August 2, 2018: Ben Goldfarb Author Talk and Book Signing

Ben Goldfarb Author Talk and Book Signing

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Thursday, August 2, 2018
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join us as Ben Goldfarb discusses his recently released book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.

In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of “Beaver Believers”—including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens—recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them.

Ben Goldfarb is an award-winning environmental journalist who covers wildlife conservation, marine science, and public lands management, as well as an accomplished fiction writer. His work has been featured in ScienceMother JonesThe Guardian, High Country NewsVICEAudubon MagazineModern FarmerOrionWorld Wildlife MagazineScientific AmericanYale Environment 360, and many other publications. He holds a master of environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is a 2018 North American Congress for Conservation Biology journalist fellow.

This program is part of The Ridgefield Library’s Libraries Rock adult summer reading program that is made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library. and is co-sponsored by the Library, Books on the Common and Ridgefield Conservation Commission.

Please register.

June 13, 2018: Jeff Benedict Author Talk and Book Signing

Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, authors of the New York Times bestseller, The System, is “a searing biography of golf’s most blazing talent,” according to Golf Magazine. Join us for an author talk with Jeff Benedict.

“Meticulously reported, scrupulously fair, endlessly interesting, Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian’s Tiger Woods reveals the human being long-hidden behind the golf genius. The story of Tiger’s passage from driven prodigy, to lonely hero, to disgraced celebrity is compelling, and often poignant, from first page to last.” —Jeffrey Toobin, author of American Heiress

Until now, there has never been a 360-degree comprehensive account of Tiger’s life, one that closely examines his roots and the vital role his parents played in his epic rise, fall, and return. Benedict and Keteyian set out to deliver something fresh and revealing, a complete human portrait of a true, albeit reluctant, American idol. Tiger Woods is that portrait.Over a three-year period, Benedict and Keteyian conducted more than four hundred interviews with over 250 people from every corner of Tiger’s life, including scores of people who have never previously been interviewed. From those interviews, and extensive, carefully sourced research, they have uncovered new, intimate, and surprising details about the man behind the myth. We are reminded, time and time again, of Woods’ singular greatness and the exhilaration we felt watching an athletic genius dominating his sport for nearly twenty years. But at what cost? Tiger Woods provides the answers in this extraordinary biography that is destined to become the defining book about an authentic American legend–and to linger in the minds of readers for years to come.

About the authors

Jeff Benedict is a New York Times bestselling author, a special features writer for Sports Illustrated, and a television and film producer. He has also written for the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and his stories have been the basis for segments on 60 Minutes, 20/20, 48 Hours, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, the NFL Network, HBO Real Sports, CNN, and the Discovery Channel. He has written fifteen books, including the New York Times bestselling autobiography of Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young. He lives with his wife and four children in Connecticut.

Armen Keteyian is a CBS News correspondent based in New York and a longtime contributing correspondent to 60 Minutes. An eleven-time Emmy Award winner, he is widely regarded as one of the finest investigative journalists in the country. A former writer-reporter at Sports Illustrated, he is also the author or coauthor of ten previous books, including the New York Times bestsellers Raw Recruits and The System. Born and raised in Michigan, he now lives with his wife, Dede, in Fairfield, Connecticut, and San Clemente, California.

June 7, 2018: Jamie Cat Callan Author Talk and Book Signing

Parisian Charm School with Author Jamie Cat Callan

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Thursday, June 7, 2018
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Discover what French women know about embracing that irresistible joie de vivre.

In our hectic lives, it’s hard to stay connected to what makes us feel most alive—our beauty, confidence, uniqueness, and personal style.  Happily, French women know the secrets to cultivating that lifelong je ne sais quoi and author Jamie Cat Callan shares those secrets with you in Parisian Charm School.

