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WestportREADS 2018: Discuss "Regeneration" at Barnes & Noble

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miracle at st. annaJoin facilitator Kelle Ruden and Barnes & Noble for a discussion of Regeneration by Pat Barker. This work of historical fiction that follows the experiences of soldiers during World War I. Read the book and join programs related to the book throughout the month of January & Februrary as we explore themes of healing and perseverance on the centenary of the end of WWI. 

Location & community partner: Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East 

Regneration is the first novel in Pat Barker's acclaimed WWI trilogy, which continues with The Eye in the Door and culminates in the 1995 Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road. In 1917 Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified “mentally unsound” and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon’s “sanity” and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man’s mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim.

"Dramatic, moving, brilliantly harrowning ... a novel that makes the madness of war more than a metaphor."—The New York Times Book Review

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2018: Support Our Troops

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As part of WestportREADS, members of the community are invited to write letters to servicemen and women to let them know they are remembered and connected to the community back home. To further support that connection, the Library will also be collecting gift cards (Visa, Mastercard or American Express, not store-specific cards) in any denomination to provide WiFi and satellite phone access for deployed troops to keep in contact with loved ones. The cards will be to be sent to the nonprofit organization Support Our Troops which provides millions of dollars’ worth of care goods and services including family assistance, kid’s camp assistance, positive public support and more at hundreds of locations around the globe. 

There will be a letter writing station in the Great Hall and the Creation Station in the Smilow Family Children's Library. Both the completed letters and gifts cards may be given to any of the service desks (reference, main circulation or children's library.)

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2018 & The Usual Suspects Mystery Book Discussion: Greenmantle

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Facilitator Kelle Ruden leads a discussion of Greenmantle by John Buchan. Set during WWI, Richard Hannay, hero of The Thirty-Nine Steps, travels across war-torn Europe in search of a German plot and an Islamic Messiah. He is joined by three more of Buchan's heroes: Peter Pienaar, the old Boer Scout; John S. Blenkiron, the American determined to fight the Kaiser; and Sandy Arbuthnot, Greenmantle himself, modelled on Lawrence of Arabia. The intrepid four move in disguise through Germany to Constantinople and the Russian border toface their enemies: the grotesque Stumm and the evil beauty of Hilda von Einem.

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

WestportREADS 2018 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2018: Veteran Benefits

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Anne James, Veterans Administration Service Officer, talks about benefits available to veterans and how to apply for them. She will cover areas such as:

  • Collecting and preparing data relating to benefits and services for Veterans, their spouses and eligible dependents.
  • Canvassing nursing homes to determine if veterans and/or spouses are due benefits.
  • Assisting in the establishment, preparation and presentation of claims pursuant to rights, benefits or privileges accruing to veterans.
  • Cooperating with service organizations in disseminating information.
  • Furnishing counsel to veterans concerning educational training, health, medical, rehabilitation, housing facilities and services, and employment services.
  • Representing veterans before the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) concerning claims and benefits.

More information on the VA site

WestportREADS 2018 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2018 Film: "Community & Country: A Spirit of Service"

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In recognition of Veterans Day, the Westport Library, in partnership with the Westport Historical Society, present a film featuring some of Westport military veterans and their stories. Created by Westport filmmaker Jarret Liotta, Community & Country: A Spirit of Service includes interviews with more than 20 local veterans sharing insights into their personal experiences as a part of something that changed their lives forever. This film is dedicated to our friend Bob Satter, WWII veteran and film interviewee.

Listen to Ebong Udoma's interview with Jarret Liotta on Westport war veterans.

Community partner: Westport Historical Society

WestportREADS 2018 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

A Westport native, Jarret Liotta works professionally as a photographer, writer and video producer. He is currently in post-production on a full-length narrative film he wrote & directed called Home Movie, which was shot entirely in Westport and is due to be completed in early 2018.
Dan Woog's 06880 article on Jarret.

