Firekeeper's Daughter is a novel that ranges far and wide, encapsulating Native American culture, family tragedy, and also ice hockey, with much of the novel's action set around the game.

If you've ever wondered what it feels like to send a puck into a goal, join members of the Staples Wreckers hockey team during the free skate at the Longshore PAL skating rink.

Members of The Westport Library staff will be there to share copies of the WestportREADS choice and information about other events. Please join us!

Join other members of the community in discussing this year's WestportREADS selection, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue. 

This event will take place at the Lucille Lortel White Barn at the Westport Country Playhouse (25 Powers Court, Westport).

In accordance with the Playhouse’s policy, all attendees will be required to show proof of full vaccination (in the form of a CDC Vaccination Card or a photo or photocopy of the card).

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget. France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

Created in 2002, WestportREADS is designed to deepen engagement in literature by the community reading the featured book and joining in a book discussion and programs. WestportREADS is supported through a generous bequest by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Community Partner: Westport Country Playhouse

WestportREADS 2022
What do I Read Next?

This discussion has been postponed to the April 3rd event at the Westport Country Playhouse. Please register.

Join other members of the community in discussing this year's WestportREADS selection, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue. 

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget. France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

Created in 2002, WestportREADS is designed to deepen engagement in literature by the community reading the featured book and joining in a book discussion and programs. WestportREADS is supported through a generous bequest by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.


WestportREADS 2022
What do I Read Next?

In this year's Westport Reads novel, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, a young woman's Faustian bargain allows her immortality, but leaves her in oblivion until one person remembers her. Centuries ago, Dr. Faustus signed away his soul to the devil in exchange for eternal life, power, and perfection, thus creating the original “deal with the devil.” Explore literary "Fausts" through history with Dr. Emily Bryan, who teaches Renaissance literature at Sacred Heart University.

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

Dr. Bryan joined the Sacred Heart faculty after teaching at West Point, Dominican College, Northwestern and Brown. In addition to research and publications on Early Modern Drama, especially boy actors, education, gender performance, religious theater, women’s writing, and transatlantic networks, Dr. Bryan is actively involved in theater production, having worked for Shakespeare on the Sound in Norwalk, CT for over 10 years, as a dramaturg and director of education.


WestportREADS 2022
Fantasy 101
Fiction and Non-Fiction We're Excited About

Join other members of the community in discussing this year's WestportREADS selection, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue. 

Please consider joining the discussion on March 29. 

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget. France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

Created in 2002, WestportREADS is designed to deepen engagement in literature by the community reading the featured book and joining in a book discussion and programs. WestportREADS is supported through a generous bequest by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Community Partner: Westport Weston Family YMCA

Join other members of the community in discussing this year's WestportREADS selection, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue at the Center for Senior Activities (21 Imperial Avenue).

Please consider joining the discussion group on March 29.

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget. France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

Created in 2002, WestportREADS is designed to deepen engagement in literature by the community reading the featured book and joining in a book discussion and programs. WestportREADS is supported through a generous bequest by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Join other members of the community in discussing this year's WestportREADS selection, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue. 

This event will take place at MoCA Westport (19 Newtown Turnpike, Westport). Please register.

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget. France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

Created in 2002, WestportREADS is designed to deepen engagement in literature by the community reading the featured book and joining in a book discussion and programs. WestportREADS is supported through a generous bequest by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Community Partner: MoCA Westport


WestportREADS 2022
Fantasy 101
Fiction and Non-Fiction We're Excited About

Join other members of the community in discussing this year's WestportREADS selection, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue. 

This event will take place in the Library. Please register.

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget. France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

Created in 2002, WestportREADS is designed to deepen engagement in literature by the community reading the featured book and joining in a book discussion and programs. WestportREADS is supported through a generous bequest by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

In her book, WE NEED NEW STORIES: The Myths that Subvert Freedom, Nesrine Malik will examine six political myths used to deflect and discredit demands for social justice with Catherine Lewis.

Exploring how political myths function, she breaks down how they are employed to subvert calls for equality from historically disenfranchised groups. Interweaving reportage with an incendiary analysis of American history and politics, she offers a compelling account of how calls to preserve "free speech" are used against the vulnerable; how a fixation with "wokeness," "political correctness," and "cancel culture" is in fact an organized and well-funded campaign by elites; and how the fear of racial minorities and their “identity politics” obscures the biggest threat of all—white terrorism. What emerges is a radical framework for understanding the crises roiling American contemporary politics in this "Publishers Weekly most anticipated book of Spring 2021."

This is a virtual event, please register.

Purchase a copy of WE NEED NEW STORIES.

Nesrine Malik is an award-winning British-Sudanese columnist and features writer for the GuardianWE NEED NEW STORIES is her first book. She lives in London.

Catherine Lewis, LCSW, MS, is a member of the teaching faculty at Ackerman Institute for the Family and the Director of Ackerman's Foster Care and Adoption Project (FCAP). Catherine specializes in working with individuals and families impacted by interpersonal and systemic trauma. She maintains a small private practice in New York City and Westport, working with families, couples and children and is a member of TEAM Westport.

Read The Guardian's review. 

 

Towards a More Perfect Union: Confronting Racism

Own Voice Booklist

Stop Racial Injustice

As Confederate monuments come down in U.S. cities, America is once again grappling with its racist past. For Ty Seidule, a retired Brigadier General in the U.S. Army and Professor Emeritus of History at West Point, this issue is personal. Brought up to revere Robert E. Lee, Seidule once believed that the Confederates were romantic underdogs who lost the Civil War with honor. Seidule will discuss his new book, ROBERT E. LEE AND ME: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause, with Maggie Mudd, former Westport Library trustee. Seidule describes how he confronted the racist legacy at the core of his identity and challenges the persistent myths of the Lost Cause.

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

“Seidule openly confronts his own indifference to racism, and this absorbing book will be of value to anyone interested in how history informs our present.”—Library Journal, Starred Review

“A timely, powerful, compelling – and courageous – book. In Robert E. Lee and Me, Brigadier General Ty Seidule takes readers on a fascinating intellectual journey...This is a book of enormous importance and tremendous insight, a book that only a true southerner – and a true historian – could have written.”—General David Petraeus, US Army (Ret.), former Commander of the Surge in Iraq, US Central Command, and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan and former Director of the CIA.

Ty Seidule is Professor Emeritus of History at West Point where he taught for two decades. He served in the U.S. Army for thirty-six years, retiring as a brigadier general in 2020. He is the Chamberlain Fellow at Hamilton College as well as a New America Fellow. He has published numerous books, articles, and videos on military history including the award-winning West Point History of the Civil War. Ty graduated from Washington and Lee University and holds a PhD from the Ohio State University.

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.

 

The American Civil War

Towards a More Perfect Union: Confronting Racism

American Government: The Thirteenth Amendment

 

This event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Towards a More Perfect Union: Confronting Racism

African American History

Cinema of Diversity

Own Voices Booklist

 

Discuss Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, a WestportREADS selection, which examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

Via Zoom conferencing. Contact Carolyn Karwoski, [email protected] to register.

PageTurners Book Club page

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westport Reads 2021: Towards a More Perfect Union

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Stop Racial Injustice Guide

Resources for Book Clubs

 

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