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WestportREADS 2016: Black Heroes of D-Day

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forgottenwr buttonPhotographer and journalist Linda Hervieux talks about Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War. The injustices of 1940s Jim Crow America are brought to life in this blend of military and social history—a story that pays tribute to the valor of an all-black battalion whose made crucial contributions at D-Day. In the early hours of June 6, 1944, the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, a unit of African-American soldiers, landed on the beaches of France. Their orders were to man a curtain of armed balloons meant to deter enemy aircraft. One member of the 320th would be nominated for the Medal of Honor, an award he would never receive. The nation’s highest decoration was not given to black soldiers in World War II.

linda hervieuxIn telling the story of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, Linda Hervieux offers an account of the tension between racial politics and national service in wartime America, and a moving narrative of human bravery and perseverance in the face of injustice. 

"Forgotten is an utterly compelling account of the African-Americans who played a crucial and dangerous role in the invasion of Europe. ... The story of their heroic duty is long overdue."—Tom Brokaw, bestselling author of The Greatest Generation

Linda Hervieux is a journalist and photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Daily News, and the Fodor’s Paris guide, among other publications. This is her first book.

 

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WestportREADS 2016: Discuss "Miracle at St. Anna"

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miracle at st. annaWR buttonAs a part of WestportREADS 2016, join TEAM Westport and Barners & Noble to discuss the Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride who turned his extraordinary gift for storytelling to fiction with a tale of courage and redemption inspired by a little-known historic event in Italy toward the end of World War II. McBride is the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Lord Bird, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction. His memoir, The Color of Water, explored his mother's past as well as his own upbringing and topped bestseller lists for more than two years.

Location: Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Rd E, Westport

Community partners: TEAM Westport and Barnes & Noble

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

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

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WestportREADS 2016: Miracles, Signs and Wonder

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wr buttonJoin a panel discussion with members of the Interfaith Clergy as they discuss perceptions, beliefs and the importance of miracles and how they are viewed in different faiths. Participants include: Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn, The Conservative Synagogue; Rabbi Greg Wall, Beit Chaverim Synagogu; Rev. John Morehouse, Unitarian Church; and Rev. Ed Horne, United Methodist Church. Community partner: The Interfaith Clergy Association of Westport /Weston. 

 

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

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POSTPONED: WestportREADS: Partisans During World War II

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Rabbi Philip Lazowski Postponed due to the storm. Check back later for the new date.

Rabbi Philip Lazowski speaks of his experience as who were the jewish partisansa partisan with the Jewish resistance that fought the Nazis during WWII. In 1942, when he was 12, he escaped from the Polish town of Zetl and lived for two years in the woods as a member of a partisan group thwarting the Nazis. The talk will be preceded by the short film, Introduction to the Jewish Partisans.

Community partner: Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation 

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POSTPONED TO JANUARY 30: WestportREADS 2016: Keynote Talk with Author James McBride

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James McBrideDue to the weather forecast, this talk is postponed to January 30, same time and location (6 pm at the Westport Country Playhouse.) All tickets honored on the new date.

National Book Award winner, New York Times bestselling author and musician James McBride discusses his book Miracle at St. Anna, the WestportREADS 2016 book. Set in Italy during WWII and based on true events, it is the story of a six-year-old Italian orphan who befriends a shy, giant Negro soldier of the all-black 92nd Infantry Buffalo Division. The two are joined with three other soldiers and are trapped in an Italian village as the German army closes in. Register online.

Community partner: Westport Country Playhouse

Note location: Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court

James McBride is a renaissance man and a born storyteller. He is the author of The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, a moving narrative about his mother, a white Jewish woman from Poland who married a black man, founded a Baptist church and put 12 children through college.

The Color of Water is an American classic, read in colleges and high schools nationwide. It has sold more than two million copies and spent two years on The New York Times Bestseller List. McBride’s second book, Miracle at St. Anna, is now a Touchstone/Disney film that he wrote the script for and was directed by American film icon Spike Lee. McBride co-wrote the film Red Hook Summer with Lee, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. A coming-of-age story about a young black boy, the film probes issues of race, neighborhood gentrification, impotent police, and the ravaging effects of drugs and gang violence on the African American community, to name a few.

His book, Song Yet Sung, is a national bestseller, the 2009 choice of “One Book/One Maryland” and is being adapted into a miniseries on FX. In his latest novel, The Good Lord Bird, McBride tells the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive. The Good Lord Bird went on to win the National Book Award for Fiction in 2013, a prestigious honor amongst authors, and will be turned into a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith.

McBride’s newest book, Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown, is an authorized biography of James Brown, embarking on a search that leads from America’s South to England to New York. The book is due for release in March 2016, and uncovers the saga of Brown’s childhood, including a never-before-revealed story of Brown’s sharecropper family who were uprooted by America’s largest nuclear bomb-making facility.

A graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia School of Journalism, McBride has written for The Boston Globe, People and The Washington Post. Also an award-winning composer and saxophonist, McBride has penned songs (music and lyrics) for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr. and Gary Burton, as well as for the PBS character “Barney.”

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

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WestportREADS 2016: Saturday Film & Introduction: The Secret of Santa Vittoria

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The Secret of Santa Vittoriawr buttonJoin the Westport Center for Senior Activities for a screening of The Secret of Santa Vittoria. During the closing days of WW2, in an Italian town renowned for its vineyards, the residents discover that the occupying Nazi troops plan to take all their wine. Determined to keep as many bottles as they can, the citizens, led by Mayor Italo Bombolini (Anthony Quinn), hundreds of villagers turn out to work day and night to hide 1 million bottles in an old Roman cave. The film is based on the book written by Robert Crichton, which was number one on the New York Times best seller list in 1966 for more than a year. Robert Crichton's niece, Westporter Maggie Mudd, will introduce the movie, along with Westport professional photographer Lucia Nebel White. For many years, White documented her families' hometown, Anticoli, where the movie was filmed. Her collection was part of an exhibit at Pequot Library in 2012.  (1969, 140 mins.)

Community partner: Westport Center for Senior Activities

Note location: Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave.

The photographer, Lucia Nebel White has many beautiful photographs of that town, which is the home town of her mother. She displayed her photos in 2012 at the Pequot Library. Link for more on her exhibit and background. Her father was Berthold Nebel, a Swiss-born American artist who met his wife while at the American Academy of Rome before WW1. He became a famous sculptor and lived in Westport from 1930 until he died. Lucia lives in the stone studio in which her father created his sculptures, which is located at 175 Roseville Road. Lucia's husband George A. White built many of Westport's finest homes. Link to Lucia Nebel White's book, My Antoceli: Town of Madonnas.

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

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WestportREADS 2016 Movie: A Soldier's Story

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A Soldier's StoryWR buttonVeteran English teacher Dr. Gerry Kuroghlian introduces A Soldier's Story, based on Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. A black Army lawyer is assigned to investigate the murder of an unpopular sergeant at a Southern military base during World War II. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. (1984, 102 mins.)

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Tuesdays in January at 2 pm

1/5: The Tuskegee Airmen (1995, 106 mins.)
1/12: Tea with Mussolini (1999, 117 mins.)
1/19: My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes (2014, 92 mins.)
1/26: A Soldier’s Story (1984, 102 mins.)
 

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

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WestportREADS 2016 Movie: My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes

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My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes  wr buttonIntroduced by veteran English teacher Dr. Gerry Kuroghlian, My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes, a 2014 documentary film, tells the story of the rescue of thousands of Italian Jews during World War II by ordinary and prominent Italians, including the champion cyclist Gino Bartali. (2014, 92 mins.)

wr 2016 movies

Tuesdays in January at 2 pm

1/5: The Tuskegee Airmen (1995, 106 mins.)
1/12: Tea with Mussolini (1999, 117 mins.)
1/19: My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes (2014, 92 mins.)
1/26: A Soldier’s Story (1984, 102 mins.)
 

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

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WestportREADS 2016 Movie: Tea with Mussolini

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Tea with Mussolini wr buttonIntroduced by veteran English teacher Dr. Gerry Kuroghlian, Tea with Mussolini is a 1999 semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, telling the story of young Italian boy’s upbringing by a circle of British and American women, before and during World War II. Maggie Smith and Judi Dench star. (1999, 117 mins.)

wr 2016 movies

Tuesdays in January at 2 pm

1/5: The Tuskegee Airmen (1995, 106 mins.)
1/12: Tea with Mussolini (1999, 117 mins.)
1/19: My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes (2014, 92 mins.)
1/26: A Soldier’s Story (1984, 102 mins.)
 

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

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WestportREADS 2016 Movie: The Tuskegee Airmen

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the tuskegee airmenwr buttonLaurence Fishburne stars in The Tuskegee Airmen, which is based on a true story of the first squadron of black American pilots to be allowed to fight for their country. As the successful missions mount, the Tuskegee Airmen develop a reputation as an able, fearsome group of pilots. (1995, 106 mins.) (Note: Trey Ellis, who won a Peabody Award for the screenplay will participate in the Westport Cinema Initiative’s screening of Miracle at St. Anna on January 9 at 4 pm at Town Hall.)

wr 2016 movies

Tuesdays in January at 2 pm

1/5: The Tuskegee Airmen (1995, 106 mins.)
1/12: Tea with Mussolini (1999, 117 mins.)
1/19: My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes (2014, 92 mins.)
1/26: A Soldier’s Story (1984, 102 mins.)
 

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

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