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RE-SCHEDULED TO JUNE 26: CBS News Correspondent Jeff Pegues on His Book, Black and Blue

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Re-scheduled to Monday, June 26.
Justice and homeland security correspondent for CBS News and Staples High School graduate Jeff Pegues discusses Black and Blue: Inside the Divide between the Police and Black America, which examines the growing crisis between law enforcement and people of color. He will be in discussion with Westport Chief of Police Foti Koskinas. The recent killings in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Ferguson, and elsewhere are just the latest examples of this longstanding rift between law enforcement and people of color. Pegues explores this through facts, statistics, and perspectives from both sides of the community-police divide as well as his access to top law enforcement officials throughout the country, including FBI Director James Comey and police chiefs in major cities. He also offers possible solutions by summarizing recommendations from police chiefs, politicians and activists.

This program is in special memory of Westport illustrator Tracy Sugarman, civil rights and social justice activist.
Community partners: TEAM Westport & the Westport Police Department

Westport/Weston Daily Voice article, 5/16/17, "Staples High Grad Offers Timely Discussion On Race And Law Enforcement"
WestportNow article, 5/15/17, "Two Staples Grads Talk Race and Policing"
Dan Woog's 06880 post, "Jeff Pegues: “Black And Blue” In America Today"

Jeff Pegues is the justice and homeland security correspondent for CBS News. In this capacity he has participated in closed-door interviews with FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. In the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, Pegues orchestrated an interview with the chiefs of police representing four major U.S. cities. In 2015, he covered all angles of the Charleston, South Carolina, church killings, beginning with the manhunt for the suspect and culminating with a special report analyzing President Obama’s eulogy at the funeral of State Senator Clementa Pinckney. Previous to joining CBS News, Pegues spent ten years at WABC-TV in New York. He is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, numerous Emmy Award nominations, and the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.


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Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

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Bestselling Author Colm Tóibín on His New Book, House of Names

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Bestselling, award-winning author Colm Tóibín discusses House of Names, which retells the classic Greek tragedy of Clytemnestra, the queen of Mycenae, with a modern sensibility. Clytemnestra takes on a new life, so that we not only believe thirst for revenge, but applaud it. Tóibín inhabits the mind of one of Greek myth’s most powerful villains to reveal the love, lust and pain she feels. Register online for a seat and opportunity to purchase book at discounted rate (before May 1) of $23. Book purchase price at $26 at the event.

Note location: Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave

Weekend Edtion Sunday, May 7 Author Interview: "House Of Names Reimagines A Classic Greek Tragedy"

"The result is a dramatic, intimate chronicle of a family implosion set in unsettling times as gods withdraw from human affairs. Far from the Brooklyn or Ireland of his recent bestsellers, Tóibín explores universal themes of failure, loss, loneliness, and repression."—Publishers Weekly

Colm Tóibín is the author of seven novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary, and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections. Three times shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.

Author photo credit Brigitte Lacombe

Special Mother's Day treat! Bring your ticket stub or a signed copy of the book to ORGANACHS at 15 Post Rd West for 15% off an item of your choice, including facial services and makeup application services.Offer valid through May 18. Some exclusions apply. 

 


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Author Eric Burns on His New Book About Eleanor Roosevelt

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Author Eric Burns discusses his new book, Someone to Watch Over Me: A Portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt and the Tortured Father Who Shaped Her Life. Eleanor Roosevelt is viewed as a pioneering woman in American history. But she was also enigmatic and lonely. Her loveless marriage with FDR was no secret, and she had a cold relationship with most of her family. Yet she was a warm person, beloved by friends, and her humanitarian work still influences the world today. But who shaped Eleanor? It was the most unlikely of figures: her father Elliott, a lost spirit with a bittersweet story.

Elliott was the brother of Theodore Roosevelt, and he was as winsome and charming as Theodore was blustery and competitive. Though the two maintained a healthy rivalry in their youth, Elliott would eventually succumb to alcoholism and would be exiled to the Virginia countryside. But he kept up a close correspondence with his daughter, Eleanor, who treasured his letters and would read them nightly for her entire life for guidance, inspiration and love.

Eric Burns is a former correspondent for NBC News and the TODAY Show. For ten years he was the host of the top-rated “Fox News Watch,” and he has won an Emmy for media criticism. He is the author of The Golden Lad: The Haunting Story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt, 1920: The Year that Made the Decade Roar, a Kirkus "Best Book of the Year," Infamous Scribblers, The Spirits of America and The Smoke of the Gods, and the latter two were named “Best of the Best” by the American Library Association.

Author photo credit Lorraine Battipaglia.

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Award-Winning Journalist Bianca Bosker on Her Book "Cork Dork," an Exploration of the World of Wine

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Award-winning journalist Bianca Bosker discusses her book Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste. The book chronicles a year and a half long adventure that takes the reader inside elite tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, a California winery that manipulates the flavor of its bottles with ingredients like “Mega Purple,” and even a neuroscientist’s fMRI machine as Bosker attempts to answer the most nagging question of all: what’s the big deal about wine?

The evening will also include a wine tasting exercise.

