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Zeitoun Monologues

January 29, 2011
Zeitoun Monologues

  • The Zeitoun Monologues, an original staged reading done as a part of WestportREADS, was written by New Orleans playwright Rob Florence and was performed by actors Damian Long, Quillian, Tom Zingarelli, Eileen Lawless, and Mark Sage Hamilton on January 29, 2011.
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    The Zeitoun Monologues

    Posted by on Monday, Jan 31, 2011 - 10:28 AM

    Saturday night’s performance of the Zeitoun monologues was sold out!

    The monologues were, as promised, insightful and compelling. Westporter Carole Schweid assembled a fine group of actors whose telling of their assigned narratives—based on actual survivor stories—evoked both laughter and tears.  

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    Where is Dave Eggers?

    Posted by on Friday, Jan 28, 2011 - 3:22 PM

    Dave Eggers photoDave Eggers is taking time off to work on his next project (details unavailable!) and spend time with his family and he declined our invitation to speak.

    If you want to learn more from him about how he learned of the Zeitoun family, what prompted him to write the book, and other information about our WestportREADS selection, check out his Q&A with Vanity Fair.read more


    Having faith, revisited

    Posted by on Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 - 10:29 AM

    mandalaRanya Idliby opened last night’s Faith Club program on a touching note, describing the isolation and alienation that she felt as a Muslim after the September 11 terrorist attacks and the concern she had that her children would view their faith as a burden and not a blessing.

    Over 100 people braved the bone-crunching cold to attend this program which was postponed earlier in the month because of snow.read more


    Stella by Starlight

    Posted by on Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 - 10:44 AM

    While we are visiting literary New Orleans let's stop off at St. Peter Street to visit Tennessee Williams.

    He began writing A Streetcar Named Desire while living there (at #632) and he won his first Pulitzer Prize for this play.

     

    I can still remember the excitement I felt the first time I visited the city and saw that streetcar coming.

    There it was … Desire!  I rode the very route that Blanche had to travel to reach Stella's home on Elysian Fields.

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    Shushing librarians

    Posted by on Thursday, Jan 20, 2011 - 9:13 AM

    We had 90 people with us last night to hear Dr. Claude Steele’s talk on how stereotypes affect us, especially when they impact on our ability to succeed.

    His main focus was on how negative stereotypes affect academic performance, especially during testing. Females consistently score lower than men on math tests because they have been told they aren’t as good at math as males. African Americans constantly have to struggle to overcome the widespread assumption (yes, still!) that blacks are inherently less intelligent than whites.read more


    You ain't just whistling Dixie

    Posted by on Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011 - 3:22 PM

    Claude Steele is a social psychology professor and Provost of Columbia University and best known for his work on stereotype threat .

    What is stereotype threat? Here’s an example: Women taking a math test will perform worse when reminded that women aren't expected to do well in math.  

    Ah, the old God made women and men different theory...read more


    Way down yonder in New Orleans

    Posted by on Monday, Jan 17, 2011 - 10:41 PM

    louisiana lament coverYou bet your life you’ll linger there. .. so why not linger with one of these mystery series set in The Big Easy?

    Laura Childs’ cozies starring Carmela Bertrand, a scrapbooking shop owner. 

    David Fulmer’s historical novels featuring Valentin St. Cyr, a Creole P.I. in the early 20th century in the Storyville district.

    Julie Smith’s Skip Langdon books … Skip is a city policewoman, and her Talba Wallis stories … Talba is a P.I. and is also a poet known as Baroness de Pontalba.read more


    The nature of the beast

    Posted by on Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 - 4:07 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 century.read more


    WestportREADS: A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew — Three women search for understanding

    Please see full event listing for date.

    Join Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner, authors and founders of The Faith Club, as they weave their story, their three religions, and their quest to understand one another. The book reveals the authors deepest beliefs, and the blossoming of a profound interfaith friendship, and the birth of a new way of relating to others.

    Books will be available for purchase and signing. A percentage of all purchases will benefit the Library.

    Thanks to Joanne Woodward and the Brian and Leslie Gold family for their support of WestportREADS.

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    Authors, WestportREADS