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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Putting the Science in Science Fiction with Novelist Jeremy K. Brown

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture presents novelist Jeremy K. Brown for a talk exploring the ways science fiction writers research the science behind the stories, and how they imagine the future of science and technology.

This science lecture is made possible by The Anne Eyes Endowment.

Jeremy K. Brown has authored several biographies for young readers, including books on Stevie Wonder and Ursula K. Le Guin. He has also contributed articles to numerous magazines and newspapers, including special issues for TV Guide and the Discovery Channel, and recently edited a collector’s issue on Pink Floyd for Newsweek. He worked for 10 years for WWE, serving as Deputy Editor of WWE Magazine and as a member of the company’s television writing staff. Jeremy published his first novel, Calling Off Christmas, in 2011 and co-authored the bestselling novel Ocean of Storms with Christopher Mari. His new novel, Zero Limit, was released this spring. 

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Maker Movement, Authors
Authors, Maker

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Jon Meacham

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In The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and 2013 BOOKED for the evening honoree Jon Meacham looks back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear to help us understand the present moment in American politics and life. 

Preferred seating tickets are available with the purchase of a book. The early-bird price is $26 for up to two seats. If want an additional copy or if you are unable to attend, you may also reserve a signed copy for the pre-event price of $26. A limited number of general admission seats will be available. Books will be for sale at the event for $30 each. Register online.

Note location: Westport Town Hall Auditorium, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport

Community partners: The League of Women Voters & the Yale Clubs of Eastern and LowerFairfield County

NPR's Steve Inskeep interviews Meacham on May 1.

NPR "Fresh Air" interview, May 2, with Meacham on Soul of America

“This is a brilliant, fascinating, timely, and above all profoundly important book. Jon Meacham explores the extremism and racism that have infected our politics, and he draws enlightening lessons from the knowledge that we’ve faced such trials before.”—Walter Isaacson

“Jon Meacham has done it again, this time with a historically rich and gracefully written account of America’s long struggle with division in our immigrant nation and the heroic efforts to heal the wounds. It should be in every home and on every student’s desk.”—Tom Brokaw

Our current climate of partisan fury is not new. Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and illuminating the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. He writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the Lost Cause; the backlash against immigrants in the First World War and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women’s rights; the demagoguery of Huey Long and Father Coughlin and the isolationist work of America First in the years before World War II; the anti-Communist witch-hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson’s crusade against Jim Crow. Each of these dramatic hours in our national life have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear—a struggle that continues even now.

While the American story has not always—or even often—been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times. In this inspiring book, Meacham reassures us, “The good news is that we have come through such darkness before”—as, time and again, Lincoln’s better angels have found a way to prevail.

Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer. The author of the New York Times bestsellers Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, Franklin and Winston, and Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, he is a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, a contributing writer for The New York Times Book Review, and a fellow of the Society of American Historians.

Author photo credit Heidi Ross.

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Signs of Resistance

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Westporter and award-winning graphic designer Bonnie Siegler combined her passions for graphic design and resistance to produce Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America. For centuries, from postcards and posters to modern-day gifs and memes, citizens have always found a way to speak their minds when political and social injustice occurs. In hundreds of iconic, smart, angry, clever, unforgettable images, Signs of Resistance chronicles what truly makes America great: citizens unafraid of speaking truth to power.

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

Vanity Fair magazine slide show on the book.

“Clever images of dissent are not a recent phenomenon in the United States. ... [Signs of Resistance is] visually fascinating ... [and] there is bigly wit here, too.”—The Washington Post

“Illuminating. ... Signs of Resistance includes the work of many movements—woman’s suffrage, civil rights, Black Lives Matter—but the creativity and conviction behind each image are a common thread.”
Los Angeles Times

Bonnie Siegler, voted one of the fifty most influential designers working today by Graphic Design USA, founded and runs the award-winning design studio Eight and a Half. She is best known for her design work for Saturday Night Live, the Criterion Collection, HBO, Late Night with Seth Meyers, StoryCorps, Participant Media, and Newsweek. Most recently, she was the creative director of the Trump parody autobiography You Can’t Spell America Without Me by Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen and created the main title sequence for Will & Grace. She has taught at the graduate level for many years at the School of Visual Arts and Yale University, conducted workshops at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Rhode Island School of Design and judged design competitions all over the place. Siegler is the author of two new books, Signs of Resistance, which is a visual history of protest in America, and Dear Client, which is a book that will (hopefully) help clients work more successfully with creative people.  

