Explore a comic book cookbook to learn how to make Asian dumplings? Yes! Chef Hugh Amano and illustrator Sarah Becan will talk about the history of these morsels and recipes found in Let's Make Dumplings! 

For novice and seasoned cooks, Let's Make Dumplings! gives guidance on folding styles and fillings from across Asia, as well as dumpling lore. This cookbook captures the deep level of connection that dumplings bring to any gathering and shows you how to create them in your own home.

Hugh Amano's devotion to exploring food and culture has taken him around the world, enriching his experience as a chef and writer. A graduate of The University of Colorado and New England Culinary Institute, he lives in Chicago, where the roster of dough-encased foods runs deep. He co-authored Let's Make Ramen! and The Adventures of Fat Rice, and he always puts out a big batch of gyoza for his annual New Year's Eve dinner party.

If you missed the program, you can watch here.

Sarah Becan has been drawing comics since she was very small. Her food-based autobiographical webcomic “I Think You’re Sauceome” sparked a love of food and culinary illustration, and her work has since appeared in various publications, including Saveur, Eater.com, Chicago Magazine, and the Chicago Reader. Her first graphic novel, The Complete Ouija Interviews, was a recipient of a Xeric award, and she illustrated Let's Make Ramen! and The Adventures of Fat Rice. She would be very happy to do nothing but draw food all day.

 

 

Cookbook Club

 

Bestselling journalist, Bob Spitz tells the story of the great '70s band in Led Zeppelin: The Biography and will share with Brendan Toller.

If you missed this event, watch it here!

Publishing at the 50th anniversary of the band’s legendary rock hit “Stairway to Heaven”, Led Zeppelin is the full and honest reckoning the band has long awaited, and richly deserves. Unlike previous works on Led Zeppelin, Spitz’s book is full of first-person accounts of key events from those who closely participated in the band’s story. Spitz conducted over 150 interviews with friends, colleagues, executives, even groupies, who shared detailed inside accounts of the band’s exploits — everything from who really stole the money at the Drake Hotel robbery, to the step-by-step creation of their albums.

“ Books on popular culture simply don’t get any better than this . . . . Every detail, from their
formation via leader Jimmy Page’s Yardbirds to their last show, in Munich, in 1979—the recordings,
the live shows, the business, the debauchery, the way it all landed in the world—is explored with sophistication. And the book makes a serious contribution to the #MeToo canon.” —Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us

“Wielding his signature tools of meticulous reporting, piercing analysis and trenchant writing, Bob Spitz proves again that he’s a modern master of cultural biography. . . . Spitz goes deeper and sees more clearly than any previous biographer, and his storytelling powers make it spellbinding.” Peter Carlin, author of Bruce and Sonic Boom

Bob Spitz is the award-winning author of the biographies The Beatles and Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, both New York Times bestsellers, as well as six other nonfiction books and a screenplay. He helped manage Bruce Springsteen and Elton John at crucial points in their careers. He’s written hundreds of major profiles of figures ranging from Keith Richards to Jane Fonda, from Paul McCartney to Paul Bowles.

Brendan Toller is a New York City and New Haven, CT based filmmaker, musician & artist. Brendan’s film work (I Need That Record!, Danny Says) has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Wire, Pitchfork, The Onion and Dazed & Confused Korea.

 


Led Zeppelin
History of Music
Rock and Roll History, 1950-1980
Rock and Roll History, 1980-Present

Wednesday, October 20 at 7PM

Komansky Room

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One of the biggest parenting dilemmas of all time is how to motivate kids to succeed and find happiness in a challenging world without pushing them too hard. Library Journal says, "Parents who are interested in the intersection of academic success and emotional wellness will find this book compelling."

Hendrie Davis Weisinger, Ph.D.is a licensed psychologist, a Marriage, Family, and Child counselor, blogger, and author of books on performing under pressure, motivation, emotional intelligence, giving and taking criticism,  and anger management.

Join Dr. Weisinger as he discusses his newly released  book, which will be available for purchase.

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM SEPTEMBER 10. IT IS NOW REMOTE ONLY.

Family Book Discussion with author Nora Baskin

Children in Grades 4-8 and their adult

In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks, author Nora Baskin will host a discussion that includes her book, Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story, and a note of hope.

This will be a remote-only discussion.  Nora will also incorporate a hands-on writing activity that may help family members process historic and disruptive events. Each registered family can come to the Library's Children's Desk and pick up a copy of the book.

