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WestportREADS: A Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Irish Poet Paul Muldoon

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Muldoon (c) Oliver Morris.2010wr buttonPulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet and poetry editor for The New Yorker Paul Muldoon will be interviewed by Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos as he discusses and reads from his new book of poems One Thousand Things Worth Knowing. Reserve tickets with the Westport Country Playhouse box office, 203.227.4177, for this free eventCommunity partner: Westport Country Playhouse.

one thousand thingsAbout One Thousand Things Worth Knowing: Smuggling diesel; Ben-Hur (the movie, yes, but also Lew Wallace’s original book, and Seosamh Mac Grianna’s Gaelic translation); a real trip to Havana; an imaginary trip to the Château d’If: Paul Muldoon’s newest collection of poems, his twelfth, is exceptionally wide-ranging in its subject matter—as we’ve come to expect from this master of self-reinvention. He can be somber or quick-witted—often within the same poem: The mournful refrain of “Cuthbert and the Otters” is “I cannot thole the thought of Seamus Heaney dead,” but that doesn’t stop Muldoon from quipping that the ancient Danes “are already dyeing everything beige / In anticipation, perhaps, of the carpet and mustard factories.”

If this masterful, multifarious collection does have a theme, it is watchfulness. “War is to wealth as performance is to appraisal,” he warns in “Recalculating.” And “Source is to leak as Ireland is to debt.” Heedful, hard-won, head-turning, heartfelt, these poems attempt to bring scrutiny to bear on everything, including scrutiny itself. One Thousand Things Worth Knowing confirms Nick Laird’s assessment, in The New York Review of Books, that Muldoon is “the most formally ambitious and technically innovative of modern poets,” an experimenter and craftsman who “writes poems like no one else.”

Paul Muldoon is the author of eleven previous books of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Moy Sand and Gravel (2002). He is the Howard G. B. Clark University Professor at Princeton.

Note location: Westport Country Playhouse

Author photo credit: Oliver Morris, 2010.

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WestportREADS 2015: Dine Around Town: Dublin! at Spotted Horse Tavern

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wr buttonEnjoy Dublin-inspired three-course meals, including wine. Dinners at 7 pm.

$100 per person. Purchase tickets online.

Spotted Horse Tavern in downtown Westport has the homey, tavern-esque décor of a longtime establishment, ensconced in the Sherwood House, an 1808 historic landmark building. New York Times review stated that, “the food is a lot more sophisticated and better-prepared than basic pub grub.” Owner George O’Connell and his partners also own the Gray Goose in Southport. Look at the menu.

WestportREADS 2015 is funded by Jerry A. Tishman.

Dates and locations for Dine Around Town Dublin!

Tuesday, January 6 • TERRAIN
Wednesday, January 14 • DA PIETRO
Thursday, January 22 • BLUE LEMON
Wednesday, January 28 • SPOTTED HORSE TAVERN

Co-sponsored with CTbites.com.

The Westport Library is a 501(c)(3) organization. $35 per ticket is tax-deductible as provided by law. All proceeds benefit Library programs. 

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WestportREADS 2015: Dine Around Town: Dublin! at Blue Lemon

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wr buttonEnjoy Dublin-inspired three-course meals, including wine. Dinners at 7 pm.

$100 per person. Purchase tickets online.

Blue Lemon's Chef/Owner Bryan Malcarney was at the helm of The Straw Hat, an exquisite little hot spot on the island of Anguilla in the British West Indies when Bon Appetit and Conde Nast Traveler reviewed it as Best Restaurant. At Westport’s Blue Lemon, his cuisine simmers with hints of his extensive travel and of New York’s French Culinary Institute, where he received his formal training. Look at the menu.

WestportREADS 2015 is funded by Jerry A. Tishman.

Dates and locations for Dine Around Town Dublin!

Tuesday, January 6 • TERRAIN
Wednesday, January 14 • DA PIETRO

Thursday, January 22 • BLUE LEMON
Wednesday, January 28 • SPOTTED HORSE TAVERN

Co-sponsored with CTbites.com.

