Items tagged with Authors

The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money

Please see full event listing for date.

Do you have a “friend” who is smart, has a great career, holds a graduate degree, has even saved a fair amount for retirement, but who keeps making the same dumb mistakes when it comes to money? Jill Schlesinger, one of America's most experienced and respected money experts and author of The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money, will share ways to stop the cycle. Register online (coming) for a seat and to purchase the book.

Community Partner: Temple Israel Westport

During her decades as a Wall Street trader, investment adviser and Business Analyst for CBS News, Jill Schlesinger has watched clients, friends, viewers and listeners repeatedly become their own worst financial enemies. As she’s discovered, it’s not lack of smarts that causes even the brightest, most accomplished people among us to be their own worst financial enemies, but simple emotional blind spots. When it comes to some of the biggest financial decisions, it’s frighteningly easy to let your heart lead instead of your brain. CBS Business Analyst Jill Schlesinger will join us to discuss her new book The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money: Thirteen Ways to Right Your Financial Wrongs.

Jill Schlesinger, CFP®, is the Emmy-nominated and Gracie Award Winning Business Analyst for CBS News. She is a weekly guest on NPR’s “Here and Now” and writes the nationally syndicated column “Jill on Money” for Tribune Media Services. Jill won a 2018 Personal Finance Reporting Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)/National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and was the recipient of the 2018 National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), Special Achievement Award, presented for significant contribution to Fee-Only financial planning and helping to educate consumers on the importance of having a comprehensive financial plan.

Jill is the host of the “Jill on Money” podcast and of the nationally syndicated radio show, “Jill on Money,” which won the 2018 Gracie Award for Best National Talk Show. She was named one of the Top 10 LinkedIn Influencers of 2015 and Top 10 LinkedIn Voices of 2016.

 

Jill spent 14 years as the co-owner of and Chief Investment Officer for an independent investment advisory firm. She began her career as a self-employed options trader on the Commodities Exchange of New York, following her graduation from Brown University. Jill serves on the board of StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, sharing and preserving the stories of our lives.

 

 

Trefz Forum
Authors
Authors

A Personal History of Depression and Recovery with Mary Cregan

Please see full event listing for date.

Memoirist Mary Cregan will discuss her new book, The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery¸ and her struggle with depression with Angelina Miceli, Asst. Clinical Director at Positive Directions.

At the age of 27, Mary Cregan led a seemingly enviable life: she was working in publishing and married to her college boyfriend, with a first child on the way. After an easy full-term pregnancy, she gave birth to a baby girl, Anna. But in the hours that followed, it slowly became clear that something was terribly wrong. Two days later Anna died, triggering Mary’s descent into severe depression. Anna’s death was followed by Mary’s diagnosis and hospitalization for melancholic depression; a near-fatal suicide attempt on a locked unit was the low point of her long and arduous path to recovery. A scar from that attempt is a constant reminder of her darkest days, but also of how far she has come.

Community Partners: Westport Department of Human Services and Positive Directions, The Barnard Club of CT

The Scar is at once an intimate narrative and an education in the history of melancholia, the asylum, electroconvulsive therapy, antidepressants, and the experience of those who suffer from depression. Cregan’s unflinching honesty, along with her research into a range of issues that affect a life with depressive disorder, makes THE SCAR an unforgettable and poignant act of reflection. It also provides insight into the management of depression that will offer hope to anyone struggling with the illness.

Mary Cregan is a lecturer in English literature at Barnard College in New York City. She holds an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and a PhD in English and comparative literature from Columbia University. Her work has previously appeared in a variety of publications, including the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Financial Times. The Scar is her first book. Author photo credit James Shapiro

Angelina Miceli, LCSW, is the Asst. Clinical Director of Positive Directions— The Center for Prevention and Counseling. She is an experienced clinician who has provided individual and group psychotherapy in the school system as well as in both the non-profit and private sectors. Angelina is passionate about helping adolescents and adults work through and overcome challenges such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, marital conflict, grief, loss and traumas. She believes that her clients are the experts on their lives and, in turn, are the most important tool in their healing process. Angelina draws from her experience using Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, insight-oriented and strengths-based approaches.
 

