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Music Historian Harvey Sachs on “Toscanini: Musician of Conscience”

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Arturo Toscanini is widely recognized as the most famed conductor of the twentieth century and was once one of the most famous people in the world. But his legacy reaches far past his musical contributions.

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

In author and musical historian Harvey Sachs’s acclaimed biography, Toscanini: Musician of Conscience, Toscanini is revealed as a man who was incapable of separating his spectacular career from the call of his conscience. In this talk, Sachs will show us not only the Toscanini that brought audiences to their feet, but also the man who opposed totalitarianism with a personal bravery that would make him a model for artists of conscience.
 

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Getting Unstuck: Overcoming Anxiety and Distress

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One in four Americans will suffer from anxiety. This staggering rate of affliction is occurring at epidemic rates. Distress, anxiety and fear have become typical in our lives. But it’s essential that we don’t accept these life-sapping dysfunctions as normal. Anxiety happens for a reason and isn’t an inevitable outcome of modern life. Thankfully this affliction can be overcome without meds through a shift of mind.

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

Westport psychotherapist Mel Schwartz, LCSW,MPhil, author of The Possibility Principle: How Quantum Physics Can Improve the Way You Think, Live and Love, will share his methods to help people live a resilient and self-empowered life. Informed by approaches he distilled from quantum physics, Schwartz utilizes the uncertainty principle to help free us from the habitual beliefs and thoughts that misinform and imprison us. He will highlight a bold new way of thinking, liberating us from our past and opening us to new possibilities.
 

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Opioids, Our World in Crisis

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Barry Meier, the first journalist to report about the abuse of OxyContin in the early 2000s and author of Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic, will trace the history of the epidemic and give insight to how it can be fought. Registration online suggested. This is presented by a partnership with the Town of Westport's Department of Human Services, Positive Directions and the Westport Prevention Coalition.

Location: Westport Town Hall Auditorium, 110 Myrtle Avenue

Barry Meier was a member of the New York Times reporting team that won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. Meier is also a two-time winner of the George Polk Award. His reporting at the Times concentrated on the intersection of business, medicine, and the public’s health. During his career, he has exposed the dangers of various drugs and medical products, including a defective heart device and a generation of flawed artificial hips. Meier is the author of A World of Hurt and Missing Man.

Library resource guide on Opioid Addiction

Author photo credit Peter Eavis

Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Library.

Community partners: The Town of Westport’s Department of Human Services, Positive Directions and the Westport Prevention Coalition

 
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End of Life Matters: How to Talk With Family & Friends

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Westport Marriage and Family Therapist Anne Ziff discusses ways to communicate end of life wishes and her book, Your End of Life Matters: How to Talk with Family and Friends, with Pat Wieser. Today, people are facing and beginning to talk more about end-of-life matters during all stages of life. Based on her personal experiences with this kind of conversation—and those also of colleagues, friends, and family—Anne Ziff presents a "how to" communication guide for readers of all ages.

Guide to End-of-Life Planning

Partner & location: Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane

Anne Ziff is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, writer, public speaker and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Her previous books include How to Make Money in Mail Order, The Story of Cub, and Marrying Well: The Clinician’s Guide to Premarital Therapy.

 

Pat Wieser is the Managing Partner of The CharlesChase Group (an executive recruiting firm she founded) and Board of Trustee member of the Westport Library.

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Business Program With Jack Mitchell on Selling the “Hug-Your-Customers” Way

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jack mitchellLearn how to ignite your passion for sales with Jack Mitchell, Chairman of the Mitchell Stores. His newest book, Selling the Hug Your Customers Way: The Proven Process for Becoming a Passionate and Successful Salesperson for Life will give tips to refine selling techniques, boost sales and keep customers coming back for more. 

Location: The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road

Jack Mitchell is Chairman of the Mitchell Stores (Mitchells/Richards/Wilkes/Marios), a three-generation family business that operates men’s and women’s specialty stores in Connecticut, New York, California, Washington and Oregon that are nationally renowned for their personal service touches and strong relationships. Jack himself has been recognized as one of the top ten retail visionaries of his time by the Women’s Wear Daily. Under his leadership, the Mitchell Stores have become well known for employee engagement and longevity and providing exceptional customer service and high quality merchandise in an exciting, friendly, and visually dynamic atmosphere. 

Jack’s first book, Hug Your Customers: The Proven Way to Personalize Sales and Achieve Astounding Results, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller and received rave reviews in the New York Times. His second book, Hug Your People: The Proven Way to Hire, Inspire, and Recognize Your Employees to Achieve Remarkable Results illustrates a business blueprint to personalize relationships to drive success and achieve greater satisfaction at work.  

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Author Eric Burns Discusses His First Novel

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After writing 11 works of nonfiction, Eric Burns has written his first novel Mid-Strut. He discusses it with fellow writer Alexander McNab.

Location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Arnie “Stats” Castig is a fine, upstanding citizen of a dying mid-'60s western Pennsylvania steel town—until he does something heroic, gets fired for it and then snaps. He has lost his job, he as lost his music and for all he knows, he may be losing his wife. And so he seeks relief by immersing himself in the exploits of Joe Namath, “the son he might have had,” another western Pennyslvania steel town boy, who is about to make his debut as a pro football quarterback. What happens to Arnie is unexpected, heart-wrenching, and in its surprising way, miraculous.

Eric Burns has won major awards in three distinct genres. His first play captured the Eudora Welty Emerging Playwrights Competition in 2010, and had its “World Premiere” at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in 2012.
He was named one of the best writers in the history of television journalism, joining such luminaries as Edward R. Murrow, Charles Kuralt, Walter Cronkite and David Brinkley. He also took home an Emmy for writing commentary. As an author, his 1920: The Year That Made the Decade Roar was chosen as one of the best non-fiction books of 2015. Two of his other volumes won the highest award given by the American Library Association, being selected as the Best of the Best in 2004 (The Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol) and 2007 (The Smoke of the Gods: A Social History of Tobacco). Mid-Strut is his first novel.

Alexander McNab is a former editor of Tennis magazine. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest and Westport Magazine. His nonfiction books include The Tennis Doctor and, as co-author, Arthur Ashe on Tennis. His story “Wheels” was published in 2016 in the literary review Still Crazy. He served for eight years as a volunteer facilitator of a writers’ group at the Fairfield (Connecticut) Public Library. His essays and author interviews for the Library’s Fairfield Writer’s Blog won first place statewide in the public/nonprofit/educational category of the 2017 Connecticut Press Club’s Communications Contest and third place nationally in the National Federation of Press Women’s contest. He is working on revisions of his first novel.
 

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NEW TIME: Author Katharine Weber Discusses "Still Life With Monkey" with Sybil Steinberg

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NEW TIME & LOCATION AND SAME DAY

Novelist Katharine Weber sits with Sybil Steinberg to discuss her latest novel, Still Life With Monkey, the story of a man who finds himself questioning his will to live and grappling with the right to die, and the monkey helper who just might save him.

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

"Weber’s prose is precise, revealing rather than evocative; she seems to be aiming not to show her characters in their best light but rather to illuminate them from all angles, even the least flattering. Befitting the novel’s emphasis on the aesthetic, her style here is painterly: As in Oudry’s composition, attention to detailed realism is everything. “Still Life With Monkey” is profoundly humane even while it’s asking the most difficult questions."—Lucy Scholes for the NYT Book Review

“Katharine Weber goes deep with the extraordinary Still Life With Monkey, a rich and compelling meditation on the question of what makes life worth living. Her characters are vividly, achingly real, including the tiny, furry one at the novel’s center. I kept thinking about all of them long after I’d read the final words of this beautiful book.”―Ann Packer, author of The Dive From Clausen's Pier

“Stark and compelling…Rigorously unsentimental yet suffused with emotion: possibly the best work yet from an always stimulating writer.”—
starred Kirkus Reviews

Author photo credit Corbin Gurkin.

Katharine Weber is the author of seven books, including Triangle, Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, The Music Lesson, and The Little Women; the last three were New York Times Notable Books. The Washington Post called her novel True Confections “succulently inventive,” New York magazine called Triangle “a haunting exercise in memory,” and the New York Times called The Music Lesson “elegant and affecting.” She’s the Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing at Kenyon College, was one of Granta's “50 Best Young American Novelists,” her short fiction has been published in The New Yorker and Story, and her book reviews, essays, and journalism have appeared in publications including theNew York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post, among many others.

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Author Rachel Kadish on "The Weight of Ink"

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Author Rachel Kadish discussed her novel, The Weight of Ink, as a part of the Community Read program, Common Threads, by the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of upper Fairfield County. Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.

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The Westport Library is a community partner for this author talk.

Location: The Conservative Synagogue, 30 Hillspoint Road

Author photo credit: Kevin Day Photography

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CBS News Correspondent Jeff Pegues on His Book, Kompromat

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Justice and homeland security correspondent for CBS News and Staples High School graduate Jeff Pegues discusses Kompromat: How Russia Undermined American Democracy, which reveals how far the Kremlin poked into voter databases and why it happened. He also investigates the steps taken to shore up election systems in states across the country ahead of the 2018 midterm and indeed the 2020 Presidential election.

Note location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

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Jeff Pegues is the justice and homeland security correspondent for CBS News. In this capacity he has participated in closed-door interviews with FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. In the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, Pegues orchestrated an interview with the chiefs of police representing four major U.S. cities. In 2015, he covered all angles of the Charleston, South Carolina, church killings, beginning with the manhunt for the suspect and culminating with a special report analyzing President Obama’s eulogy at the funeral of State Senator Clementa Pinckney. Previous to joining CBS News, Pegues spent ten years at WABC-TV in New York. He is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, numerous Emmy Award nominations, and the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Historian Victoria Johnson on Her Book "American Eden"

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Historian Victoria Johnson will give an illustrated lecture about her new book, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic. When Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met on a dueling ground in July 1804, they chose the same attending physician: David Hosack. Family doctor and friend to both, Hosack is today a shadowy figure at the edge of a famous duel, the great achievements of his life forgotten. But in 1801, on twenty acres of Manhattan farmland, Hosack founded the first botanical garden in the new nation, amassing a spectacular collection of medicinal, agricultural, and ornamental plants that brought him worldwide praise from the likes of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander von Humboldt. Hosack used his pioneering institution to train the next generation of American doctors and naturalists and to conduct some of the first pharmaceutical research in the United States. Today, his former garden is home to Rockefeller Center.

Community Partner: The Westport Garden Club
Location: Community Room at St. Luke’s Church, 84 Long Lots Road

Victoria Johnson is a writer and professor living in New York City. She holds a doctorate in sociology from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Yale. She teaches at Hunter College of the City University of New York on the history of philanthropy, the natural environment, and New York City.

Author Photo by Yanka Kostova

 

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