May 2010 Archives

When federal agents knocked on her door with an indictment in hand, Piper Kerman barely resembled the reckless young woman she was shortly after graduating Smith College. Happily ensconced in a New York City apartment with a promising career and attentive boyfriend, Piper was forced to reckon with the consequences of her very brief, very careless affair with the world of drug trafficking. Following a plea deal for her 10-year-old crime, Piper spent a year in the infamous women's correctional facility in Danbury, which she found to be no "Club Fed." Piper takes readers into a community of colorful, eccentric, vividly drawn women. Their stories raise issues of friendship and family, mental illness, the odd cliques and codes of behavior, and the almost complete lack of guidance for life after prison.

Memorial Day Weekend Closures

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In observance of Memorial Day, the Greenwich Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 28 and remain closed through Monday, May 31. Libraries will resume their normal hours of operation on Tuesday, June 1.

Andrew Sorkin.jpgThe World Affairs Forum and Greenwich Library are hosting Andrew Ross Sorkin, The New York Times' chief mergers and acquisitions reporter at the Greenwich Library on May 25 at 7:00 P.M. to speak on his bestselling book Too Big To Fail. The program is free and open to the public.

Andrew Ross Sorkin, a leading journalist who writes about Wall Street and corporate America, is assistant editor of business and financial news at The New York Times and editor of DealBook, an online daily financial report he started in 2001. During his career, he broke the news of Chase's acquisition of J.P. Morgan, I.B.M.'s sale of its PC business to Lenovo, and Johnson & Johnson's $25 billion acquisition of Guidant. He has appeared on NBC's "Today" show, PBS's "Charlie Rose" and CNBC's "Squawk Box."

PIPER KERMAN.jpgPiper Kerman will discuss her newly released memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary on Thursday, May 13, at 7 p.m., in the Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library.

Orange is the New Black takes you on the journey of a curious post-grad swept up in the underworld of international drug trafficking, her escape and subsequent arrest six years later. Compelling, moving and often hilarious, Orange is the New Black sheds a unique light on life inside Danbury's federal prison, by a Smith College graduate who did the crime and did the time.

The Greenwich Library's Foreign Affairs Book Club will take an in-depth look at the story of a real-life Robin Hood who views globalization at its philosophical core--that "the only real nation is humanity."

The Foreign Affairs Book Club will discuss Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder on Tuesday, May 18, at 7 p.m., in the Jewel.

Mountains Beyond Mountains tells the true story of Dr. Paul Farmer, who has followed his life's calling to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need it most. The book follows Farmer, a renowned infectious disease specialist, from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia as he changes minds and practices through his dedication and philosophy.

The Foreign Affairs Book Club meets every third Tuesday of the month. New participants are always welcome. The group will discuss The Year that Changed the World by Michael Meyer on June 15.

For more information, please call Yang Wang at 203-622-7924.

Norris Church Mailer's magnetic personality and affecting delivery captivated the AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary audience, leading to a lively Q and A. At one point, she referred to a previous reading that she had done, and decided not to do again because both she and the audience had ended up in tears. As the book points out, aging is not for the weak. Mailer demonstrated an incredible abundance of courage, strength and charm.

Cambodia.jpgPhotographer Maryanne Russell has put a face on humanitarianism with the exhibit "Cambodia: Light After Darkness," running through May 31 at the Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Ave., Byram. The month-long exhibition will feature an artist's reception on Thursday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m.

In January 2005, with the assistance of Mark Calafatello, founder of EMR Asian Antiques, Inc., Russell embarked on a journey to visit various relief agencies. The result was an exhibit capturing the humanity and beauty of the Kingdom of Cambodia, as she sought to photograph people making a difference in the gorgeous, yet culturally-ravaged country.

There will be music in the air and fun all around when the Friends of the Byram Shubert Library welcome the community to the 79th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, May 15, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the library's parking lot, 21 Mead Ave., Byram.

Families are invited to partake in all the free activities. There'll be an ice cream social, crafts for children, face painting, bubbles and hula hoops to enjoy. A juggler will add to the festivities and much, much more.

As part of the celebration, everyone is invited to participate in "Why I Love My Library". Just bring a drawing or photograph to the library before May 10 to be included in the display.

For additional information, call 203-531-0426.

On Monday, May 3rd, at 3:30 p.m., Veronica Robles, singer of Mexican and Latin American songs, will celebrate Cinco de Mayo as part of the free afterschool series of programs sponsored by the Friends of the Byram Shubert Library. Known as "La Mera" (The Real One), she combines traditional songs in Spanish with her own compositions in English to entrance her young audiences.

The event will take place in the Friends Community Room of the Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Avenue, Greenwich. For more information call 203-531-0426. Parents are required to supervise children.

New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross launched his latest thriller Reckless as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibray on April 29. This novel begins with a shooting on Cat Rock Road and propels the reader full force into the world of high finance, international intrigue and offers peeks into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. This is the third in his series of novels set in Greenwich. Andrew read the riveting opening chapter of Reckless and fielded a host of questions like, "Why Greenwich?" with honesty and humor. Gross has also co-authored several books with bestselling author James Patterson.

New York Times Best Seller and Pulitzer Prize-winning coulmnist Anna Quindlen discussed her latest book, Every Last One, at AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary. Quindlen also talked about her time as a columnist at The New York Times and Newsweek, the future of books vs. eReaders and America's unquenchable thirst for celebrity news.

Norris Mailer newer credit Pabst.jpgNorris Church Mailer will share her beautifully written, deeply personal memoir A Ticket to the Circus on Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m., in the Cole Auditorium as part of the AuthorsLive series at Greenwich Library.
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