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Dr Claude Steele on Stereotyping

January 19, 2011
Dr. Claude Steele

Dr. Claude Steele, social psychology professor and Provost of Columbia University, discussed his groundbreaking findings on stereotypes and identity, on January 19, 2011. This program was a part of WestportREADS and was co-sponsored with TEAM Westport.

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Author and Dancer Jacques d'Amboise

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Jacques d'AmboiseClassical ballet dancer, former principal with the New York City Ballet, and choreographer Jacques d’Amboise discusses his memoir I Was a Dancer, an extraordinary story of his life in dance and of America’s most renowned and admired dance companies.

Leonard Lopate interview on March 7, 2011.

Sunday, New York Times Book Review, March 6, 2011.

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RESCHEDULED to May 16 at 7:30 pm: International Thriller Set in Westport

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King of Hearts coverWestport author, television producer, and journalist Tom Seligson discusses his newest international thriller, King of Hearts, set in Westport, or Soundview as it called in the book. Based on two still unresolved mysteries from the Iraq War, a homicide leads to the investigation and pursuit of the world’s most wanted man, one of the biggest bank robberies in history, and an international conspiracy ranging from the streets of Baghdad to the back rooms of our nation’s capitol.

Dan Woog's blog on the book.

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Dr. James Hansen on Climate Change

January 5, 2011
Dr. James Hansen

Dr. James Hansen discussed climate change and his book, Storms of My Grandchildren, a comprehensible, realistic, and courageous call to prevent climate change, as a part of WestportREADS on January 5, 2011.

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WestportREADS: A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew — Three women search for understanding

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Join Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner, authors and founders of The Faith Club, as they weave their story, their three religions, and their quest to understand one another. The book reveals the authors deepest beliefs, and the blossoming of a profound interfaith friendship, and the birth of a new way of relating to others.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. A percentage of all purchases will benefit the Library.

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

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An Evening with Two Award-winning Authors/Illustrators: Maira Kalman and Rick Meyerowitz

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New Yoristan Maira Kalman and Rick Meyerowitz, artists who write books, discuss their art.

Kalman, an illustrator, author, artist, and designer, has authored a series of children's books about Max Stravinsky, the poet-dog, done covers for The New Yorker, illustrated for the 2005 edition of the popular guide to writing style, The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White, and writes illustrated blogs for The New York Times.

Meyerowitz has done illustrations for advertising agencies and magazines, contributed illustrated articles for National Lampoon Magazine, painted the poster for the movie Animal House, and created the Lampoon’s trademark visual The Mona Gorilla. He is the author and artist of several humorous books, illustrated children’s videos, and has a new book, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead on the story of the National Lampoon magazine.

Rick and Maira created The New Yorker cover “New Yorkistan,”  above, for December 10, 2001, on which The New York Times commented “when their cover came out, a dark cloud seemed to lift.”

TED.com lecture by Kalman on her career in illustration.

Library program on 3/23/11 on TED.com.

Co-sponsored with Write Yourself Free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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
msnbc video interview

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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.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Library. 

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

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