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WestportREADS 2018: West Point Glee Club with Music of WWI

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The West Point Glee Club, one of the U.S. Military Academy’s most visible cadet organizations, performs music and writings from WWI. For over one hundred years, its members have touched audiences around the world with a model depiction of the Corps of Cadets through live performance in the nation’s finest concert halls, national network and feature film appearances, and recordings. The Glee Club enhances life at West Point through its traditional ceremonial duties and represents West Point and the U.S. Army at official events.

Community partner and venue: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Under the direction of Constance Chase, the Glee Club’s recent seasons included the Kennedy Center special Taking the Stage, aired on ABC, in which they appeared with Tom Hanks, GEN Colin Powell and six living original Tuskegee Airmen, and the Carnegie Hall premiere of Jake Runestad’s Dreams of the Fallen. The Glee Club travels throughout the United States appearing at venues as diverse as Lincoln Center, Tanglewood Music Center, Library of Congress, Kansas City’s Kauffman Center, New York Public Library, Grand Ole Opry, Madison Square Garden and Soldier Field. The Glee Club has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Boston Pops, New York Pops, U.S. Marine Band ”The President’s Own,” and Opera Orchestra of New York. The group has recorded with country artist Trace Adkins, also appearing with him on the CBS ACM Awards national broadcast, with crossover pianist Marina Arsenijivec in a PBS special “Marina at West Point: Unity through Diversity,” and with Tony-award winner Lea Salonga in the DVD “Stand Ye Steady.” 

Since 2010, the accompanist has been Andrea Shaut. More on Andrea...

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

West Point Glee Club Director Constance Chase has conducted the renowned college choir in the nation’s finest concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has directed the Glee Club in national concert tours and many recordings, including closing credits for We Were Soldiers (Paramount), Stand Ye Steady (Curtain Call) with Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, Marina at West Point: Unity through Diversity (PBS) with cross-over pianist Marina Arsenijivec, ‘Til the Last Shot’s Fired (Capitol) with country artist Trace Adkins, which they performed live with Mr. Adkins at the 2009 ACM Awards Show, and the CDs “Voice of the Corps” and “Live at Notre Dame.” Under her preparation, the Glee Club garnered  New York Times’ critical praise for its “robust and well-prepared singing” in a 2008 Carnegie Hall performance with Opera Orchestra of New York, Eve Queler, Director, of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride. Recent guest conductor appearances include Symphony of the Americas and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Artistic Director of Connecticut Chamber Choir since 2008, Ms. Chase conducted CCC’s 2016 U.S. premiere of Donald Fraser’s stunning new arrangement for chamber choir and string orchestra of Elgar’s Sea Pictures, its2011 New York City debut at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 2015 appearance at the inaugural ChoralfestUSA at Symphony Space, and biannual performances of major works including J.S. Bach Magnificat, Haydn Paukenmesse and Lord Nelson Mass, Fauré and Duruflé Requiems, Bernstein MASS, chamber works spanning the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries, and most recently, Illumination: Early Cantatas of J.S. Bach with the period instrument consort, The Sebastians. Ms. Chase is an adjunct professor in applied voice at Western Connecticut State University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. A lyric soprano and accomplished soloist in recital and chamber works, Ms. Chase has performed as a choral artist under the batons of Gerard Schwarz, Louis Langree, Nicholas McGegan, and Jane Glover. She presents workshops on the voice regionally and across the country for ACDA and NATS. Ms. Chase earned the B.M., magna cum laude, from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Zertifikat from Goethe Institut, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, and M.A. in Voice Performance from Hunter College-City University of New York where she was awarded the Agnes Duffy Prize. She is co-author with the late Shirlee Emmons of Prescriptions for Choral Excellence, Oxford University Press (2006).

Andrea Shaut is a prominent musician in the Hudson Valley music scene. Since graduating with a Music Performance degree from Ithaca College and moving to Kingston NY, she has established a demanding and diverse schedule of musical performances and a private teaching studio with students of all ages/levels.