The Westport Library is a 501(c)(3) organization. $35 per ticket is tax-deductible as provided by law. All proceeds benefit Library programs. 

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WestportREADS 2015: Dine Around Town: Dublin! at Da Pietro

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wr buttonEnjoy Dublin-inspired three-course meals, including wine. Dinners at 7 pm.

$100 per person. Purchase tickets online.

Da Pietro's Chef Pietro Scotti, a fine artist in the kitchen, has turned out culinary masterpieces at his acclaimed Westport restaurant, DaPietro’s, for close to 30 years. Chef Pietro, who has earned a stellar reputation among reviewers, fans and The James Beard Foundation for his timeless, classic Italian and French fare, has been a favorite of reviewers. Look at the menu.

WestportREADS 2015 is funded by Jerry A. Tishman.

Dates and locations for Dine Around Town Dublin!

Tuesday, January 6 • TERRAIN
Wednesday, January 14 • DA PIETRO
Thursday, January 22 • BLUE LEMON
Wednesday, January 28 • SPOTTED HORSE TAVERN

Co-sponsored with CTbites.com.

The Westport Library is a 501(c)(3) organization. $35 per ticket is tax-deductible as provided by law. All proceeds benefit Library programs. 

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WestportREADS: Irish Music & Step Dancing from Themselves

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Join the celebration of WestportREADS 2015 when Themselves, a quartet and step dancer group, perform Irish music on harp, violin, and guitar, along with a dramatist-percussionist-singer. Enjoy lively historic to contemporary music and dance, as well as poems, songs and stories of James Joyce and his book Dubliners.

WestportREADS is funded by Jerry A. Tishman.

 

More about Themselves:

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Left to right: Kate O'Brien, violinist; Edward Wright, guitarist; Lynn Bowman, actress; Wendy Kerner, harpist.

In the 1990's four highly trained professional musicians combined their varied experiences and talents to form THEMSELVES. They found that they shared not only a love of music, but a love for teaching, a reverence for history, an incredible work ethic, impeccable punctuality, great sense of humor, and enjoyment of good food! In 2000 they added a storyteller and wrote a script that wove a tale of Irish immigration into their concert performances. They expanded to include an Irish step dancer and they gained success performing “An Immigrant's Story” in concert settings and in schools throughout CT under the auspices of Young Audiences of CT.

THEMSELVES was also chosen for the roster of the Arts Commission of the State of Connecticut, the Artists Roster of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Hartford Performs Program.

The extensive experience of THEMSELVES includes two performances for the John F Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, and programs at Yale University, Bridgeport’s Discovery Museum, for the Connecticut Historical Society, and in hundreds of public and private schools throughout the Northeast. Members of THEMSELVES have toured throughout the United States and internationally and have recorded on CBS Records, Delos and Amherst Record labels. They have also been heard on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" and have performed in New York City's major concert halls. In addition, they have performed for ambassadors, royalty, celebrities, and thousands of school children.

THEMSELVES was awarded a grant from Young Audiences of CT and its members have grants from the National Council for the Humanities, Chamber Music America, the Bronx Council on the Arts and prizes from Artists International, the American Finger Style Guitar Festival and American Harp Society.

THEMSELVES members bios:

LYNN BOWMAN, actress, has performed many roles in regional and Off-Broadway theaters, including the Huntington Theatre in Boston, the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York, and the Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont. She has also appeared in numerous TV commercials. Her wide range of work includes a commitment to children’s theater which began when she toured with Theatreworks USA early in her career, and has continued over the years with other theater companies, as well as in her private work as a teacher and theater director in public schools in Connecticut.

ERIN COLLINS is an experienced Irish dancer with over 18 years of competitive and performance background. Erin is currently ranked 4th in the New England Region, 27th in the All-Ireland Championships and 42nd in the World Championships. Erin has qualified for the World Championships an impressive 8 times. She has performed with many well-known Irish artists including Ronan Tynan, Eileen Ivers, Black 47, The Elders, John Whelan, and members of the Riverdance troupe. Erin has been teaching Irish dancing to students ages 4-65 for over 10 years.