Komansky Room
Authors

Dreyer’s English

Please see full event listing for date.

We all write, all the time: books, blogs, emails. Lots and lots of emails. And we all want to write better. Random House copy chief Benjamin Dreyer is here to help with his book Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style. He deconstructs the English language and distills everything he has learned from the myriad books he has copyedited and overseen into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward.

Benjamin Dreyer, author of the New York Times bestseller Dreyer's English, is vice president, executive managing editor and copy chief, of Random House. He began his publishing career as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. In 1993, he became a production editor at Random House, overseeing books by writers including Michael Chabon, Edmund Morris, Suzan-Lori Parks, Michael Pollan, Peter Straub, and Calvin Trillin. He has copyedited books by authors including E. L. Doctorow, David Ebershoff, Frank Rich, and Elizabeth Strout, as well as Let Me Tell You, a volume of previously uncollected work by Shirley Jackson.

Photo: © Gabriel Dreyer

“An essential (and delightful!) grammar guide . . . interwoven with cultural history and lively self-revelation, this bracing manual will up your game even if all you’re writing is emails.”—People (Book of the Week)

“Playful, smart, self-conscious, and personal . . . One encounters wisdom and good sense on nearly every page of Dreyer’s English.”—The Wall Street Journal
 

Komansky Room
Authors
Authors

Books & Bites

Please see full event listing for date.

Enjoy conversation and light refreshments while discovering great new books in this new series that celebrates Westport authors across a variety of genres. Support Westport authors Amy Oestreicher and Alexandra Bregman when they discuss their newest endeavors with local book blogger Jennifer Blankfein and local writing teacher Jan Bassin. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Alexandra Bregman provides details into the legal battle between Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovev and Swiss art warehouse magnate Yves Bouvier in The Bouvier Affair: A True Story. Using first-person accounts from Bouvier and his purported accomplice, Bregman recounts the money laundering scandal that rocked the art world in 2015. She approaches the story with an art historican's sense of scholarship and a journalistic sense of tenacity.

Amy Oestreicher shares her near-death experience and unique personal story, highlighting the disappointments, struggles, triumphs and gratitude in her life on a journey of hope, determination and perseverance in My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful. A celebration of life, Amy shares what trauma can teach all of us and the tremendous gifts which can be reaped. Her book discusses the role that reframing her narrative through storytelling played in her healing process and reintegration into society and provide tools for others to do the same.

Bregman has been published extensively as an art critical writer. She has written about early 20th century Russian art for the Wall Street Journal, ancestral Rajasthani havelis for Architectural Digest, and Austrian Jugendstil art for Cultbytes, where she is Editor-at-Large. Additionally, she wrote for Art Observed from 2011 to 2013, Hong Kong-based Asian Art News in 2012, and continuously for the London-based Asian Art Newspaper since 2012. Her career in the contemporary art world began at Christie’s, then the Gagosian Gallery flagship in 2009. She
received her graduate degree from Columbia Journalism School, her undergraduate degree from Smith College, and spent a year in Paris at Université Paris IV-Sorbonne.

Amy Oestreicher is an international keynote speaker, sexual assault and health advocate, actress, artist, songwriter and Audie Award-nominated playwright. She’s toured her one-woman musical, Gutless and Grateful, winning seven national awards since the 2012 New York premier. Amy’s writings have appeared in over 70 online and print publications and her story has appeared on TODAY and CBS and in Cosmopolitan and Glamour magazines. Amy has delivered TEDx talks on transforming adversity into personal growth through creative expression. She created the #LoveMyDetour movement to inspire individuals to thrive because of, rather than, in spite of, obstacles. www.amyoes.com

Jennifer Gans Blankfein is a freelance marketing consultant for small local businesses and authors and currently works with Bedside Reading where books are placed by the bedside in luxury and boutique hotels. She is an avid reader and reviews books in her blog, Book Nation by Jen. Jennifer graduated from Lehigh University with a Psychology degree and has a background in advertising. Jennifer lives in Westport CT with her husband, two sons and black lab.