“Bosker’s journey into this sodden universe is thrilling, and she tells her story with gonzo élan…She gets a quick, boozy education, and so do we. ...When the sommelier and blogger Madeline Puckette writes that this book is the Kitchen Confidential of the wine world, she’s not wrong, though Bill Buford’s Heat is probably a shade closer to this book's sensibility and heart." –Jennifer Senior, The New York Times

Weekend Edition Sunday, 4/2, interview, "How A Reporter Quit Her Job To Drink Wine Full Time"

Interview by Wine Enthusiast on "her new book, sommelier certification, and the defining moments of her deep dive into the world of wine."

"Always perceptive, curious, and entertaining, the author describes her experiences with precision and a wry sense of humor...Readers will certainly come away from the book knowing more about wine and likely eager to explore it further, but even those less inclined to imbibe will be intrigued." "—starred Kirkus Review

Bianca Bosker is an award-winning journalist who has written about food, wine, architecture, and technology for The New Yorker online, The Atlantic, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and The New Republic. The former executive tech editor of The Huffington Post, she is the author of the critically-acclaimed book Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China. She lives in New York City.

Author photo credit Matthew Nguyen

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

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova, discusses her new novel The Shadow Land. A young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Soon after arriving in this elegant East European city, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi—and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes. So beings this novel that explores the power of stories, the pull of the past, and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss.

Interview with Joe Meyers of the CT Post.

"A compelling and complex mystery, strong storytelling, and lyrical writing combine for an engrossing read set in the former Soviet-bloc nation of Bulgaria."—Publishers Weekly

Elizabeth Kostova is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Historian, for which she won the 2006 Book Sense Award for Best Adult Fiction and the 2005 Quill Award for Debut Author of the Year, and The Swan Thieves. She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award for Novel-in-Progress.

Author photo credit Lynne Harty Photography

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Award-Winning Author Paul La Farge on His New Novel, The Night Ocean

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Award-winning author and New Yorker contributor Paul La Farge discusses The Night Ocean, his new novel about secrets and scandals, psychiatry and pulp fiction, which was inspired by the lives of H.P. Lovecraft and his circle. The Night Ocean follows the lives of some extraordinary people: Lovecraft, an influential American horror writer of the 20th century, whose stories continue to win new acolytes, even as his racist views provoke new critics; Barlow, a seminal scholar of Mexican culture who killed himself after being blackmailed for his homosexuality (and who collaborated with Lovecraft on the story "The Night Ocean"); his student, future Beat writer William S. Burroughs; and L.C. Spinks, a kindly Canadian appliance salesman and science-fiction fan—the only person who knows the origins of The Erotonomicon, purported to be the intimate diary of Lovecraft himself.

The Night Ocean has already been selected as a must-read by New York Post, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus and was named one of the best books of March, 2017 by Amazon, the BBC, Vulture, and The Chicago Review of Books.

"The Night Ocean is a book full of pleasures... Dashing, playful and cleverly imagined, “The Night Ocean” emerges as an inexhaustible shaggy monster, part literary parody, part case study of the slipperiness of narrative and the seduction of a good story. Sunday New York Times book review, March 7, 2017.

Leonard Lopate Show, NPR interview on March 8.

New Yorker article, "The Complicated Friendship of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert Barlow, One of His Biggest Fans" 

“The breadth of La Farge’s research and the specificity of his historical details are impressive: we enter the worlds of science-fiction fandom, internet trolls, literary hoaxes, and ancient Mexican civilizations as [he] deftly weaves in famous figures like H.P Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, and William S. Burroughs. Only a virtuoso could pull off a story so intricately plotted and so full of big ideas about morality and truth…La Farge is this virtuoso, folding stories inside stories with ease…. An effortlessly memorable novel.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Magnificent... An impossible, irresistible novel, a love letter to the unlovable that speaks the unspeakable.” — Lev Grossman, author of the Magicians trilogy

Paul La Farge is the author of four novels: The Night Ocean, The Artist of the Missing, Haussmann, or the Distinction and Luminous Airplanes; and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2013-14. 

Author photo credit Carol Shadford

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Roni Beth Tower on Her Memoir, Miracle at Midlife, in Conversation with Sybil Steinberg

October 17, 2016
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Former Westporter Roni Beth Tower spoke about her memoir, Miracle at Midlife, with Sybil Steinberg, Publishers Weeklycontributing editor at the Westport Library on October 17, 2016. 

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Blending Families

October 25, 2016
Blending Families

Licensed marriage and family therapist Trevor Crow Mullineaux speaks about her book Blending Families: Merging Households with Kids 8–18 and addresses year-round strategies as well as specific tips for holidays on October 25, 2016 at the Westport Library.

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Healing Through Art & Words: Five Authors Discuss 9/11 and Coping with Tragedy Through a Writer's Lens

September 12, 2016
Healing Through Art & Words

Authors Nora Baskin (nine, ten: a 9/11 Story), Gae Polisner (The Memory of Things), Jewell Parker Rhodes (Towers Falling), Wendy Mills (All We Have Left) and Lauren Tarshis (I Survived series) discussed coping with tragedy through a writer’s lens and their new books for middle grades and young adults at the Westport Library on September 12, 2016. 

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POSTPONED: NYT Bestselling Author Jane Green on Her Cookbook, Good Taste

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Event postponed to Thursday, February 23 at 7 pm due to the snowy weather forecast for February 9.

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.

Author photo credit Tom McGovern

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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