WENDY KERNER, harpist, grew up in Westport and is a graduate of Staples and The Juilliard School. She was presented in her New York Debut in Carnegie Recital Hall as a winner of the Artists International Competition. She has performed throughout America and in France, played for the Prime Minister of Ireland and performed with the Three Irish Tenors. Ms. Kerner is the principal harpist of the Bridgeport, Norwalk, and Ridgefield Symphonies. She is an adjunct Professor of Harp at Sacred Heart University and maintains an active private teaching studio in Wilton, Connecticut.

KATE O'BRIEN, violinist and vocalist, spent 10 years playing electric violin and guitar, leading her own dance bands doing rock, jazz, swing and country, and studying jazz with legendary Linc Chamberland. She was Personnel Manager for many years with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, continues to perform with them and other orchestras, and plays and sings with the swing group Moxie. Through her company, OBrien Strings, she leads her own classical ensembles. She continues to arrange a broad spectrum of music for all her ensembles, and teaches violin and viola at her home studio.

EDWARD WRIGHT, guitarist, has appeared as a featured soloist with the GreenwichPhilharmonia and the Westchester Chamber Orchestra, appears frequently as a solo recitalist and is a member of the rock trio Mojo. His music has been used in films and in productions for HBO and PBS. He was a second-place winner and finalist in successive competitions at the American Finger Style Guitar Festivals. He has six CDs available and has published a collection of arrangements of the music of George Winston. Mr. Wright teaches at his studios in Greenwich and Rowayton.

ALLY GIANNINI has been Irish Dancing with the Lenihan School for 16 years. She competes as a solo and team dancer at the highest level of competitive Irish dance- Open Championship. She has danced in Regional, National and World Championships and has won medals at each of those major championships, including placing in the top 10 dancers in all of New England. In addition she has extensive performance experience in shows, festivals, and parades, dancing with famous Irish artists.
 

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WestportREADS: Neighbors and Newcomers Discuss Dubliners

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WR buttondublinersCalling all Newcomers! As a part of WestportREADS 2015, Join Neighbors and Newcomers of Westport and explore the classic book Dubliners by James Joyce, one of the best collections of short stories ever published.

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

WestportREADS is funded by Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS: PageTurners Discuss Dubliners

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WR buttondublinersAs a part of WestportREADS 2015, join the PageTurners to explore the classic book Dubliners by James Joyce, one of the best collections of short stories ever published.

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

WestportREADS is funded by Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS: PageTurners Discuss Dubliners

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WR buttondublinersAs a part of WestportREADS 2015, join the PageTurners to explore the classic book Dubliners by James Joyce, one of the best collections of short stories ever published.

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. Free Kindle copies are also available on Amazon. New participants always welcome.

WestportREADS is funded by Jerry A. Tishman.

Sheffer Reading Room
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WestportREADS Kick-Off Event: Author and Broadcaster Frank Delaney On the Influence of James Joyce

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WR buttonFrank Delaney photo credit Jerry BauerAward-winning writer and broadcaster Frank Delaney discusses his work, including his bestselling novel Ireland and the vast influence of Joyce and, in particular, his classic, Dubliners, on its 100th anniversary.

Delaney is an award-winning author, a broadcaster on both television and radio, a journalist, correspondent, screenwriter, lecturer, playwright and scholar. He has been the president of the Samuel Johnson Society, president of the UK Book Trust, and the Literary Director of the famed Edinburgh Festival.

A judge of many literary prizes (including the famous Booker), Delaney also created landmark programs and passionate documentaries on many subjects including Joyce. His famed BBC show on the way we speak, "Word of Mouth," is heard all over the English-speaking world. His six-part series, The Celts, has been broadcast in forty countries. The podcast series: Re:Joyce, deconstructing, examining and illuminating James Joyce's Ulysses line-by-line, occurs in accessible, entertaining five-minute talks broadcasts, posted each week. 

