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Author Jill Johnson on Barclay Fryery and “Cancer Looks Good on You”

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Cancer Looks Good On You was Barclay Fryery’s final project, a collaboration with his friend and author Jill Johnson. The book—part memoir, part cancer survival guide—is a guide to facing the end with style.
Through readings from the book, video clips, and audio recordings from the over nine hours of interviews conducted for the book, Jill Johnson will discuss the creation of this unique memoir and legacy of its one-of-a-kind subject.

Barclay Fryery is a renowned interior designer, TV personality, writer and lifestyle coach. His work has been featured in Elle Decor and House Beautiful; on House Wars, the Style Network, and A&E; and his "Ask Barclay" column appeared in the Greenwich Post for 10 years. Over the last two years of his life, Barclay has blogged about his cancer journey on Facebook and spread his philosophy of facing illness with grace and style.

Jill Johnson is a freelance writer, founder of Modelingmentor.com/blog, and former editor-in-chief of Tear Sheet magazine, which she launched during her decade-long career as a fashion model. She has interviewed fashion icons (Lauren Hutton, Patrick Demarchelier, Heidi Klum, John Sahag, among many others), TV journalists (Lara Spencer, Scott Pelley) and Broadway's best. She has covered all things catwalk and heavier topics, including infertility, eating disorders, autism, and education reform. Jill lives in Connecticut with her husband and four children, in a messy house by the beach.
 

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Buzzfeed Global Copy Chief Emmy J. Favilla on “A World Without ‘Whom’”

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BuzzFeed global copy chief Emmy J. Favilla, the witty go-to style guru of webspeak, discusses her new book A World Without “Whom”: The Essential Guide to Language in the Buzzfeed Age.

With wry cleverness and an uncanny intuition for the possibilities of internet-age expression, Favilla makes a case for breaking the rules laid out by Strunk and White: A world without "whom," she argues, is a world with more room for writing that's clear, timely, pleasurable, and politically aware.

“[W]itty and informative ... This is the rare style manual that is as entertaining as it is instructive.”— Publishers Weekly

“A lighthearted take on communicating in the digital age.”— Kirkus Reviews

Emmy J. Favilla joined BuzzFeed in 2012 and is now global copy chief. She also created the BuzzFeed Style Guide, which garnered a great deal of media attention as the unofficial "style guide for the internet" when it went public in 2014. A New York University graduate, Favilla has worked as a copy editor at Seventeen, Teen Vogue and Natural Health. She lives in New York City with a cat, a dog, and two rabbits.
 

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The Community Table: Frank Sesno and the Power of Questions

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Questions help us break down barriers, discover secrets, solve puzzles, and imagine new ways of doing things. Emmy Award-winning journalist and media expert Frank Sesno kicks off our new community conversation series, “The Community Table,” with a talk about his new book Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change. Register online.

“The Community Table,” our bi-monthly community conversation series, plants civil conversations in the public sphere around issues of culture, diversity and public policy. Each month, 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.

Frank Sesno is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with more than thirty years of experience reporting from around the world. Well known as anchor, White House Correspondent and talk show host on CNN, he is also a nationally renowned moderator who has engaged some of the world’s leading personalities and appears regularly on U.S. and international media. Frank has interviewed heads of state including five U.S. Presidents and many other influential figures such as Bill Gates, Benyamin Netanyahu, Condoleezza Rice, Anderson Cooper, Karl Rove, Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell. He has interviewed Nobel prize-winning scientists, renowned economists, Hollywood celebrities, CEOs, best-selling authors and leaders from a wide range of industries. Frank currently serves as Director of The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, where he leads nearly two dozen world-class faculty and teaches classes on The Art of the Interview, journalism ethics, documentary and sustainability reporting.
 

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Author Mary-Lou Weisman on her New Memoir

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Join bestselling author and personal essayist Mary-Lou Weisman for the launch of her new memoir Playing House in Provence: How Two Americans Became a Little Bit French. Mary-Lou and Larry Weisman love to travel, but they don't like being tourists. They want to live the authentic local life, shop for food, make friends and be regulars at their small-town cafe. They want to become so French that even Americans won't like them.

