IN GREENWICH, CT CALENDAR
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This month’s book title is Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan. Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems–but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives.
Book discussion for students in grades 4-6. Join us for snacks and book discussion.
Register and pick up a book at the Children’s Room Desk.
Please call 203-622-7940 for information.
Join our always interesting evening book club led by facilitator, Judy Berg, as the group discusses popular fiction and non-fiction. This month’s book is The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman.
In 1950s Quebec, French and English tolerate each other with precarious civility–much like Maggie Hughes’ parents. Maggie’s English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that don’t include marriage to the poor French boy the next farm over. But Maggie’s heart is captured by Gabriel Phénix. When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, her parents send the baby Elodie to an orphanage where she receives horrible treatment. Seventeen years later, Maggie, married to a businessman eager to start a family, cannot forget the daughter she was forced to abandon, and a chance reconnection with Gabriel spurs a wrenching choice. As time passes, the stories of Maggie and Elodie intertwine but never touch, until Maggie realizes she must take what she wants from life and go in search of her long-lost daughter, finally reclaiming the truth that has been denied them both.
Registration for this 6-week writing workshop begins Tuesday, October 22nd at 9 am.
Want to learn how to write? This course is designed to appeal to both new and experienced writers of fiction and creative nonfiction. Through instruction about craft, examples of published works, in-class writing exercises, and take-home assignments, you will develop confidence in your voice, acquire tools to improve your writing, and learn how to identify and express the emotional truths in your work. Participants will receive teacher and peer feedback in a supportive workshop environment.
Amy Ralston Seife is a published short story writer who has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. She is the Managing Editor of The Westchester Review, teaches creative writing classes and workshops, and is a freelance editor and writing coach. She holds an MA in English Literature from Yale, and an MFA in fiction writing from Sarah Lawrence, as well as an MBA from Columbia University.
This month’s book is Judge Hunter by Christopher Buckley.The latest comic novel from Christopher Buckley, in which a hapless Englishman embarks on a dangerous mission to the New World in pursuit of two judges who helped murder a king.London, 1664. Twenty years after the English revolution, the monarchy has been restored and Charles II sits on the throne. The men who conspired to kill his father are either dead or disappeared.
Fed up with his needy relative, Pepys offers Balty a job in the New World. He is to track down two missing judges who were responsible for the execution of the last king, Charles I. When Baltys ship arrives in Boston, he finds a strange country filled with fundamentalist Puritans, saintly Quakers, warring tribes of Indians, and rogues of every stripe. Helped by a man named Huncks, an agent of the Crown with a mysterious past, Balty travels colonial America in search of the missing judges. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Samuel Pepys prepares for a war with the Dutch that fears England has no chance of winning.
The book to read is A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order by Richard Haass.
In A World in Disarray, Haass argues for an updated global operating system—call it world order 2.0—that reflects the reality that power is widely distributed and that borders count for less. One critical element of this adjustment will be adopting a new approach to sovereignty, one that embraces its obligations and responsibilities as well as its rights and protections. Haass also details how the U.S. should act towards China and Russia, as well as in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He suggests, too, what the country should do to address its dysfunctional politics, mounting debt, and the lack of agreement on the nature of its relationship with the world.
A World in Disarray is a wise examination, one rich in history, of the current world, along with how we got here and what needs doing. Haass shows that the world cannot have stability or prosperity without the United States, but that the United States cannot be a force for global stability and prosperity without its politicians and citizens reaching a new understanding.
The Staff and Friends invite mystery and crime lovers to our monthly book club, currently led by the lively members themselves.
This month’s selection is IQ by Joe Ide.
The LAPD can’t keep up with the crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood is taking on the cases the police can’t or won’t touch. They call him IQ, a loner and high school dropout with fierce intelligence and relentless determination, who charges whatever folks can afford.
**Please Note: Registrants are expected to attend all 6 sessions. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.
Memoirists will hone their skills through assigned exercises and collective, constructive critiquing by class members. Participants will be expected to lead the group (at least once) by providing outside materials that will inspire a written piece related to the theme/sentiment/prompt expressed in those excerpts/materials. Participants are also expected to bring a written piece to each class based on the previous month’s prompt.
We are excited to offer a book club for children in 4-6 grades. Come to our monthly meeting for a great discussion, fun activity, and pizza. In The Losers Club by Andrew Clements, sixth-grader Alec can’t put a good book down. So when Principal Vance lays down the law — pay attention in class, or else — Alec takes action. He can’t lose all his reading time, so he starts a club. A club he intends to be the only member of. After all, reading isn’t a team sport, and no one would want to join something called the Losers Club, right? But as more and more kids find their way to Alec’s club, Alec notices something. Real-life might be messier than his favorite books, but it’s just as interesting.