Born and raised in County Tipperary, Ireland, Delaney spent more than twenty-five years in England before moving to the United States in 2002. His first 'American' book was the New York Times Bestseller, Ireland. His second, the non-fiction Simple Courage, was chosen as one of the top five books of the year by the American Library Association. Since 2006, he has published five Novels of Ireland, all addressing, decade by decade, the twentieth century history of his homeland.

NPR's Scott Simon interviews Frank Delaney on Re: Joyce.

The Economist on Re: Joyce.

Author photo credit: Jerry Bauer.

WestportREADS is funded by Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS: Tour of Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University

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WR buttonGreat Hunger MuseumJoin a private docent-led tour of Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. The museum contains the world’s largest collection of Great Hunger-related art by noted contemporary Irish and Irish American artists as well as a number of period paintings by some of Ireland’s most important 19th-century artists. The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to the famine and forced emigration that occurred throughout Ireland from 1845 to 1850. Register online. The tour is limited to 35 guests.

Directions to the museum, located at 3011 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT.

WestportREADS is funded by Jerry A. Tishman.

Restaurants Close to the museum:
Hamden
Ristorante Luce
2987 Whitney Avenue, Hamden (located next door)
Monday to Friday: 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Italian - $$/$$$

Mikro
3000 Whitney Avenue, Hamden (across the street from the museum)
Monday to Saturday: 4:00pm to 12:00am
Sunday: 11:30am to 2:30pm and 4:30pm to 11:00pm
American food and micro brews (21 and over) - $$$

Bangkok Blvd
3000 Whitney Avenue, Hamden (across the street from the museum)
Monday to Thursday: 11:00am to 9:30pm (closed 3 to 4pm)
Friday and Saturday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday: Noon to 9:30pm
Thai - $$

The Playwright
1232 Whitney Avenue, Hamden (4.3 miles)
Daily: 11:00am to 12:30am
Irish pub and restaurant - $$

Eli’s on Whitney
2392 Whitney Avenue, Hamden (1.5 miles)
Sunday to Thursday: 11:30am to 1:00am
Friday and Saturday: 11:30am to 2:00am
American food - $$

Bread and Chocolate
2457 Whitney Avenue, Hamden (1.3 miles)
Monday to Thursday: 7:00am to 4:00pm
Friday: 7:00am to 3:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am to 11:00am
Closed Sunday
Bakery, coffee, and sandwiches - $

New Haven
Anna Liffey’s
17 Whitney Avenue, New Haven (9 miles)
Irish Pub - $$

O’Tooles Irish Pub
157 Orange Street, New Haven (9.2 miles)
Monday to Thursday: 11:00am to 1:00am
Friday and Saturday: 11:00am to 2:00am
Irish pub - $$

Modern Apizza
874 State Street, New Haven (8.3 miles)
Tuesday to Thursday: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:00am to 12:00am
Sunday: 3:00pm to 11:00pm
Famous pizzeria - $$

Caseus
93 Whitney Avenue, New Haven (8.9 miles)
Monday and Tuesday: 11:30am to 2:30pm
Wednesday and Thursday: 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 9:45pm
Closed Sunday
Cheese shop and bistro - $$$

Louis’ Lunch
263 Crown Street, New Haven (10.3 miles)
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday to Saturday: 12:00pm to 2:00am
Closed Sunday and Monday
Casual lunch spot that “invented” the hamburger - $

Ibiza Restaurant
39 High Street, New Haven (10.6 miles)
Monday to Thursday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Closed Sunday
Spanish/Basque - $$$$

Zinc
964 Chapel Street, New Haven (9.5 miles)
Monday to Thursday and Sunday: 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday to Friday: 12:00pm to 2:30pm
Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Modern American - $$$/$$$$

Heirloom at the Study Hotel
1157 Chapel Street, New Haven (10.6 miles)
Breakfast: Daily 7am to 10:30am
Lunch: Daily 10:30am to 2:30pm
Dinner: Daily 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Modern American - $$$/$$$$
 

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