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The very engaging Judy Blume (with Stephanie Anderson) spoke at Greenwich Library in June as part of AuthorsLive, cosponsored with the JCC of Greenwich. Blume confessed that her favorite book at age four was Madeline, which she "permanently" borrowed from her local library without her mother's knowledge. Blume, famed for her adolescent literature, has also written four adult books, including her latest novel, In the Unlikely Event, a story from her own teen years which she felt compelled to write. Readers will enjoy the story of three families and three generations set against a true series of 'unlikely events' that took place in Blume's hometown in 1951.
Distinguished writer Richard Ford spoke at Greenwich Library on January 28. Ford's acclaimed new book, Let Me Be Frank With You, is his fourth work of fiction chronicling the life of Frank Bascombe, hero of the novels The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land. In person, Ford is wry and genuinely humorous - you get the sense from hearing him talk that he regularly flouts convention. And indeed, as a youth he 'borrowed' cars and reveled in being caught. His slight twang and thoughtful responses charmed Greenwich Library patrons, many of whom were Frank Bascombe fans looking for deeper insight into one of their favorite literary characters and authors. Ford did not disappoint.
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As a veteran of 11 Olympics, Jim Bell is uniquely positioned to discuss how politics affect the Olympic Games. Bell gave Greenwich Library patrons an insider's perspective on propaganda, politics, and how individual Olympic athlete narratives are conceived and created. Accompanied and illustrated by Olympic footage over the years, Bell shared his personal insights on the challenges of covering the Olympics since his first Olympics in Barcelona in 1992. He also shared his thoughts (aka unconfirmed rumors) on where the next Olympic games might be held...but you'll have to listen in for that!
The 2014 Greenwich Reads Together finale event featured bestselling author Daniel James Brown who spoke about The Boys in the Boat to a 'sold out' crowd. Thousands of Greenwich residents read this virally popular GRT non-fiction title and attended special events and discussion groups. Brown, a compassionate and often humorous speaker provided some background flavor as to how he met protagonist Joe Rantz, the depression era hardworking 'boy' who finally learned to trust. While many themes run through the book, he pointed out that the primary theme is humility and that it is only by being somewhat humble that individuals can achieve great things - in sports, politics, work and life. Brown, humble despite his success, clearly lives what he writes.
Greenwich natives and Brunswick/Harvard/Oxford alums Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss spoke about their illustrious rowing career on October 14 at Greenwich Library as part of Greenwich Reads Together. Moderated by Greenwich attorney and longtime rower and builder of shells Miles McDonald, the Winklevoss twins shared stories about their Olympic experience and how the sport of rowing has infused, inspired and driven their business and personal lives.
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New York Times best selling author and economic policy expert Steve Forbes and co-author Elizabeth Ames discussed their new book, Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy - and What We Can Do About It with an enthralled crowd during AuthorsLive@Greenwich Library in September. Forbes, a natural and entertaining speaker discussed how a return to a gold standard could fix just about everything that is wrong with America, except the Yankees. He recommended that non-professionals invest retirement money in index funds and resist the urge to 'eat the fudge out of the fridge at midnight', e.g., the temptation to make idiotic investment decisions in order to one-up your neighbor at the next cocktail party.
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John Dean, a key player in the Nixon administration discussed his new book, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It at Greenwich Library in July as part of AuthorsLive. Based on previously unavailable recordings, The Nixon Defense connects the dots between Watergate lore and reality. Dean, an engaging and sometimes humorous speaker, took an audience of over 350 Library patrons inside Nixon's head during the aftermath of Watergate. According to Dean, 'Nixon didn't seem to mind breaking the law'.
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On Monday, May 5, AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary presented Adam Braun, Greenwich native and Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning nonprofit organization that has opened more than 200 schools in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Braun was interviewed by Joan Lunden, journalist, author, and former co-host of ABC's Good Morning America. Seeding the interview were snippets from Braun's newly released debut book, The Promise of a Pencil, How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change, which is based on his experiences launching and running an effective nonprofit in a new media world. Braun spoke openly about his successes, and with humility about his failures. Patrons were inspired by the 'impossible' accomplishments of this Greenwich native at such a young age. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening.
Two award-winning authors with newly released novels, Maggie Shipstead and Susanna Kaysen, spoke at Greenwich Library as part of AuthorsLive on Tuesday, April 29. Maggie Shipstead, author of the acclaimed debut novel Seating Arrangements, has a well received new novel, Astonish Me. Susanna Kaysen, best-selling author of Girl, Interrupted, also has a new novel, Cambridge, which is described as a fictional prequel to Girl, Interrupted. The two authors engaged in an intimate conversation with the audience about writing styles and methods, including their challenges. The authors also divulged their plans for the future: Kaysen says that she will plumb the depths of Cambridge itself until the end of time. Shipstead will heroically tackle a series of bedeviling short stories that have defied her efforts at ending them.
Veteran actor Robert Wagner visited Greenwich Library to discuss his recently released book, You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood's Golden Age, an affectionate recollection of early Hollywood on March 13. Wagner thrilled a full house with his insider knowledge of Hollywood and entertaining stories about well known actors and Rat Pack era players. His honeyed voice and genuinely warm reminisces made for a great evening for Greenwich patrons as well as the out-of-state visitors who flew in to hear the venerable actor. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening.