1. Meet the Author: Nathaniel Philbrick

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    On Saturday, May 10, 2014, Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Bunker Hill, was our featured speaker. In Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, Nathaniel Philbrick, award-winning and bestselling author of In The Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, brings his prodigious talents to the story that ignited the American Revolution. With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape—geographic and ideological—in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, and blisteringly real origins of America.

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    • How to Find and Request a Book in a Bag for Book Groups

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      • Meet the Author: Robert H. Patton

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        On Thursday, May 8, 2014, Robert H. Patton, author of Hell Before Breakfast, was our featured speaker. From the acclaimed author of The Pattons and Patriot Pirates: a book that celebrates America's forgotten war correspondents, men who were legends in their time; who, between 1860 and 1910, between the Civil War and the Spanish-American War—when empires fell and dynasties flourished—led romantic, thrilling lives on the edgiest frontiers of time and place: seeing the world, breaking the stories, making news themselves during the time when newspapers made the most foreign of landscapes available, and the circulation wars were revolutionizing contemporary life, shaping global events, and making history.

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        • Through the Lens: The Chute

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          What happens when a book is returned to Darien Library? Come take a ride on the conveyor belt and discover the mystery of what happens behind the scenes!

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          • Through the Lens: Colum McCann at Darien Library

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            Through the Lens is proud to present Colum McCann, a critically acclaimed Irish born writer who lives and works in New York City. He is the 2009 winner of the prestigious National Book Award. His latest book, Transatlantic, has been universally praised for his vision and the audacity of his writing. In person, Colum is everything a diva is not. He is extremely polite, cooperative and articulate with a refreshing, self-deprecating sense of humor. He sat with us on May 24, 2014 for a short video interview and allowed us to take a peak into the dignity and humanity of his creative soul. We hope you enjoy watching him as much as we did filming him.

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            • Meet the Author: Edmund Levin

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              On Sunday, June 1, 2014, author Edmund Levin, the writer of "A Child of Christian Blood" was our featured speaker. On March 20, 1911, thirteen-year-old Andrei Yushchinsky was found stabbed to death in a cave on the outskirts of Kiev. Four months later, Russian police arrested Mendel Beilis, a 37-year-old father of five who worked as a clerk in a brick factory nearby, and charged him not only with Andrei's murder but also with the Jewish ritual murder of a Christian child. Despite the fact that there was no evidence linking him to the crime, that he had a solid alibi, and that his main accuser was a professional criminal who was herself under suspicion for the murder, Beilis was imprisoned for more than two years before being brought to trial. This is the story of a Jewish factory worker who is falsely accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy in Russia in 1913, and the trial that followed.

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              • Now Hear This: Growl, Moan, Hiccup, and Other Tales from the Audiobook Studio

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                On Thursday, May 15, 2014, we were joined by two audiobook actors and a producer. About Tavia Gilbert Six-time Audie nominee and multiple Earphones and Parent’s Choice Award-winning producer, narrator, and writer Tavia Gilbert has appeared on stage and in film. Library Journal said this of the highly-acclaimed actress "as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice." She has narrated more than 250 multi-cast and single-voice audiobooks. A few of her most recent narrations are Blue Plate Special, Mothers, True Love and We are Water. About Dennis Boutsikaris After graduating from Hampshire College, Dennis Boutsikaris toured the country with John Houseman’s The Acting Company. He is a two-time Obie-winning stage actor who was the first American actor to play Mozart on Broadway in “Amadeus" and appeared in the 2009 short-lived revival of “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” Dennis' “transporting voice” can be heard on over 125 audiobooks. He is the recipient of six Audie Awards, given by the Audio Publishers Association. And, nine of his recordings have been given AudioFile Earphones Awards, including Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Tenth Anniversary Edition, Philip Roth’s Nemesis, John Grisham’s The Litigators, and Stephen Kings’ Firestarter. About Dan Zitt From the days of reel to reel to the soaring popularity of digital download, Dan Zitt, Vice President, Content Production for the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, has been on the front lines of the evolution of the audiobook industry. During his eighteen year career as a producer Dan has been the creative catalyst for over one thousand audio productions, collaborating with bestselling authors, notable celebrities, and award-winning narrators. Twelve of his recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards, with former President Bill Clinton’s autobiography, My Life, winning the award for Best Spoken Word Album. He has directed President Clinton three times, as well as directing former President George W. Bush and, most recently, First Lady Michele Obama. With the merger of Penguin and Random House, Dan will oversee the production of 750 audiobooks this year.

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                • Meet the Author: Colum McCann

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                  On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, we were joined by the author of TransAtlantic, Colum McCann. Colum McCann is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Let the Great World Spin, Zoli, Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Songdogs, as well as two critically acclaimed story collections. His fiction has been published in 35 languages. He has received many honors, including the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, and the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace. He has been named one of Esquire’s “Best & Brightest,” and his short film Everything in This Country Must was nominated for an Oscar in 2005. A contributor to the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, and Paris Review, he teaches in the Hunter College MFA Creative Writing Program. He lives in New York City with his wife and their three children.

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                  • Tea with Author Beatriz Williams

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                    As the summer of 1938 begins, New York socialite Lily Dane has arrived at her family’s idyllic cottage on the Rhode Island coast with her mother and six-year-old sister in tow. Seven years earlier, as a Smith College senior, Lily fell head-over-heels for Dartmouth quarterback Nick Greenwald in a whirlwind romance gone wrong. Now, after a difficult year, Lily is looking forward to a rejuvenating respite in the place that helped her heal after her broken engagement. But her plan is upended when Budgie, her ex-best friend, and Lily’s former fiancé arrive in Seaview for the season. Newly married to Nick, Budgie intends to restore her family’s cottage and reclaim her spot in Seaview’s posh social scene. The pair’s arrival rekindles a wildfire of gossip and casts a pall over Lily’s beloved home-away-from-home. In this small, class-conscious community, Lily is hard-pressed to avoid her faithless ex-friend. Budgie is nothing if not seductive and resourceful and she soon pulls kindhearted Lily back into her orbit, insinuating herself into Lily’s good graces. As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick will confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever. Slipping gracefully back and forth between fictional Seaview and glimmering moneyed New York in the ‘30s, A Hundred Summers brilliantly captures the time after the Great Depression and with the uncertainty of war on the horizon, and the twin devastations heaped upon a community that summer: the loss of innocence and the loss of a way of life.

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                    • Five Minutes with Jen: May 2014

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