Forty-five talented teens performed, sang, danced, played music, or did the artwork/photography for Poetry in Motion: Tell Us What You Know. Watch a video from the March 24, 2012 performance which took place in Wilton Library’s Brubeck Room.
Children’s Beginner Chess
Thursday, April 26 through Thursday, June 14, 4-5 pm
Children in grades 1-7 are invited to join the Children’s Library Chess Club instructed by Christopher Potts, a US Chess Federation certified tournament director and scholastic chess instructor. In this program, those brand new to chess will learn: the history and rules of the game, basic checkmate themes and patterns, and basic strategy and tactics. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the classroom lessons into practice. Program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings, for children in grades 1-7. Registration required.
Children’s Advanced Chess
Thursday, April 26 through Thursday, June 14, 5-6 pm
Children in grades 3-7 are invited to join the Children’s Library Chess Club instructed by Christopher Potts, a US Chess Federation certified tournament director and scholastic chess instructor. In this program, more advanced students will review the basics, learn more advanced strategy and tactics, learn optimal opening and endgame play, and gain an appreciation for the vital importance of making and carrying out sound plans. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the classroom lessons into practice. Program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings, for children in grades 3-7. Registration required.
Wilton Library’s Annual Gigantic Book Sale Fundraiser
Saturday, April 28 through Tuesday, May 1
Saturday, April 28: 7-9 am Early Buyers with $15 admissions fee, 9 am-5 pm free to public, Sunday, April 29: noon-5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, silent auction; Monday, April 30: 10 am-5 pm books ½ price; Tuesday, May 1: 10 am-2 pm $5 per bag. Features more than 75,000 items sorted in more than 50 categories-mysteries, gardening, travel, and science fiction; gently used, new, collectible, rare books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape and CDs. On Saturday, the Rotary Club of Wilton will sell hot dogs and sodas at lunch. Proceeds benefit the library.
Terrific Tales for Twos and Threes
Tuesdays, April 3 through May 22, 10:15-10:45 am
Join Wilton Library for 2 and 3-year old story time. Children and their caregivers will sing songs, listen to stories, and enjoy playtime together while building literacy and social skills. The program runs 8 weeks. No registration.
Tuesday, May 1 through Tuesday, May 22 10:15-10:45 am
Join Wilton Library for 2 and 3-year old story time. Children and their caregivers will sing songs, listen to stories, and enjoy playtime together while building literacy and social skills. No registration.
Look, Listen and Learn
Tuesdays, April 3 through May 22, 11-11:30 am
For 3 and 4 years olds with parent/caregiver. By interacting with stories, singing songs and acting out finger plays and rhymes, children in this program gain pre-reading skills and learn how to participate in a group setting. The program runs 8 weeks. No registration.
Tuesday, May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 , 4-6 pm
People who want to get started with downloading e-books and audiobooks from the library to their personal devices now have a little help with Wilton Library’s Overdrive Volunteers. Office hours are Tuesdays in May, from 4-6 pm. Patrons are asked to bring their personal devices (smartphones, Kindles, Nooks, etc.) and their Wilton Library card to receive personal hands-on attention. Additional hours: Saturdays in May, 10 am-noon. No reservations needed.
Books for Babies
Wednesday, April 4 through May 23, 10:15 am-10:45 am
We will sing and play and enjoy gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old. This is an excellent forum to meet other new parents in the area. Program runs 8 weeks. No registration. Caregivers must be present.
Wonderful Ones and Twos with Caregivers
Wednesday, April 4 through Wednesday, May 23, 11-11:30 am
This program is a sharing time for 1 and 2 year olds and their caregivers. The emphasis is on books, with some songs and puzzles. Program runs 8 weeks. No registration.
Lego® Club for Littles
Wednesday, May 2, 9, 16 & 23, 4-5 pm
Kids in grades K-2 will learn about the theme through stories and non-fiction books and then create a Lego masterpiece from the library’s Lego collection. There are 20 spots available for this program on a first come first serve basis. Tickets will be passed out at the Children’s reference desk starting at 3:45pm the day of the program. This program runs for 4 sessions- May 2, 9, 16, 23. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.
