December 11, 2017: Jon Bonné Author Talk and Book Signing

Jon Bonné Author Talk and Book Signing

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

The Library and Books on the Common welcome Jon Bonné to discuss his new book The New Wine Rules: A Genuinely Helpful Guide to Everything You Need to Know. (Ten Speed Press | Penguin Random House, November 14).

There are few greater pleasures in life than enjoying a wonderful glass of wine. So why does finding and choosing one you like seem so stressful? Now, becoming a happier, more confident wine drinker is easy. The first step is to forget all the needlessly complicated stuff the “experts” have been telling you. In The New Wine Rules, acclaimed wine writer Jon Bonné explains everything you need to know in simple, beautifully illustrated, easy-to-digest tidbits. And the news is good! For example: Nearly every pairing ‘rule’ can be disproven. You can drink rosé any time of year. Don’t save a great bottle for anything more than a rainy day.

See, things are better already. With information about buying, storing, sharing, and – of course – drinking wine, The New Wine Rulesis the ultimate gift for all wine lovers, including yourself.

Jon Bonné is one of the leading American voices writing on wine today. He is the senior contributing editor at Punch, author of The New California Wine, winner of the Roederer International Wine Book of the Year, and the wine consultant for JetBlue Airways. For nearly a decade, he served as the wine editor and chief wine critic of the San Francisco Chronicle, where he won two James Beard Awards and numerous other accolades.

The New Wine Rules will be available for purchase and signing.


Darwin’s Pick: The Resistance

The Resistance—Peter Steiner.  Fans of Steiner’s creation, Louis Morgon, a disgraced U.S. State Department employee who abandons his former life to settle in a small French village, will be delighted with this episode of his early residency in the 1970s.  New readers, swiftly filled in on the basic backstory, will be sucked into the events precipitated by a chance discovery in Morgan‘s newly purchased house— hidden under a floor tile, a partisan group’s mimeographed newsletter published during the Nazi occupation.  What ensues is the uncovering of the terrible physical and emotional price paid by the inhabitants of St. Leon during the occupation.  The village was split between collaborators and resisters.  But who were they and what did they do?  Members of both sides, deliberately kept in the dark, were uncertain as to the allegiances of friends and neighbors creating fear, suspicion and resentment.  Morgon prods his new friend Renard, the village policeman (the post held by his father during the occupation), to investigate some murky details of the local occupation.  Who published the newsletters?  Was his father a collaborator or not?  Who was responsible for the massacre of a partisan group?  It’s a difficult and painful task when no one is willing to talk of those times, and crucial witnesses are hard to find.  A very real and exciting evocation of the strains of the occupation on daily life in an otherwise idyllic French village, which led to divisions, mistrusts and hatred that only dies out as the witnesses and participants of that terrible period vanish.

Darwin’s Pick: The Round House

The Round House—Louise Erdrich.  In this multi-layered story, Louise Erdrich perfectly captures the voice of Joe Coutts, thirteen year old son of the tribal judge and his wife, a tribal enrollment specialist.  Joe’s treacherous passage to manhood, fraught with the magnetism of his Ojibwe culture, the poverty of the reservation, his rich and multi-generational extended family, and the pressure of fitting in with his gang of friends interested in doing all the things that 13 year-olds shouldn’t be doing, is suddenly upended when his mother is brutally raped.  Violence against Native American women and the lack of justice, an ongoing, if abstract scandal for most, is focused by this case and all its facets: the intricacies of tribal law; the desire for revenge; the bonds of friendship, kinship, and loyalty; grief, and the legal limits of justice.  A brilliant capturing of middle-class reservation life in the 80s, through the mind and perceptions of a 13 year-old boy.

Darwin’s Pick: Ancient Light

Ancient Light—John Banville.   Fans of Benjamin Black should rush out to get this new work of his alter ego—John Banville.  Booker Prize winner Banville deliciously explores the vagaries of memory in this faux memoir of an aged actor—Alexander Cleve—who has suffered two traumas in his lifetime:  the suicide of an adult daughter and a torrid affair with the mother of his best friend in the summer of his fifteenth year.  With languorous attention to detail, using beautifully chosen words, Cleve cycles through successive episodes of each of these events, even doubting, from time to time, his own recollections, some of which are corrected in the course of this “confession.”  A charming, beautifully written and engaging study of the frailty of memory and a man.

Darwin’s Pick: The Garden of Evening Mists

The Garden of Evening Mists—Tan Twan Eng.  From the author of The Gift of Rain, comes a new Booker-shortlisted novel set again in Malaya.  Judge Yun Ling Teoh is retiring from the bench in Kuala Lumpur after a long career, to set down her memories before they vanish to a diagnosis of aphasia.  And memories she has—growing up in the family of a wealthy Chinese tea planter, interned in a Japanese prison camp, working as a prosecutor of war criminals, living through the post-war Communist insurgency and the transformation of Malaya into Malaysia.  Central to her story is her apprenticeship to the former gardener to the Emperor of Japan who has taken refuge in a corner of a tea estate in the Cameron Highlands.  It is a sweeping story, set in a corner of the world that is the confluence of many cultures, of lost innocence, love, devotion, the craft of Japanese gardens, full-body tattooing (!), and much more.  Fully absorbing.

Book Clubs

Attention All Local Book Clubs

Register your book club at Books on the Common to receive the following benefits:

  • We will stock your upcoming selections in our Book Club Corner
  • Each member of your group will receive a 15% discount on your upcoming book selections

Registration is very easy!

Give us a call at 203-431-9100 or email us at with your book club name, contact person (including address email and phone number), number of members in your group, and upcoming book selections.

Find Waldo in Ridgefield

Waldo has been hiding for 25 years. To celebrate his birthday, he’s now hiding out all around Ridgefield.

Collect a card every time you find Waldo between now and July 30.

When you have 8 cards, bring them to Books on the Common, where you’ll get a Waldo button (first 100 participants).

If you find Waldo in 16 different stores, bring your cards to Books on the Common for a button and a chance to win a deluxe set of six Waldo books, plus other great prizes.

On July 31, come to Books on the Common at 4 pm for a prize drawing and Waldo celebration!

Waldo can be found hiding in these Ridgefield stores: