October 11, 2017: Sophfronia Scott Author Talk and Book Signing

Sophfronia Scott Author Talk and Book Signing

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Main Program Room
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Sophfronia Scott will discuss her recently released novel Unforgivable Love. Scott was nominated for best new author at the African American Literary Awards and hailed by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as “potentially one of the best writers of her generation.” Her essays, short stories, and articles have appeared in Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Saranac Review, Numéro Cinq, Ruminate, Barnstorm Literary Journal, Sleet Magazine, NewYorkTimes.com, More, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Unforgivable Love is set in the glittering, dramatic world of Harlem in the summer of 1947 – Jackie Robinson has broken the color barrier in major league baseball and temperatures are skyrocketing. Mae Malveaux and Valiant Jackson, two powerful schemers who are both very accustomed to getting what they want, are caught up in a thrilling game of cat and mouse with very real consequences, where innocence is the prize. But they are unprepared for what can happen between a woman and man when the thrill of the chase spirals wildly out of control. Scott deftly tackles themes of love, faith, lost innocence, betrayal, and redemption in this stunningly original novel.

“…An elegant page turner that transcends time and place.”—Bret Lott New York Times bestselling author of Jewel

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

October 4, 2017: Kevin Peraino Author Talk and Book Signing

Kevin Peraino Author Talk and Book Signing

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Main Program Room
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

A gripping narrative of the Truman Administration’s response to the fall of Nationalist China and the triumph of Mao Zedong’s Communist forces in 1949–an extraordinary political revolution that continues to shape East Asian politics to this day.  In the opening months of 1949, U.S. President Harry S. Truman found himself faced with a looming diplomatic catastrophe–“perhaps the greatest that this country has ever suffered,” as the journalist Walter Lippmann put it. Throughout the spring and summer, Mao Zedong’s Communist armies fanned out across mainland China, annihilating the rival troops of America’s one-time ally Chiang Kai-shek and taking control of Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities. As Truman and his aides–including his shrewd, ruthless secretary of state, Dean Acheson–scrambled to formulate a response, they were forced to contend not only with Mao, but also with unrelenting political enemies at home. Over the course of this tumultuous year, Mao would fashion a new revolutionary government in Beijing, laying the foundation for the creation of modern China, while Chiang Kai-shek would flee to the island sanctuary of Taiwan. These events transformed American foreign policy–leading, ultimately, to decades of friction with Communist China, a long-standing U.S. commitment to Taiwan, and the subsequent wars in Korea and Vietnam.Drawing on Chinese and Russian sources, as well as recently declassified CIA documents, Kevin Peraino tells the story of this remarkable year through the eyes of the key players, including Mao Zedong, President Truman, Secretary of State Acheson, Minnesota congressman Walter Judd, and Madame Chiang Kai-shek, the influential first lady of the Republic of China.Today, the legacy of 1949 is more relevant than ever to the relationships between China, the United States, and the rest of the world, as Beijing asserts its claims in the South China Sea and tensions endure between Taiwan and the mainland.

September 25, 2017: Mike McIntire Author Talk and Book Signing

Mike McIntire Author Talk and Book Signing 

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Main Program Room
Monday, September 25, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

With little public debate or introspection, our institutions of higher learning have become hostages to the rapacious, smash-mouth entertainment conglomerate known, quaintly, as intercollegiate athletics. In Champions Way, New York Times investigative reporter Mike McIntire chronicles the rise of this growing scandal through the experience of the Florida State Seminoles, one of the most successful teams in NCAA history.

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his Times investigation of college sports, McIntire breaks new ground here, uncovering the workings of a system that enables athletes to violate academic standards and avoid criminal prosecution for actions ranging from shoplifting to drunk driving. At the heart of Champions Way is the untold story of a whistle-blower, Christie Suggs, and her wrenching struggle to hold a corrupt system to account. Together with shocking new details about prominent sports figures, including NFL quarterback Jameis Winston and former FSU coach Bobby Bowden, Champions Way shines a light on the ethical, moral, and legal compromises inherent in the making of a championship sports program.

Beyond the story of Florida State, McIntire takes readers on a journey through the history of college football, from its origins as a roughneck pastime coached by nineteenth-century professors to its current incarnation as a gold-plated behemoth that long ago outgrew its scholastic environs. Illuminated in rich and disturbing detail is the hidden financial ecosystem that nourishes hundred-million-dollar teams, from the hustlers who recruit players for schools and the athletic departments controlled by rich boosters to the universities whose academic mission and moral authority have been undermined. More than pointing out flaws, McIntire examines their causes and offers hope to those who would reform college sports.

