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Wednesday October 25, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM How To Write A Novel: Victoria Redel in Conversation with Julia Strayer Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Victoria Redel, author of five books of fiction and three books of poetry, will share the secrets of the many ways to write a novel. In conversation with Julia Strayer, Victoria will discuss her creative process, and the surprises she has encountered, plus, how to find the best point of view and structure, make characters feel real, manage many characters, reveal secrets, and keep writer’s block at bay.

Victoria’s newest novel, Before Everything, is due out June 27th, 2017. http://www.victoriaredel.com/

Victoria Redel is the author of three books of poetry and five books of fiction. Her new novel, Before Everything, will be out with Viking Penguin in June 2017 and is forthcoming in the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Turkey and China. Her novel The Border of Truth (Counterpoint 2007,) weaves the situation of refugees and a daughter’s awakening to the history and secrets of her father’s survival and loss. It was a Barnes and Noble Great New Writers Discovery Selection. Loverboy (2001, Graywolf /2002, Harcourt), was awarded the 2001 S. Mariella Gable Novel Award and the 2002 Forward Silver Literary Fiction Prize and was chosen in 2001 as a Los Angeles Times Best Book. Loverboy was adapted for a feature film directed by Kevin Bacon. Swoon (2003, University of Chicago Press), was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award. Her work has been widely anthologized and translated. Redel’s fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and journals including Granta.com. Harvard Review, The Quarterly, The Literarian, The New York Times, The L.A. Times, O the Oprah magazine, Elle, Bomb, More and NOON.

Redel is on the graduate and undergraduate faculty of Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught in the Graduate Writing Programs of Columbia University and Vermont College. Redel was the McGee Professor at Davidson College. She has received fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment For The Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center. Victoria Redel was born in New York. She is a first generation American of Belgian, Rumanian, Egyptian and Russian and Polish descent. She attended Dartmouth College (BA) and Columbia University (MFA).

Julia Strayer’s writing appears, or is forthcoming, in Glimmer Train, SmokeLong Quarterly, Post Road Magazine, Mid-American Review, South Dakota Review, Fiction Southeast, and others. She placed first in the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers, was a finalist in the 2016 Indiana Review 1/2K Prize, and has been anthologized in The Best Small Fictions 2015. She earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and teaches creative writing at New York University.

This program is co-sponsored by the Library and Books on the Common.  Copies of Before Everything will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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Thursday October 26, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse with Rich Cohen Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

The Chicago Cubs Book JacketBooks on the Common and Ridgefield Library present an Author Talk with Rich Cohen about his new book The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse.

For Rich Cohen and millions of other fans, the Cubs have always been more than a team: they’ve been the protagonists of a King Arthur epic, in search of the Holy Grail that is winning the World Series. A chronicle of the last few miraculous seasons as experienced through the prism of Cubs history, The Chicago Cubs tracks the famous curse, which was placed on the team in 1945 by the infamous owner of the Billy Goat Tavern, who was ejected from Wrigley Field when he tried to bring his goat into the grandstand for the fifth game of the World Series. He vowed the team would never get back to the championship. And they hadn’t—until now.

Cohen follows the Cubs’ early days as the first powerhouse baseball team, winners of the 1907 and 1908 World Series; their storied players, such as Billy Sunday, the second baseman who became the most popular preacher in America; their old stadiums; their owners, from the chewing gum magnate William Wrigley to Thomas Ricketts, director of Ameritrade; and their time between the two World Wars—all of it leading up to the momentous 2016 World Series appearance and the breaking of the famed curse. A captivating blend of reportage and memoir, drawing on Cohen’s extensive interviews and travels with recent Cubs players, owners, and coaching staff, The Chicago Cubs is a portrait not only of a team but also of a city, a game, and what it means to be a perpetually disappointed fan who is finally rewarded.

Rich Cohen is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Tough Jews; The Avengers; Monsters; Sweet and Low; When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead (with Jerry Weintraub); and The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones. He is a cocreator of the HBO series Vinyl and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone and has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Harper’s Magazine, among other publications. Cohen has won the Great Lakes Book Award, the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, and the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for outstanding coverage of music. His stories have been included in The Best American Essays and The Best American Travel Writing. He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Talk: Alone: Britain, Churchill and Dunkirk with Michael Korda Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Ridgefield Library and Books on the Common welcome back Michael Korda who will discuss his latest book Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat into Victory.

