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Bestselling Author Elizabeth Kostova on Her Novel, "The Shadow Land"

April 20, 2017
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On April 20, 2017, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova, discussed her new novel, The Shadow Land, at the Westport Library.

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The Subconscious: Beliefs, Hypnosis & Visualization

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james mapesSpeaker, coach, bestselling author, clinical hypnotist and award-winning performer James Mapes discusses Imagine That! Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance, which explores the power of the subconscious. Topics covered include:

  • How to reduce negative stress and become more mindful.
  • How to recognize, break through and mute fears that sabotage success.
  • How to replace old beliefs by visualization, hypnosis, repetition and commitment.
  • How to improve productivity using ‘stretch goals’ and applied imagination.

Mapes is the author of Quantum Leap Thinking: An Owner’s Guide to the Mind, The Workbook: The Magic of Quantum Leap Thinking, and the recently-released 2-CD program, Patient Pre-Op/Post-Op Healing Therapy™.
 


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NYT Bestselling Author Jane Green on Her Cookbook, Good Taste

February 23, 2017
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Novelist Jane Green shared her passion for all things food and entertaining and her cookbook, Good Taste, on February 23, 2017 at the Westport Library. 

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Godzilla Day: Classic Movies, Author Talk & Sculpting

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Join a day of activities around one of cinema's most enduring and popular characters, Godzilla. Start with classic Godzilla movies on the big screen. Then, Staples High School English teacher and author Brian Solomon shares his book, which explores the character, popularity and the many facets of the  "King of the Monsters." Finish the day with a sculpting workshop with Chris Crowe and create your very own Godzilla!

9:15 am: Godzilla (1954; 1h 36m)
11 am: King Kong vs. Godzilla
            (1962; 1h 31m)
1 pm: Author Brian Solomon on his book Godzilla FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King of the Monsters
2:30-4:30 pm: Sculpt your own Godzilla with Chris Crowe (NOTE: This workshop will be held upstairs, in the new MakerSpace!)

Author Brian Solomon has been in love with Godzilla for as long as he can remember, and today he is proud to be passing along the kaiju craze to his own son. As a writer, he's contributed to publications such as Fangoria, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, and VENU, and he s even edited a volume on the history of chemical and biological warfare. He s the mastermind behind the popular film website TheVaultOfHorror.net and has given film discussions throughout the greater New York area


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Author Elinor Lipman in Conversation with Sybil Steinberg on Her New Romantic Comedy

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Author Elinor Lipman returns to talk with Sybil Steinberg, Publishers Weekly contributing editor, about her latest novel, On Turpentine Lane. 

“Light and tight, On Turpentine Lane is constructed with an almost scary mastery. Not a single thread dangles, not a single character is left without a place in Faith’s world. The story folds out and back in as neatly as an origami flower, and Faith recounts it all with a raised eyebrow and plenty of cheek. ... Lipman seems to have the most fun writing ridiculous characters, which may be why the novel’s worst people are so enjoyable. ... A neat bourbon swapped for the usual rom-com grenadine.”—The New York Times Book Review

Elinor Lipman is the author of ten novels, including The Inn at Lake Devine and My Latest Grievance, winner of the Paterson Fiction Prize. In 2001 she won the New England Book Award in fiction. 


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Business Author Leonard Sherman on His New Book with Strategies For Long-Term Growth

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Author Leonard Sherman discusses If You’re In A Dogfight, Become A Cat!—Strategies For Long-Term Growth, which offers practical advice on two of the most vexing issues facing businesses today: achieving long-term profitable growth and breaking away from the pack. Explore why so many companies struggle to sustain growth, what new leadership skills are needed and what the prognosis is for the years ahead.

Guide to Business Strategies

Leonard Sherman is an executive-in-residence and adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, with over forty years of experience in business, teaching and research on business strategy and entrepreneurship. He currently teaches courses in the MBA and EMBA programs, where he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013. He was managing partner of J. D. Power and Associates, where he led the firm's management consulting practice, and was a partner at Booz, Allen & Hamilton with responsibility for its U.S. automotive practice. 