Author photo credit to Ryan Christopher Jones

Art, Authors

Author Caroline Weber on Her Book, Proust's Duchess

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Barnard College professor Caroline Weber discusses Proust's Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siècle Paris. This triple biography reveals the women who inspired Marcel Proust’s Duchesse de Guermantes. These superstars of Parisian high society who, as Caroline Weber says, "transformed themselves, and were transformed by those around them, into living legends: paragons of elegance, nobility, and style." Weber delves into their daily lives to detail the glitter, as well as the loneliness, rigid rules and constraint. Proust, as a 20-year-old law student in 1892, would worship them from afar, and later meet them and create his celebrated composite character for The Remembrance of Things Past.

Community partner: The Barnard Club of Connecticut and The Westport Historical Society

Note location: Greens Farms Church, 71 Hillandale Road, Westport

A palpable, engrossing portrait of three extraordinary women and their tempestuous, fragile world.—starred Kirkus Review

Caroline Weber is a professor of French and Comparative Literature at Barnard College, Columbia University; she has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton. She is the author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the Revolution (2006) She has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Financial Times, London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, and New York magazine. 

Author photo credit Michael Lionstar.


Re-Scheduled Date: Staged Reading Magic with Carole Schweid

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Explore the theater world with Westport’s own Carole Schweid. Have you ever wondered what it takes to direct a staged reading? Learn from the co-founder and artistic director of Play With Your Food© and now author of Staged Reading Magic. This practical guide teaches how to transform simple script readings into breathtaking, theatrical experiences and how to do it on a shoestring.

Carole Schweid studied Theatre at Boston University and has a BFA from Julliard. She has directed over a hundred staged readings of short plays in her role of co-founder and Artistic Director of Play With Your Food©. She has performed in Pippin, Minnie’s Boys and the original Broadway cast of A Chorus Line. 

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Bestselling Author Lauren Weisberger on Her New Book, "When Life Gives You Lululemons"

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Fifteen years since The Devil Wears Prada was published, New York Times bestseller Lauren Weisberger brings us When Life Gives You Lululemons which stars one of her favorite characters from Prada. Emily Charlton, first assistant to Miranda Priestly (played by Emily Blunt in the movie), now a highly successful image consultant, has just landed the client of a lifetime. And Emily winds up in Greenwich, CT, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the Tito’s and sodas are extra strong, and everyone has something to say about the infamous new neighbor. 

Reception provide by community partner, Westport Moms.

Note location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Community partner: Westport Moms

Author photo credit Mike Cohen.

Lauren Weisberger is the New York Times bestselling author of The Singles Game and The Devil Wears Prada, which was published in forty languages and made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. It was announced in 2017 that musician Elton John and Paul Rudnick will adapt The Devil Wears Prada for the stage. Weisberger’s four other novels, Everyone Worth Knowing, Chasing Harry Winston, Last Night at Chateau Marmont, and Revenge Wears Prada, were all top-ten New York Times bestsellers. Her books have sold more than thirteen million copies worldwide. A graduate of Cornell University, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

Saugatuck Congregational Church

Author Francine Klagsbrun on her Biography of Golda Meir

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Author Francine Klagsbrun speaks about Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel, a  biography of the iron-willed leader, chain-smoking political operative, and tea-and-cake-serving grandmother who became the fourth prime minister of Israel. Born in tzarist Russia in 1898, she immigrated to America in 1906 and grew up in Milwaukee, where from her earliest years she displayed the political consciousness and organizational skills that would eventually catapult her into the inner circles of Israel's founding generation.

Partners: Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County & Beit Chaverim Synagogue
Location: Beit Chaverim Synagogue, 85 Post Road West, parking is accessed on Cross St. 

Author photo credit Joan Roth

“A thorough and absorbing examination of the woman and her role in Zionism and Israel. Lioness wrests Meir from the shadow of the Yom Kippur War and presents her life and career as a lens to examine Israel’s challenges—borders, settlements, occupation, terror, and the social and ethnic divide between Jews of European origin and those of Middle Eastern origin.”
—Ethan Bronner, The New York Times Book Review

"Meir was Ben-Gurion’s “only man in the Israeli cabinet," a ferocious chain-smoking socialist leader without a high-level education but whose plainspoken speeches brought audiences to tears—and action. A terrific chronicle of a unique world leader."—starred Kirkus Review

“Scrupulously researched ... A major achievement.”
—Susan Jacoby, The Washington Post

Francine Klagsbrunis the author of more than a dozen books, including The Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath Day and Married People: Staying Together in the Age of Divorce. Lioness received the 2017 National Jewish Book Award/Everett Family Foundation Book of the Year. Klagsbrun was also the editor of the best-selling Free to Be ... You and Me and is a regular columnist for The Jewish Week, a contributing editor to Lilith, and on the editorial board of Hadassah magazine. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, and Ms. Magazine. She lives in New York City.


SOLD OUT: "Pinkalicious & Peterrific" Celebration

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Everyone who attends is required to bring your Registration Confirmation to show at the door (either print it or be prepared to show it from your phone email.)


Victoria Kann, author of the Pinkalicious series, visits the Library on March 3 (registration required but no more available now) to read from her book Peterrific and to celebrate the new PBS Kids series Pinkalicious & Peterrific (premiering February 19).

Local actor/singer Jaden Waldman, who is the voice of Pinkalicious's brother Peter in the PBS series, will perform one of the series' songs. In addition, the Story Explorers collaboration continues with an interactive activity to highlight the Playhouse's theatrical adaptation, Pinkalicious, The Musical (March 11). 

Attendees are welcome to come dressed up as their favorite character. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

Dan Woog's 06880 blog about Jaden.

Community partners: Westport Country Playhouse & Westport Young Woman’s League

Contact Children's Librarian Deborah White with any questions, dwhite [at] westportlibrary [dot] org

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Family, Authors
All ages

National Book Award Finalist Ibi Zoboi on “American Street”

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Ibi Zoboi, a 2017 National Book Award Finalist, will join student panelists from Staples High School to discuss her debut novel American Street. It draws on her experience as a young Haitian immigrant, exploring American identity with magical realism and vodou culture. The book was a finalist for a 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. 

Community partner: Staples High School

Ibi Zoboi holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine and The Rumpus, among others. Her debut novel, American Street, was published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers and has received five starred reviews. Her next YA novel, Pride, is due out in the Fall of 2018. Her middle grade debut, My Life as an Ice-Cream Sandwich is forthcoming from Dutton/Penguin Books. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, and their three young children.



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Teen, Authors
Authors, Teen

Re-scheduled date Thursday, March 29 at 7 pm: Staged Reading Magic with Carole Schweid

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New Date: Thursday, March 29 at 7 pm!

Explore the theater world with Westport’s own Carole Schweid. Have you ever wondered what it takes to direct a staged reading? Learn from the co-founder and artistic director of Play With Your Food© and now author of Staged Reading Magic. This practical guide teaches how to transform simple script readings into breathtaking, theatrical experiences and how to do it on a shoestring.

Carole Schweid studied Theatre at Boston University and has a BFA from Julliard. She has directed over a hundred staged readings of short plays in her role of co-founder and Artistic Director of Play With Your Food©. She has performed in Pippin, Minnie’s Boys and the original Broadway cast of A Chorus Line. 

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