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PageTurners Book Discussion: Circling the Sun

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman—Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa. Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain’s powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit.

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

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PageTurners Book Discussion: The Red Notebook

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain. Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There's nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there's all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

Sheffer Reading Room
Book Groups

PageTurners Book Discussion: The Red Notebook

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain. Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There's nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there's all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

Sheffer Reading Room
Book Groups

Best New Books from Sybil Steinberg

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Sybil Steinberg

Westporter Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publishers Weekly, returns with her ever-popular talk on the best new reads. Get ready for your fall and winter reading with this critic’s expert overview of newly-published titles that are not to be missed.

Prior "Sybil's List of Best New Books."

McManus Room
Talks & Readings

PageTurners Book Discussion: Pride and Prejudice

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As a part of of a year of reading Jane Austen, join PageTurners for a discussion of Pride and Prejudice. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships,gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life. Though Austen set the story at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of "most loved books." It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes.

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. 

Information on more Library book groups.

Sheffer Reading Room
Book Groups

PageTurners Book Discussion: Pride and Prejudice

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As a part of of a year of reading Jane Austen, join PageTurners for a discussion of Pride and Prejudice. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships,gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life. Though Austen set the story at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of "most loved books." It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes.

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. 

Information on more Library book groups.

Sheffer Reading Room
Book Groups

Summer Reading Programs for All Ages

May 18, 2016


The Westport Library announces Summer Reading programs for all ages beginning Memorial Day weekend and continuing through Labor Day weekend. This year, participants can sign up using a new online reading program called Beanstack, which offers reading recommendations and book logging. A special Summer Reading Book Fair will be held on Saturday, June 11, at Barnes & Noble in Westport. Library staff will be available to recommend books and provide materials for making bookmarks. Meet authors including Karlin Gray, Nora Baskin, Michaela MacColl and Kara Thomas. A portion of the day’s sales will benefit the Library’s summer reading programs.

The programs are divided into the following groups:

Pre-readers: This youngest group can join a special club, get a journal and a prize. Sign up through Beanstack here.

Independent Readers: The Summer Reading theme this year is “On Your Mark, Get Set … READ!” Register in person at the Smilow Family Children’s Library (or on Beanstack) and drop by to pick up prizes and make a decoration for every five books read. The “On-Your-Mark Challenge” begins Friday, June 24. Sign up through Beanstack here.

Middle and High School Students: Every five books read will earn students one entry into a drawing for the following prizes: a sculpting class with sculptor Chris Crowe for the winner and four friends, a VIP gaming experience for the winner and four friends, VIP access to the Harry Potter Party July 30, all-day MakerSpace 3D printing and a free ticket to the all-night Maker Madness in March of 2017. Sign up through Beanstack here.

Summer Reading for Adults: New this year—sign up on Beanstack. Look for special incentive gifts and prize drawings throughout the summer. Guide for details on adult summer reading, including book list recommendations.

• Cocktails for Book Lovers, Tuesday, May 31, 6 pm, Rive Bistro in Westport. Kick start the summer reading season with Tessa Smith McGovern, co-founder of Fairfield County Writers’ Studio, host of Book Girl TV and author of Book Girl’s Guide to Cocktails for Book Lovers and London Road: Linked Stories. Join this special cocktail mixer featuring light refreshments served along with a reading from McGovern’s book London Road. Cash bar. Register online. Sponsor: Rive Bistro.

• Sybil Steinberg's New Book Picks for Summer Reading, Friday, June 3, noon, McManus Room. Get ready for summer reading as Westporter Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publishers Weekly, returns with her ever-popular talk on the best new books.

• How to Read Like a Writer, Tuesday, June 7, 7 pm, McManus Room. Award-winning writer and teacher Sally Allen, PhD., will lead a workshop designed for writers or anyone interested in exploring how language and structure shape ideas. Participants will look at both sentence-level and larger structural issues, including how story arc, character development, tension, and point of view work together to explore a book’s themes and ideas. Allen is the author of Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers, which weaves personal stories
 


History Book Discussion: "Washington: A Life"

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Amateur historian and Westporter J. Bruce McGuirk leads a discussion of Ron Chernow’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of George Washington, Washington: A Life. Ron Chernow was this year's BOOKED for the evening honoree.

Based on massive research, Chernow shatters forever the stereotype of George Washington as a stolid, unemotional figure and brings to vivid life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods. Booklist starred review says, "With so much that can be said—and said positively—about this magisterial biography, it is difficult not to write a review as long as the book itself. ... Our first president is thought of as more marble statue than living, hurting, loving human; however, Chernow’s Washington stands not in the opposite corner as hot-blooded and animated. Washington spent a lifetime practicing control of his passions and emotions; his innate virtues, undenied and even celebrated here, were sharpened and focused by the man’s suppression of a natural volatility. “His gift of silence” and of “inspired simplicity,” as the author so aptly terms Washington’s strongest suits, supported his consequent leadership as general and as president."

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.

Weeks Seminar Room
Book Groups

PageTurners Book Discussion: American Dervish

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar, the story of a young Pakistani-American boy growing up in the American Midwest and his struggle with his identity and religion. Don Rebar, Associate Director of Marketing for the Westport Country Playhouse, will lead the discussions. In partnership with the Westport Country Playhouse production of The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar.

"A compelling debut with a family drama centered on questions of religious and ethnic identity.... Akhtar, himself a first-generation Pakistani-American from Milwaukee, perfectly balances a moving exploration of the understanding and serenity Islam imparts to an unhappy preteen with an unsparing portrait of fundamentalist bigotry and cruelty.... His well-written, strongly plotted narrative is essentially a conventional tale of family conflict and adolescent angst, strikingly individualized by its Muslim fabric. Hayat's father is in many ways the most complex and intriguing character, but Mina and Nathan achieve a tragic nobility that goes beyond their plot function as instruments of the boy's moral awakening.... Engaging and accessible, thoughtful without being daunting: This may be the novel that brings Muslim-American fiction into the commercial mainstream."―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. 

Information on more Library book groups.

Sheffer Reading Room
Book Groups

PageTurners Book Discussion: American Dervish

Please see full event listing for date.

 

Join PageTurners for a discussion of American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar, the story of a young Pakistani-American boy growing up in the American Midwest and his struggle with his identity and religion. Don Rebar, Associate Director of Marketing for the Westport Country Playhouse, will lead the discussions. In partnership with the Westport Country Playhouse production of The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar.

"A compelling debut with a family drama centered on questions of religious and ethnic identity.... Akhtar, himself a first-generation Pakistani-American from Milwaukee, perfectly balances a moving exploration of the understanding and serenity Islam imparts to an unhappy preteen with an unsparing portrait of fundamentalist bigotry and cruelty.... His well-written, strongly plotted narrative is essentially a conventional tale of family conflict and adolescent angst, strikingly individualized by its Muslim fabric. Hayat's father is in many ways the most complex and intriguing character, but Mina and Nathan achieve a tragic nobility that goes beyond their plot function as instruments of the boy's moral awakening.... Engaging and accessible, thoughtful without being daunting: This may be the novel that brings Muslim-American fiction into the commercial mainstream."―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. 

Information on more Library book groups.

Sheffer Reading Room
Book Groups