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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

Dan Woog's 06880 July 23 post, "Jeff Pegues: Kompromat"

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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Photojournalist Lynsey Addario Returns!

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In Of Love & War, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario, 2015 BOOKED for the evening honoree, documents the human cost of war with a stunning collection of her photographs from the last 20 years taken across the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. The book includes personal letters and emails Addario has written, as well as essays from writers such as Dexter Filkins, Aryn Baker and Lydia Polgreen. Her photos show families living in Afghanistan under the Taliban; the stark truths of sub-Saharan Africa; the daily reality of women in the Middle East; U.S. military units on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan; the faces and bodies of the refugee crisis; and much more in her distinctive style.

 

Books will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Library.

Location: Branson Hall, Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane

Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist whose work appears regularly in The New York Times, National Geographic and Time Magazine. She has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur and the Congo, and has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Genius Grant and the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. She was honored by the Westport Library’s BOOKED for the evening in 2015.

Author photo: © Sam Taylor Johnson.

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

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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.

“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

Note location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

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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NYT Book Review Editor Pamela Paul Discusses "My Life with Bob" with Sybil Steinberg

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New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul sits down to talk with Sybil Steinberg about her best selling memoir, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues.

Note location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Pamela Paul has kept a single book by her side for twenty-eight years—reliable if frayed, anonymous-looking yet deeply personal. This book has a name: Bob. Bob is Paul’s Book of Books, a journal that records every book she’s ever read, from Sweet Valley High to Anna Karenina, from Catch-22 to Swimming to Cambodia, a journey in reading that reflects her inner life—her fantasies and hopes, her mistakes and missteps, her dreams and her ideas, both half-baked and wholehearted. Her life, in turn, influences the books she chooses, whether for solace or escape, information or sheer entertainment.

But My Life with Bob isn’t really about those books.It’s about the deep and powerful relationship between book and reader. It’s about the way books provide each of us the perspective, courage, companionship, and imperfect self-knowledge to forge our own path.It’s about why we read what we read and how those choices make us who we are.It’s about how we make our own stories. 

Not only a New York Times Bestseller, this book was part of Sybil’s List in July 2017!

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. She is also the host of the weekly podcast, "Inside The New York Times Book Review." Her latest book is My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues. She is also the author of four other books: By the Book; Parenting, Inc.; Pornified; and The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony. Prior to joining the Times, she was a contributor to Time magazine and The Economist; her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Slate and Vogue.

Author photo credit: Earl Wilson, The New York Times

Books available for purchase and signing at event. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Library.
 

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The Community Table: Zachary K. Wood and Uncomfortable Learning

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How can we meaningfully and constructively engage with ideas and opinions that offend us? Join Zachary R. Wood when he talks about  his book, Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America, and shares his dynamic perspective on free speech, race and dissenting opinions—in a world that sorely needs to learn to listen. 

Note location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

“In this remarkably honest memoir, Zachary R. Wood has written a veritable bildungsroman, tracing his journey from high school scholarship student from a poor black neighborhood in Washington, D.C., to leader of the free speech movement at Williams College. This work provides a timely view of both political life on elite college campuses and the struggles of the working poor against the backdrop of institutional racism. It also explores, with bracing candor, Wood’s growth as a young writer and intellectual, whose mistakes are as formative as his successes. Wood’s memoir is a must-read for anyone concerned about the American promise of social mobility.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard, and author of Life Upon These Shores

Zachary R. Wood is a Robert L. Bartley Fellow at The Wall Street Journal and a class of 2018 graduate of Williams College, where he served as president of Uncomfortable Learning, a student group that sparked national controversy for inviting provocative speakers to campus. His recent work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, HuffPost, The Nation, The Weekly Standard, Times Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

Author photo credit: Kelly Campbell

“The Community Table,” our community conversation series, plants civil conversations in the public sphere around issues of culture, diversity and public policy. In each event, we explore a broad range of topics with authors and experts. Then, we’ll break into small groups for facilitated conversations that take a deeper dive into those topics. The series aims to engage the community in meaningful conversations about the important cultural and political questions of the moment and to foster understanding and respect for and across our differences.
 

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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 include a copy of the book. Seating is limited. Registration link.

Note location: Tim's Kitchen, Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway
Community Partner: Wakeman Town Farm

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. Thus far, the book has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist and Library Journal.

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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