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WestportREADS 2016: Discuss "Miracle at St. Anna" at the Westport Senior Center

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miracle at st. annaWR buttonAs a part of WestportREADS 2016 at the Westport Center for Senior Activities 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. Light refreshments.

Community partner: Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue

Note location:  Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Avenue

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. 

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

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WestportREADS, Book Groups

WestportREADS 2016: Neighbors & Newcomers Discuss "Miracle at St. Anna"

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miracle at st. annaWR buttonAs a part of WestportREADS 2016, join the Neighbors & Newcomers of Westport 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. Light refreshments.

Community partner: Neighbors & Newcomers of Westport

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

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

McManus Room
WestportREADS, Book Groups

WestportREADS 2016: PageTurners Discuss "Miracle at St. Anna"

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miracle at st. annawr buttonAs a part of WestportREADS 2016, join the PageTurners 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.

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

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

Sheffer Reading Room
WestportREADS, Book Groups

WestportREADS 2016: PageTurners Discuss "Miracle at St. Anna"

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miracle at st. annawr buttonAs a part of WestportREADS 2016, join the PageTurners 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.

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

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

Sheffer Reading Room
WestportREADS, Book Groups

WestportREADS 2016 Movie: A Talkback and Special Screening of "Miracle at St. Anna"

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miracle at st. annawr buttonThe Westport Library and Westport Cinema Initiative, as part of its ongoing series of pop-up films, present Miracle at St. Anna, which was directed by Spike Lee with James McBride writing the screenplay. Filmmaker and director Douglas Tirola and novelist, screenwriter and essayist Trey Ellis, who won a Peabody award for his screenwriting for the film The Tuskegee Airmen, will have a post-film discussion.

The movie chronicles the story of four African-American soldiers who are members of the U.S. Army as part of the all-Black 92nd Buffalo Soldier Division stationed in Italy during World War II. They find themselves trapped behind enemy lines after one of them risks his life to save an Italian boy. Separated from their unit in a remote Tuscan village, they experience the tragedy and triumph of the war. Director Spike Lee said, "It's a World War II film—a brutal mystery that deals with historic events and the stark reality of war. But it's also a lyrical, mystical story of compassion and love." (2008, 160 mins.) The film will be followed by a talkback.

Purchase tickets ($10) at westportcinema.org. Tickets will also be available at the door. Partner: Westport Cinema Initiative. 

Note location: Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.

trey ellisTrey Ellis is a novelist, screenwriter, playwright, essayist and an Associate Professor at Columbia University. He is the author of the novels, Platitudes, Home Repairs and the American Book Award Winning, Right Here, Right Now, as well as the memoir Bedtime Stories. His extensive work for the screen includes the Peabody winning and Emmy nominated HBO film The Tuskegee Airmen. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, GQ. Playboy, and Vanity Fair. His plays have been commissioned by the Lincoln Center Institute and have been performed around the country including Washington, D.C.’s historic Ford’s Theater, and in 2016 the Pasadena Playhouse and the New Victory Theater in New York. He is also a frequent and longtime political blogger on the Huffington Post and he is currently writing a feature film for HBO.  

Doug Tirola is a filmmaker and writer who has worked as a director, executive producer and a producer. He is the owner and president of 4th Row Films, a movie and television studio. His films include Hey Bartender (2013) and Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015).

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

Westport Town Hall
WestportREADS, Films

WestportREADS 2016: Challenges Facing War Veterans: A Film Screening & Discussion

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leave no soldierwr buttonThe documentary film Leave No Soldier (2008, 53 mins.) addresses the struggles of veterans with combat losses, PTSD and moral injury, and dealing with reintegration to civilian life and an overwhelmed Veterans Administration. Some veterans are building communities for social responsibility and self-care. This film follows by two communities of American war veterans, who, despite their differing politics, each remember their pledge to "leave no fallen soldier behind." They carry this oath from the battlefield to the home front as they advocate for their comrades and raise the nation's awareness of the aftershocks of war. The documentary was an official selection of the 2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Following the movie, there will be a discussion with the director, producer and co-writer Donna Bassin, Ph.D. Bassin is an author, artist, film-maker and psychotherapist. She is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She maintains a private practice in New York City.

Leave No Soldier probes two opposite responses to the Vietnam and Iraq conflicts, both of them involving love for comrades—support for their war and opposition to it. Advocates of both views are treated with deep sympathy, and in the end all war-making is open to question”—Robert Jay Lifton, M.D., author of Home from the War: Learning From Vietnam Veterans

Community Partner: The Fairfield County Film Club of the Connecticut Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

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

McManus Room
WestportREADS, Films

WestportREADS 2016: Riverwalk Hallway Exhibit: U.S. Soldiers in World War II

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buffalo soldiersmiracle at st annaIn conjunction with WestportREADs 2016, which focuses on James McBride's book Miracle at St. Anna, this exhibit features a timeline of African-American service in the U.S. military, beginning in the Revolutionary War, flanked by images from locals (or their relatives) who fought in World War II. On display: late December-March 23. 

wr buttonWestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Riverwalk Level Hallway
WestportREADS, Exhibits

WestportREADS 2016 Exhibit—Can You Help?

November 4, 2015

miracle at st annaThe Westport Library is planning an exhibit in conjunction with WestportREADS 2016, which focuses on National Book Award-winning author James McBride’s novel Miracle at St. Anna, inspired by a little-known historic event involving four Buffalo Soldiers from the Army’s Negro 92nd Division who find themselves separated from their unit and behind enemy lines. Risking their lives for a country that treats them with less respect than the enemy they’re fighting, they discover humanity in the small Tuscan village of St. Anna di Stazzema—in the peasants who shelter them, in the unspoken affection of an orphaned child and in a newfound faith in their fellow man.

The exhibit will feature a timeline of African-American service in the U.S. military, beginning in the Revolutionary War, alongside which we want to display images of local residents and/or their relatives who fought in World War II.

Did you or your relatives fight in World War II? Can you share photos?
Regardless of whether you live in Westport, write and tell us about your experience or that of a relative who fought in World War II, and share a photo or two of them. Be sure to include the names of the people serving and, if you can, when and where the photo was taken. 

Submission guidelines: 

  • Keep your text to 500 words or less.
  • Email your text and digital photo submissions to ctimmons [at] westportlibrary [dot] org, using WORLD WAR II in the subject line. Include in your email your full name, the town you live in, and your phone number (in case we have questions).
  • Submit images as jpegs, with the file name marked with your full name. ALSO if the photo shows more than one person, identify yourself or your relative, using phrases like “second from left” or “at center.”
  • If you have photos but are unable to scan them, email us for scanning help. 

DEADLINE for Submissions: Monday, November 30. 
Got questions? Email Chris Timmons at ctimmons [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.
Many thanks for helping with this exhibit, which will go up in late December. 
 


WestportREADS: How Literature Inspires Art

January 30, 2015
Joycean Collage

Multi-media artist Melissa Slattery discussed James Joyce's amazing impact and influence in film, theatre, fine art and literature on January 30, 2015.

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Melissa-Slattery-1-30-15.mp3


Riverwalk Hallway: "Women Photojournalists of Connecticut"

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Lighted Angels
by Michelle McLoughlin
Storm Surge From Sandy
AP Photo/Jessica Hill

"Women Photojournalists of Connecticut" highlights work of some 20 women photojournalists in Connecticut shooting on both dangerous and everyday assignments at home and around the world. On display April 15-July 16.

Monday, May 18: A panel discussion moderated by Town Curator Kathie Bennewitz from 6-7 pm followed by a reception from 7-8 pm.

Riverwalk Level Hallway
Exhibits