Pages Through the Ages is a book discussion group hosted jointly by the Westport Museum for History and Culture and the Library. Discuss A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles with Bruce McGuirk and other history buffs. Meetings will alternate between the buildings, so please check the venue prior to attending! Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library patron service desk or electronically.

Registration suggested for this in-person event.

 


History

 

 

Pages Through the Ages is a book discussion group hosted jointly by the Westport Museum for History and Culture and the Library. Discuss Emma Southon's A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Bruce McGuirk and other history buffs. Meetings will alternate between the buildings, so please check the venue prior to attending! Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library patron service desk or electronically.

Registration suggested for this in-person event.

This is a cultural history of murder in Ancient Rome. In Ancient Rome all the best stories have one thing in common - murder. Romulus killed Remus to found the city; Caesar was assassinated to save the Republic. Caligula was butchered in the theatre, Claudius was poisoned at dinner and Galba was beheaded in the forum. In one fifty-year period, twenty-six emperors were murdered.

But what did killing mean in a city where gladiators fought to the death to sate a crowd? Emma Southon examines real-life homicides from Roman history to explore how perpetrator, victim and the act itself were regarded by ordinary people. Inside Ancient Rome's unique culture of crime and punishment, we see how the Romans viewed life, death, and what it means to be human.

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Community Partner: Westport Museum for History & Culture

 


History
Non-Fiction 101

 

 

NOW A VIRTUAL EVENT!

Howard Blum returns to the Westport Library to discuss his newest history, The Spy Who Knew Too Much: An Ex-CIA Officer's Quest Through a Legacy of Betrayal with Maggie Mudd. A retired spy gets back into the game to solve a perplexing case—and reconcile with his daughter, a CIA officer who married into the very family that derailed his own CIA career—in this compulsive true-life tale of vindication and redemption, filled with drama, intrigue, and mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Goodnight, It’s a real-life thriller whose stunning conclusion will make headline news.

In these days of a new Cold War, the revelations in The Spy Who Knew Too Much are chilling. They warn that the past is never past – and that Putin’s Russia is locked in a deadly battle with the CIA, the consequences of which will continue to shake the world order. The invasion of Ukraine is an overt action in a long-running covert secret war of spy vs. spy, told here in headline-making detail.

IF YOU MISSED THE CONVERSATION, PLEASE WATCH RECORDING HERE.

Howard Blum is the author of the New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner American Lightning, as well as Wanted!The Gold of ExodusGanglandThe Floor of Heaven, and, most recently, a 2018 New York Times Notable Book: In the Enemy’s House. His most recent book is Night of the Assassins. Blum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. While at the New York Times, he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

Maggie Mudd moved from New York to Westport 26 years ago to start married life and raise a family. She served 12 years as a Trustee of the Board of the Westport Library, which she credits with curing her trepidation about moving to a small town. She grew up in big cities around the world and had an international career, principally in banking; she also worked at the Commerce Department, the I.M.F., and the non-profit, Financial Services Volunteer Corps. As the daughter of a career diplomat, and with 2 career Army officers among her close relatives who served in sensitive spots, she naturally developed an amateur interest in political-military relations and international conflict prevention.

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View the film, FOUR WINTERS before its official release and join a discussion afterward between Julia R. Mintz, the film's writer/director/producer and Carin Savel, Chief Executive Officer of the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County.

Deep within the forests of World War II Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, and the Ukraine, more than 25,000 Jews fought back against the Nazis and their collaborators. Many of these Jewish Partisans had witnessed the murders of their families and friends before escaping into the forest. Often based in mere holes in the ground and armed with whatever weapons they could build, trade or steal, Jewish men and women organized and fought, against the better-trained and better-equipped war machine that Hitler was rolling across Eastern Europe. The Jewish Partisans executed tactical missions including blowing up trains, bridges, police stations, and telegraph lines. They carried out dangerous assignments, whenever possible carrying two grenades, one for their target and one for themselves in case of capture. By 1944, Jewish Partisan vigilance had made the forests so dangerous that Nazi soldiers were afraid to enter. This film includes interviews with the last living Partisans and shares personal letters, journals, rare film footage and other artifacts to illuminate the many ways Jews resisted the Nazis.

