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Barnard President Debora L. Spar on Her Book, Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection

February 9, 2014
Debora Spar

Barnard President Debora L. Spar, a vocal proponent of women’s education and leadership, discussed her book, Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, on Sunday, February 9, 2014.

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Insights from Entrepreneurs: A New Marketing Model

January 16, 2014
Joseph Jaffe

Co-author Joseph Jaffe talked about his approach to marketing and his new book, Z.E.R.O.: Zero Paid Media as the New Marketing Model, on January 16, 2014.

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Authors of MoMoirs: I'll Give You Something to Cry About

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momiorsAuthors Linda Howard Urbach, Lisa Maxwell , Eileen Grace and Gayle Gleckler discuss their book of stories about their mothers and being a mother, MoMoirs: I'll Give You Something to Cry About, as well as their writing, editing and publishing process.

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Author Stacy Horn on Her Book, Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others

December 1, 2013
Stacy Horn

Stacy Horn related her funny and profound experiences as a choir member in her memoir, Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, on Sunday, December 1, 2013.

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Author Gabriel Sherman on His Biography of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes

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Gabriel ShermanFormer Westporter and New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman speaks about The Loudest Voice In The Room: How The Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News — And Divided A Country, a journey inside the secretive world of Fox News and the life of its combative, visionary founder.

NPR's "Fresh Air" interview on 1/16/14.
NYT's Sunday Book review article from 1/12/14.
Interview with Stephen Colbert on "The Colbert Report" on 1/15/14.

When Rupert Murdoch enlisted Roger Ailes to launch a cable news network in 1996, American politics and media changed forever. Sherman brings Ailes's unique genius to life, along with the outsized personalities who have helped Fox News play a defining role 

The Loudest Voicein the great social and political controversies of the past two decades. Roger Ailes has developed an unrivaled power to sway the political agenda. Even more, he has become the indispensable figure in conservative America and the man that any Republican politician with presidential aspirations must court. How did this man, whose life story has till now been shrouded in myth, become the master strategist of our political landscape? Sherman chronicles Ailes's rise as a sickly kid from an Ohio factory town, who, through sheer willpower, the flair of a showman, fierce corporate politicking, and a profound understanding of the priorities of middle America, built the most influential news empire of our time. 

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Authors of Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations

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strings attachedRe-scheduled from Monday, February 3.
Authors Joanne Lipman, award-winning journalist, and Melanie Kupchynsky, Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist, speak about Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations, the story of a remarkable—yet tough—public school music teacher whose students achieved outsize success. Through his former students' eyes, we meet the fiery Jerry Kupchynsky, known as Mr. K, a Ukrainian-born taskmaster who yelled and stomped and screamed, and who drove his students harder than anyone had ever driven them before. Through sheer force of will, he made them better than they had any right to be.


It wasn’t until years later that they realized how much they loved him for it. And at the end of his life, they gathered once more, traveling from every corner of the country and creating a symphony orchestra the size of the New York Philharmonic, to play one last concert together - this time for him.

Joanne Lipman and Melanie KupchynskyJoanne Lipman is one of the nation’s most prominent journalists and commentators. She was founding Editor-in-Chief of the National Magazine Award-winning Conde Nast Portfolio, and a Deputy Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal, where she supervised coverage that earned three Pulitzer Prizes.

Melanie Kupchynsky has been a violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years, during which time the symphony has won 21 Grammys. She began studying violin at the age of four with her father and the subject of Strings Attached, Jerry “Mr. K” Kupchynsky.

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WestportREADS: A Conversation with Judith Jones and Adam Gopnik

January 26, 2014
Judith Jones and Adam Gopnik

Essayist for The New Yorker, food writer, Francophile and 2009 BOOKED for the evening honoree Adam Gopnik interviewed Judith Jones, longtime editor for Julia Child and renowned food editor, on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

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Book Club Extravaganza

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Spend the afternoon with bestselling authors, a publisher buzz panel, giveaways and more. Authors J. Courtney Sullivan (The Engagements, Maine, Commencement) and Adelle Waldman (The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.) will discuss their books, writing and more.  Publishers representatives will kick the day off with fun and prizes for readers and book clubs.

About the authors: J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times best-selling author of Commencement and Maine, speaks about her new book, the engagementsThe Engagements,  a sprawling novel about marriage—about those who marry in a white heat of passion, those who marry for partnership and comfort, and those who live together, love each other, and have absolutely no intention of ruining it all with a wedding. A rich, layered, exhilarating novel spanning nearly a hundred years, The Engagements captures four wholly unique marriages, while tracing the story of diamonds in America, and the way—for better or for worse—these glittering stones have come to symbolize our deepest hopes for everlasting love. 

J. Courtney SullivanJ. Courtney Sullivan's book Maine was named a Best Book of the Year by Time magazine, and a Washington Post Notable Book for 2011. The Engagements was one of People Magazine’s Top Ten Books of 2013 and an Irish Times Best Book of the Year. It is soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon and distributed by Fox 2000. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune,New York, Elle, Glamour, Allure, and Men’s Vogue, among others. She is a co-editor, with Courtney Martin, of the essay anthology Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists.

Adelle Waldman credit Lou Rousethe love affairs of nathaniel pAdelle Waldman is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University's journalism school. She worked as a reporter at the New Haven Register and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal's website. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. is her first novel, and is an absorbing tale of dating in the big city—and an inside look at what one young man really thinks about sex, women and love. It was named a best book of the year by The New Yorker, NPR, Slate, The Economist, The New Republic. Bookforum, The Daily Beast, National Journal, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and was a New York Times Editors' Choice and a Washington Post Notable Book.

Author photo credit Lou Rouse.
NPR interview
NYT review

Reading group guide

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Author Jerome Charyn on His New Novel About Lincoln and the Civil War

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I Am AbrahamJerome CharynJerome Charyn, author of The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: A Novel, discusses his tragicomic novel, narrated in Lincoln’s own voice, I Am Abraham: A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War. In it, he mixes humor with Shakespearean-like tragedy, in the process creating an achingly human portrait of the 16th president.

“Charyn faces the daunting task of fictionalizing the life of an American icon, but does so with aplomb. …By employing a first-person narrative, he is able to inject Lincoln’s inimitable intelligence, wit, and compassion into every page, as his homespun humor is underscored with his trademark pathos and humanity…. The legend of Lincoln continues to fascinate, and this compulsively readable fictional autobiography approaches the man and the myth from a fresh new angle.” — Margaret Flanagan, Booklist

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Author and Dog Trainer Jeff Morgan

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happy dogOn national puppy day, veteran dog behaviorist Jeff Morgan discusses his book Happy Dog 101, which jeff morganaddresses how to influence a dog's behavior and common misconceptions or myths regarding obedience and proper communication, not just with dogs but with our loved ones as well. This is an easy-to-use and understandable guide to creating the best relationship between you and your beloved dog.

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