An epic of remarkable originality, Alone captures the heroism of World War II as movingly as any book in recent memory. Bringing to vivid life the world leaders, generals, and ordinary citizens who fought on both sides of the war, Michael Korda, the best-selling author of Clouds of Glory, chronicles the outbreak of hostilities, recalling as a prescient young boy the enveloping tension that defined pre-Blitz London, and then as a military historian witnessing the great events that would alter the course of the twentieth century.

For indeed, May 1940 was a month like no other. The superior German war machine blazed into France, as the Maginot Line, supposedly "as firmly fixed in place as the Pyramids," crumbled in days. With the fall of Holland and Belgium, the imminent fall of Paris, the British Army stranded at Dunkirk, and Neville Chamberlain’s government in political freefall, Winston Churchill became prime minister on this historical nadir of May 10, 1941. Britain, diplomatically isolated, was suddenly the only nation with the courage and the resolve to defy Hitler.

Against this vast historical canvas, Korda relates what happened and why. It is this pivotal turning point in world history that Korda captures with such immediacy in Alone, a work that triumphantly demonstrates that even the most calamitous defeats can become the most legendary victories.

“Michael Korda, who has often extended our understanding of so many diverse subjects, has accomplished another masterpiece in Alone. Dealing with Britain’s desperate situation as France fell, he shows how the evacuation from Dunkirk became the inspiration for eventual British victory. One of Korda’s best.” — Henry Kissinger

This program is co-sponsored by the Library, Books on the Common, Keeler Tavern Museum and Ridgefield Historical Society.

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Wednesday November 8, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Born to Be Wild: Why Teens Take Risks and How to Keep Them Safe Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

As part of the Parenting the #Selfie Generation: Resilience for Life series, acclaimed adolescent psychiatrist Jess Shatkin, M.D., of the NYU Child Study Center, will give a talk about a groundbreaking, research-based guide that sheds new light on why young people make dangerous choices – and offers solutions that work. 

Parenting the #Selfie Generation is a community-wide collaboration with Ridgefield Public Schools, Ridgefield Council of PTAs, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Youth Commission, Books on the Common, Project Resilience, Town Vibe, and Silver Hill Hospital.

Copies of Born to Be Wild will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Friday November 10, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Talk with Roz Chast: Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

 Books on the Common and the Ridgefield Library are thrilled to welcome back cartoonist Roz Chast to talk about her latest book Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York.

Combining cartoons with photographs, maps, and other drawings, Going Into Town is part playful guide, part New York stories, and part love letter to the city, told through Chast's laugh-out-loud, touching, and true cartoons. Fans of her #1 New York Times-bestselling and NBCC award-winning graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? will love the stories of young Roz “going into town” with her parents, armed with food and warnings. 

For native Brooklynite and quintessential New Yorker Roz Chast, adjusting to life in the suburbs (where people own trees!?) was surreal. But she recognized that for her kids, the reverse was true. On trips into town, they would marvel at the strange world of Manhattan: its gum-wad-dotted sidewalks, honey-combed streets, and "those West Side Story-things" (fire escapes).

Their wonder at such unfamiliar sights inspired Going Into Town (Bloomsbury publication date: October 3, 2017). The idea began as a small booklet Roz created for her daughter before she left home to attend college in Manhattan. Roz’s desire to introduce her daughter to the city so they didn’t “get off on the wrong foot” has become her big-hearted, charming, and funny exhortation to all of her readers: “I feel about Manhattan the way I feel about a book, a TV series, a movie, a play, and artist, a song, a food, a whatever that I love. I want to tell you about it so that maybe you will love it too.”

“The wonderful and inimitable Roz Chast introduces her old friend, New York City, in a beguiling way that will illuminate newcomers, prompt old-timers to nod in recognition, and inspire a whole new generation of siamese standpipe buffs.” —Luc Sante.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event thanks to Books on the Common.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Monday November 13, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Talk: Wealth Redefined with Bob Reby Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for an Author Talk with author Bob Reby who will discuss his recently released book Wealth Redefined.

For most people, the word wealth conjures images of material possessions and luxury: fancy jewelry, exotic automobiles, opulent living quarters, and vacations in Southern France. To become wealthy is the pinnacle of the iconic American Dream. When you can afford the best of everything you want, you get to live happily ever after. . .

That may be the traditional vision of wealth, but it is not most people’s experience.

