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Author and Journalist Jessica Bruder on “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century”

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A new labor force is growing across the country: “workampers,” older Americans who have turned to short-term transient work when Social Security and their retirement cushions have fallen short. Author Jessica Bruder’s new book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, tells the stories of these nomadic laborers navigating a changing economic landscape for America’s retirees.

"Journalist Bruder (Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man) expands her remarkable cover story for Harper’s into a book about low-income Americans eking out a living while driving from locale to locale for seasonal employment."—starred Kirkus Review

"What photographer Jacob Riis did for the tenement poor in How the Other Half Lives (1890) and what novelist Upton Sinclair did for stockyard workers in The Jungle (1906), journalist Bruder now does for a segment of today’s older Americans forced to eke out a living as migrant workers."—starred Booklist Review

Jessica Bruder is an award-winning journalist whose work focuses on subcultures and the dark corners of the economy. She has written for Harper’s, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Bruder teaches narrative writing at the Columbia School of Journalism.
 

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Author and LGBTQ Activist Jeffrey Marsh on “How to Be You”

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Author and LGBTQ activist Jeffrey Marsh discusses their book How To Be You: Stop Trying to Be Someone Else and Start Living Your Life, which traces Jeffrey's own story of "growing up fabulous in a small farm town" along with the stories of heroes and heroines who have transcended the stereotypes of race, age and gender.

Community partner & location: Toquet Hall Teen Center, 58 Post Road East

Community sponsor: Triangle Community Center in Norwalk

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Jeffrey Marsh is an activist and icon whose message of inclusion and acceptance has amassed over 300 million views on social media. Jeffrey is a regular contributor, writer, and on-air host for Snapchat Stories, Facebook Live, O Magazine, Oprah.com, TIME.com, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and Mashable. Jeffrey is a social media ambassador/correspondent for MTV/LOGO, VH1, GLSEN, GLAAD and PFLAG. Jeffrey is the first non-binary author with Penguin Random House, and the first multi-hyphenate talent to use ‘they/them’ pronouns (as opposed to he/she/his/her’).

This is a program for all ages. There will be crafts and snacks will be provided.

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Author & Filmmaker Tom Shachtman on "How the French Saved America"

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Author, filmmaker and educator Tom Schachtman discusses his book How the French Saved America: Soldiers, Sailors, Diplomats, Louis XVI, and the Success of a Revolution. To the rebelling colonies, French assistance made the difference between defeat and triumph.

Community partner: Westport Historical Society

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Even before the Declaration of Independence was issued, King Louis XVI and French foreign minister Vergennes were aiding the rebels. After the Declaration, that assistance broadened to include wages for our troops; guns, cannon, and ammunition; engineering expertise that enabled victories and prevented defeats; diplomatic recognition when no other country would give it; safe havens for privateers; battlefield leadership by veteran officers; and the army and fleet that made possible the Franco-American victory at Yorktown.

Nearly ten percent of those who fought and died for the American cause were French. Those who fought and survived, in addition to the well-known Lafayette and Rochambeau, include François de Fleury, who won a Congressional Medal for valor, Louis Duportail, who founded the Army Corps of Engineers, and Admiral de Grasse, whose sea victory sealed the fate of Yorktown.

Tom Schachtman has written or co-authored more than thirty books, as well as documentaries for ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and BBC, and has taught at New York University and lectured at Harvard and Stanford. He is a former chairman of The Writers Room in Manhattan, a trustee of the Connecticut Humanities Council, a founding director of the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, and is currently a consultant to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's science and technology initiatives.

Author photo credit Mark Connolly

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Musician and Author John Andrew Fredrick

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Musician, author and artist John Andrew Fredrick, founder of the black watch (which Magnet Magazine called “one of music’s most perfect and unheralded rock outfits”), comes for an evening that offers an intimate glimpse into the life and work of one of indie rock’s most celebrated talents. Fredrick will talk about his life making music, read from recent books (including his political satire Your Caius Aquila and his exploration of the early films of Wes Anderson, F**king Innocent), and perform some of the music that’s cemented his reputation as an indie rock icon.

This evening offers Westport audiences an unprecedented opportunity to get up close and personal with one of rock music’s irreverent visionaries. Fredrick's solo appearance is the kick-off for the band's 2017 East Coast tour.

