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Westport Author Nina Sankovitch on Her New Book, Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing

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SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVEREDNina Sankovitch, author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair, talks about Signed,Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing and her quest through the history of letters and her own personal correspondence to discover and celebrate what is special about the handwritten letter.

Nina SankovitchWitty, moving, informative, and inspiring, Signed, Sealed, Delivered begins with Nina Sankovitch’s discovery of a trove of 100-year-old letters written by a Princeton freshman to his mother in the early 1900s. Nina’s own son is heading off to Harvard and she wants him to write to her, as the Princeton student wrote his mother and as Nina wrote hers. But times have changed. Before Nina can persuade her child of the value of letters, she must first understand herself exactly what it is about letters that makes them so special.

 

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Westport Author John O'Hern on His Book, Sweetspot: Confessions of a Golfaholic

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SweetspotJohn O'HernWestporter John O'Hern is an actor, Longshore golf instructor, storyteller, playwright and now author. He can also be seen in Play With Your Food productions. His book, Sweetspot: Confessions of a Golfaholic, is a fun read about the addictive possibilities of golf. You don’t have to know the difference between Tea time and Tee time to enjoy this comedy about golf and marriage. Breaking Bad meets Caddy Shack!

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Author Will Schwalbe on His Memoir, The End of Your Life Book Club

November 21, 2013
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Author Will Schwalbe will discussed his  bestseller, The End of Your Life Book Club, a memoir about his mother, her love of reading and how the two of them began a conversation about books that evolved into a meditation on life, death and the power of literature to transform, inspire and heal, on November 21, 2013.

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Author and Former Westporter Kenan Trebincevic on His Book, The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return

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Kenan TrebincevicKenan Trebincevic, who, along with his family, found refuge in Westport after fleeing Bosnia and the genocide there in 1992, speaks about his book (co-authored with Susan ShapiroThe Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return, which tells of his return to his homeland to confront the people who betrayed his family.

The Bosnia ListAt age eleven, Kenan was a happy, karate-loving kid living with his family in the quiet Eastern European town of Brcko. Then, in the spring of 1992, war broke out and his friends, neighbors and teammates all turned on him. His beloved karate coach showed up at his door with an AK-47 screaming: "You have one hour to leave or be killed!" Kenan’s only crime: he was Muslim. This memoir chronicles Kenan’s escape from the ethnic-cleansing campaign that swept the former Yugoslavia. After two decades in the United States, Kenan honors his father’s wish to visit their homeland. Back in the land of his birth, he finds something more powerful—and shocking—than revenge.

Author photo credit: Eldin Trebincevic.

Op Ed written by Kenan for the Wall Street Journal, 4/26/2013, in reaction to the Boston marathon bombings.

Dan Woog's 06880 post from 4/30/2013 on Kenan.

12/2/2011 NY Times article, "The Reckoning"

12/16/2013 Publisher's Weekly review.

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Children's Book Author Joan Verniero on the Life of a Writer

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Joan VernieroJoan Verniero, CT-based children's book author, freelance writer, educator, and ghostwriter, talks about the personal aspects of her writing life. Topics include how she molds story day-to-day with attention to character, what's come before and what will follow, as well as revision and language. Also, she is careful of the need to keep herself fresh to the end in mind, body and spirit.

Verniero is the author of 25 books. Her fiction and biography have been published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, American Psychological Association/Magination Press, Pen Women Press, Psychological Perspectives and Women & Recovery. Collections of myths, legends, folktales and biblical stories appear through Black Dog & Leventhal/Workman. She teaches children's literature at Naugatuck Valley community College, lectures at Hartford College for Women, and consults at The Discovery Museum.

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Author Michael Sims on His New Book, The Adventures of Henry Thoreau

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Thoreau coverAuthor Michael Sims discusses The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond, which chronicles the ten years in his life beginning with Harvard in 1837 and ending as he walked away from Walden Pond after living in his long dreamed-of cabin for only two years. This is a dramatic (and at times heartbreaking) story of how a troubled young man found a meaningful life in a tempestuous era.

michael simsContrary to myth, Thoreau was not a hermit. Caught up with his friends and his era, he lived most of his life in a busy village and admitted that he considered "homeopathic doses" of local gossip "as refreshing in its way as the rustle of leaves." He spent relatively little time in the wilderness and his Walden Pond cabin provided a solitary working space away from his family's boardinghouse, not escape from all society. Yet, during this youthful period, he wrote his first book and refined the journal entries that formed the core of his later work, Walden; joined the anti-slavery campaign and studied Native American culture; spent the night in jail that led to his celebrated essay, Civil Disobedience, which would in time inspire the likes of Gandhi and Martin Luther King; developed a scientific/poetic response to nature; and aligned with the Transcendental movement, which questioned assumptions about God, citizenship, and the Industrial Revolution.

Michael Sims is the author of the acclaimed The Story of Charlotte's Web, Apollo's Fire: A Day on Earth in Nature and Imagination, Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form, and the editor of Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories and The Dead Witness: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories.

Author photo credit Laura Sloan Patterson.

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Author Annabel Monaghan on Her Newest Book for Teens

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Double Digit coverAuthor Annabel Monaghan discusses her second young adult novel, Double Digit, the sequel to A Girl Named Digit. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

A.MonaghnbyElaineKamanTibbalsTo say eighteen-year-old Farrah Higgins—or Digit—is good at math is a laughable understatement. She’s been cracking codes since childhood, and is finally at home with “her people” at MIT in Cambridge. Her talents are so off the charts that her laptop is under surveillance by both the CIA and an ecoterrorist named Jonas Furnis. So when she thoughtlessly hacks into the Department of Defense’s database, she lands in serious hot water inside and outside the law.

Author photo credit: Elaine Kaman Tibbals.

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Author Edmund Levin on His Book, A Child of Christian Blood: Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel

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A Child of Christian BloodEdmund LevinEdmund Levin speaks about A Child of Christian Blood: Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: The Beilis Blood Libel, a riveting account of one of the most notorious blood libels of the twentieth century: a Jewish factory worker is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1913, and his trial becomes an international cause célèbre. The Beilis case formed the basis for Bernard Malamud’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Fixer, and for the Academy Award-nominated film of the same name.

"'Good Morning America' writer/producer Levin makes a century-old murder case come to life in a suspenseful true crime thriller that had broad implications at the time ... [His] stellar recreation of the personalities and events places them into the context of Russia during the last years of the tsar, and makes good use of records unavailable before the fall of the Soviet Union."—Publishers Weekly

Edmund Levin is a Writers Guild and Emmy award–winning writer/producer for "Good Morning America". His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Atlantic and Slate, among other periodicals, and was included in The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology.

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Author Marta McDowell on Her Book, Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life

November 14, 2013
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Garden designer and writer Marta McDowell spoke about Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales, on November 14, 2013.

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Author Bob Moseley on the Process of Writing a Novel

November 12, 2013
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As a part of National Novel Writing Month, author Bob Moseley will discussed the writing process of his YA novel Out of Bounds, on November 12, 2013.

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