchase a book too! Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at the event.

The Lager Queen of Minnesota serves up a cast of lovable, quintessentially Midwestern characters eager to make their mark in a world that's often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting, humorous, emotional family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we're surprised, moved, and delighted.

J. Ryan Stradal is a contributing editor at TASTE Magazine. His bestselling debut, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, won the 2016 American Booksellers Association Indie's Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year and also the 2016 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for debut fiction. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Granta, The Rumpus and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he co-hosts a culinary-themed reading series called Hot Dish. He has also worked as a TV producer, notably for "Ice Road Truckers" and "Deadliest Catch."

 

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

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Postponed. Please check back later for a new date.

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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