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Author Caissie St. Onge on a Slightly Nerdy Teen Vampire

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Jane Jones coverLocal author Caissie St. Onge discusses her new young adult novel Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever., about the tribulations of a slightly nerdy 100-yr-old teen vampire with a unique problem: she’s blood intolerant.

St. Onge is an Emmy-nominated comedy writer who's worked for The Late Show with David Letterman, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and VH1's Best Week Ever, as well as a bunch of shows you probably haven't heard of (but that's okay). Caissie's written lots of other stuff, too, including commercials for soap, ice cream, and cell phones that starred some bigshot Hollywood celebrities, plus an infomercial for collectible coins that starred a prominent Pennsylvania numismatist. (But enough bragging.)

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The Rockefellers: Philanthropic Legends

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America's Medicis coverFrom literary polymath Suzanne Loebl (the author of ten books, most recently the acclaimed America’s Art Museums) comes an exploration into the philanthropic and cultural legacy of one of America’sSuzanne Loebl wealthiest and most influential families, America's Medicis: The Rockefellers and Their Astonishing Cultural Legacy. Fueled by John D. Rockefeller’s vast petroleum fortune, the entire family’s terrific passion for the arts transformed the artistic infrastructure of twentieth century America. Funding museums and commissioning major architectural projects, the Rockefellers’ achievements forever changed the cultural landscape of the Western world. Loebl’s penetrating biography is the first book to deeply explore the family’s critical role as collectors and patrons of the arts.

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Literary Mystery, Domestic Drama, Psychological Examination

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Pictures-of-You.jpgCaroline Leavitt talks about her newest book, Pictures of You, a mix of a literary mystery and the story of two women, both running away, whose fates intertwine forever. “A magically written, heartbreakingly honest snapshot of the people we leave behind and those we can’t let go. Caroline Leavitt is one of those fabulous, incisive writers you read and then ask yourself, Where has she been all my life?”—Jodi Picoult

Leavitt is the award-winning author of eight novels. Her essays and stories have been included in New York magazine, Psychology Today, More, Parenting, Redbook, and Salon. She’s a columnist for the Boston Globe, a book reviewer for People, and a writing instructor at UCLA online. Books will be available for purchase and signing. A percentage of all purchases will benefit the Library.

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Cancelled: Poet Ann Holmes

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Program cancelled and to be reschduled. Watch website for details.

Join poet Ann Holmes when she read from her poetry. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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Authors Bob and Ellen Kaplan

February 27, 2011
Bob and Ellen Kaplan

Bob and Ellen Kaplan, authors of Hidden Harmonies: The Lives and Times of the Pythagorean Theoremtalked about the history of the most famous relation in mathematics, education in mathematics, and problem solving in math, on February 27, 2011.

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Indigo: a Precious Dye with an Ancient Heritage

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Indigo coverFor almost five millennia, in every culture and in every major religion, indigo — a blue pigment obtained from the small green leaf of a parasitic shrub through a complex process that even scientists still regard as mysterious — has been at the center of turbulent human encounters.Catherine McKinley

In Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World, Catherine McKinley tells the story of this precious dye and its ancient heritage: its relationship to slavery as the "hidden half" of the transatlantic slave trade, its profound influence on fashion, and its spiritual significance, which is little recognized but no less alive today. It is an untold story, brimming with rich, electrifying tales of those who shaped the course of colonial history and a world economy.

But Indigo is also the story of a personal quest: McKinley is the descendant of a clan of Scots who wore indigo tartan as their virile armor; the kin of several generations of Jewish "rag traders"; the maternal granddaughter of a Massachusetts textile factory owner; and the paternal granddaughter of African slaves-her ancestors were traded along the same Saharan routes as indigo, where a length of blue cotton could purchase human life. McKinley's journey in search of beauty and her own history ultimately leads her to a new and satisfying path, to finally "taste life."

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

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The Power of Relationship

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Dr. Pilar Jennings, former Westporter, writer, and healing practitioner, melds her background in psychoanalytically-oriented therapy and Buddhist meditation into her approach to psychologicalDr. Pilar Jennings healing. In her book Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism, she explores both traditions, shedding light on how these contrasting approaches to wellness affect our most intimate relationships.

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Take-a-Break: Author Stephanie Dolgoff

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Formerly Hot coverStephanie Dolgoff's My Formerly Hot Life delves into the issues and challenges familiar to every woman who’s crossing into “just the other side of young.”  Stephanie DolgoffEntertaining and inspiring, Dolgoff describes trials, tribulations, and challenges every modern career woman, especially if she’s a working urban mom, faces on the way to her forties in a society that worships youth.

Coffee at 9:30 am. 

Dolgoff writes for many magazines, including Self, Health and Parenting, and blogs for More.com, as well as her own popular blog Formerlyhot.com. She has been a contributing editor at Real Simple and editor-at-large at Parenting, the features director at Self, and the executive editor at Glamour. Among other publications, she’s written for The New York Times, the New York Post, O: The Oprah Magazine, Fitness, Parents, Redbook, and Ladies’ Home Journal.

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Author Michael Fazio

February 14, 2011
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Michael Fazio, the ultimate behind-the-scenes support man, revealed insider knowledge on how to get access to the unattainable, and the madness that goes into getting the rich and famous what they want, and spoke about his book Concierge Confidential, on February 14, 2011.

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Author Kenneth Slawenski

February 13, 2011
Kenneth Slawenski in conversation with Sybil Steinberg

Kenneth Slawenski discussed his biography Salinger: A Life in a conversation with Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publishers Weekly, on Sunday, Feburary 13, 2011.

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