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Wednesday September 6, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Blow the Doors Off Business as Usual with David Fields Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Join us for a no-holds-barred session and become a better rainmaker as you tackle your toughest challenge: consistently attracting and closing new business. The session will be led by David A. Fields, author of The Irresistible Consultant’s Guide to Winning Clients: 6 Steps to Unlimited Clients & Financial Freedom

David’s material is oriented toward consulting firms; however, any small business owner or salesperson that needs to win clients will find this session extremely useful.

- Sell more to better clients at higher fees

- Win business against bigger, better-funded competitors, including “the big guys”

- Build a better, more sustainable pipeline of prospects

- Escape the nightmare of RFPs

- Get paid what you’re worth

With over 100 five-star reviews on Amazon.com after only 12 weeks on the book shelves, The Irresistible Consultant’s Guide to Winning Clients is the most acclaimed, new book for consultants in over 20 years.

Ridgefield resident David A. Fields, is the founder and managing director of the Ascendant Consortium, where he created a model for successfully selling other consultants’ services. David is frequently featured by the national business press.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.  Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Tuesday September 12, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Talk with Alexandra Lehmann: With You There is Light Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Ridgefield author Alexandra Lehmann will discuss her recently released historical novel, With You There Is Light. The book is inspired by the lives and letters of anti-Nazi political activist, Sophie Scholl (1921-1943) and her boyfriend, German army officer, Fritz Hartnagel.

With a Fulbright Scholarship, Alexandra began archival research in Germany for With You There Is Light. She won a fellowship to the Wesleyan Writers' Conference and has guest lectured on German Resistance history at Western Connecticut State University and Mt. Holyoke College.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the program.  Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Monday September 25, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Talk: Champions Way: Football, Florida, And the Lost Soul of College Sports Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Ridgefield Library and Books on the Common sponsor a welcome back Mike McIntire author talk.

With little public debate or introspection, our institutions of higher learning have become hostages to the rapacious, smash-mouth entertainment conglomerate known, quaintly, as intercollegiate athletics. In Champions WayNew York Times investigative reporter Mike McIntire chronicles the rise of this growing scandal through the experience of the Florida State Seminoles, one of the most successful teams in NCAA history.

Beyond the story of Florida State, McIntire takes readers on a journey through the history of college football, from its origins as a roughneck pastime coached by nineteenth-century professors to its current incarnation as a gold-plated behemoth that long ago outgrew its scholastic environs. Illuminated in rich and disturbing detail is the hidden financial ecosystem that nourishes hundred-million-dollar teams, from the hustlers who recruit players for schools and the athletic departments controlled by rich boosters to the universities whose academic mission and moral authority have been undermined. More than pointing out flaws, McIntire examines their causes and offers hope to those who would reform college sports.

“Relentlessly reported, Champions Way is a rich, powerful, and at times chilling page-turner. More than giving us an exposé, McIntire serves up a first-rate narrative that will forever change the way readers look at one of the top college football programs in America.” — Jeff Benedict, best-selling author of The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big Time College Football.

Mike McIntire is a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter at the New York Times and teaches journalism at New York University. His reporting on corruption in college sports for the Times was a Pulitzer finalist. He lives in Ridgefield, CT.

Books will be on sale and signing thanks to Books on the Common. Please register.HS L

    Location: Main Program Room
       
Wednesday October 4, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China,1949 with Kevin Peraino Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Ridgefield Library and Books on the Common welcome back author Kevin Peraino as he discusses his recently released book A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China 1949.  The book is a gripping narrative of the Truman Administration's response to the fall of Nationalist China and the triumph of Mao Zedong's Communist forces in 1949--an extraordinary political revolution that continues to shape East Asian politics to this day. 

Drawing on Chinese and Russian sources, as well as recently declassified CIA documents, Kevin Peraino tells the story of this remarkable year through the eyes of the key players, including Mao Zedong, President Truman, Secretary of State Acheson, Minnesota congressman Walter Judd, and Madame Chiang Kai-shek, the influential first lady of the Republic of China.

Kevin Perano is a veteran foreign correspondent who has reported from around the world. A senior writer and bureau chief at Newsweek for a decade, he was a finalist for the Livingston Award for foreign reporting and part of a team that won the National Magazine Award in 2004. He is the author of Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and The Dawn of American Power. He grew up in Ridgefield, CT.

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

Please register. 

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Wednesday October 11, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Talk: Unforgivable Love with Sophfronia Scott Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   203-438-2282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

Ridgefield Library and Books on the Common are pleased to welcome Sophfronia Scott who will disccuss her recently released novel Unforgivable Love. 

Scott was nominated for best new author at the African American Literary Awards and hailed by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as “potentially one of the best writers of her generation.” Her essays, short stories, and articles have appeared in Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Saranac Review, Numéro Cinq, Ruminate, Barnstorm Literary Journal, Sleet Magazine, NewYorkTimes.com, More, and O, The Oprah Magazine

Unforgivable Love is set in the glittering, dramatic world of Harlem in the summer of 1947 – Jackie Robinson has broken the color barrier in major league baseball and temperatures are skyrocketing. Mae Malveaux and Valiant Jackson, two powerful schemers who are both very accustomed to getting what they want, are caught up in a thrilling game of cat and mouse with very real consequences, where innocence is the prize. But they are unprepared for what can happen between a woman and man when the thrill of the chase spirals wildly out of control. Scott deftly tackles themes of love, faith, lost innocence, betrayal, and redemption in this stunningly original novel. 

“…An elegant page turner that transcends time and place."—Bret Lott New York Times bestselling author of Jewel

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
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.

Please register. 

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    Location: Main Program Room
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 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.

Please register.

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
Wednesday November 8, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM Author Talk, Born to Be Wild with Dr. Jess Shatkin Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Lesley Lambton   2034382282   lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org
   

More information coming soon.

    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.

Please register.

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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 Gale 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.

Praise for Transient:

Triumphantly, Gail Carson Levine’s poems are never distant, but are always radiantly close. She burnishes ordinariness with brief candor, catching us the way that Ted Kooser or Issa or even Emily Dickinson (if Emily had shopped at Macy’s and read Archie comics) can do. Each of the poems in Transient blasts a brilliant light because Gail Carson Levine won’t turn away from despair. Her word pictures in visceral color insist that a direct line of vision is the supreme virtue. Each event this poet beholds, whether a brain injury, plaque in the veins or simply old age, becomes “one thing unvaried all the way through.” Transient, in Carson Levine’s own words, creates “spring internal.” - Molly Peacock

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    Location: Main Program Room
       
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