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. Explore literary "Fausts" through history with Dr. Emily Bryan, who teaches Renaissance literature at Sacred Heart University.
Join acclaimed filmmaker Trey Ellis as he sits down with Anthony Ray Hinton for a riveting conversation about race, wrongful incarceration, and social justice.
One of the longest serving death row prisoners in Alabama history, Mr. Hinton was freed after presenting evidence of innocence. Trey Ellis is an American Book Award Winning novelist, Emmy and Peabody-winning filmmaker.
Dr. Redell Hearn, Curator of Art and Civil Rights at the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS, and Kathie Motes Bennewitz, Westport's Town Curator, discuss Westport's renowned artist, writer and civil rights activist, Tracy Sugarman's participation in the Freedom Summer project in Mississippi, chronicling the drive to register Black voters.
Join Andrea Williams as she discusses her new book, BASEBALL'S LEADING LADY with Ramin Ganeshram, executive director of the Westport Museum for History and Culture. This is the riveting true story of the woman at the center of the Black baseball world: Effa Manley, co-owner and business manager of the Newark Eagles.
Dr. Kelly Marino is a historian of 20th century America with a focus on women’s history and the history of sexuality. She discusses the post-1920 tactics of female political groups such as the League of Women Voters and the National Woman’s Party during what scholars term the “inter-wave” years of feminism.
Learn about Lillian Wald, founder of the Henry Street Settlement and Visiting Nurses from Dr. Marjorie Feld, professor at Babson College.
A conversation about The Body Politic: an historical look at the struggle for bodily autonomy – personal, legal, medical – that has been central to feminist activism. This program with Kate Manning and Rhea Hirshman is part of this year’s Westport READS series.
Writer and editor George Hodgman talks about the WestportREADS 2017 selection "Bettyville." His critically-acclaimed memoir relates with wit and tenderness a son's journey from New York City to care for his irascible mother in his Missouri hometown.
Eric Burns, former host of Fox News's acclaimed Fox News Watch and a veteran of NBC Nightly News and Today, talks about his social histories The Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol and The Smoke of the Gods: A Social History of Tobacco.
Dr. Gerry Kuroghlian, retired Staples High School English teacher, presented on the historical Amelia Earhart as part of WestportREADS 2012. This year, I Was Amelia Earhart, by Jane Mendelsohn was the book selected for the community to read.
Jane Mendelsohn, the author for this year's Westport READS 2012 book, I Was Amelia Earhart", gave a talk about her work to our patrons.