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Nora Raleigh Baskin is the ALA Schneider Family Book-award winning author of Anything but Typical. She was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for her novel What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows. She has since written a number of novels for middle graders and teens, including The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah, The Summer Before Boys, and Ruby on the Outside. Nora lives with her family in Connecticut. Visit NoraBaskin.com.

Please visit our Understanding September 11, 2001 guide to find books and resources on helping children understand this event.

 

Celebrate award-winning author and illustrator Victoria Kann's newest book, Rubylicious, with a reading and a fun craft.

This event will be outside, weather permitting. If we are not able to hold the festivities outdoors, we will move inside to the Trefz Forum where Victoria will be streamed live from her Studio. Notification of changes will be sent via the email used for registration by 8AM the day of the event.

Books will be available for presale ordering and on the day of the event.  Purchased copies must be picked  up at the Westport Library.. Because this event is for young children ineligible for a vaccine, masks are required for everyone in attendance over the age of 2. This includes fully vaccinated individuals. 

Registration is required for this in person event. Books are available for sale!

 

 

 

Alexander Lobrano returns to discuss his coming of age memoir with Westport's own Kelle Ruden. My Place At the Table: A Recipe for a Delicious Life in Paris is a moving coming-of-age story of how a gay man emerges from a wounding childhood, discovers himself, and finds love and an insider's guide to thirty of his favorite Paris restaurants.

Registration is open for participating via livestream or in person at the Westport Library. Copies of My Place At the Table are available for ordering and pickup at the Library for those who live nearby or shipping to those further away.

Community Partner: The French Language Conversation Groups of the Westport Library

In this debut memoir, a James Beard Award–winning writer, whose childhood idea of fine dining was Howard Johnson’s, tells how he became one of Paris’s most influential food critics.

Until Alexander Lobrano landed a job in the glamorous Paris office of Women’s Wear Daily, his main experience of French cuisine was the occasional supermarket éclair. An interview with the owner of a renowned cheese shop for his first article nearly proves a disaster because he speaks no French. As he goes on to cover celebrities and couturiers and improves his mastery of the language, he gradually learns what it means to be truly French. He attends a cocktail party with Yves St. Laurent and has dinner with Giorgio Armani. Over a superb lunch, it’s his landlady who ultimately provides him with a lasting touchstone for how to judge food: “you must understand the intentions of the cook.” At the city’s brasseries and bistros, he discovers real French cooking. Through a series of vivid encounters with culinary figures from Paul Bocuse to Julia Child to Ruth Reichl, Lobrano hones his palate and finds his voice. Soon the timid boy from Connecticut is at the epicenter of the Parisian dining revolution and the restaurant critic of one of the largest newspapers in the France. 

Alexander Lobrano writes regularly on food and travel for many publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and Condé Nast Traveler. He has appeared on CBS Morning News, TODAY, Chef’s Table, and Iron Chef. He lives in Paris.

Kelle Ruden’s career in the book business has included bookstores, publishing and libraries. She served as the Manager and Editor of the Discover Great New Writers program at Barnes & Noble, as Marketing Director at Random House, and as the Program Director at the Westport Library, where she planned and executed over 400 cultural and educational programs each year. Kelle has been leading book discussions for over twenty-five years, including seventeen years spent with the Library’s mystery group, The Usual Suspects. Kelle served 2 terms as a member of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee, appointed by the First Selectman. She is also a passionate traveler and Paris is a favorite destination.

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Writer Elon Green talks with writer Hugh Ryan about his book, LAST CALL: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York.

Told in depth for the first time, LAST CALL is the gripping true crime story of The Last Call Killer, who preyed upon gay men in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Yet because of the sexuality of his victims, the murders at the hands of this notorious serial killer have been almost entirely forgotten. This socially important piece of history is a nuanced testament to the vibrant gay community and the challenges they faced in the post AIDs milieu of early 90s New York City.

If you missed this event, you can watch the recording anytime in our video gallery.