Wednesday, May 2 , 7-8:30 pm
Dave Shafer, a self-professed opera nut and teacher at Lifetime Learners, presents this 3-part series on Opera. Part I covers the passion in Massenet’s operas with video excerpts from Werther and then Manon, featuring Jonas Kaufmann and Renee Fleming respectively. The program shifts to Puccini who wrote Manon Lescaut with the same plot, but different music. The two operas are then compared in one key scene with Placido Domingo and Kiri Te Kanawa. Part II is May 9 and Part III is May 16th. Registration highly recommended. Please register for each session separately.
The Five Generations: How to Do Just About Anything Imaginable With Each of Them and All of Them!
Friday, May 4 , 9:30-11 am
Much has been written about ”the generations in the workplace,” yet they don’t exist just in the workplace but in every aspect of our lives, and now, there are five, not just four! Whether it’s your family and friends gathered at the dining room table for Thanksgiving, or the committee you serve on for a volunteer organization, or the daily car pool, you could very easily find yourself amongst all five generations, wondering: how do I best communicate?, what content, jargon, media should I use?, how do I lead, manage, and build a solid team in an organization that employs all 5?, how do I influence and persuade them all?, how do I simply live with all 5? Michael Crystal — advisor, author, coach, consultant, counselor, facilitator, professor, speaker — has spent more than thirty years helping people and their organizations perform better, and his seminars, workshops and keynotes have been consistently described as ”enlightening, empowering and entertaining” by audiences throughout North America and Europe. Program sponsored by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce and the Wilton Library. Registration essential. Cost is $10, payable at the door.
Saturday, May 5 , 9:30-10 am
Bring your wonderful baby to this infant friendly program at the Wilton Library! We will sing and play and enjoy gentle stories geared for babies under 12 months old on the first Saturday of each month before the library opens. This is an excellent forum to meet other new parents in the area. Bring dad too! Registration suggested.
Saturday, May 5 2-3 pm
Meet Deborah Freedman, the author and illustrator of the picture books Scribble and Blue Chicken. She will talk about her books, read, and do some scribbling! Ms. Freedman will autograph books during this event! Books will be available for purchase before and after the program. Ages 2 and up with caregiver. See “Register” for more author details. Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.
Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck-Arthur Lipner & Brasilian Vibes
Saturday, May 5, 7:30–9 pm
Wiltonian Arthur Lipner performs with his band, Brasilian Vibes, with Nanny Assis on percussions and vocals. Reception following the concert. CDs available for purchase and signing. Suggested donation: $10. Funded by William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris & Tish Brubeck. Advance registration strongly suggested. Pre-registrants should arrive by 7:20pm to be guaranteed seating; wait-listed and walk-in registrants will be admitted after 7:20pm if space is available.
Bringing Vibrancy to Everyday Photos
Sunday, May 6, 1:30-3 pm
Take your everyday photos from drab to fab using Photoshop Elements. Michael Franco will show you how to use enhancing tools such as Brightness and Contrast, Shadows and Highlights, Levels Adjustment, Adjust Hue and Saturation and Unsharp Mask. When all hope is lost, salvage an otherwise throw-away photo with Artistic Filters. This class will be given twice; please register for one session. This is a hands-on class and registration is limited to ten students for each session. To ensure the best learning experience for all, students must arrive no later than ten minutes after the start of class. Students arriving after that time will not be admitted. Basic computer skills, including mouse agility, are required.
Sunday, May 6 , 3:30-5 pm
David Park will talk about Kayaking In and Around the Norwalk Islands, his local, niche guidebook. It will be available for purchase after the talk for signing by the author. David’s book includes color photos, and details kayaking between Long Neck Point, Darien in the west to Sherwood Point, Westport in the east including local rivers, coast and islands off-shore. It also includes chapters on kayak safety, island wildlife including Osprey and island history. David grew up in the town of Weston and has lived in East Norwalk for the past 27 years. He is retired and has devoted his time to public service. Books available for purchase – $10 cash. Registration suggested.
