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Local Author Paul Ferrante on His New Book, The Rovers: A Tale of Fenway

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Coleytown Middle School teacher Paul Ferrante will discuss his new adult novel, The Rovers: A Tale of Fenway. Using interviews with sportswriter Robert Creamer and former Red Sox pitcher Bob Cremins, he creates a fast-paced novel about  baseball and Irish heritage in 1920s Boston.

Paul has been an award-winning secondary school English teacher and coach for over 35 years, as well as a columnist for Sports Collector’s Digest writing on the subject of baseball ballpark history. Many of his works can be found in the archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. The T.J. Jackson Mysteries young adult series led Paul to speak at the 150th Anniversary Battle Commemoration in Gettysburg and the National Baseball Hall of Fame during their 75th Anniversary celebration. The Rovers: A Tale of Fenway is his first adult novel.         

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Author Haris Durrani

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In conjunction with the Westport Country Playhouse production of The Invisible Hand, engineer, writer & academic Haris Durrani talks about his fiction debut Technologies of Self. In it, he immerses readers in the life of a young American Muslim struggling to understand himself in the context of his family, classmates, and contemporary urban life. Engineering student Jihad, or “Joe” as he introduces himself in the confusing intersections of post-9/11 New York City, finds himself on a personal quest of possibly a spiritual nature, even if he isn’t sure that’s what it is – after all, it’s hard enough to keep halal in his Dominican-Pakistani-Muslim Washington Heights household.

He’s surprised to find himself in the stories his Uncle Tomás tells of his own youth, stories in which Tomás fights both the devil and the weaknesses of the flesh – often at the same time. Culture, nation, religion, family, identity, race, and time fight for dominion over Jihad until he realizes he is facing the same demon his uncle claims to have defeated, and all Jihad has to fight with is himself.

Community partners: Westport Country Playhouse & TEAM Westport
Note location: Lucille Lortel White Barn at the Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court

Durrani’s stories, memoirs, and essays have appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, The University of Toronto Undergraduate Journal of Middle East Studies, The 2014 Campbellian Anthology, The New York Review of Science Fiction and The Best Teen Writing of 2012, 2011, and 2010. He writes for altMuslimah and has appeared regularly on John Hockenberry’s NPR show The Takeaway.

Haris A. Durrani is the author of Technologies of the Self (Brain Mill Press, 2016), winner of the Driftless Novella Contest. His short story "Forty-two Reasons Your Girlfriend Works for the FBI, CIA, NSA, ICE, S.H.I.E.L.D., Fringe Division, Men in Black, or Cylon Overlords" (Buffalo Almanack, December 2015), a prequel to Technologies, won the McSweeney's Student Short Story Contest and the Inkslinger Award for Creative Excellence. His novelette Tethered (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July-August 2013; reprinted in Lightspeed, May 2016) was a Writers of the Future Semifinalist. Buffalo Almanack described his work as "stories about colonialism, neoliberalism, conspiracy bullshit, and a Trumped-out America at the gates of hell."

His essays, memoirs, and fiction have appeared in or are forthcoming from Comparative Islamic Studies, Catapult, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Media Diversified, altMuslimah, and The Best Teen Writing of 2012 (editor), 2011, and 2010. He is a 2009 alum of the Alpha Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Workshop for Young Writers and was a 2011 Portfolio Gold Medalist in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, for which he currently serves on the Alumni Council. He has been interviewed regularly on NPR's The Takeaway with John Hockenberry.

Durrani is a J.D. candidate at Columbia Law School, where he looks at the intersections of technology and disenfranchised communities. He holds an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge and a B.S. in Applied Physics from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he minored in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies and co-founded The Muslim Protagonist Literary Symposium on "literature as an agent of social change" for Muslim communities and allies.

Westport Country Playhouse

Bestselling Young Adult Author Kimberly McCreight

May 20, 2016
Kimberly McCreight

Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia and Where They Found Her spoke about her new young adult trilogy The Outliers on May 20, 2016.