Jan Bassin is a writing teacher, consultant and program designer in the literary arts, who believes that the act of writing has transformative power. With an emphasis on social sustainability, she is committed to community building, place-making and forging intergenerational connections. Jan is the founder and director of The Writer’s Workshop at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, where she serves as Coordinator of Writing Programs.

Sheffer Room
Authors
Authors

Thriller Panel: Authors Liv Constantine, Wendy Walker & Kimberly Belle

Please see full event listing for date.

Three top thriller writers — Liv Constantine, Wendy Walker and Kimberly Belle — come together for a panel discussion about the thriller genre as well as their latest works.

Liv Constantine is the pen name of bestselling authors Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Their debut thriller, The Last Mrs. Parrish, was a Reese Witherspoon book club selection, a People Magazine book of the week, a Target book club selection, and is in development for television. Their next book, The Last Time I Saw You, will be published by HarperCollins in May. They are national and international bestselling authors with books available in 27 countries.

Wendy Walker is a former family law attorney in Fairfield County, Connecticut who began writing while at home raising her three sons. She published two novels with St. Martin’s Press and edited multiple compilations for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series before writing her debut psychological thriller, All is Not Forgotten in 2016. Her second thriller, Emma In The Night, was released the following year. Her latest novel, The Night Before, was published in May 2019. Wendy is currently writing her fourth thriller while managing a busy household.

Kimberly Belle is the international bestselling author of five novels of suspense. Her third, The Marriage Lie, was a semifinalist in the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Mystery & Thriller and has been translated into ten languages. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Kimberly worked in marketing and nonprofit fundraising before turning to writing fiction. She lived for over a decade in the Netherlands and currently divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.

 

Komansky Room
Panel Discussions, Authors
Authors

NEW DATE: Cookbook Club: Hero Dinners: Complete One-Pan Meals

Please see full event listing for date.

Join Westporters Marge Perry and David Bonom as they discuss and give demos from their new book, Hero Dinners: Complete One-Pan Meals That Save the Day. Even if you love to cook, the last thing you want to do at the end of a long day is wash a sink full of pots and pans. Hero Dinners gives you the superpower to make delicious, well-balanced meals using fresh, wholesome ingredients—all in just one sheet pan or skillet. The wizardry behind these complete meals is in super smart, innovative— and simple!—techniques that ensure you won’t end up with muddled flavors and textures. With these inventive recipes, you’ll maximize the impact of each and every ingredient and flavor. And every recipe truly makes a complete meal, including protein and a vegetable or grain—and usually both.

Location: Tim's Kitchen, Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway, Westport

Community Partner: Wakeman Town Farm

Cookbook Club guide

MARGE PERRY and DAVID BONOM are the owners of Vittles & Verbs, a company that provides food content to media, commodity boards, and corporations of all sizes. They live just outside New York City with two well-fed dogs and an oversize cat. Marge is an award-winning columnist for Newsday, a regular contributor for Rachael Ray Every Day, a health columnist for Allrecipes magazine, the long-time Ask the Expert columnist for MyRecipes, and founder of the blog A Sweet & Savory Life. Her work has also appeared regularly in numerous other publications, including the New York Times, Cooking Light, and Better Homes & Gardens. Marge is a chef-instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education and teaches food writing both there and at New York University. David started his culinary career at Union Square Café and is a CCP (Certified Culinary Professional). After cooking for such notable clients as Bette Midler, first lady Hillary Clinton, the Tisch family, and Sotheby’s, David served as test kitchen director for a number of magazines. His recipes have appeared regularly in many publications, including EatingWell, Fine Cooking, Cooking Light, and Better Homes & Gardens. He has also contributed to more than fifty cookbooks, including the Weber grilling, Weight Watchers, and Flat Belly Diet series.