Monday, April 2 through May 21, 2:15-3 pm
For independent listeners ages 4-6 years. Story time that provides children with experiences that enrich early literacy with stories, short films, songs and crafts. No registration. Program runs for 8 weeks.
Monday, May 7 , 6-7:30 pm
Annual celebration of the Wilton Schools’ Fine and Performing Arts Exhibition at the Wilton Library featuring over 400 works from students in kindergarten through 12th grade. During the reception, student musical performances will also take place in the Brubeck Room. Refreshments served. The exhibit will run from May 5 – May 24.
Tuesday, May 8 , 6-8 pm
The Breast Cancer Survival Center, a Fairfield county non-profit, has been holding support groups, retreats and candle lightings for post-treatment survivors for the past 12 years. Please call Nina Marino, LCSW, Clinical Director of The BCSC, at 203-857-7304 with any questions. To learn more about the BCSC visit www.breastcancersurvival.org Co-sponsored by the Breast Cancer Survival Center and Wilton Library. Registration highly encouraged.
Wednesday, May 9, noon-1:30 pm
Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month from September through May (no meeting in December). Bring lunch; beverages will be provided. For a complete listing of meetings and titles, visit our Wilton Readers page. Advance registration suggested.
Ambler Farm Reads
Wednesday, May 9 , 2:15-3 pm
Children ages 4-6 are invited to join Wilton Library in a visit to Ambler Farm. Caregivers and children will meet at Ambler Farm to enjoy theme based stories as well as a nature walk. Children may check books out at the farm, so make sure to bring your library card! The May visit focuses on seeds; the June 13 visit will be on flowers and bees. Registration required. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. This program runs through June.
Wednesday, May 9 , 6:30-7:30 pm
Each month children in grades 3-5 will read a book on a mythological theme and discuss it. Snacks will be provided and an activity or craft will be made. The book for the month of May is Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer. Caregivers must remain in the building for children under 12. Registration required. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund.
Wednesday, May 9 , 7-8:30 pm
Dave Shafer, a self-professed opera nut and teacher at Lifetime Learners, presents this 3-part series on Opera. Part II covers Romeo and Juliet – it doesn’t get any better than this: young lovers, instant attraction, and heart throbbing singing in Gounod’s opera. The young Roberto Alagna is the perfect Romeo. The sets, the acting, the glorious romantic music that would stir the soul of a statue, it’s all here in one of the best opera videos ever made. This will take up the whole class and our excerpts will amount to about half of this wonderful opera. Part III is May 16th. Registration highly recommended. Please register for each session separately.
Ben Van Vechten Seminar – Literary Salmagundi 2012
Thursday, May 10 & Friday, May 11 , 10:30-noon.
Ben Van Vechten returns to the Wilton Library for a special 2-day seminar with discussions on selections of his choosing. Copies of the selections will be available at the front desk before the seminar begins. This program is made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Advance registration is required.
Thursday, May 10 , 7-8:30 pm
Wilton Library welcomes back veteran sportswriter and Wiltonian Jack Cavanaugh to discuss his latest book, Season of ’42: Joe D., Teddy Ballgame, and Baseball’s Fight to Survive a Turbulent First Year of War, about this historic baseball season, how it was shaped and affected by the war and what, ultimately, it meant to America. Jack Cavanaugh’s work has appeared most notably on the sports pages of The New York Times, for which he has covered hundreds of assignments. He is the author of The Gipper (2010), Giants Among Men (2008) and Tunney (2006), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in biography. Cavanaugh is currently a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University. He is the author of Giants Among Men (2008) and Tunney (2006), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in biography. Cavanaugh is currently a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Q&A following talk. No Charge. Reservations recommended. Books available for purchase and signing.