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Cancelled: Author Leslie Kerr on Aviation Pioneer Harriet Quimby

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Honor National Aviation Day and hear Westport writer Leslie Kerr discuss her book Harriet Quimby: Flying Fair Lady. A portion of American Experience's Fly Girl about Harriet Quimby will also be shown. Quimby (1875-1912) was the first female to earn her pilot's license; the first American female to successfully fly the English Channel; the first woman in the United States to attain a driver's license and own her own automobile; the first credited female scriptwriter for D.W. Griffith's Biography Studios; the first to design flight attire for women (still the prototype today); the first official brandspokesperson for an American advertising campaign; the first female to use a camera and capture photos of the over 250 stories she filed from around the world for Leslie's Illustrated Weekly.

Leslie Kerr has been a writer and editor for over twenty-five years and has led numerous writing workshops across the country and abroad. She is the owner of LKB Associates, an editorial consulting firm in Westport, Connecticut.

McManus Room

Author Lauren Belfer on Her New Novel, "And After the Fire"

May 12, 2016
Lauren Belfer

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Belfer spoke about her new historical fiction And After the Fire on May 12, 2016. She was introduced by Sybil Steinberg, Publisher's Weekly contributing editor.

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Internationally Bestselling Author Charlotte Rogan on Her New Book, "Now and Again"

May 3, 2016
"Now and Again"

Westport author Charlotte Rogan discusses her new book, Now and Again on May 3, 2016.

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Mystery Author Con Lehane

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Note: Correct time for talk is 1 pm.
Mystery writer Con Lehane discusses the first book of his new series, Murder at the 42nd Street Library. The book introduces librarian and reluctant sleuth Raymond Ambler, a doggedly curious fellow who uncovers murderous secrets hidden behind the majestic marble façade of New York City’s landmark 42nd Street Library. Murder at the 42nd Street Library follows Ambler and his partners in crime-solving as they track down a killer, shining a light on the dark deeds and secret relationships that are hidden deep inside the famous flagship building at the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

"Lehane awards his previous detective, bartender Brian McNulty (Death at the Old Hotel, 2007, etc.), a cameo but focuses on the complicated Ray, who looks like a promising newcomer in the talented-amateur ranks." —Kirkus starred review

"In addition to being a stimulating tale of competition and connivance, Murder at the 42nd Street Library is also an unabashed love letter to Manhattan, past and present."—Kirkus article and author interview on this new book.

"This provocative story features a cast of characters that are well fleshed out, completely fallible and very human. And Lehane sure can write a villain—there are plenty of people you can love to hate in this book, from the arrogant researcher and his cheating wife to the abusive caretaker of the fragile woman down the street. Ambler himself is a shrewd character who immediately brings to mind the phrase 'still waters run deep.' Murder at the 42nd Street Library is altogether an intriguing tale of jealousy and revenge, peppered with colorful characters and a shocking conclusion." —Crimespree

Con Lehane has been a union organizer and a college professor, and was, for more than a decade, a bartender. After spending most of his life in and around New York City, he now works as a labor journalist and lives in a Washington, D.C., suburb with his wife and two sons. He writes the Bartender Brian McNulty Mystery series, including the novels Beware the Solitary Drinker and What Goes Around Comes Around.

Author photo credit Paddy Lehane.

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NYT Bestselling Author Helen Simonson in Conversation with Sybil Steinberg on Her New Book, "The Summer Before the War"

April 12, 2016
Helen Simonson & Sybil Steinberg

Helen Simonson discussed her National Bestselling novel The Summer Before the War with Sybil Steinberg, Publisher's Weekly contributing editor on April 12, 2016. 

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Science Journalist Claudia Kalb on "Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities"

April 3, 2016
Claudia Kalb

Health and science journalist Claudia Kalb gave fascinating insight into the maladies that plagued some of history’s most celebrated icons from her new book Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities on April 3, 2016.

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Author Helen Macdonald on "H is for Hawk"

March 23, 2016
Helen Macdonald

Author Helen Macdonald discussed H is for Hawk, a New York Times bestseller on March 23, 2016.

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