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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Jennifer Egan at DCA Fundraiser

A book talk and signing with Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize winner for A Visit from the Goon Squad. is part of the Darien Community Association’s holidays fundraiser on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Egan’s latest novel, Manhattan Beach, is 2018’s One Book, One New York winner, praised as “Egan’s most remarkable accomplishment yet … a magnificent achievement” (The Boston Globe) and “Immensely satisfying … Egan works a formidable kind of magic …” (The New York Times). — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Manhattan Beach is a haunting and propulsive World War II-era novel which tells the intertwined stories of Anna Kerrigan, a Brooklyn Navy Yard diver, her father Eddie Kerrigan, a longshoreman turned small-time gangster, and Dexter Styles, Eddie’s inscrutable and connected boss.

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Author James Mustich to Talk About His ‘1,000 Books to Read Before You Die’

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Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill of discovering new titles in an extraordinary book that’s as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the 1,000-plus titles it recommends. — an announcement from the Darien Historical Society and Barrett Bookstore

Mustich’s eclectic volume is a celebration of reading — and of our literary and historical heritage. The perfect gift for any bibliophile. Get great holiday recommendations — especially for the history lover on your list! Book sale and signing will follow the program.

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Hear About Penguin Random House’s Latest Books at Barrett Bookstore Nov 7

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Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the best new books at an evening with Barrett Bookstore sales reps from Penguin Random House. These books could be perfect for your book club or for holiday gifting. The Wednesday Nov. 7 event, starting at 7 p.m., includes a book talk, wine & refreshments and give-aways. — an announcement from Barrett Bookstore

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Reeve Lindbergh, Daughter of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, in Darien SATURDAY to Talk About Her Memoir

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The daughter of aviator-authors Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, is coming to Barrett Bookstore at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16 to speak about her new memoir, Two Lives. Reeve Lindbergh writes about the intersection of fame and privacy from her unique perspective — as the spokesperson for what was, arguably, the most famous family of the 20th century. In her new book, Lindbergh reflects on her own “two lives,” navigating her role as the public face of her family while, at the same time, leading a very quiet existence in rural Vermont. After devoting years to keeping separate her “Lindbergh life” and her everyday life on her farm, she now finds herself able to make peace with her two lives. Lindbergh takes us into the National Air and Space Museum and her own kitchen drawers with equal ease, discovering that the history-making items on display are, for her, like the memorabilia that most families keep in the attic.

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Help Your Kid Find Waldo in Darien and Support Your Local Businesses

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Where’s Waldo? In Darien, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is back again visiting 25 local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community. — an announcement from Barrett Bookstore

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Darien!” passport at Barrett Bookstore, 314 Heights Road, Darien.

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Meet Three Authors, Get Their Books for Summer Reading at ‘Ladies of Summer’ Event

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Three authors who have books coming out just in time for great summer reading will be at Barrett Bookstore’s annual “Ladies of Summer” evening. All three novels are perfect to put in your beach bag or take along on vacation. The fourth annual event,with authors Lauren Weisberger, Karen White and Hannah McKinnon, will start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. “It is a lot of fun to hear the authors discuss the backstory of their new novels.” said Sheila Daley, owner of Barrett Bookstore. — an announcement from Barrett Bookstore

Tickets include a glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres and a 10 percent discount on any books purchased at the event.

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UPDATE: Get a Reward by Touring CT’s Independent Book Stores: Your Driving May Keep Them Thriving

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Barrett Bookstore is joining 20 Connecticut bookstores to celebrate INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY! For many of you who have trouble driving past a bookstore, here is a great opportunity to get on the road and visit as many of the unique independents scattered through the state as your time and energy permits. UPDATE:

Here’s the list of bookstores and the map:

Here’s the map. If you eliminate the five farthest flung bookstores from here (or just about, because I-95 makes everything to the south a bit “closer”) then you can take a trip east on Saturday and,when bookstore hours are shorter, a trip north on Sunday. How’s that for a strategy?