From savoring the everyday beauty around you to engaging in captivating conversations, playing dress-up, dancing the tango, hosting impromptu dinner parties and picnics under the stars–and of course mastering the art of French flirting–the lively and inspiring lessons in this “syllabus” will help you rediscover your beautiful, fierce, romantic engaging best self to attract the best of everything into your life.

Jamie Cat Callan is the author of the recently released Parisian Charm School (Penguin Random House).  She is also the author of the bestselling books French Women Don’t Sleep AloneBonjour, Happiness! and Ooh La La! French Women’s Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day. Her books have been published in twenty-one countries and have been featured in major magazines, including The New York TimesVanity Fair, and Time. Jamie makes her home in New York’s Hudson Valley at La Belle Farm, where she and her husband have created a little bit of France and grow lavender, sunflowers and produce their own brand of French sparkling apple cider.

This program is co-sponsored by the Library and Books on the Common.  Copies of Parisian Charm School will be available for sale and signing at the event.

June 6, 2018: Carla Gambescia Author Talk and Book Signing

Trivial Pursuit Italian Style with Author Carla Gambescia 

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Test your knowledge and discover surprising new facts and insights about “The Boot.” An edu-taining evening for those curious about (or already in amore with) Italy and its cultural and culinary gifts. Carla Gambescia, author of La Dolce Vita University – a unique lifestyle compendium of all things Italian: food, wine, history, art, film, style, and more – will be our MC.

Carla created the Giro del Gelato bicycle tour, winner of Outside magazine’s “Best Trip in Western Europe”. Join us and bring your “Inner Italian”!

This program is co-sponsored by Books on the Common and the Library.  Copies of La Dolce Vita University will be available for sale and signing at the event.

May 22, 2018: Fran Hauser Author Talk and Book Signing

 Fran Hauser Author Talk and Book Signing

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Wednesday, May 22, 2018
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

In this one-hour conversation,  Reclaiming Kindness: How Women Can Redefine What a Strong Leader Looks Like, Fran Hauser will help women — of all ages — unlock the key to kindness AND strength to reach their career goals.

She presents the scientific case for kindness and compassion (hint: it actually earns you more respect), shares real- life anecdotes and discusses why women are positioned – now more than ever – to own their kindness and transform the image of what a strong, successful leader looks like.

Fran Hauser is a long-time media executive, startup investor, celebrated champion of women and girls, and author of The Myth of the Nice Girl (April 2018). Reviews for the book are coming in strong.  Arianna Huffington wrote that the book “Redefines our outdated notion of what a powerful leader looks like.”

Hauser has held senior positions at some of the world’s largest digital media businesses, including Time Inc.’s PEOPLE, InStyle and Entertainment Weekly, as well as AOL and Moviefone.

This program is co-sponsored by the Library, Books on the Common, RLAM5K and Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce and is part of the Noreen L. Papa – Mothers: Live Your Life series. Copies of The Myth of the Nice Girl will be available for sale and signing at the event.

May 5, 2018: Suzanne Nelson Book Signing

Suzanne Nelson Book Signing

Books on the Common
404 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Saturday, May 5,2018
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Suzanne Nelson will be at Books on the Common signing copies of her new middle reader, SUNDAE MY PRINCE WILL COME.  Please stop by to say hi!  The first 20 guests will receive a certificate for a free sundae from Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe.  While you’re in town, enjoy the festivities on Main Street for the Ridgefield Spring Stroll.

May 2, 2018: Joyce Lee Malcolm Author Talk and Book Signing

Joyce Lee Malcolm Author Talk and Book Signing

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for an Author Talk with historian Joyce Lee Malcolm as she discusses her just-released book The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold.

Proud and talented, history now remembers this conflicted man solely through the lens of his last desperate act of treason. Yet the fall of Benedict Arnold remains one of the Revolutionary period’s great puzzles. Why did a brilliant military commander, who repeatedly risked his life fighting the British, who was grievously injured in the line of duty, and fell into debt personally funding his own troops, ultimately became a traitor to the patriot cause?

Joyce Lee Malcolm unravels the man behind the myth and gives us a portrait of the true Arnold and his world. There was his dramatic victory against the British at Saratoga in 1777 and his troubled childhood in a pre-revolutionary America beset with class tension and economic instability. We witness his brilliant wartime military exploits and learn of his contentious relationship with a newly formed and fractious Congress, fearful of powerful military leaders, like Arnold, who could threaten the nation’s fragile democracy.

Throughout, Malcolm weaves in portraits of Arnold’s great allies, George Washington, General Schuyler, his beautiful and beloved wife Peggy Shippen, and others, as well as his unrelenting enemy John Adams, British General Clinton, and master spy John Andre.

Dr. Joyce Lee Malcolm is an historian and constitutional scholar specializing in British and colonial American History. She is the Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. She has previously taught at Princeton University and Cambridge University. She has written many books and articles on the Second Amendment and individual rights.

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

March 8, 2018: Kelly Corrigan Author Talk and Book Signing

 Kelly Corrigan Author Talk and Book Signing

Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Thursday, March 8, 2018
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for an inspirational evening with acclaimed speaker and best-selling author Kelly Corrigan as she shares some of her experiences as a cancer survivor and as a mother, wife and daughter. She will also share wisdom from her just released book Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say.Kelly Corrigan has touched hearts and captured audiences as the author of New York Times bestselling books, including Glitter and Glue, Lift and The Middle Place, her poignant personal story of battling breast cancer while caring for her father who was also undergoing cancer treatment.  Kelly is currently the host of Exactly, a podcast on KQED, the most listened-to public radio station in the country. She is also an accomplished columnist, appearing in O, The Oprah Winfrey MagazineGlamour and Good Housekeeping. She has been called “the Poet Laureate of the ordinary” by Huffington Post.This program is part of the Library’s Noreen L. Papa – Mothers: Live Your Life series.  The program is co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Library, Books on the Common and Ridgefield’s Run Like a Mother 5K.  Copies of Tell Me More will be available for sale and signing at the event.

February 25, 2018: Janet Ettele Author Talk and Book Signing

Janet Ettele Author Talk and Book Signing

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Sunday, February 25, 2018
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of music and readings by author Janet Ettele. Record producer and Ridgefield resident, Gary Lefkowith will introduce the event. He and Janet and will also perform a few pieces of their original music.

As a student of Buddhist dharma, Janet Ettele is inspired to bring its teachings into contemporary practice through her writing and her music. Her work brings one of the world’s most profound teachings on compassion and wisdom into common language through the art of contemporary fiction, and by cultivating familiarity with the teaching, brings peace to readers, and thereby to others.

How Generosity Works, How the Root of Kindness Works, and How Patience Works are the first three books published by Karuna Publication that Ms. Ettele has written in a series that is based on the teachings by the eighth century Buddhist monk, Master Shantideva. Known as The Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, or The Six Perfections, his teachings are known as one of the most renowned texts in Buddhism.

Janet Ettele graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston and worked in the entertainment industry prior to becoming a mother. In 2012 Janet served on the committee that brought the Dalai Lama to Danbury, CT where His Holiness gave two public talks at Western Connecticut State University.

This program is co-sponsored with Books on the Common. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.



February 1, 2018: Katie Hurley Author Talk and Book Signing

Katie Hurley Author Talk and Book Signing

Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street
Ridgefield CT 06877
Thursday, February 1, 2018
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

As part of the Parenting the Selfie Generation:
Resilience for Life
 series, child/adolescent psycho-therapist and author Katie Hurley will show parents of young girls from age 3 and up how to nip mean girl behavior in the bud.  Copies of No More Mean Girls will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Parenting the #Selfie Generation” is a community-wide collaboration with Ridgefield Public Schools, Ridgefield Council of PTAs, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Youth Commission, Books on the Common, Project Resilience, Town Vibe, and Silver Hill Hospital.