John Andrew Fredrick received his Ph.D. in English from The University of California at Santa Barbara, where he formed an indie rock band called the black watch that has released nearly twenty albums, including the band’s latest, “the gospel according to john.” Fredrick is also the author of four books, including The King of Good Intentions, a novel chronicling the early days of an indie band; Your Caius Aquila, a satire of U.S. militarism and imperialism in the guise of a sexy and hilarious Roman Empire-set epistolary novel; and F*** Innocent: The Early Films of Wes Anderson, a critique of the acclaimed filmmaker’s early films. He started painting in 2006, using only materials he could purchase at 99-cent stores, but now he uses acrylic and oil and pre-stretched canvases as well.

John Andrew Fredrick photo credit Steve Keros.
 

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CBS News Correspondent Jeff Pegues on His Book, Black and Blue

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Justice and homeland security correspondent for CBS News and Staples High School graduate Jeff Pegues discusses Black and Blue: Inside the Divide between the Police and Black America, which examines the growing crisis between law enforcement and people of color. He will be in discussion with Westport Chief of Police Foti Koskinas. The recent killings in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Ferguson, and elsewhere are just the latest examples of this longstanding rift between law enforcement and people of color. Pegues explores this through facts, statistics, and perspectives from both sides of the community-police divide as well as his access to top law enforcement officials throughout the country, including FBI Director James Comey and police chiefs in major cities. He also offers possible solutions by summarizing recommendations from police chiefs, politicians and activists. Note: the talk was originally scheduled for June 8.

This program is in special memory of Westport illustrator Tracy Sugarman, civil rights and social justice activist.
Community partners: TEAM Westport & the Westport Police Department

Westport/Weston Daily Voice article, 5/16/17, "Staples High Grad Offers Timely Discussion On Race And Law Enforcement"
WestportNow article, 5/15/17, "Two Staples Grads Talk Race and Policing"
Dan Woog's 06880 post, "Jeff Pegues: “Black And Blue” In America Today"

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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Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

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Author Joshua Cohen on His New Novel, Moving Kings

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In a conversation with Joe Meyers of the CT Post, author Joshua Cohen discusses his new novel Moving Kings which is about faith, race, class, and what it means to have a home. It interweaves the housing crisis in America’s poor black and Hispanic neighborhoods with the world’s oldest conflict, in the Middle East. 

"Cohen shows an impressive knowledge of life in the cab of a moving van and in the ranks of the Israeli Defense Forces. He touches on two wars and two combat zones (counting brief allusions to Afghanistan). He is funny and caustic and has a marvelous snap in his dialogue."—starred Kirkus Review

Location and community partner: The Conservative Synagogue, 30 Hillspoint Road

Community partner: The Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County

Joshua Cohen has written novels (Book of Numbers), short fiction (Four New Messages), and nonfiction for The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, London Review of Books, The Forward, n+1 and others. In 2017 he was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists.

Author photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan


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Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

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Author Brian Reich on His Book, "The Imagination Gap"

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Strategist, speechwriter and media junkie Brian Reich discusses his new book The Imagination Gap, which addresses the need to draw on imagination more than ever before. Imagination makes the difference between projects that succeed and those that don't, and is the key ingredient that transforms an idea from interesting into world-changing.

There will also be “imagination challenges” designed for all ages, to encourage the use of imagination and include questions, prompts, and directives.

Dan Woog's "Woog's World" in the Westport News, "Brian Reich Teaches To Inspire" on May 5, 2017

Brian Reich, partner at little m media, is a strategist and speechwriter for executive leaders at global brands, media companies, startups, nonprofits, political, and advocacy organizations. He speaks regularly on the impact of media and technology on society and gives keynote speeches on these and other topics for major conferences and events.

He is the author of three books: The Imagination Gap, Shift & Reset, and Media Rules!. Brian’s work and views have been published in leading media publications, including the New York Times, Wired, AdAge, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. He has delivered analysis of digital and political trends on NPR and Fox News and been an expert contributor for Fast Company.

Brian has taught consumer behavior and marketing strategy at The George Washington University and Columbia University. He has held senior roles at leading digital and public affairs agencies and was briefing director for Vice President Al Gore. 


ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?
Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

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Author Lauren Smith Brody on "The Fifth Trimester"

May 2, 2017
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On May 2, 2017, The Westport Library welcomed author Lauren Smith Brody to dicuss her new book, "The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's GUide to Style, Sanity and Big Success After Baby."

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Award-Winning Journalist Bianca Bosker on Her Book "Cork Dork," an Exploration of the World of Wine

April 18, 2017
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Award-winning journalist Bianca Bosker discussed her book "Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obssessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live For Taste" on April 18, 2017 at the Westport Library. 

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Bestselling Author Mark Kurlansky on "Havana"

April 26, 2017
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On April 26, 2017, bestselling author Mark Kurlansky spoke about his new book, "Havana: A Subtropical Delirium" at The Westport Library.

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