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Author Kenneth Slawenski in Conversation with Sybil Steinberg on SALINGER: A LIFE

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Salinger coverIn a conversation with Westporter Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publishers Weekly, Kenneth Slawenski discusses his biography Salinger: A Life. This sensitive portrait of Salinger the writer, looks not only at Salinger's most famous works, but also finds insights in places like rejection letters and biographical statements. Not surprisingly, Salinger's life, and especially his service in World War II, provided much of the raw material for his stories. But Slawenski does much more than compare Salinger's biography to his literary output: he also shows how compromises, conflicts, and editorial intrigues shaped Salinger's works, even when he was at the peak of his career. Salinger: A Life seeks only to explain Salinger as most of us knew him, through his writing.  

“Energetic and magnificently researched”—a book from which “a true picture of Salinger emerges"—Peter Ackroyd, The Times of London

Slawenski is a world-renowned expert on Salinger. He has run the Dead Caulfields website for more than 10 years, widely thought of as the most authoritative Salinger site. He has devoted the last seven years to researching and writing the book.

NY Times Book Review Sunday, Feb. 13.

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Authors at the Library: Cameron Stracher

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Water Wars coverLocal author Cameron Stracher discusses his new young adult novel The Water Wars, a dystopian story set in a country that has collapsed from an environmental catastrophe, where water is hoarded, rivers are dammed, and greedy corporations control it all.

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Author Stephen Battaglio

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David Susskind coverAuthor Stephen Battaglio, veteran media journalist   and business editor for TV Guide, discusses his biography, David Susskind: A Televised Life, of producer and talk show host David Susskind, who helped define the television industry from the 1950s through the 1970s with such shows as "East Side/West Side" and "N.Y.P.D." a maverick television producer and talk show host. "Battaglio views Susskind as a "fiery life force," and he has succeeded in capturing that spirit throughout this detailed, authoritative biography, written with an emotional edge." — starred review in Publisher's Weekly

Thank you to Susan Tane for her support of this program.

Sunday New York Times Book Review
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WestportREADS: Tom Piazza — Every place has its history

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Tom PiazzaWhat is it about New Orleans that makes it more than just the sum of the events that have happened there? What is it about the spirit of the people who live there that could produce a music, a cuisine, an architecture, a total environment? Award-winning author and New Orleans resident Tom Piazza illuminates the culture and uncertain future of this great  American city.

Piazza is the author of nine books, including the novel City Of Refuge, which won the 2008 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, and the post-Katrina classic Why New Orleans Matters. His other books include the Faulkner Society Award-winning novel My Cold War, and the short-story collection Blues and Trouble, which won the James Michener Award for Fiction. A collection of his nonfiction pieces, entitled Devil Sent The Rain, will be published by HarperPerennial in the fall of 2011.

No less a literary critic than Bob Dylan has said, "Tom Piazza's writing pulsates with nervous electrical tension – reveals the emotions that we can't define." A well known writer on American music as well, Tom won a 2004 Grammy Award for his album notes to "Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey" and is a three-time winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Music Writing. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Bookforum, The Oxford American, Columbia Journalism Review, and many other periodicals. He is currently a writer for the HBO series "Treme," set in post-Katrina New Orleans, and is at work on a new novel. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he lives in New Orleans.

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Thanks to Joanne Woodward and the Brian and Leslie Gold family for their support of WestportREADS.

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Jared Duval: authors at the library

December 6, 2010
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Jared Duval, author and social organizer drew on the lessons of open source technology for his call to action which he spoke about in his book Next Generation Democracy: What the Open Source Revolution Means for Power, Politics, and Change, on Monday, December 6, 2010. 

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David L. Meth: authors at the library

November 22, 2010
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 David L. Meth, Westporter and award-winning playwright, discussed his book A Hint of Light, the story of a black-Korean Amerasian boy orphaned to the streets of Seoul from the time he is born, on Monday November 22, 2010.  

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Nancy Pearl: authors at the library

November 13, 2010
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Nancy Pearl, librarian, best-selling author, and literary critic, speaks on the latest in her Book Lust series, Book Lust To Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers, on 120 places, including imaginary ones, to read about before you go, on Saturday, November 13, 2010. 

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Steven Kotler: author at the Library

November 9, 2010

Steven Kotler, author, journalist, and co-founder of the Rancho de Chihuahua dog sanctuary, discussed his book, A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life, a look at the culture of dog rescue, on Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

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Authors at the Library: Bob and Ellen Kaplan

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Authors Bob and Ellen Kaplan tell the untold history of the most famous relation in mathematics and what it illustrates about the nature of human reasoning in Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theorem. A squared plus b squared equals c squared. It sounds simple, doesn't it? Yet this familiar expression is a gateway into the garden of mathematics, and starts an exploration in the company of these two acclaimed authors. They trace the life of the Pythagorean theorem, from ancient Babylon to the present, visiting along the way Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, President James Garfield, and the Freemasons—not to mention the elusive Pythagoras himself, who almost certainly did not make the statement that bears his name.

The Kaplans have taught mathematics to people from six to sixty, at leading independent schools and most recently at Harvard University. Robert Kaplan is the author of the best-selling The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero, which has been translated into 10 languages, and together they wrote The Art of the Infinite. Ellen Kaplan is also co-author of Chances Are: Adventures in Probability and Bozo Sapiens: Why to Err is Human, co-written with her son Michael Kaplan.

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Author Deb Olin Unferth

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Deb Olin Unferth offers a new twist on the coming-of-age memoir in Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War. This captivating story of the Deb Olin Unferth photoyear she ran away from college to follow her Christian boyfriend into the war zones of Nicaragua to join the Sandinistas. "This is a very funny, excoriatingly honest story of being young, semi-idealistic, stupid and in love. If you have ever been any of these things, you'll devour it."—Dave Eggers

Sunday New York Times Book Review

Unferth is the author of the story collection Minor Robberies and the novel Vacation, winner of the 2009 Cabell First Novelist Award and a New York Times Book Review Critics' Choice. She teaches at Wesleyan University.

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