"I set out to make this film in search of an answer to my long-lasting childhood question: “Why didn’t the Jews fight back?” What I discovered, through the survivors’ searing memories, were riveting stories of courageous and inspiring resistance – a chapter in our collective history about the Jewish Partisans that needed to be told.”   Julia Mintz, Director FOUR WINTERS

Please register for a seat at the screening.

World Festival Premiere at Lincoln Center, New York Jewish Film Festival, Winner of Best Documentary, David A. Stein Award at Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Featured as the “Centerpiece Documentary” at the Washington DC JxJ, Featured as the “Centerpiece Documentary” at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Tied for Audience Award at Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, invited for a theatrical run at the Film Forum in NYC, Invited for a theatrical run at the Laemmle Theater in LA, Awarded Stephen Spielberg’s Jewish Story Partners Grant 2022

Community Partner: Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County

Julia Mintz is a writer, producer and director whose work focuses on narratives of bravery and resistance against unimaginable odds. She has been on the producing team for films that have been shortlisted for the Academy Awards, have premiered at Cannes, Sundance and TriBeCa, and won Emmy, Peabody and festival awards. Her films can be seen on HBO, PBS, American Masters, NETFLIX and Amazon. Mintz has worked on many of the country’s most celebrated documentary films. Recent projects include Mr. SOUL!, which premiered at TriBeCa and was short-listed for an Academy Award®. She co-produced Joe Papp in Five Acts and post-produced Get Me Roger Stone, both premiered at TriBeCa. Mintz produced the Emmy-nominated California State of Mind, and post-produced Soundtrack for a Revolution, short-listed for an Academy Award® Best Documentary, premiered at Cannes, nominated for Writers Guild; Nanking, short-listed for Academy Award® which won Peabody®, Emmy®, and Editorial Award at Sundance; and Love Free or Die: Story of Bishop Gene Robinson, winner Sundance Jurors Choice. Additional projects include Muscle Shoals, premiered Sundance; Equity, premiered Sundance; Bing Crosby RediscoveredLife and Times of Frida Kahlo, Emmy® nominee; and Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual. Julia has also produced programming for Discovery, NASA, National Geographic, NHK and SONY. FOUR WINTERS is slated for theatrical release in Fall 2022.

Carin Savel is the Chief Executive Officer of the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County. Carin recently completed service as the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut, where she led the organization’s fundraising, program initiatives and community outreach. Carin mentored a dedicated team that highlighted Federation’s relevancy and visibility, increased revenue, improved outreach efforts, and created meaningful collaborations, before and throughout the pandemic. A strong advocate for women’s philanthropy and meaningful community impact, Carin combines creative intelligence, a broad sense of changing social and economic environments with effective communication skills.

Westporters write books on a wide variety of subjects in all sorts of genres. Authors Gabi Coatsworth and Ted Aldrich will share their new books - a memoir and a history with our community. Saugatuck Scribes is a series  that showcases Westport writers and their newest books.

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

In her memoir Love's Journey Home, Gabi Coatsworth never meant to fall for the handsome American. And after walking away because he was married, the British single mother thought she'd go forever without seeing him again. But her move to Chicago five years later for a career opportunity led to their reunion, a rekindled romance, and a wedding. Forging a thirty-year life together through ups and downs, Gabi finally gave up when her husband's alcoholism became more than she could bear. But not long after, he received a devastating medical diagnosis. Knowing she would regret it if she stayed away, she returned home to care for him.  And unexpectedly learned it's never too late for a second chance…

 

The Partnership: George Marshall, Henry Stimson, and the Extraordinary Collaboration that Won World War II tells the story of how these two men worked together to win World War II and reshape not only the United States, but the world. The dual biography focuses on their sharply contrasting paths to power and how they transformed an outdated, poorly equipped army into a well-equipped modern fighting force of millions.

Award-winning writer Gabi Coatsworth was born in Britain and work brought her and her two children to America. She lives in Connecticut in a cottage that’s American on the outside, and English inside. If she’s not reading, writing, or traveling, she’ll be in her flower garden, wondering whether to weed, and holding a cup of her preferred beverage, strong English tea. The rest of the time she’s working on her next novel.