Friday, May 11 , 10 am-6 pm
Children of all ages can stop by during regular library hours and make a craft to take home. No registration, made possible by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.
Saturday, May 12 2- 3 pm
Children ages 2-7 with caregivers are invited to take a journey into the depths of the deep blue sea with Ultra Violet’s black light puppets in Miss Violet’s original production, ‘Divas in the Deep Blue Sea.’ In this funny and interactive show, Ultra Violet’s puppets will teach children the importance of treating others with kindness and respect and not acting like a ‘diva.’ Miss Violet’s performance includes music, dancing and bubbles!!! Attendees may want to wear white so they can glow with the fish too. Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.
Saturday, May 12 , 3-4 pm
Fur, Fins, and Feathers is the newest WLA book club for kids in grades 4 through 6. On the second Saturday of each month, we will focus on a book, classic or contemporary, about animals. This month’s selection, My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, revolves around a boy who, one May day, runs away from his New York City apartment to live in the Catskills wilderness with a falcon, a weasel, and a raccoon as his companions. This exciting survival story is the winner of the Newbery Medal. Club includes discussion, snacks, and activities. Come with a friend or make a new one. There is no charge, but registration is required. This program is sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.
Tuesday, May 15 , 10:30 – noon.
Dr. Susan Bauerfeld, a licensed clinical psychologist and mother of three boys, has reviewed several parenting books over the course of the year. The books represented a smattering of what is out there. Session consists of an overview, practical suggestions for applying the principles of each book, and a Q & A session based on the book. The book for May is Between Parent and Child by Haim Ginott. Co-sponsored by Wilton Youth Council, Parent Connection, Wilton Library and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. Registration strongly encouraged.
Tuesday, May 15 , 11-noon.
There will be a Book Buzz conversation moderated by one of Wilton Library’s reference librarians on the third Tuesday of every month. Participants are encouraged to come and chat about one of their most recent favorite reads or just listen to what others recommend. Next date: June 19. Registration suggested but not required.
Tuesday May 15, 2012 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Our selection for our community reads program, Wilton Reads, is Ann Patchett’s latest work, State of Wonder, a stand-out work of fiction and a truly wondrous tale of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazonian jungle, that is both a gripping adventure and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love. Ann Patchett will be here to discuss her work on the evening of May 30th, at 7:00PM.
Join Susan Boyar, professional book discussion leader, for a discussion of this work prior to Ann Patchett’s appearance on May 30. Registration recommended.
Business Smarts: It’s Time to Put Your Work in the Cloud
Wednesday, May 16 , 8 am-10 am
This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of cloud technology, and options available for small to medium sized businesses. Free and affordable choices will be examined. Topics include: the basics of Google Docs, using Google Docs sharing options, sharing Google calendars, the basics of Dropbox for sharing documents, opportunities to have a server free business environment, ways to reduce and eliminate IT costs. Presenters: Diane McKeever is a certified Social Media Marketing professional. She has also owned a software training company for more than 25 years and has taught over 100,000 people in the US and Europe. She works extensively with small and medium-sized businesses with their software and social marketing programs. Chris Tella is EVP of UFlexData, a cloud technology company. He specializes in helping small and medium businesses to move their business functions to the cloud. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library, Fairfield County SCORE, and Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Registration starts at 7:30 AM-Light breakfast will be served. $10.00 per session – cash or check, please.
Wednesday, May 16 , 7-8:30 pm
Dave Shafer, a self-professed opera nut and teacher at Lifetime Learners, presents this 3-part series on Opera. Part III covers Puccini’s Girl of the Golden West was his favorite opera and we will see why. Set in the California gold rush days, it has a love triangle with Minnie, a steel-willed but naïve saloon keeper, the local sheriff – her forceful but spurned admirer, and the bandit/bank robber Johnson, who steals her heart instead of her gold. Registration highly recommended. Please register for each session separately.
