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WestportREADS 2017: PageTurners & Westport Center for Senior Activities Discuss "Bettyville"

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Join a discussion of the WestportREADS selection for 2017 of Bettyville by George Hodgman. This humorous and insightful memoir is the story of how he left Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, and found himself an unlikely caregiver for his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will who was in her nineties and showing signs of dementia. George struggles over whether to try and lure her into assisted living, away from the home they both treasure. Betty, who speaks her mind but keeps her emotions private, has never accepted the fact that her son is gay.

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

Community partner: Westport Center for Senior Activities

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

Sheffer Reading Room
WestportREADS, Book Groups

WestportREADS 2017: Keynote Talk with Author George Hodgman

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Hear writer and editor George Hodgman when he talks about the WestportREADS 2017 selection Bettyville. This critically-acclaimed memoir relates with wit and tenderness a son's journey from New York City to care for his irascible mother in his Missouri hometown. Register online. Note: Location changed to Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East.

George Hodgman is a veteran magazine and book editor who has worked at Simon & Schuster, Vanity Fair and Talk magazine. His writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Interview, W and Harper’s Bazaar, among other publications. He lives in New York City and Paris, Missouri.

More about the book: When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself—an unlikely caretaker and near-lethal cook—in a head-on collision with his aging mother, Betty, a woman of wit and will. Will George lure her into assisted living? When hell freezes over. He can’t bring himself to force her from the home both treasure—the place where his father’s voice lingers, the scene of shared jokes, skirmishes, and, behind the dusty antiques, a rarely acknowledged conflict: Betty, who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart, has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay. As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty’s life and his own struggle for self-respect, moving readers from their small town—crumbling but still colorful—to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair.

Bettyville was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and a Books-A-Million President’s Pick, and it was selected as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, NPR’s Fresh Air and Library Journal. The New York Times called Bettyville “a most remarkable, laugh-out-loud book,” NPR’s Maureen Corrigan named it “this year’s must-read dispatch from the frontlines of caretaking,” and a reviewer for the Chicago Tribune wrote that it “will be seen, even years from now, as the quintessential book on taking care…When I want to be reminded of the genius of decency, I will return to these words.” You can hear George interviewed on Fresh Air here, or watch his PBS Newshour interview here.

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

Other
WestportREADS, Talks & Readings

WestportREADS 2017: Discussion of the Companion Book "I'll Give You the Sun"

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WestportREADS is an annual program dedicated to strengthening the community through the shared experience of a book. All of the books explore the nature of identity along with other topics.

Join a discussion of I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (high school,) an award-winning book about first love, family, loss and betrayal that invites contemplation about the identity of artists.  

WestportREADS 2017 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Weeks Seminar Room
WestportREADS, Book Groups
All ages

Workshop for January Artist-in-Residence Challenge: "Identityville" Selfie

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Using an easy folded-paper technique that Miggs Burroughs will demonstrate, create an 8"x8" "Identityville" Selfie showing two parts of your personality or what you were then and now (in conjunction with WestportREADS focusing on George Hodgman's memoir Bettyville). Start brainstorming in a Workshop with Miggs on Wednesday, January 4 at 4 pm in The Great Hall. 

Miggs Burroughs, a Westport illustrator and photographer, is the Library's Artist-in-Residence for the year. Bring submissions any time during January to the main circulation desk. For more information, contact Jennifer Keller at jkeller [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

WestportREADS 2017 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

The Great Hall
WestportREADS, Seminars & Workshops
All ages

WestportREADS 2017: January Artist-in-Residence Challenge—"Identityville" Selfie

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Using an easy folded-paper technique that Miggs Burroughs will demonstrate, create an 8"x8" "Identityville" Selfie showing two parts of your personality or what you were then and now (in conjunction with WestportREADS focusing on George Hodgman's memoir Bettyville). Start brainstorming in a Workshop with Miggs on Wednesday, January 4 at 4 pm or the Family Workshop on Saturday, January 7 at 2 pm. Both workshops are in the Great Hall.  

Miggs Burroughs, a Westport illustrator and photographer, is the Library's Artist-in-Residence for the year. Bring submissions any time during January to the main circulation desk. For more information, contact Jennifer Keller at jkeller [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

WestportREADS 2017 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

The Great Hall
WestportREADS, Seminars & Workshops
All ages

WestportREADS 2017 Movie: Funny Girl

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Funny Girl is a bittersweet, classic musical drama with Barbara Streisand as the vibrant and beautiful young Fanny Brice. She starts out as a bit player on the New York City vaudeville stage, but works her way up to stardom on Broadway. Valued for her vocal and comedic talents by the renowned theater impresario Florenz Ziegfeld (Walter Pidgeon), Fanny thrives, but her relationship with her suave, imprisoned businessman husband, Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif), is another story. (1968; 2h 31m)

The movies featured during WestportREADS 2017 Tuesday movies are all mentioned in various stories that are part of the memoir Bettyville.

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

Tuesdays, January 10-31 at 2 pm

1/10: The Music Man (1962; 2h 31m)
1/17: Sunday in the Park with George (1986; 2h 26m)
1/24: The Boy Friend (1971; 2h 17m)
1/31: Funny Girl (1968; 2h 31m)
 

McManus Room
WestportREADS, Films

WestportREADS 2017 Movie: The Boy Friend

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In The Boy Friend, the leading lady of a traveling theatrical troupe injures herself, the group's shy and demure stage manager, Polly (Twiggy), is suddenly thrust into the spotlight to take her place. As luck would have it, she makes her debut on the same day that a movie director attends the performance. It stars starring Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Tommy Tune, and Max Adrian. (1971; 2h 17m)

The movies featured during WestportREADS 2017 Tuesday movies are all mentioned in various stories that are part of the memoir Bettyville.

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

Tuesdays, January 10-31 at 2 pm

1/10: The Music Man (1962; 2h 31m)
1/17: Sunday in the Park with George (1986; 2h 26m)
1/24: The Boy Friend (1971; 2h 17m)
1/31: Funny Girl (1968; 2h 31m)
 

McManus Room
WestportREADS, Films

WestportREADS 2017 Movie: Sunday in the Park with George

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Sunday In The Park With George, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's stunning masterpiece merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art. Inspired by the painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, it is one of the most acclaimed musicals of our time and is a moving study of the enigmatic painter. It won a Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical. (1986; 2h 26m)

The movies featured during WestportREADS 2017 Tuesday movies are all mentioned in various stories that are part of the memoir Bettyville.

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

Tuesdays, January 10-31 at 2 pm

1/10: The Music Man (1962; 2h 31m)
1/17: Sunday in the Park with George (1986; 2h 26m)
1/24: The Boy Friend (1971; 2h 17m)
1/31: Funny Girl (1968; 2h 31m)
 

McManus Room
WestportREADS, Films

WestportREADS 2017 Movie: The Music Man

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Con man Harold Hill arrives in staid River City intending to cheat the community with his standard scam of offering to equip and train a boy's marching band, then skip town with the money since he has no music skill anyway. Things go awry when he falls for a librarian he tries to divert from exposing him while he inadvertently enriches the town with a love of music. Robert Preston and Shirley Jones star in this classic musical. (1962; 2h 31m)

Enjoy a special Shake Shack frozen custard from our community partner Shake Shack.

The movies featured during WestportREADS 2017 Tuesday movies are all mentioned in various stories that are part of the memoir Bettyville.

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

Tuesdays, January 10-31 at 2 pm

1/10: The Music Man (1962; 2h 31m)
1/17: Sunday in the Park with George (1986; 2h 26m)
1/24: The Boy Friend (1971; 2h 17m)
1/31: Funny Girl (1968; 2h 31m)
 

McManus Room
WestportREADS, Films

Date & Speaker Change to Saturday, January 14: WestportREADS: Lecture

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Lecture date & topic may change. Check back later for details.

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

McManus Room
WestportREADS, Talks & Readings