1. Meet the Author: Nicholas Dawidoff


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    On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Nicholas Dawidoff, author of "Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football", was our featured speaker. Football is the country's most popular pastime, and yet most of what happens in today's NFL is a mystery. The New York Jets gave Nicholas Dawidoff a security code, a locker, an office in the scouting department, and for an entire year he lived with the team. He has written a vivid, funny, and moving narrative about an emblematic NFL season that deepens the way we know the game. For more information, please visit: http://www.darienlibrary.org/events/meet-author/meet-author-nicholas-dawidoff

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    • Meet the Author: Dallas Clayton


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      In his two books, An Awesome Book! and An Awesome Book of Thanks!, writer/ illustrator Dallas Clayton shares his exuberance for life. In this interview, he talks about his inspirations, connecting with his readers, and his literacy foundation.

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      • Meet the Author: Mary Lou Judd Carpenter


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        Meet the Author: Mary Lou Judd Carpenter Miriam was born in 1904 in India to missionary parents, who were working with the YMCA in Calcutta. The family traveled back to the United States in 1912 to settle in Montclair, New Jersey. Graduating from Montclair High School in 1921, she then attended Mount Holyoke College, graduating with the Class of 1925. Miriam’s Words, a collection of the letters of Miriam Judd, wife of long-serving Minnesota congressman, Walter Judd, is the first-person account of someone who had a ringside seat on some of the most interesting history of the twentieth century. Join us as Miriam’s daughter, Mary Lou Carpenter, brings her mother’s letters and times to life once more. Miriam Barber Judd was raised to serve humanity in the mission field, but she spent much of her life in the midst of the Washington D.C. political and social scene. There she tried to raise three daughters and maintain a normal family life during her husband’s necessary but all-too-frequent absences. Around her the world was changing as America grew from war-time victor to world power, and Miriam’s letters are as much a reflection of those fascinating times as a portrait of a strong, vibrant Minnesota woman.

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        • Meet the Author: Deb Perelman


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          On Thursday, November 29, 2012, Deb Perelman was our featured speaker. She is the author of the award-winning blog, http://www.smittenkitchen.com. For more information, please visit: http://www.darienlibrary.org/events/meet-author/meet-author-deb-perelman

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          • Meet the Author: Marc Tyler Nobleman


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            Marc Tyler Nobleman explains why he did not illustrate his own books.

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            • Meet The Author: Steven Raichlin


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              • Meet the Author: Amor Towles


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                On August 17, 2011, Amor Towles, author of Rules of Civility, visited Darien Library to discuss his work. For more information about his visit, please see: http://www.darienlibrary.org/2011/07/26/adult-summer-reading-grand-finale-party

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                • Meet the Author: Dana Cowin


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                  On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, author Dana Cowin joined us to talk about her new book, "Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen." An uproarious, inspiring cookbook from the longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, in which the first lady of food spills the secret of her culinary ineptitude, while learning—finally—to cook, side-by-side with some of the greatest chefs working today, from David Chang to Alice Waters to Thomas Keller. About the Author Dana Cowin, Food & Wine’s Editor-in-Chief since 1995, has been covering the world of food, wine, style, and design for over 30 years. She sits on the board of directors of City Harvest, a New York City hunger-relief organization, Wholesome Wave Foundation, dedicated to providing access to sustainable foods, and Hot Bread Kitchen, an organization that helps train low-income men and women to join the culinary workforce. In 2012, she was an inductee into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who in Food & Beverage in America. She is an alumna of Brown University and lives in New York City with her husband and two children. To read more about Dana’s adventures follow her at @fwscout on Twitter and on Instagram.

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                  • Meet the Author: Marilyn Johnson


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                    On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Marilyn Johnson, author of "Lives in Ruins" was our featured speaker. Lives in Ruins is an absorbing and entertaining look at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past. Johnson digs and drinks alongside archaeologists, chases them through the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and even Machu Picchu, and excavates their lives. Her subjects share stories we rarely read in history books, about slaves and Ice Age hunters, ordinary soldiers of the American Revolution, children of the first century, Chinese woman warriors, sunken fleets, mummies. What drives these archaeologists is not the money (meager) or the jobs (scarce) or the working conditions (dangerous), but their passion for the stories that would otherwise be buried and lost.

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