July 20, 2017: Bill Roorback Author Talk and Book Signing

Bill Roorbach Author Talk and Book Signing

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Main Program Room
Thursday, July 20, 2017
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 Bill Roorbach who will discuss his recently released collection of stories,  The Girl of the Lake.

“Bill Roorbach knows so well how to break your heart, how to make you fall in love, and how to see you well through both and feel so much the greater human being for it all.” — Brad Watson, author of Miss Jane

Bill Roorbach is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Flannery O’Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner Big BendInto WoodsTemple Stream; and most recently, the bestselling Life Among Giants. The 10th anniversary edition of his craft book, Writing Life Stories, is used in writing programs around the world. His work has been published in Harper’s, the Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, the New York Times Magazine, Granta, New York, and dozens of other magazines and journals. Life Among Giants was an Editor’s Pick for Amazon’s Best 2012, a Shelf Awareness Top Ten Best Fiction for 2012, and a winner of the Maine Literary Award for Fiction.

This program is co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Library and Books on the Common. Books will be available for purchase and for signing.

Please Register.

Lesley Lambton 2034382282
lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary.org

June 29, 2017: Mary Simses Author Talk and Book Signing

Mary Simses Author Talk and Book Signing

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Main Program Room
Thursday, June 29, 2017
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Ridgefield Library and Books on the Common are co-sponsoring an author talk with Mary Simses about her new book, The Rules of Love & Grammar about a woman who finds love and closure, and rediscovers herself, when she returns to her roots in the enchanting new novel from the author of The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café.

Newly jobless, newly single, and suddenly apartmentless, writer Grace Hammond has come unmoored. A grammar whiz who’s brilliant at correcting other people’s errors, she hasn’t yet found quite the right set of rules for fixing her own mistakes. Desperate to escape the City and her trifecta of problems, Grace hits pause and retreats to her Connecticut hometown. What begins as a short visit with her parents quickly becomes a far more meaningful stay, though, as she discovers that the answers to what her future holds might be found by making peace with-and even embracing-the past.

As Grace sets out to change her ways and come to terms, finally, with the tragedy that took her older sister’s life so many years ago, she rekindles a romance with her high school sweetheart, Peter, now a famous Hollywood director who’s filming a movie in town. Sparks also fly at the local bike shop, where Grace’s penchant for pointing out what’s wrong rattles the owner’s ruggedly handsome schoolteacher son, Mitch. Torn between the promise of a glamorous life and the allure of the familiar, Grace must decide what truly matters-and whether it’s time for her to throw away the rule book and bravely follow her heart.

Books will be available for purchase and for signing.
Please Register
Call 203-438-2282 for more information

June 2, 2017: Paul Poundstone Author Talk and Book Signing

 Paula Poundstone Author Talk and Book Signing

Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield CT 06877
Friday, June 2, 2017
8:00 p.m.

Say Hello to Emmy Award-winning comedian, author, and humorist, Paula Poundstone! Paula is currently a regular panelist on NPR’s widely popular weekly news quiz show, “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me,” where her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy is heard by 5 million homes across the country, internationally on NPR Worldwide, and on the Internet via podcast. Her latest comedy CD, “I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them in Boston,” recorded at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre, was released on April Fools’ Day 2013. Also in 2013, Poundstone joined Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Rivers and several other prominent women in comedy in Showtime’s feature-length documentary, “WHY WE LAUGH TOO: Women of Comedy.”  She is recognized as one of Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups Of All Time, is the first woman to win the cable ACE for Best Standup Comedy Special, and is the first woman to perform standup at the prestigious White House Correspondents Dinner. In 2012, she received the 2012 Moment Magazine Creativity Award at their 35th anniversary. She is also the recipient of the American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic, and in 2010 was accepted into the Comedy Hall of Fame.

Paula will be signing books and books will be available for purchase in the lobby.

Tickets: Orchestra $55 | Mezzanine & Balcony $45
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May 25, 2017: Janet Benton Author Talk and Book Signing

Janet Benton Author Talk and Book Signing

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Main Program Room
Thursday, May 25, 2017
7:00 p.m.