Wakeman Town Farm
Book Groups, Authors

Author Candace Bushnell is Now SOLD OUT!

Please see full event listing for date.

This event is sold out and a waitlist is available. Available and unclaimed seats will be made available to attendees on the wait list beginning at 6:50 pm. Those on the wait list must check in by 6:45 pm. Registrater for the waitlist. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at the event,

Were you a Sex and the City fan? Candace Bushnell will speak about her new collection of essays, Is There Still Sex in the City?, with Westport book blogger Jennifer Blankfein the day before her book is available in stores. Bushnell dives into love and dating habits of middle-aged men and women as they continue to navigate the ever-modernizing world of relationships.

In Is There Still Sex in The City?, Bushnell looks at love and life from all angles—marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all. This is a pull-no-punches social commentary and an indispensable companion to one of the most revolutionary dating books of the twentieth century.

Jennifer Gans Blankfein is a freelance marketing consultant for small local businesses and authors and currently works with Bedside Reading where books are placed by the bedside in luxury and boutique hotels. She is an avid reader and reviews books in her blog, Book Nation by Jen. Jennifer graduated from Lehigh University with a Psychology degree and has a background in advertising. Jennifer lives in Westport CT with her husband, two sons and black lab.

Author photo credit Patrick McMullan
 

Special thanks to Freixenet Mionetto USA.
 

Trefz Forum
Authors
Authors

Author J. Ryan Stradal

Please see full event listing for date.

Did you enjoy reading Kitchens of the Great Midwest? J. Ryan Stradal comes to Westport with The Lager Queen of Minnesota, his new novel on family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer.

Registration is encouraged. Purchase a book too! Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at the event. 

Enjoy samples from local brewmeister, TJ Elgin, of Full Moon Brewing pouring for and in partnership with Berkshire Brewing Co.

The Lager Queen of Minnesota serves up a cast of lovable, quintessentially Midwestern characters eager to make their mark in a world that's often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting, humorous, emotional family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we're surprised, moved, and delighted.

J. Ryan Stradal is a contributing editor at TASTE Magazine. His bestselling debut, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, won the 2016 American Booksellers Association Indie's Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year and also the 2016 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for debut fiction. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Granta, The Rumpus and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he co-hosts a culinary-themed reading series called Hot Dish. He has also worked as a TV producer, notably for "Ice Road Truckers" and "Deadliest Catch."

 

Komansky Room
Authors
Authors

POSTPONED: Cookbook Club: Hero Dinners: Complete One-Pan Meals

Please see full event listing for date.

Postponed. Please check back later for a new date.

Join Westporters Marge Perry and David Bonom as they discuss and give demos from their new book, Hero Dinners: Complete One-Pan Meals That Save the Day. Even if you love to cook, the last thing you want to do at the end of a long day is wash a sink full of pots and pans. Hero Dinners gives you the superpower to make delicious, well-balanced meals using fresh, wholesome ingredients—all in just one sheet pan or skillet. The wizardry behind these complete meals is in super smart, innovative— and simple!—techniques that ensure you won’t end up with muddled flavors and textures. With these inventive recipes, you’ll maximize the impact of each and every ingredient and flavor. And every recipe truly makes a complete meal, including protein and a vegetable or grain—and usually both.

Location: Tim's Kitchen, Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway, Westport

Community Partner: Wakeman Town Farm

Cookbook Club guide

MARGE PERRY and DAVID BONOM are the owners of Vittles & Verbs, a company that provides food content to media, commodity boards, and corporations of all sizes. They live just outside New York City with two well-fed dogs and an oversize cat. Marge is an award-winning columnist for Newsday, a regular contributor for Rachael Ray Every Day, a health columnist for Allrecipes magazine, the long-time Ask the Expert columnist for MyRecipes, and founder of the blog A Sweet & Savory Life. Her work has also appeared regularly in numerous other publications, including the New York Times, Cooking Light, and Better Homes & Gardens. Marge is a chef-instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education and teaches food writing both there and at New York University. David started his culinary career at Union Square Café and is a CCP (Certified Culinary Professional). After cooking for such notable clients as Bette Midler, first lady Hillary Clinton, the Tisch family, and Sotheby’s, David served as test kitchen director for a number of magazines. His recipes have appeared regularly in many publications, including EatingWell, Fine Cooking, Cooking Light, and Better Homes & Gardens. He has also contributed to more than fifty cookbooks, including the Weber grilling, Weight Watchers, and Flat Belly Diet series.

Wakeman Town Farm
Book Groups, Authors

Memoirists Liz Scott and Victoria Bilski

Please see full event listing for date.

Join memoirists Liz Scott (This Never Happened) and Tory Bilski (Wild Horses of the Summer Sun: A Memoir of Iceland) for a conversation about their memoirs and the writing process. Memoirist and writing teacher Mary-Lou Weisman will moderate the discussion.

This Never Happened is a genre-bending memoir, told in a non-linear way using photographs, letters and lists. This is a spare work—alternatively heartbreaking and darkly comic. Like an archeological dig, Scott’s memoir goes in search of the answers to the mysteries of her family. In her relentless quest to uncover the truth, she leaves no one, including herself, unexamined. In the end, it is about the challenge of making peace with questions that will never be answered and the struggle to forgive.

In Wild Horses of the Summer Sun: A Memoir of Iceland, Tory Bilski tells of her annual trip to meet with fellow women travelers in Reykjavik where they head to northern Iceland. They escape their ordinary lives to live an extraordinary one at a horse farm perched at the edge of the world—if only for a short while. When they first came, these women were strangers to one another. The only thing they had in common was their passion for Icelandic horses. However, over the years, their relationships with each other deepens, growing older together and keeping each other young. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Location: Suzuki Music School of Westport, 246 Post Rd East

Staples HIgh School graduate Elizabeth Scott has been a practicing psychologist for 40 years, helping clients to identify life themes and make sense of the puzzle of their lives. She has brought this focus to her writing in the last fifteen years, first as a short story writer and most recently in her memoir, This Never Happened. She has been published in numerous literary journals and served two terms on the board of Oregon Literary Arts. Originally from New York City, she currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Tory Bilski is the founder of www.Icelandica.net and her short stories have been published in  The  Kenyon  Review,  Black  Warrior  Review,  13th  Moon, and other literary magazines. She has received a Pushcart Prize nomination and an Honorable Mention from the 92nd Street Y for her short stories, and she has recently published in Atlas  Obscura,  Roads  & Kingdoms, The Hartford Courant and Iceland Review. She has a B.A. from Oswego State, and a M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University. Tory works at Yale University and lives near New Haven, Connecticut, with her family. 

Mary-Lou Weisman is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. Her published books include: My Baby Boomer Baby Book (rev. ed. Workman), Traveling While Married (Algonquin Books), My (Middle-aged) Baby Book: A Record of Milestones, Millstones and Gallstones, (Workman Publishing Co.) and Intensive Care: A Family Love Story (Random House) and Playing House in Provence: How Two Americans Became a Little Bit French (iUniverse). Her essays, feature articles, interviews, and film and book reviews have appeared in many magazines, among them The Atlantic Monthly ,The New Republic, Newsweek and Vogue. For several years, she wrote a column, “One Woman’s Voice” nationally syndicated by the New York Times and, following that, the “Hers” column and many travel essays for the New York Times. She has also served as a commentator on Public Radio International’s Savvy Traveler. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, PEN, and The Authors Guild. She had taught memoir and personal essay writing at the Tisch School at NYU and The New School and currently teaches both subjects at the Westport Library.

Suzuki Music School
Authors
Authors