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Author Lara Prescott to Speak at Darien Library Novel Tea Fundraiser on March 25

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Darien Library’s 5th Annual Novel Tea fundraiser on March 25 will feature novelist Lara Prescott, the New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets We Kept. — an announcement from Darien Library

“Prescott crafts a clock-and-dagger story of passion, espionage, and propaganda,” said The Wall Street Journal. 

The novel is inspired by a true CIA plot to infiltrate Soviet Russia through the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago. According to a recent “Note to Shelf” feature about book recommendations on the Darien Library website:

“The novel is set during the Cold War. It tracks the stories of many different characters from Washington DC to Russia. It is a love story, a historical account of a perilous turning point in our nation’s history, and a page-turning spy thriller all wrapped into one.”

‘Rules for Couples’ Author Patricia Marx and Illustrator Roz Chast to Speak Jan 15 at DCA

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Darien Community Association invites you to a book talk and wine reception on Jan. 15 with Patricia Marx, author of You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples, and the book’s illustrator, Roz Chast. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

The DCA in its announcement called the talk and reception “a perfect pre-Valentine’s Day night out, with an illustrated collection of love and relationship advice from the New Yorker writer Patricia Marx, and with illustrations from the New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.” Their latest book follows their popular collaboration Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It: A Mother’s Suggestions. Patricia Marx is a former writer for “Saturday Night Live” and was the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon.

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Patricia Chadwick Talks Jan 7 About Her Memoir and Unorthodox, Sometimes Cruel Upbringing

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Patricia Walsh Chadwick, author of a memoir, Little Sister, will discuss her book on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at New Canaan Library. A tale of resilience and grace, Chadwick tells the story of her unorthodox and, at times, cruel upbringing with both an unflinching and a forgiving eye. — an announcement from New Canaan Library

Imagine an 18-year-old American girl who has never read a newspaper, watched television, or made a phone call. An eighteen-year-old-girl who has never danced — and this in the 1960s.

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How Publishers Choose and Market Books: Talk at DCA Women’s Luncheon Dec 3

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The Darien Community Association Women’s Luncheons will feature “How a Book is Published and Marketed,” for their luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at at the DCA. Plus Barrett Bookstore, which is presenting the event, will be available to give helpful guidance for book groups and ideas for Christmas gifts. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Barrett Bookstore will be bringing us Mackenzie Bronk, a sales rep from Hachette Book Group (HBG), to talk about the book industry. Hachette is considered one of the big-six publishing companies, along with Macmillan, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster.

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Chase Reynolds, Author of ‘Cabin Style,’ About Luxury Resort Homes, Visits Darien

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Barrett Bookstore on Saturday hosts author Chase Reynolds Ewald, who will talk about and sign copies of her new book, Cabin Style, “an up-close look at some of the most exclusive architect-designed cabins, ranch houses, and lodges located in popular resort areas.” She won’t be at the bookstore, however, but at Neat Darien coffee shop at 20 Grove St. (Grove Street Plaza). Here’s a Barrett Bookstore newsletter announcement about Ewald’s visit:

If you’re in downtown Darien tomorrow [Saturday, Oct. 26], please stop by between 12 noon and 2 p.m. to grab a cup of coffee from our friends at Neat, a cookie or two, and and meet Chase Reynolds Ewald who will be in-store signing Cabin Style, Rustic Modern, and American Rustic.

Cartoonist Rachel Lindsay to Talk About Her ‘Rx: A Graphic Memoir’ Wednesday at Library

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How do you choose between sanity and happiness? On Wednesday afternoon, Cartoonist Rachel Lindsay will visit Darien Library to talk about her book, Rx: A Graphic Memoir. Lindsay has been called a powerful new voice in “graphic medicine,” a literary genre that uses comics to tell personal stories of illness and health. In her early 20s, Lindsay was living and working in New York City when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She took a job in advertising in order to secure healthcare coverage for her treatment.

Easier Cooking: Bestselling Author Ellie Krieger Talks at Library Thursday About Her New Book

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Acclaimed best-selling author, nutritionist, and James Beard Award winner, Ellie Krieger, will visit Darien Library on Thursday, Oct. 17 to talk about her new cookbook, WHOLE IN ONE: Complete, Healthy Meals in a Single Pot, Sheet Pan, or Skillet. — This article combines announcements from Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore. Her book shares 125 incredible recipes that are all made in a single pot, sheet pan, baking dish, or skillet — no additional gadgets or tools required! Krieger will talk in the Community Room of the library from 7 to 8 p.m. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Barrett Bookstore.

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Newsman Scott Pelley to Talk About His New Book, ‘Truth Worth Telling’ on Thursday

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60 Minutes correspondent and Darien resident Scott Pelley will give a breakfast talk and sign copies of his new book, Truth Worth Telling at Norwalk Community College, starting at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 17. — an announcement from Norwalk Community College Foundation and Barrett Bookstore

In the book, Pelley reflects on dramatic, moving, and inspiring encounters in the field, with a perspective on values, ethics, and the importance of telling the truth. The event is a benefit for Norwalk Community College Foundation. You can buy tickets online, here.

Novelist Julia Phillips, Author of ‘Disappearing Earth,’ Visits Darien Library on Tuesday, Oct 15

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Julia Phillips, author of the novel Disappearing Earth, visits Darien Library Community Room for a talk and book signing from 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15. The event is free, and you can buy her book there. Evoking the Kamchatka Peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, a fascinating region on the other side of the world, this suspenseful story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer. Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by a crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother.

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Brighten Your Children’s Future: Author to Speak Oct 21 on New Book: ‘How to Raise a Reader’

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Darien Library hosts a public interview with Pamela Paul, editor of the New York Times Book Review and co-author of the new book How To Raise a Reader. There will be an author signing after the event. —an announcement from Darien Library and the YWCA Darien/Norwalk

The event takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21 in the Community Room at Darien Library. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Barrett Bookstore.

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Founder of Moms Demand Action to Visit Darien Sept 19, Get Your Ticket Soon

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Barrett Bookstore and the League of Women Voters Darien are pleased to welcome Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action and author of Fight Like A Mother, to town on Thursday, Sept. 19 for a benefit luncheon. You can buy your ticket today at the league’s website. or by mail (must be in by Sept. 12; see the poster below for the address).

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Fiona Davis, Author of ‘Chelsea Girls,’ Visits Darien Library on Thursday, Aug 8

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Darien Library invites you to join them for an evening with best-selling author Fiona Davis on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.
Her latest novel, The Chelsea Girls, brings together the glamour and danger of 1950s New York, and the wild scene at the iconic Chelsea Hotel to tell a story about the twenty-year friendship that will irrevocably change two women’s lives. — an announcement from Darien Library

Hazel Ripley has spent her life on the sidelines. First, to her super-star actor brother Ben and later as a serial understudy on Broadway. That is until she meets, and eventually befriends, powerhouse actress Maxine Mead while on tour for the USO during World War II.

Author Katharine Smyth to Speak, Sign Copies of Her New Novel Wednesday at Barrett Bookstore

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Katharine Smyth, the author of All the Lives We Ever Lived, will speak Wednesday, July 24 at Barrett Bookstore (now at 6 Corbin Dr.) and sign copies of her book. — an announcement from Barrett Bookstore

Please join Barrett Bookstore for an evening of wine, cheese, and conversation. Part memoir, part literary criticism, and part biography, All the Lives We Ever Lived is a wholly original debut: a love letter from a daughter to her father, and from a reader to her most cherished author. Katherine’s story moves between the New England of her childhood and Woolf’s Cornish shores and Bloomsbury squares, exploring universal questions about family, loss, and homecoming. The book was inspired by Virginia Woolf’s modernist masterpiece To the Lighthouse.

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Westport Fine Arts Festival, July 20 to 21, Includes Art, Food, Kids Activities and That Gargantuan Book Sale

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The Westport Fine Arts Festival takes place on the weekend of July 20 and 21 with works on display from more than 175 juried artists, arts fun for kids, food and  the Wesport Library’s giant annual summer book sale — heavy enough to slow down the rotation of the Earth. — an announcement from the Westport Downtown Merchants Association

The 46th Westport Fine Arts Festival is returning this year one week later than usual. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, throughout the downtown area. Lots to See and Do
Artists will exhibit in a wide range of categories, with an expanded showing of sculpture and mixed media this year, along with returning favorites in the painting and photography categories. Brooks Plaza is once again home to the ever-popular Kids Create area, where little artists can enjoy child-friendly activities presented by the Artist Collective of Westport and Jerry’s Artarama.