Ridgefield native and founder of the long-standing high-school literary magazine Lodestar, Janet Benton returns to Ridgefield to discuss her debut novel, Lilli de Jong,

A young woman finds the most powerful love of her life when she gives birth at an institution for unwed mothers in 1883 Philadelphia. She is told she must give up her daughter to avoid lifelong poverty and shame. But she chooses to keep her.

Pregnant, left behind by her lover, and banished from her Quaker home and teaching position, Lilli de Jong enters a home for wronged women to deliver her child. She is stunned at how much her infant needs her and at how quickly their bond overtakes her heart. Mothers in her position face disabling prejudice, which is why most give up their newborns. But Lilli can’t accept such an outcome. Instead, she braves moral condemnation and financial ruin in a quest to keep herself and her baby alive.

Confiding their story to her diary as it unfolds, Lilli takes readers from an impoverished charity to a wealthy family’s home to the streets of a burgeoning American city. Drawing on rich history, Lilli de Jong is both an intimate portrait of loves lost and found and a testament to the work of mothers. “So little is permissible for a woman,” writes Lilli, “yet on her back every human climbs to adulthood.”

Janet Benton’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Glimmer Train, and many other publications. She has cowritten and edited historical documentaries for television. She holds a B.A. in religious studies from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and for decades has taught writing and helped individuals and organizations craft their stories. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Please Register
Call 203-438-2282 for more information.

April 26, 2017: Samuel Schmitt Author Talk and Book Signing

Samuel Schmitt Author Talk and Book Signing
Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Main Program Room
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Ridgefield Library and Books on the Common present an Author Talk with Samuel Schmitt about his new book Silvermine (Arcadia Publishing).

Straddling the towns of Norwalk, Wilton, and New Canaan is the little valley known as Silvermine, an artists’ colony whose rural feel has changed little since it was settled in the Colonial era. By the 19th century, a dozen mills were humming along the Silvermine River. When the mills became silent with the advent of steam power, the bucolic beauty of the valley attracted painters and sculptors, writers and poets, and illustrators and cartoonists who formed a celebrated artists’ colony centered around the Silvermine Guild of Artists and the Silvermine Tavern. In 2006, an enclave of 85 buildings in the core neighborhood, including a number of artists’ homes, were recognized as part of the Silvermine Center Historic District. Today, Silvermine continues to attract residents who value its artistic heritage and natural beauty.

Samuel A. Schmitt is the executive director of the Carl Schmitt Foundation, which seeks to further the legacy of early Silvermine artist Carl Schmitt. He is also the author of Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty.

Copies of Silvermine will be available for sale and signing at the event.

April 7, 2017: David Sedaris Author Talk and Book Signing

David Sedaris Author Talk and Book Signing

Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield CT 06877
Friday, April 7, 2017
7:30 p.m.

The NPR Humorist and best-selling author returns to The Playhouse after two sold out shows! It seems almost unnecessary to remind you at this point that this “rock star of writers” is a commentator on NPR’s This American Life, a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, and a prolific author whose shelf of best-sellers includes Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary and his latest, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, which was a 2013 Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word album. All have become New York Times best sellers, and collectively have sold seven million copies. Do we need to add that he may just be the funniest man alive?

David will be signing books both before and after the event.  Books will be available for purchase in the lobby.

Tickets: $75

March 17, 2017: Brad Parks Author Talk and Book Signing

Brad Parks Author Talk and Book Signing

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Streetbrad parks
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Main Program Room
Friday, March 17, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The Library and Books on the Common are pleased to welcome back author Brad Parks to discuss Say Nothing, his latest heart-pounding domestic thriller that has already garnered praise from greats like Lee Child, Sue Grafton, Joseph Finder, Jeffery Deaver, and Chris Pavone.

In Say Nothing, esteemed federal Judge Scott Sampson seems to have it all: a prestigious job, a beautiful wife, adorable twins Sam and Emma. It’s the kind of life most of us dream about, but in an instant, Scott’s life takes a nightmarish turn that crumbles the very foundation of his idyllic home. His wife Alison, who texted him earlier that afternoon saying she would pick up their children from school, arrives home alone. She didn’t send the text message. She didn’t pick the twins up after school. She doesn’t know where they are. The phone rings, and their worst fears are confirmed; someone has kidnapped Sam and Emma.

Parks is a former reporter for The Washington Post and The Star-Ledger and the only author to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes. His sharp prose and masterful plotting have earned him comparisons to internationally-bestselling authors like Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, and even Dave Barry.

Copies of Say Nothing  will be available for sale and signing at the event.