Andrea has been accompanist for the prestigious West Point Military Academy Glee Club since 2010. With this talented choir, she has had the opportunity to perform across the country at renowned theater venues, hospitals, stadiums, and schools. A few noted performances include Louisiana Governor’s Inauguration, an NFL-sponsored Super Bowl party opening for Blake Shelton & Jon Stewart, performing with Trace Adkins at The Grand Ole Opry, a recording session at the world famous Skywalker Sound in California, and performances at George Washington University, Ellis Island, Tiger Woods Nike Theater in Portland Oregon, and West Point’s own Eisenhower Hall. Other accompanying highlights have been performing Carmina Burana with Ars Choralis at Opus 40, traveling abroad (Hungary, Italy, Austria) with the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale, accompanying musicians at Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, and collaborating with many professional musicians for concert recitals. Andrea also enjoys accompanying and coaching young musicians for competitions and recitals, as well as for local school choirs.
Andrea founded the Hudson Valley Recital Project, a recital series featuring professional and student musicians, with the mission to strengthen community and education through music. Recitals are held every two months and feature Andrea as director and accompanist. Each event is a themed evening with music, dance, art, food, drink. Past events have included Journey Through the Senses, An Italian Dinner Show, and Women in Music.
As a concert pianist, Andrea has performed as soloist with SUNY Ulster Wind Ensemble and regularly performs solo recitals and as a guest artist/speaker. In 2014, she released her debut CD, Simple Beauty, a collection of solo piano music dedicated to the memory of her grandmother. Other regular groups are The Father/Daughter duo, The Shaut Three-O, and new solo projects – Raggedy Andi and Classical TeaTime. Andrea is also on the Adjunct Faculty at SUNY Ulster, where she teaches piano.
 

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WestportREADS 2018: “Johnnie Get Your Gun”: American Artists Respond to World War I

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James Montgomery Flagg,"I Want You For U.S. Army," 1917, Poster, 29 x 39 ¾ in., New-York Historical Society

In this collaboration with the Westport Historical Society and WestportREADS, Robin Jaffee Frank will explore American artists’ responses to World War I. It remains a stark example of how far modern civilization can descend into violence. By the time the United States finally entered the conflict, Americans were acutely aware of the unprecedented casualty rates. Yet poster propaganda cajoled “I Want You,” and Norman Rockwell’s Life magazine cover reassuringly depicted happy doughboys singing George M. Cohan’s popular song “Over There.” More...

Please call (203) 222-1424 to reserve your seats; reservations are suggested. A program fee of $10 will be taken at the door. Light refreshments will be served. 

Note location: Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport, CT

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Famous and lesser-known American artists of all generations, aesthetic styles, regions, and political points of view developed imagery to express ideas about the imperiled world in which they lived.Soon after the war began, wealthy sculptor and art patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney established a hospital for Allied soldiers; she also created sculptures that captured her patients’ anguish. While modernist Charles Burchfield waited to be drafted, the war haunted his art. While visiting her younger brother at a military training camp, Georgia O’Keeffe came up with the idea for a watercolor of a floating “dark red flag—trembling in the wind like my lips when I’m about to cry.” Italian immigrant Salvator Cillis’s illustrated letters illuminate his experience fighting in the Argonne, the deadliest battle in US military history. Columbia University art professor Claggett Wilson, who volunteered for the Marine Corps, recorded his experiences in hallucinatory watercolors.

At a time when the American armed forces were segregated, Horace Pippin, who fought with the Harlem Hellfighters, suffered combat injuries and made paintings as a means of physical rehabilitation and spiritual expression. Pippin recounted, “I can never forget suffering . . . so I came home with all of it in my mind and I paint from it today.” American expatriate artist John Singer Sargent toured the western front under the auspices of the British Ministry of Information. His monumental masterpiece Gassed pictures rows of British soldiers blinded by mustard gas. Susan Macdowell Eakins painted an empathetic portrait of a French artist who was blinded at the Battle of Artois. During the war, legendary photographer Edward Steichen served as chief of the photographic section of the American Expeditionary Forces and took pictures of bombs being dropped from planes; in the war’s aftermath, he suffered from depression. After the war, John Steuart Curry—who lived for a time in Westport—portrayed the ceremonial reburial of the remains of his high school friend, and also painted powerful anti-war statements in the 1930s on the brink of World War II.

