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

May 4, 2014
Nina Sankovitch

Author Nina Sankovitch, talked about her new book 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, on Sunday, May 4, 2014.

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Author Jennifer Senior on Her Book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood

May 1, 2014
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Award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior talked about All Joy and No Fun where she addressed the question of what are the effects of children are on their parents, on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

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

March 29, 2014
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Kenan Trebincevic, who, along with his family, found refuge in Westport after fleeing Bosnia and the genocide there in 1992, spoke s about his book (co-authored with Susan Shapiro) The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return, on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

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Author and Organizational Psychologist Uco Wiersma on His Book, Interview Charisma

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Uco WiersmaDr. Uco Wiersma discusses his book Interview Charisma: Evidence-based Interview Strategies to Help You Win the Job You Deserve. There is only one opportunity in an interview to project your value to a company, so it’s important to know the techniques that work and those that don’t. The best techniques are evidence-based, supported by research. But most of the research on the employment interview is designed to help employers. Hear how to move forward in a career by translating pearls of wisdom from high quality research into practical interview advice.

Dr. Wiersma received his B.A. In Psychology from UCONN and his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University. He developed human resource management policies, including how managers should interview job candidates, for the New York Stock Exchange. He spent another 20 years teaching human resource management topics in Holland, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai. He is currently a professor in the School of Economics and Management at Tongji University in Shanghai, China. When not traveling, he resides in Norwalk.
 

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Staples HS Grad Ted Thompson on His Novel, The Land of Steady Habits

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the land of steady habitsStaples grad (1999) Ted Thompson discusses his novel The Land of Steady Habits in conversation with Kathy Knapp, Westporter, UConn assistant English professor and author of an upcoming book on the 21st century suburban novel.

Coming of age can happen at the strangest times. This is the surprising story of a man, his marriage and his search for meaning. Anders Hill, entering his early sixties and seemingly ensconced in the "land of steady habits," a nickname for the affluent, morally strict hamlets of Connecticut that dot his commuter rail line, abandons his career and family for a new condo and a new life, embarking on a clumsy, hilarious, and heartbreaking journey to reconcile his past with his present. 

Selected as the Amazon Best Book of April 2014, the book earned high praise from Booklist: "Filled with heartache and humor, this assured, compassionate first novel channels the suburban angst of Updike and Cheever, updating the narrative of midlife dissatisfaction with a scathing dissection of America's imploding economy...with pitchperfect prose and endearingly melancholy characters, Thompson offers up a heartbreaking vision of an ailing family and country."

ted thompson photo credit Carrie McCleanTed Thompson was born in Connecticut. His first novel, The Land of Steady Habits, was published by Little, Brown in March 2014. His stories have appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, and Best New American Voices, and he was a Truman Capote fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Author photo credit Carrie McClean.

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Journalism Professor Charles Seife on His New Book, Virtual Unreality

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Virtual UnrealityNew York University journalism professor Charles Seife discusses the spread and influence of digital information and his book, Virtual Unreality: Just Because the Internet Told You So, How Do You Know It's True?

Interview by Leonard Lopate for the WNYC Leonard Lopate Show on June 30.

NYT Book review, July 1

Wall Street Journal review, June 30

Science Friday with Ira Flatow, July 4: "A Web of Doubt"

Digital information is a powerful tool that spreads rapidly, affects all corners of society, and is all but impossible to control—even when that information is actually a lie. Seife explores the Internet information jungle and cut a path through the trickery, fakery and cyber skullduggery that the online world enables. Taking on everything from breaking news coverage and online dating to program trading and that eccentric and unreliable source that is Wikipedia, Seife describes tools for discerning truth from fiction online.

Charles Seife credit Sigrid EstradaCharles Seife is the author of Proofiness, Decoding the Universe, Alpha & Omega and Zero, which won the PEN/ Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction book and was named a New York Times Notable Book. A professor of journalism at New York University, he has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Science, New Scientist, Scientific American, Wired, The Economist, and many other publications.

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The Writer as Researcher

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Michael WhiteAuthor Michael C. White, Program Director of Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing and author of six novels, including Beautiful Assassin, discusses the challenges and rewards of using historical detail in fiction.

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Jacqueline Masumian on the Art of the Memoir

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nobody home masumianHear Jacqueline Masumian discuss the art and joys of the memoir and her book, Nobody Home. She will also talk about what memoir is and how it is different from other literary forms and why it is important for everyone, not just professional writers, to practice this art form and reap the benefits of doing so.

More about her memoir, Nobody Home—through a series of vignettes, Masumian paints a portrait of her troubled mother, a recalcitrant member of the WASP elite who, with a glass of bourbon always at hand, provides her children with a unique, haphazard brand of nurturing. Though wealthy, educated, and artfully witty, the woman has been deeply scarred by her past. This book reveals the mother’s story in the context of Jacqueline’s own, as she forges her way through adolescence, careers, marriage and divorce, seeking to comprehend the causes of her mother’s ragged moods and heavy drinking. Then the revelation of a shocking family secret provides a possible explanation but, in its tragedy, raises further unanswerable questions. This heart-warming narrative, peppered with touches of humor, reveals how little we know of our mothers, how resentments blur our vision and prevent us from having a true picture of them. In her quest to understand, Jacqueline discovers that her mother, though long gone, is still deep within her. She learns that by forgiving and embracing her mother’s failings, she is able to acknowledge and accept her own. 

 

 

Westport News Woog's World article on Nobody Home.

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Noted Graduates Share Memories and Speak About Brown University

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the brown readerEditor Judy Sternlight (Brown '82) will moderate a conversation with some of the contributors to The Brown Reader. Written in celebration of Brown University’s 250th anniversary, fifty remarkable, prize-winning writers and artists who went to Brown talk about their adventures on College Hill. The Brown Reader is funny, poignant, subversive and nostalgic. The essays, comics and poems paint a vivid picture of college life, from the 1950s to the present, at one of America’s most interesting universities.

Contributors in this discussion are author Lisa Birnbach (The Official Preppy Handbook and True Prep), poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips (When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness and The Ground) and illustrator and cartoonist Sean Kelly.

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New Yorker Editor and Cartoonist Bob Mankoff on his Memoir, How About Never—Is Never Good for You? My Life in Cartoons

March 27, 2014
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New Yorker Editor and Cartoonist Bob Mankoff discussed his Memoir, How About Never—Is Never Good for You? My Life in Cartoons, on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

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