Drawing on over twenty years of experience as a Certified Financial Planner, author Bob Reby explores the idea that wealth means different things to different people. Your health, relationships, and family are all components of wealth, and your financial plan should be in line with those values. Wealth Redefined will help you find your unique version of financial independence and achieve enhanced peace of mind.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Thursday December 7, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Poetry Coffeehouse Featuring Gail Carson Levine Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Ridgefield Library and Books on the Common present an evening of poetry. Some local poets will read from their work and then the evening will conclude with a reading by featured poet Gale Carson Levine. Wine and Cheese (and coffee) will be served!

Gail Carson Levine’s first poetry collection for adults, Transient, came out in July, 2016, from Nightshade Press. Her poems have appeared in: The Louisville Review; The Sugar House Review; Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems; xxx and the second anthology of the Cancer Poetry Project. Two poems are forthcoming in the Lullwater Review. In 2016, she completed her MFA in poetry at NYU. She’s best known for her books for children, in particular, Ella Enchanted, which won a Newbery honor award in 1998 and was made into a major motion picture in 2004. Her other books for children include a historical novel, two picture books, a poetry collection, two nonfiction books about writing, and more fantasy novels. .

 

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Monday December 11, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM The New Wine Rules with Jon Bonné Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

The Library and Books on the Common welcome Jon Bonné to discuss his new book The New Wine Rules: A Genuinely Helpful Guide to Everything You Need to Know. (Ten Speed Press | Penguin Random House, November 14).

There are few greater pleasures in life than enjoying a wonderful glass of wine. So why does finding and choosing one you like seem so stressful? Now, becoming a happier, more confident wine drinker is easy. The first step is to forget all the needlessly complicated stuff the “experts” have been telling you. In The New Wine Rules, acclaimed wine writer Jon Bonné explains everything you need to know in simple, beautifully illustrated, easy-to-digest tidbits. And the news is good! For example: Nearly every pairing 'rule' can be disproven. You can drink rosé any time of year. Don’t save a great bottle for anything more than a rainy day.

See, things are better already. With information about buying, storing, sharing, and – of course – drinking wine, The New Wine Rules is the ultimate gift for all wine lovers, including yourself.

JON BONNÉ is one of the leading American voices writing on wine today. He is the senior contributing editor at Punch, author of The New California Wine, winner of the Roederer International Wine Book of the Year, and the wine consultant for JetBlue Airways. For nearly a decade, he served as the wine editor and chief wine critic of the San Francisco Chronicle, where he won two James Beard Awards and numerous other accolades.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday January 30, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Talk: The Lofrisco Family Cookbook with Anthony Lofrisco Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Anthony Lofrisco will discuss his recently release book The Lofrisco Family Cookbook which is part cookbook, part memoir, and as much about food as it is about family. 

Author Anthony LoFrisco takes readers back to a time when recipes included instructions like “a handful of this,” and magnificent meals could be thrown together with whatever ingredients were in the fridge.  He intersperses recipes for such Italian classics as lasagna and chicken cacciatore, with reminiscences of his childhood days in Brooklyn, where food was always the center of attention and mama ruled the kitchen. His mother Josie, who emigrated from Sicily and raised her family in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn, made sure her husband, a NYC policeman, and three sons, were well fed by using the simplest ingredients and infusing them with love.

Anthony F. LoFrisco has had a lifelong love affair with food that began by watching his mother exhibit her culinary skills in the small kitchen that was the centerpiece of the family’s apartment in a two-family house in Brooklyn. In high school, college and law school, he earned money by waiting tables at restaurants and catering halls and saw how professional chefs produced their signature dishes. When at home, first in Brooklyn and later in Connecticut, his principal pastime was preparing meals for family and friends.

A graduate of Fordham College and Fordham Law School, he was a partner and litigator in several high-energy law firms in Manhattan. His way of relaxing at home was to walk into the kitchen, put on an apron, turn on the oven and go to work. LoFrisco lives, and cooks, in Wilton, Connecticut.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Thursday February 1, 2018 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM No More Mean Girls: Strategies for Raising Strong, Confident, Compassionate Girls Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

As part of the Parenting the Selfie Generation: Resilience for Life series, child/adolescent psychotherapist and author Katie Hurley will show parents of young girls how to nip mean girl behavior in the bud.  Copies of No More Mean Girls will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Parenting the #Selfie Generation” is a community-wide collaboration with Ridgefield Public Schools, Ridgefield Council of PTAs, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Youth Commission, Books on the Common, Project Resilience, Town Vibe, and Silver Hill Hospital.

Please register.

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