Robin Jaffee Frank, who organized the exhibition World War I Beyond the Trenches at the New-York Historical Society, will discuss works of art that reflect the prolonged grief and creative attempts at healing by mourners and veterans. On this centennial of our nation’s entry into the “forgotten war,” we can choose to remember our collective history through the eyes of artists. Please call (203) 222-1424 to reserve your seats; reservations are suggested. A program fee of $10 will be taken at the door. Light refreshments will be served.

Robin Jaffee Frank, Ph.D., has organized exhibitions, lectured, and published widely on American visual culture from the colonial through contemporary periods. She organized World War I Beyond the Trenches at the New-York Historical Society, on view from May through September 2017. From 2011 to 2016, Robin was Chief Curator of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, where she oversaw an encyclopedic collection of 50,000 objects, and led the curatorial team through the museum’s major renovation and reinstallation. Simultaneously Robin organized the acclaimed exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008 and authored the accompanying award-winning book published by Yale University Press. Currently a version of her exhibition is traveling across the country through the On-the-Road program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Prior to working at the Wadsworth, Robin was a curator at the Yale University Art Gallery, where she collaborated on the renovation and reinstallation of the American galleries and co-organized the traveling exhibition Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery. Among her many other exhibition catalogues are Love and Loss: American Portrait and Mourning Miniatures and Charles Demuth Poster Portraits: 1923–1929. Robin holds a Ph.D in the History of Art from Yale University. 

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WestportREADS 2018: “On the Front”: Veterans Reflections on WWI

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A panel of veterans willreflect on their own experiences of war and how the “great war” altered their world. In this collaboration with WestportREADS, the Westport Historical Society will moderate an open dialogue about war and the impacts on the daily lives of people dealing with the aftermath of the World War I, as well as the building tension of World War II. Veterans from various backgrounds will discuss their experiences and their thoughts on the conflicts that still arise today. More...

Note location: Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport, CT

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WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2018 Family Program: Create Your Own "Dazzle Ship"

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As part of Westport reads , families are invited to design their own Dazzle Ship to take home. Learn about this extraordinary and little-known military tactic. Dazzle Ships by Chris Barton is one of the companion books chosen for WestportREADS 2018 and is a picture book of the dazzling way that British and American ships were painted in WWI to decive the German U-boat crews. Reserve a copy of Dazzle Ships.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2018: Author Andrew Carroll on "My Fellow Soldiers"

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Writer Andrew Carroll will discuss his most recent book, My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War. The book draws on a rich trove of both little-known and newly uncovered letters and diaries to create a vivid and moving account of the American experience in World War I, with General John Pershing featured prominently in the foreground.

Andrew is also the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including Letters of a NationWar Letters and Behind the Lines. He is featured in the critically acclaimed PBS film on World War I, called "The Great War.” He serves as the director of the Center for American War Letters.

Andrew has also been a contributing editor to numerous publications, including the New Yorker, TIME, AARP’s Bulletin and  magazine, and his op-eds and articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, American History magazine, USA Today, the Washington Post, Details, and National Geographic. He also authored the play, “If All the Sky Were Paper,” toured the United States in 2013 and was recently performed at the Kennedy Center. The play is based on Andrew’s worldwide search for the most extraordinary war letters ever written.

On Veterans Day 1998, Andrew Carroll founded a national initiative that honors veterans and active-duty troops by preserving their wartime correspondence. Over the past two decades, Americans have shared with Andrew an estimated 100,000 previously unpublished letters (and emails) from every war in U.S. history. The Legacy Project has been re-named “The Center for American War Letters,” and is now part of Chapman University. The Center’s mission is to continue collecting, preserving, cataloging, and digitizing, and promoting war-related correspondences. 

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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