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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.

Author photo credit Douglas Healey.


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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.

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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Bestselling Author Mark Kurlansky on "Havana"

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New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky  presents an insider's view in Havana: A Subtropical Delirium, on the elegant, tattered city he has come to know over more than thirty years. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs, and Kurlansky's own pen-and-ink drawings throughout, Havana celebrates the city's singular music, literature, baseball, and food; its five centuries of outstanding, neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of cultures.

“This little gem of a book by the prolific Kurlansky is a revelation . . . At a most auspicious moment in the history of Cuba and Havana, Kurlansky, who has spent much time in the country as a journalist, writes an eloquent love letter to one of the world's great cities.”—starred review, Booklist

Author photo credit Sylvia Plachy

Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of Cod, Salt, Paper, The Basque History of the World, 1968, The Big Oyster, International Night, The Eastern Stars, A Continent of Islands and The White Man in the Tree and Other Stories. He received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonviolence, Bon Appetit’s Food Writer of the Year Award, the James Beard Award, and the Glenfiddich Award. Salt was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. He spent ten years as Caribbean correspondent for the Chicago Tribune.

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POSTPONED: Former NCIS Agent Mark Fallon on his Book, Unjustifiable Means

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Former NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) special agent and Homeland Security executive Mark Fallon discusses Unjustifiable Means: The Inside Story of How the CIA, Pentagon, and US Government Conspired to Torture. Hear about the decision to implement “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques,” and the backchannels and deception employed to legalize these methods and hide them from the public’s view. Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Bill Dedman, co-author of Empty Mansions, will introduce Mark Fallon.

An international security consultant, Mark Fallon spent more than 30 years as a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), counterintelligence officer, counterterrorism operative, undercover agent, asset handler and law enforcement specialist. A senior ranking member of the Department of Homeland Security under the Bush administration, he has been involved in some of the most significant counterterrorism operations in US history. He has earned numerous honors and awards for his service.

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A Year of Reading Jane Austen: Discuss "Pride & Prejudice"

December 3, 2016
Pride and Prejudice

Staples High School teachers Jamie Pacuk and Mary Elizabeth Fulco discussed Jane Austen’s "Pride & Prejudice" on December 3, 2016.

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Author Dinitia Smith In Conversation with Sybil Steinberg

December 8, 2016
Dinitia Smith

Dinitia Smith discussed her novel "The Honeymoon," with Sybil Steinberg, Publishers Weekly contributing editor on December 8, 2016.

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Author David Pogue on His Latest, "Pogue's Basics: Money"

December 10, 2016
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Westport author and tech expert David Pogue returns with his new book Pogue’s Basics: Money: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) About Beating the System on December 10, 2016.

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A Year of Reading Jane Austen: Discuss "Persuasion"

July 30, 2016
Susan Ostrov Weisser

As a part of a year of reading Jane Austen, Dr. Susan Ostrov Weisser, a professor of English at Adelphi University, discussed Persuasion on July 30, 2016 at the Westport Library. 

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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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