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Wednesday May 2, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Talk - The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold with Joyce Malcolm Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for an Author Talk with historian Joyce Lee Malcolm as she discusses her just-released book The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold.

Proud and talented, history now remembers this conflicted man solely through the lens of his last desperate act of treason. Yet the fall of Benedict Arnold remains one of the Revolutionary period’s great puzzles. Why did a brilliant military commander, who repeatedly risked his life fighting the British, who was grievously injured in the line of duty, and fell into debt personally funding his own troops, ultimately became a traitor to the patriot cause?

Joyce Lee Malcolm unravels the man behind the myth and gives us a portrait of the true Arnold and his world. There was his dramatic victory against the British at Saratoga in 1777 and his troubled childhood in a pre-revolutionary America beset with class tension and economic instability. We witness his brilliant wartime military exploits and learn of his contentious relationship with a newly formed and fractious Congress, fearful of powerful military leaders, like Arnold, who could threaten the nation’s fragile democracy.

Throughout, Malcolm weaves in portraits of Arnold’s great allies, George Washington, General Schuyler, his beautiful and beloved wife Peggy Shippen, and others, as well as his unrelenting enemy John Adams, British General Clinton, and master spy John Andre. 

Dr. Joyce Lee Malcolm is an historian and constitutional scholar specializing in British and colonial American History. She is the Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. She has previously taught at Princeton University and Cambridge University. She has written many books and articles on the Second Amendment and individual rights.

This program is co-sponsored by the Library, Books on the Common, Keeler Tavern Museum, Ridgefield Historical Society and the Drum Hill Chapter of the DAR with special thanks to West Lane Inn and Nutmeg Livery.

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Tuesday May 22, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Reclaiming Kindness: How Women Can Redefine What a Strong Leader Looks Like with Fran Hauser Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

In this one-hour conversation,  Reclaiming Kindness: How Women Can Redefine What a Strong Leader Looks Like, Fran Hauser will help women -- of all ages -- unlock the key to kindness AND strength to reach their career goals.

She presents the scientific case for kindness and compassion (hint: it actually earns you more respect), shares real- life anecdotes and discusses why women are positioned - now more than ever - to own their kindness and transform the image of what a strong, successful leader looks like.

Fran Hauser is a long-time media executive, startup investor, celebrated champion of women and girls, and author of The Myth of the Nice Girl (April 2018). Reviews for the book are coming in strong.  Arianna Huffington wrote that the book "Redefines our outdated notion of what a powerful leader looks like." 

Hauser has held senior positions at some of the world’s largest digital media businesses, including Time Inc.'s PEOPLE, InStyle and Entertainment Weekly, as well as AOL and Moviefone.

This program is co-sponsored by the Library, Books on the Common, RLAM5K and Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce and is part of the Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life series. Copies of The Myth of the Nice Girl will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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Thursday May 24, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Talk - Connecticut Icons with Charles Monagan Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us as author Charles Monagan discusses a colorful new edition of "Connecticut Icons" published by Globe Pequot. He will cover many Connecticut icons in this talk from Sleeping Giant, the Merritt Parkway and the USS Nautilus to hot lobster rolls, Wiffle Balls and Pepperidge Farm bread. His presentation encourages audience participation, most notably through a Connecticut Icons Quiz. 

Charles Monagan has been a writer and editor since 1972, when he graduated from Dartmouth College. His work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, and from 1989 to 2013 he was the editor of Connecticut Magazine. In 1997, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Reporting from the national City and Regional Magazine Association. In 2012, he received the Connecticut Press Club’s Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Journalism, a lifetime award.

Monagan is the author of 10 books, including The Neurotic’s HandbookThe Reluctant Naturalist, and How to Get a Monkey into Harvard. Additionally, he wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Mad Bomber, which was produced in 2011 and won first place in the Academy for New Musical Theatre’s 2012 international Search for New Musicals.

Monagan’s most recent books are Carrie Welton (2016), a novel, which was a semifinalist for the international J.J. Bennetts Award for historical fiction, and Connecticut Icons (2017). He lives in Middlebury, Connecticut with his wife, Marcia.

