Events

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.

 

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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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

 

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