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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.
Two engaging authors, Claire Messud and Jenny Offill discussed their latest novels at Greenwich Library as part of AuthorsLive on Thursday, February 20, 2014. The two novelists spoke about the unhinged narrator, female rage and the suppressive societal 'cage' placed around women writers and artists. Claire Messud is the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor's Children. Her new novel, The Woman Upstairs, is a riveting tale of a woman awakened, transformed and betrayed by a desire for a world beyond her own. Jenny Offill's new novel, Dept. of Speculation, (with bids from eight publishers), offers a glimpse into the intimacies of marriage, faith, and the universal shipwreck of emotion that unites us all. This is a great talk for those interested in literary gender studies.
Please note: the podcast includes a segment in which a book excerpt containing mature language is read. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast and view the slideshow.
Sue Monk Kidd, author of bestselling novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair spoke on January 7, 2013 as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary. Her new novel, The Invention of Wings, was released on the same day and has been selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. Kidd, a compelling and expressive speaker, described her inspiration for writing about growing up female (slave and free) in antebellum Charleston. According to Kidd, "There are a lot of cracks in history, and you'll find a lot of women in them." The Grimke sisters and Hetty "Handful" Grimke were stuck in one of those cracks until Sue Monk Kidd discovered them, and discovered in herself the courage to yank them out. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening.
Acclaimed historian Thomas Cahill, author of the Hinges of History series, spoke on November 20, 2013 as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary. The author enlightened patrons with a discussion of history through the lens of two forces, religion and nationalism, as well as an argument for the growing relevance of the western world. Cahill attributed the dominance of western sensibilities, in part, to the Christian enlightenment as contrasted with the much slower pace of 'enlightenment' among the religions of the East, such as Islam. Cahill's sixth book in the Hinges series, Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created our World, has just been published. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening.
Maritime historian Lincoln Paine, author of Down East and The Sea & Civilization, spoke on November 7 as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary. Paine covered over 50 thousand years of maritime history with dry wit and a self-deprecating sense of humor. Library patrons flocked to the Meeting Room to hear Paine expound upon and occasionally debunk maritime lore. Questions flew from a spirited audience and no matter what the topic, from Kon-Tiki to the Vikings, this brilliant historian was never at a loss for a fact-filled, entertaining response. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening.
Anita Raghavan, veteran Wall Street Journal reporter and author of The Billionaire's Apprentice spoke on Sunday, October 27 as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary. The program was moderated with clarity and wit by Greenwich resident, Rob Morris, founder/Managing Partner of the private equity firm, Olympus Partners. Raghavan and Morris provided an enthralled crowd with insight into the world of indicted high-flying financiers (many of whom happen to be from Greenwich). Raghavan cleverly uses Rajat Gupta's fall from grace to examine the journey of Indian-Americans in the US. The program was presented in conjunction with the India Cultural Center of Greenwich.
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Best selling British author Jojo Moyes spoke on Wednesday, September 11 as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary. Moyes discussed her writing career - she is the author of 11 books - and the themes behind her latest book, The Girl You Left Behind. Moyes entertained the crowd with a humorous depiction of Hollywood moguls, dealing with producers, actors and hungry children simultaneously, and the dubious thrill of having your novels optioned for film. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening.
Art security expert Anthony Amore discussed his book Stealing Rembrandts on Tuesday, September 17 as part of AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary. Amore enthralled an audience of art lovers with tales of famous art heists, while delving deeply into the psyche of the 'art thief'. According to Amore, stolen paintings are almost never destroyed, and once recovered can generally be restored. A very lively Q and A session followed the presentation. Click on the link below to listen to (or download) the podcast from the evening.