Community Partner: The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce

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Why is lifelong learning so important?

 


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Author Lauren Smith Brody on "The Fifth Trimester"

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Author Lauren Smith Brody speaks about The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby. The first three trimesters (and the fourth—those blurry newborn days) are for the baby, but the Fifth Trimester is when the working mom is born. No matter what the job or how you define work, you're going to have a lot of questions. When will I go back? How should I manage that initial "I want to quit" attack? Flex-time or full-time? How can I achieve 50/50 at home with my partner? What's the best option for childcare? Is it possible to look like I slept for eight hours instead of three? And why is there never a convenient space to pump?


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Lauren Smith Brody is the founder of The Fifth Trimester movement, which helps businesses and new parents work together to create a more family-friendly workplace culture. A longtime leader in the women's magazine industry, Lauren was most recently the executive editor of Glamour magazine. Raised in Ohio, Texas, and Georgia, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two young sons.

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WestportREADS 2017: Keynote Talk with BETTYVILLE Author George Hodgman

January 19, 2017
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Writer and editor George Hodgman talked about the WestportREADS 2017 selection Bettyville on January 19, 2017. His critically-acclaimed memoir relates with wit and tenderness a son's journey from New York City to care for his irascible mother in his Missouri hometown. 


Writer Nina Sankovitch on Her New Book, The Lowells of Massachusetts

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Westport author Nina Sankovitch discusses The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family, the fascinating story of the Lowells, one of the most influential families in the history of the United States. 

Merchant prince turned farmer, preacher turned community organizer, lawyer turned revolutionary, society debutante turned social commentator, trader turned manufacturer, poet turned abolitionist; traveler of the Far East turned traveler of the Universe. Ministers who fought for change, lawyers who fought for human rights, boys who fought to end slavery, and young women who fought for the chance to live their own lives: these are The Lowells of Massachusetts

"Meet America’s most extraordinary family: The Lowells"The Washington Post review. “Sankovitch has searched out these letters to write the powerful story of one of America’s most extraordinary families, a family that helped shape the course of American history in dramatic and decisive ways…By the final pages of this volume, one feels deeply attached to the individual Lowells, while also exhilarated at having experienced this grand sweep of American history.“

Recommended by Library Journal—“Sankovitch’s use of interpretative passages breathe color into descriptions of home life of various Lowells, adding an artistic dimension to the account. Her ability to switch the focus among the family members while keeping readers fully engaged in the narrative is a significant achievement.”

Nina Sankovitch is the author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading and Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing. She also leads the "Book Chat" group here on the first Tuesdays of every month in the Sheffer Reading Room.

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NYT Bestselling Author Jane Green on Her Cookbook, Good Taste

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Meet novelist Jane Green as she shares her passion for all things food and entertaining and her cookbook, Good Taste. In the midst of her successful career which includes 17 New York Times bestsellers and more than 10 million copies of her books in print, she trained as a chef at the International Culinary Center. The desire for more technical training grew out of a lifetime of experience creating recipes, cooking for family and friends, and entertaining at home. Home and family are at the heart of every beloved Jane Green novel—whether set in a ramshackle cottage, a chic city apartment, a weathered beach bungalow, or a stately manor. And they also take center stage in Good Taste. Light refreshments; register online. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

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For Green, meals are a celebration, opportunities to spend time with the special people in her life and to nourish them—body and soul. In Good Taste, she shares tips on entertaining, ideas for making any gathering a cozy and classy affair, and some of her favorite dishes—from starters like Sweet Corn and Chili Soup to one-pot mains like Slow-Braised Onion Chicken to desserts like Warm Chocolate and Banana Cake and Jane’s Chess Tart.

Jane Green is the author of eighteen novels, of which seventeen are New York Times Bestsellers, including her latest, Falling. Previous novels have included The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J  and Tempting Fate.

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