Edward “Ted” Aldrich’s love of history goes back to his early childhood in Rowayton, CT. After attending Colgate University and Boston College (MBA), he began a long career in banking working in New York, Zurich, and London (he currently works for Auramet Trading). The Partnership is his first book.  Like Gabi Coatsworth, Aldrich is also an avid tea drinker and enthusiastic gardener.

 

 

 

 

 


Biography & Memoir
History
Historical Fiction

 

 

 

Pages Through the Ages is a book discussion group hosted jointly by the Westport Museum for History and Culture and the Library. Discuss Bill Bryson's One Summer: America, 1927 with Bruce McGuirk and other history buffs. Meetings will alternate between the buildings, so please check the venue prior to attending!

The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth was closing in on the home run record. In Newark, New Jersey, Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly sat atop a flagpole for twelve days, and in Chicago, the gangster Al Capone was tightening his grip on bootlegging. The first true “talking picture,” Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer, was filmed, forever changing the motion picture industry. One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.   Read the New York Times Review. 

Registration suggested. If you wish to join via Zoom, please register here. 

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

Community Partner: Westport Museum for History & Culture

 


History
Biography & Memoir

 

Pages Through the Ages is a book discussion group hosted jointly by the Westport Museum for History and Culture and the Library. Discuss War: How Conflict Shaped Us by Margaret MacMillan with Bruce McGuirk and other history buffs. Meetings will alternate between the buildings, so please check the venue prior to attending!

Registration suggested. If you wish to join via Zoom, please register here. 

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

The instinct to fight may be innate in human nature, but war—organized violence—comes with organized society. Margaret MacMillan looks at the ways in which war has influenced human society and how, in turn, changes in political organization, technology, or ideologies have affected how and why we fight.

Community Partner: Westport Museum for History & Culture

 

 

 

Pages Through the Ages is a book discussion group hosted jointly by the Westport Museum for History and Culture and the Library. Discuss God's Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World by Alan Mikhail with Bruce McGuirk and other history buffs. Meetings will alternate between the buildings, so please check the venue prior to attending!

Registration suggested. If you wish to join via Zoom, please register here. 

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

The Ottoman Empire’s history has for centuries been distorted, misrepresented, and even suppressed in the West. Now Alan Mikhail presents a vitally needed recasting of Ottoman history, retelling the story of the Ottoman conquest of the world through the dramatic biography of Sultan Selim I (1470–1520). Drawing on previously unexamined sources from multiple languages, and with original maps and stunning illustrations, Mikhail’s game-changing account “challenges readers to recalibrate their sense of history” (Leslie Peirce)

A leading historian of his generation, Alan Mikhail, professor of history and chair of the Department of History at Yale University, has reforged our understandings of the past through his prize-winning books on the history of the Middle East.

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Community Partner: Westport Museum for History & Culture

 

 

 

Tuesdays 6-7 PM in the Children's Department or access from your home.

Experiencing homework frustration?  The Westport Library has a certified teacher to help your child, whether it is one night or for a long-term project.  Perhaps the routine of going to the library to do homework will help.  Or you might want to access from your home (to do so, please register here).

For in-person, just drop in - no need to register.

For students in grades 2-5.

 

 

Tuesdays 6-7 PM in the Children's Department or access from your home.

Experiencing homework frustration?  The Westport Library has a certified teacher to help your child, whether it is one night or for a long-term project.  Perhaps the routine of going to the library to do homework will help.  Or you might want to access from your home (to do so, please register here).

For in-person, just drop in - no need to register.

For students in grades 2-5.

 

 

Tuesdays 6-7 PM in the Children's Department or access from your home.

Experiencing homework frustration?  The Westport Library has a certified teacher to help your child, whether it is one night or for a long-term project.  Perhaps the routine of going to the library to do homework will help.  Or you might want to access from your home (to do so, please register here).

For in-person, just drop in - no need to register.

For students in grades 2-5.

 

 

Tuesdays 6-7 PM in the Children's Department or access from your home.

Experiencing homework frustration?  The Westport Library has a certified teacher to help your child, whether it is one night or for a long-term project.  Perhaps the routine of going to the library to do homework will help.  Or you might want to access from your home (to do so, please register here).

For in-person, just drop in - no need to register.

For students in grades 2-5.

 

 

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