10 Acclaimed Authors to speak at Greenwich Library this fall
Film critic Jeffrey Lyons, Cézanne biographer Alex Danchev and 2012 Orange Prize winner Madeline Miller are just three of the ten authors who will speak at Greenwich Library this fall. The series features something for everyone, including fans of film, art, fiction, music, cuisine and décor. All events will take place in the Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library at 7 p.m.
The popular series kicks off on Tuesday, September 18 with film critic Jeffrey Lyons, author of Stories My Father Told Me. Lyons, the son of acclaimed New York Post columnist Leonard Lyons, recounts his father's amazing life amongst the 20th century's most iconic figures such as Salvador Dali, Frank Sinatra and Ernest Hemingway. Lyons has enjoyed a four decade career in print, radio and television as an author and acclaimed film critic and has hosted three national film review shows including Reel Talk, Sneak Previews and MSNBC's At the Movies.
On Tuesday, October 2, author Janet Wallach will discuss The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age. Look into Greenwich history and real estate and you may find stories of Hetty Green and her daughter Mrs. Hetty Sylvia Howland Wilks Green. The Richest Woman in America is a captivating biography of America's first female tycoon, Hetty Green, the iconoclast who forged one of the greatest fortunes of her time. At the time of her death in 1916, she was worth at least $100 million, equal to more than $2 billion today. A strong believer in female financial independence, she offered valuable lessons for the present. Wallach is the author of several nonfiction books including New York Times Notable Book Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell.
Then, on October 4, satisfy your taste for adventure with Naomi Duguid's Burma: Rivers of Flavor. Part cookbook, part travelogue, Duguid introduces the salads, stews and meats of Burma and explores the culinary crossroads between China, India and Southeast Asia. Duguid will also share photographs from her numerous journeys to Burma over the past 30 years. She is the author of Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet; a contributing editor at Saveur and a columnist at Cooking Light.
Next, on Thursday, November 1, Madeline Miller and Karen Engelmann team up to present their novels. Madeline Miller is author of The Song of Achilles, a thrilling and unique retelling of the Iliad and the legend of Achilles: a tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart. Her debut novel is the winner of the 2012 Orange Prize, one of the United Kingdom's most prestigious literary prizes, joining among others, Ann Patchett, Zadie Smith, Barbara Kingsolver, Tea Obrecht.
Karen Engelmann's dazzling debut, The Stockholm Octavo, is set during Stockholm's opulent Golden Age and brilliantly interweaves history, romance and intrigue, in which one man's fortune holds the key to a nation's precarious fate. She is the 2011 winner of the American Scandinavian Society Cultural Award Grant.
On Tuesday, November 13, Greenwich Library will team up with The Bruce Museum to co-sponsor a talk by Alex Danchev. Danchev will discuss Cézanne, a major biography of the brilliant work and restless life of Paul Cézanne, delivering not only the artists' fascinating years of struggle but also his ongoing and vivid life as one of the most influential painters of the 20th century. Alex Danchev was educated at Oxford, Cambridge and London and has authored several highly acclaimed biographies and essays including 100 Artists' Manifestos and George Braque: A Life.
The music fan should join us on Tuesday, November 27 when Boston Globe music critic Matthew Guerrieri will discuss The First Four Notes. Guerrieri reaches back before Beethoven's time to examine what might have influenced him in writing his Fifth Symphony, and forward into our own time to describe the ways in which the Fifth has, in turn, asserted its influence. He uncovers possible sources in the rhythms of ancient Greek poetry and certain pre-Revolutionary French symphonies. He confirms that, contrary to popular belief, Beethoven was not deaf when he wrote the Fifth. He traces the Fifth's influence in China, Russia and the United States and shows us how it was used by both the Allies and the Nazis in World War II. Altogether, a fascinating piece of musical detective work--a treat for music lovers of every stripe.
Just a few days later, on Thursday, November 29, HGTV stars Bob and Cortney Novogratz will share their latest book, Home by Novogratz. The Novogratzes will break down their design process from start to finish, making it easy for anyone to breathe new life into a variety of spaces. This book demonstrates how they effortlessly mix contemporary furniture with thrift-store finds, and provides all sorts of tricks for creating a stylish home no matter what the obstacles: seven children, small spaces, or a tiny budget. Bob and Cortney Novogratz are the hosts of HGTV's Home by Novogratz. Along with their seven children, they've been called "the coolest family in the world" by The Times of London. The Novogratzes are known to millions worldwide for their design aesthetic and TV programs.
Finally, on Tuesday, December 4, Diane's Books will present Bob Spitz, who will share Dearie, published in August to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Julia Child's birth. The book was written with the support of Child's estate and is a definitive account. Dearie is an entertaining, all-out adventure story of one of our most fascinating and beloved figures. Bob Spitz is the award-winning author of The Beatles, a New York Times best seller, as well as seven other nonfiction books and a screenplay. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine; The Washington Post; Rolling Stone; and O, The Oprah Magazine, among others.
AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing at each event through Diane's Books. This series is free and open to all, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933 or Wayne Campbell at (203) 622-7922 or visit www.greenwichlibrary.org/authorslive.
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