Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Local Authors Celebrated by Library Book Groups

This month the Library moves into high gear with Ridgefield Writes, our 300th anniversary celebration of Ridgefield authors, “past, present and just passing through.” Along with an Author Festival set for April 24-27, we have scheduled special activities for our regular book discussion groups, and now is the time for readers to get in on the fun.

We’ll start with the Tuesday Evening Nonfictioneers, who will devote their April 1st meeting to Silvio Bedini’s “Ridgefield in Review.” The Critics’ Circle will gather on April 15th to talk about Mark Salzman’s critically acclaimed novel “The Soloist.” Salzman’s own Ridgefield upbringing as chronicled in his memoir “Lost in Place” will be the topic for the AM Book Group on the 23rd. The Library’s monthly book discussion at Founders Hall on the 24th will focus on “Girls of Tender Age,” another memoir of suburban childhood by former Ridgefielder Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (open to all members of Founders Hall – copies of the book available at the front desk). As a special treat, Smith and Salzman will be appearing at the Library as part of the Author Festival. Details of these and many other Ridgefield Writes events are available at www.ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Our next Reading Is a Family Affair program on May 7th will feature local author C. Coco DeYoung leading a conversation about her book “A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt,” a historical novel for young readers about the Depression. Stop in Children’s Services to sign up and receive a free family copy of the book, thanks to the Friends of the Library.

Copies of the Bedini and Salzman titles are available for borrowing at the Circulation Desk. Book group selections are also available for purchase at a discount at Books on the Common. New members are always welcome, so join us to celebrate our local literary lights!

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