Community Partner: Westport PRIDE

"LAST CALL, Elon Green's stunner of a debut, scaffolds the gripping account of a serial killer stalking the bars and hangouts of early 1990s queer New York over a heartfelt elegy to the lost lives of the murdered men, of a community ravaged by AIDS, and of a city in perpetual ruin and revival. This is a book I will reread again and again and find new and astonishing insights every time."
-Sarah Weinman, award-winning author of THE REAL LOLITA and editor of UNSPEAKABLE ACTS: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit & Obsession
More than impersonal crime reporting, Last Call brings to life the rich and tragic lives of The Last Call Killer’s victims and exposes the system that allowed them to be silenced. Called “astonishing,” “powerful,” and “meticulously
reported” - David Grann (New York Times bestselling author of KILLERS of the FLOWER MOON)

Elon Green has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The Columbia Journalism Review, and appears in the anthology Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit & Obsession. He is an editor at Longform.

Hugh Ryan is a writer and curator. His first book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, won a 2020 New York City Book Award and was a New York Times Editors' Choice in 2019, and was a finalist for the Randy Shilts and Lambda Literary Awards. His next book, The Prison on Christopher Street, explores NYC's Women's House of Detention and the queer case for prison abolition. @Hugh_Ryan / hughryan.org

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PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE WEATHER, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JULY 10 at 5:00 PM

The Westport Library and Barnes & Noble are partnering to bring Liv Constantine to Westport for an in-person event. Meet the authors when their newest thriller, The Stranger in the Mirror comes out!  For more information.

A diabolically twisty, psychologically unsettling novel about a woman with no recollection of her past. Addison’s about to get married, but she’s not looking forward to the big day. It’s not her fiancé; he’s a wonderful man. It’s because Addison doesn't know who she really is. A few years ago, a kind driver found her bleeding next to a New Jersey highway and rescued her. While her physical wounds healed, Addison’s memory never returned. She doesn’t know her real name. Or how she ended up injured on the side of a road. Or why she can’t shake the notion that she may have done something very, very bad . . .

In a posh home in the Boston suburbs, Julian tries to figure out what happened to his loving, caring wife, Cassandra, who disappeared without a trace two years ago. She would never have left him and their seven-year-old daughter Valentina of her own free will—or would she?

As these two lives intersect, The Stranger in the Mirror hooks readers with riveting drama, told with Liv Constantine’s hallmark blend of glamour, tense psychological thrills, and jaw-dropping twists.

Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Together, they are the bestselling author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Last Mrs. ParrishThe Last Time I Saw YouThe Wife Stalker, and The Stranger in the Mirror (coming July 2021). Their critically acclaimed books have been praised by USA TodayThe Sunday TimesPeople Magazine, and Good Morning America, among many others. Lynne and Valerie are national and international bestselling authors and their books have been translated into 28 languages, are available in 33 countries, and are in development for both television and film.

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Meet Ed Fuller and Gary Grossman, authors of RED DECEPTION, their latest installation in the Red Hotel series.

This is a virtual launch, please register. You can also purchase a bookplate signed copy.

When terrorists bomb bridges across the country and threaten the Hoover Dam, the vulnerability of America’s infrastructure becomes a matter of national security. But Dan Reilly, a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, predicted the attacks in a secret State Department report written years earlier – a virtual blueprint for disaster that was somehow leaked and is now in the hands of foreign operatives. 

With Washington distracted by domestic crises, Russian President Nicolai Gorshkov sends troops to the borders of Ukraine and Latvia, ready to reclaim what he feels is Russia’s rightful territory. Tensions in Europe threaten to boil over as a besieged American president balances multiple crises that threaten to upend the geopolitical order.  With the U.S. at the mercy of an egomaniacal leader, and reporters and covert agents on his tail, Reilly may be the one man who can connect the dots before an even bigger catastrophe unfolds. 

Blending career insight with first-hand knowledge of global politics, Fuller and Grossman have once have drawn a chilling portrait of the fragile fault lines in Europe and the players poised to seize power. The importance of protecting America’s critical infrastructure has rarely been so powerfully depicted.

Ed Fuller is a hospitality industry leader, educator and best-selling author, and President of Irvine, California-based Laguna Strategic Advisors, a global consortium that provides opportunities and business consulting services.

Gary Grossman is the author of EXECUTIVE ACTIONS and the sequel EXECUTIVE TREASON, is a print and television journalist, an Emmy Award-winning network television producer, and a film and TV historian. His career has included stints producing for NBC News, ABC, CBS NBC, Fox, PBS, and more than 27 cable networks. Grossman is also a partner at Weller/Grossman Productions, a prolific documentary and service and information television production company.

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Anchor of NBC News’ Today show, Craig Melvin will discuss fatherhood, addiction,  resiliency and his new book, Pops: Learning to Be a Son and a Father with his wife, Lindsay Czarniak.

For Craig Melvin this book is more an investigation than a memoir. It's an opportunity to better understand his father; to interrogate his family's legacy of addiction and despair but also transformation and redemption; and to explore the challenges facing all dads—including Craig himself, a father of two young children.

Registration is open for participating via livestream or in person at the Westport Library. 

Growing up in Columbia, South Carolina, Craig had a fraught relationship with his father. Lawrence Melvin was a distant, often absent parent due to his drinking as well as his job working the graveyard shift at a postal facility. Watching sports and tinkering on Lawrence's beloved (but unreliable) 1973 Pontiac LeMans were two ways father and son connected, but as Lawrence's drinking spiraled out of control, their bond was stretched to the breaking point. Fortunately, Craig had a loving, fiercely protective mother who held the family together. He also had a series of surrogate father figures in his life—uncles, teachers, workplace mentors—who by their examples helped him figure out the kind of person and father he wanted to be.

Pops is the story of all these men—and of the inspiring fathers Craig has met reporting his "Dads Got This Series" on the Today show. Pops is also the story of Craig and Lawrence Melvin's long journey to reconciliation and understanding, and of how all these experiences and encounters have informed Craig's understanding of his own role as a dad.

Craig Melvin is the news anchor of NBC News’ Today show, a cohost of the show’s third hour, and a host of Dateline NBC. Before joining Today, he was a longtime anchor on MSNBC, and before that was an anchor on NBC’s affiliate in Washington, DC. He has covered a wide variety of breaking news events during his career, including several national political conventions and the mass shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Melvin has also taken part in NBC Sports’ coverage of numerous major events, including the 2018 Winter Olympics and the 2019 Super Bowl. He graduated from Wofford College, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he now serves on the board of trustees.

Lindsay Czarniak is a sportscaster and NFL sideline reporter for FOX sports. Prior to joining FOX sports, she spent six years as SportsCenter anchor and field anchor/reporter for ESPN’s NFL pregame show, NFL Countdown. As solo anchor, Czarniak hosted ESPN’s “SportsCenter on the Road” initiative; anchoring the network’s coverage. from events like the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, World Series and MLB All Star game. She has also worked at WRC-TV (NBC4) in Washington, D.C., reported from the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, and the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, Turner Sports, and WAWS/WTEV-TV in Jacksonville, FL.

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Authors Michaela MacColl and Lauren Tarshis meet to discuss Michaela's new release, View from Pagoda Hill. Michaela MacColl is the award-winning author of historical novels, including The Revelation of Louisa May, Always Emily, and The Lost Ones. She is the co-author of Rory's Promise and Freedom's Price. She and her family live in Westport.

Lauren Tarshis is the author of historical fiction including the New York Times bestselling "I Survived" series as well as the critically acclaimed Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out  of a Tree. She and her family live in Westport.

If you missed the event, you can watch the recording here.

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“The View from Pagoda Hill is incredible and beautifully crafted. The characters, both in Shanghai and America, are wonderfully drawn; they come alive. You have to love Neenah because Michaela MacColl has given her such a personality. It is a lovely book that brought tears to my eyes.” —Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery Honor- award-winning author

Set in the late 1800s, View from Pagoda Hill is the story of Ning/Neenah, a Chinese-American girl who struggles to find her place in the world when she is forced to leave her home in Shanghai to go live in the U.S. with a father she barely knows. This middle-grade historical novel is based on the family history of award-winning author Michaela MacColl. It earned a starred review form the School Library Journal.

 

 

 

 

 

Itzhak: A Boy Who Loved the Violin tells the story of Itzhak Perlman's boyhood, from his birth in Tel Aviv in 1945 to his rise to fame on the Ed Sullivan Show, where he performed as a  13-year-old child prodigy.  Lyrical language and colorful illustrations dynamically convey how the music can evoke emotions that lead to genius! Itzhak: The Boy Who Loved the Violin is an American Library Association 2021 Schneider Family Book Award Honor title. This program is suitable for elementary students of all ages and their families.

Register here to receive the following: 

A link for special package of fun created by Westport Children's librarians and the  author and illustrator. The link includes an art project and a magical read aloud of the book; a Zoom link for joining Westport author Tracy Newman and illustrator Abigail Halpin for a live celebration  full of music, conversation, and a drawing demonstration. The first 50 families who register and are able to visit the Library in person for pickup will be gifted a signed copy of the book.

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