Items tagged with Writing


Posted by on Saturday, Jul 2, 2011 - 12:52 PM

See if you can identity these authors. Each of them is enjoying the popularity of a newly published more

How to sell a mystery

Posted by on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 9:00 AM

slugfest coverI am always amazed at how hard authors work to sell their books.  At a recent mystery conference one of the panels I attended had a “mistakes I have made” theme.  Most of the authors cited continuity or factual mistakes but one author said her biggest mistake was thinking that as a writer she would get to spend all of her time writing. She finds that she spends more of her time on promotion than anything else.

Publishers and agents provide some support, but writers are often left to their own more

Veteran Comedy Writer and Show-Biz Buff Tells All

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Laverne & ShirleyHead writer of “The Odd Couple,” “Happy Days,” and “Laverne & Shirley,” Mark Rothman will tell  stories about his experiences in show business and tackle all sorts of interesting topics that he includes in his book Mark Rothman’s Essays.

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Take-a-Break: Lisa Kogan of O, the Oprah Magazine Tells All

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Lisa KoganLisa Kogan, writer at Large for O, the Oprah Magazine, as well as the author of a monthly column, Lisa Kogan Tells All, deals with her life as a single, working mother in NYC to her quest for a decentSomeone Will Be With You Shortly tomato, a comfortable sofa bed, and a good, solid dental plan. She is the author of Someone Will Be with You Shortly: Notes from a Perfectly Imperfect Life. “It’s no mystery why O magazine’s Lisa Kogan is a beloved columnist. She’s self-deprecating enough to be easily relatable, whimsical enough to be reliably entertaining, and clever enough to disguise a gut-socking revelation.” — Elle

 Coffee at 9:30 am. Program at 10:00 am.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Take-a-Break, Authors

Author Nina Sankovitch

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Nina SankovitchWestport writer Nina Sankovitch, who read and reviewed a book for a day for a year, dicusses her experience and her upcoming memoir Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading.

Meeting is at 7:30 pm. Program begins at 8 pm. Co-sponsored with Westport Young Woman's League.


The nature of the beast

Posted by on Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 - 5:07 PM

The New York Times Book Review called Zeitounthe stuff of great narrative nonfiction.

Booklist magazine explains "Narrative nonfiction is the new name for what used to be called the nonfiction novel ...”

Narrative nonfiction is sometimes alternately called creative nonfiction. It is not a new literary form—some credit Daniel DeFoe with its “invention” in the 18th century—but it grew immensely in popularity in the latter half of the 20th more

An Evening with Two Award-winning Authors/Illustrators: Maira Kalman and Rick Meyerowitz

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New Yoristan Maira Kalman and Rick Meyerowitz, artists who write books, discuss their art.

Kalman, an illustrator, author, artist, and designer, has authored a series of children's books about Max Stravinsky, the poet-dog, done covers for The New Yorker, illustrated for the 2005 edition of the popular guide to writing style, The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White, and writes illustrated blogs for The New York Times.

Meyerowitz has done illustrations for advertising agencies and magazines, contributed illustrated articles for National Lampoon Magazine, painted the poster for the movie Animal House, and created the Lampoon’s trademark visual The Mona Gorilla. He is the author and artist of several humorous books, illustrated children’s videos, and has a new book, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead on the story of the National Lampoon magazine.

Rick and Maira created The New Yorker cover “New Yorkistan,”  above, for December 10, 2001, on which The New York Times commented “when their cover came out, a dark cloud seemed to lift.” lecture by Kalman on her career in illustration.

Library program on 3/23/11 on

Co-sponsored with Write Yourself Free.












Maria Kalman
Talks & Readings, Authors

Workshop: Fabulous Preschool Picture Books

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bookshelfAn adult workshop on navigating the preschool picture book world. Designed to assist parents, teachers, grandparents, and students of children's literature in recognizing a fabulous preschool picture book on the shelf. Register now.

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