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Wednesday June 6, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Trivial Pursuit Italian Style with Author Carla Gambescia Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Test your knowledge and discover surprising new facts and insights about “The Boot.” An edu-taining evening for those curious about (or already in amore with) Italy and its cultural and culinary gifts. Carla Gambescia author of La Dolce Vita University – a unique lifestyle compendium of all things Italian: food, wine, history, art, film, style, and more – will be our MC.

Carla created the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour, winner of Outside magazine’s “Best Trip in Western Europe". Join us and bring your “Inner Italian”! 

This program is co-sponsored by Books on the Common.  Copies of La Dolce Vita University will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Thursday June 7, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Parisian Charm School with Author Jamie Cat Callan Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Discover what French women know about embracing that irresistible joie de vivre

In our hectic lives, it’s hard to stay connected to what makes us feel most alive—our beauty, confidence, uniqueness, and personal style.  Happily, French women know the secrets to cultivating that lifelong je ne sais quoi and author Jamie Cat Callan shares those secrets with you in Parisian Charm School. 

From savoring the everyday beauty around you to engaging in captivating conversations, playing dress-up, dancing the tango, hosting impromptu dinner parties and picnics under the stars--and of course mastering the art of French flirting--the lively and inspiring lessons in this “syllabus” will help you rediscover your beautiful, fierce, romantic engaging best self to attract the best of everything into your life.

Class is in session!

Jamie Cat Callan is the author of the recently released Parisian Charm School (Penguin Random House).  She is also the author of the bestselling books French Women Don’t Sleep AloneBonjour, Happiness! and Ooh La La! French Women’s Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day. Her books have been published in twenty-one countries and have been featured in major magazines, including The New York TimesVanity Fair, and Time. Jamie makes her home in New York’s Hudson Valley at La Belle Farm, where she and her husband have created a little bit of France and grow lavender, sunflowers and produce their own brand of French sparkling apple cider.

This Author Talk is co-sponsored by the Library and Books on teh Common.  Copies of Parisian Charm School will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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Tuesday June 12, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Talk: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen with Hannah Howard Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Hannah Howard is a writer, food expert, and the author of Feast: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen, a compulsively readable memoir about a woman at war with herself, her body, and food – all while working her way through the underbelly of New York's glamorous culinary scene. Howard unflinchingly examines her lifelong struggles with food and eating disorders, gendered power dynamics in the workplace, and our obsession with rarified food. Experiencing anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive eating throughout her youth, Howard used food and her weight as she posits many women do: to measure her self-worth, her willpower, her place in the world. Howard's work has been published in New York Magazine, VICE, and Self. She also mentors women recovering from eating disorders by helping them build happy, healthy relationships with food and themselves. She lives in New York City.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Thursday June 14, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change with Mary Beth Pfeiffer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Mary Beth Pfeiffer will discuss her new book Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change.

Pfeiffer has been a journalist for four decades. In the last five years, she has emerged as the nation's leading investigative reporter on Lyme disease, attracting national and international attention and winning seven awards for her groundbreaking articles. Judges who awarded her the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award called her articles, "Exhaustively reported...a great example of explanatory journalism on a matter of public health concern using both well-chosen expert sources and ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances.”

A graduate of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Pfeiffer began her career at the Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance, her hometown newspaper. She reported for 30 years for the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal, a small daily newspaper that supported her research.

Pfeiffer’s articles have been underwritten by the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Kaiser Family Foundation for Health, and the Open Society Institute, which named her a Soros Justice Media Fellow in 2004. The fellowship led to the publication in 2007 of her first book, “Crazy in America: The Hidden Tragedy ofthe Criminalized Mentally Ill,” which has been acclaimed as a testament to the inhumanity of prison solitary confinement. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, Village Voice, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Hartford Courant, Des Moines Register, Newsday, and USA Weekend magazine. 

 She resides on a country lane in Ulster County, N.Y., with her husband, Robert Miraldi, an author and journalism professor.

This program is co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library, Lyme Connection and Books on the Common. Copies of Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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