As tourists-on-the-loose in a foreign town, they can't resist pausing in front of a realtor's office to view the listings, choosing the house they like best, calculating the price of a one-month rental in dollars, and indulging their fantasy. One day, while wandering through a lovely medieval town in Provence, they decide to transform their fantasy into reality. Follow them on their sometimes wonderful, sometimes humiliating, always hilarious pursuit, as they learn that feeling disoriented and stupid on a daily basis can be fun. So can looking up French words they need to ask for directions – où est la pharmacie?—only to realize that there's pas une chance that they will understand the answer.

Best known for her social satire, Mary-Lou Weisman has written many travel columns for The New York Times and was a contributing commentator for Public Interest Radio's "Savvy Traveler." She is the author of four books: Intensive Care: A Family Love Story, the bestselling My Middle-Aged Baby Book, Al Jaffee's Mad Life and Traveling While Married, to which this new book is a sequel.

Excerpt from her new book: If you've ever fallen in love with a place while on vacation and wondered what it would be like to live there for more than a usual vacation's worth of time, you're my reader. Step right into a vicarious travel experience as Larry Lawyer and I try to make ourselves at home in Provence. Stay with us — we've got a virtual guest room — as we spend a month in each of four consecutive years in the pretty, medieval town of L'Isle sur la Sorgue - pronounced 'Leel sur la Sorg' - in the heart of Provence." Don't worry if you can't speak or understand French. Hang out with us for a while and you'll speak it as badly as we do.
 

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Former NCIS Agent Mark Fallon on his Book, Unjustifiable Means

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Join Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Bill Dedman to welcome former NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) special agent and Homeland Security executive Mark Fallon discusses Unjustifiable Means: The Inside Story of How the CIA, Pentagon, and US Government Conspired to Torture. Hear about the decision to implement “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques,” and the backchannels and deception employed to legalize these methods and hide them from the public’s view.

"Mark Fallon is the Serpico in the war on terror, trying to win the war by doing it the right way. Unjustifiable Means provides an inside look at counterterrorism operations and the sacrifices that good people make to win that war. Fallon shows how torture has made us less safe and that it may make people talk, but it doesn't make them tell the truth." from Bill Dedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and Senior Writer, Newsday

An international security consultant, Mark Fallon spent more than 30 years as a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), counterintelligence officer, counterterrorism operative, undercover agent, asset handler and law enforcement specialist. A senior ranking member of the Department of Homeland Security under the Bush administration, he has been involved in some of the most significant counterterrorism operations in US history. He has earned numerous honors and awards for his service.

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Author Bill Goldstein in Conversation with Sybil Steinberg on “The World Broke in Two”

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Author Bill Goldstein joins Publishers Weekly contributing editor and former book review section editor Sybil Steinberg for a discussion of Goldstein’s new book The World Broke in Two.

The World Broke in Two tells the story of the intellectual and personal journeys four legendary writers, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, and D. H. Lawrence, made over the course of one pivotal year. As 1922 begins, all four are confronting an uncertain creative future despite success in the past. What these writers were struggling with that year was in fact the invention of modernism. Based on original research, The World Broke in Two captures both the literary breakthroughs and the intense personal dramas of these beloved writers as they strive for greatness.

“A fascinating and engrossing tale . . . This is Goldstein’s own personal triumph: he creates an original, moving and at times wryly amusing account of four literary demi-gods during the course of these few months that shaped a new direction in English literature, incorporating a wealth of detail which builds, layer upon layer, until the picture is satisfyingly complete.” —Times Literary Supplement

Bill Goldstein, the founding editor of the books site of The New York Times on the Web, reviews books and interviews authors for NBC's "Weekend Today in New York." He is also curator of public programs at Roosevelt House, the public policy institute of New York's Hunter College. He received a Ph.D in English from City University of New York Graduate Center in 2010, and is the recipient of writing fellowships at MacDowell, Yaddo, Ucross and elsewhere. 

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Historian David Dalin with an Inside Look at the Supreme Court

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Historian David Dalin, author of Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: From Brandeis to Kagan, examines the legal careers, lives and legacies of the eight Jewish justices who have or are serving on the Supreme Court. This program is free and open to all. To reserve a seat, email skamisar [at] jewishphilanthropyct [dot] org.

Note location: Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport 

 

Community partners: The Federation for Jewish Philanthropy Cardozo Society and Temple Israel

“I thought I knew a lot about the Supreme Court’s eight Jewish justices, since I have known six of them personally. But I learned so much more from David Dalin's brilliant and readable account of their very different lives and connections to their Jewish heritage. A must read for anyone interested in Jewish, American or legal history.”—Alan Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard Law School, and author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law

David G. Dalin is an historian and rabbi. He has written, co-authored or edited eleven books, including Religion and State in the American Jewish Experience with Jonathan D. Sarna. His articles and book reviews have appeared in publications such as American Jewish History, Modern Judaism, Weekly Standard, the American Jewish Year Book and the Jewish Review of Books.

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Fighting Opioid Addiction with Shatterproof CEO Gary Mendell

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Founder and CEO of Shatterproof, Gary Mendell, joins in a panel discussion with moderator Monica K. Wheeler, MSN, RN, Director of Community Health for the Westport Weston Health District and panelists Elaine Daignault, Director of Human Services, Town of Westport and Denique Weidema-Lewis, Director of Prevention, Positive Directions.

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Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation that addiction causes families. Under the leadership of CEO and founder Gary Mendell, who lost his son to addiction, Shatterproof has helped 14 states pass life-saving legislation and has, through its Ambassador program, empowered those impacted by addiction to share their stories to affect social and policy change.

Community sponsor: Cohen & Wolf

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The Malloy Lecture in the Arts Presents "Falsettos:" In Conversation

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The Malloy Lecture in the Arts presents “Falsettos: In Conversation” is currently sold out.  Register here or call the Westport Country Playhouse box office at 203-227-4177. The box office will be open on Tuesday: 12PM – 7PM; Wednesday through Friday: 12PM – 8PM; Saturday: 11AM – 8PM; and Sunday: 11AM – 3PM. 
 

The 2017 Malloy Lecture in the Arts on Monday, September 11 at 7 pm brings Tony Award-winners & Broadway stars to Westport through a unique collaboration between Westport Library, "Live From Lincoln Center" and Westport Country Playhouse. It features a panel discussion on the Broadway hit Falsettos with the men behind the show—Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist William Finn and Tony Award-winning playwright and director James Lapine—and the revival’s Tony-nominated star Stephanie J. Block. The evening will be moderated by five-time Emmy award winner, Executive Producer of "Live From Lincoln Center" and Westport resident Andrew C. Wilk. 

The event is free; however, tickets are required. Tickets will be available beginning at noon, Tuesday, August 15. For updates please check the Westport Library website: westportlibrary.org.

Note location: Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport

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Written by both Finn and Lapine on the cusp of the AIDS crisis, Falsettos chronicles the life of a gay man Marvin, his ex-wife, his lover, his son, their psychiatrist and the lesbians next door as they navigate the often-choppy waters of modern, middle class family dynamics. Lapine directed its original run on Broadway in 1992 for which both he and Finn won Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical. Finn also won a Tony for Best Original Score.

The film version of Falsettos stars Tony-nominated actor Stephanie J. Block as Marvin’s ex-wife Trina. Block will join Finn and Lapine at the Westport Country Playhouse on the panel and perform selections from Falsettos as well as some of her other notable Broadway roles. 

The Malloy Lecture will be a panel discussion centered around selected scenes from the film of Falsettos. The evening will also include an opportunity for audience Q&A.

"Live From Lincoln Center," in partnership with Screenvision Media and event cinema creators KAOS Connect, is making the Tony-nominated production of Lincoln Center Theater’s Falsettos available to audiences in movie theaters for a very limited engagement nationwide. For information on the film, visit falsettosincinema.com. The film will be shown on PBS fall 2017.

The Malloy Lecture in the Arts is made possible by a generous contribution from Westport artist Susan Malloy. The Westport Library created the lecture series in 2002 as a free, public annual discussion by an individual who has had a significant cultural influence and whose work has enhanced the understanding and appreciation of the arts.

Past programs have included Philippe de Montebello, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; distinguished playwright Arthur Miller; artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude; musicians Joshua Bell and Frederic Chiu; poet-laureate Billy Collins; Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation; author Joyce Carol Oates; cartoonist Roz Chast; actor Christopher Plummer; stage, film and theater star John Lithgow; preeminent classical dancer Jacques d'Amboise; music legend Clive Davis, and author Salman Rushdie.

Photo credits:
William Finn: Harry Roseman
Stephanie J. Block: Bill Westmoreland

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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.

WNYC's Leonard Lopate interviews her 9/26.

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Bruder about her book.

"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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