Thursday May 17, 2012 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Our selection for our community reads program, Wilton Reads, is Ann Patchett’s latest work, State of Wonder, a stand-out work of fiction and a truly wondrous tale of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazonian jungle, that is both a gripping adventure and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love. Ann Patchett will be here to discuss her work on the evening of May 30th, at 7:00 pm.
Join Joanna Ecke, a graduate of Smith College with a doctorate in literature from Duke University, for a daytime discussion of this work prior to Ann Patchett’s appearance on May 30. Registration recommended.
Thursday, May 17 , 1-6:30 pm
To sign up, please call 1 800 GIVE LIFE (1.800.448.3543) or go to www.redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins will be accommodated. Please note: Positive ID required at time of donation.
Alternative Investments: Hedge Funds, Private Equity and More
Thursday, May 17 , 7 – 8:30 pm
Jon Diorio, an alternative investment strategist with BlackRock Investments, discusses the failure of traditional diversification in today’s market and the need to consider alternative asset classes and alternative investment strategies, redefine one’s risk tolerance in keeping with the changed investment environment. He earned a BA degree in Finance from Loyola University and an MBA degree with a concentration in Finance and Economics from NYU-Stern School of Business. Click on the registration link for speaker’s details. This talk is part of an ongoing financial seminar series organized by Wiltonian Steve Sherman-VP/PM, MSSB. Registration encouraged.
Friday, May 18 11-11:30 am
Children ages 2-6 with caregivers are invited to a fun performance by Robert the Guitar Guy. Robert uses music, props, movement, and dance to entertain children and their grown-ups. Registration recommended. This program is the third Friday of each month April through June. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.
Saturday, May 19 , 7:30-9:30 pm
For decades, New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, a Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist, has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” This film captures all that he has captured, from uptown fixtures such as Anna Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brook Astor and David Rockefeller to downtown eccentrics. Winner – Best Storytelling in a Drama – Nantucket Film Festival. Suggested donation of $5. Refreshments served. The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by Ms. Smith-Harris. Registration highly recommended.
Author Talk: Mike Freeman—Drifting: Two Weeks on the Hudson
Sunday, May 20, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
This candid account of the author’s two-week canoe trip down the Hudson River offers an introspective and humorous look at both the river and Recession-Era America. New to fatherhood and fresh from ten years in an Alaskan village, Mike Freeman sets out to relearn his country, and realizes it’s in a far greater midlife crisis than he could ever be. Mike Freeman is a freelance writer and editor, and has canoed thousands of miles in southeast Alaska. His essays have appeared in the Massachusetts Review, South Dakota Review, the LBJ: Avian Life, Literary Arts, Connecticut Review, and Gray’s Sporting Journal. He grew up in Wilton, CT and now lives in Newport, Rhode Island. Books available for purchase and signing.
Weir Farm Artist-in Residence Exhibition/Reception: Liz Leggett
Monday, May 21, 6 – 7:30 pm
May brings Liz Leggett to the Weir Farm artist in residency program. Liz has been taking a hiatus from art-making to raise her two young children. Her paintings and drawings from her residency will show her recurring themes of chaos, balance and emotional and physical states of aftermath re-interpreted through her new role as parent. The objects depicted will be the toys, gear and accessories of children, strewn about and portrayed both abstractly and recognizably with color, energetic mark-making and paint application. Co-sponsored by Weir Farm Art Center and Weir Farm National Historic Site and presented by Wilton Library. Registration suggested.
Good Reads, Great Kids
Monday, May 21 , 6:15-7 pm
Children in grades 2 and 3 and their parents will have the opportunity to meet and discuss books as a group. In addition to personal selections, we will all discuss the book Buddy Files : The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Butler. Snacks will be provided and a craft will be made. Parents and guardians must be present. Sponsored by the Sherman Family Fund. Registration required.
Monday, May 21 , 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Joe Pantoliano, author of Asylum, his deeply moving and resourceful memoir, takes aim at the stigma attached to what he calls ”brain dis-ease” by writing candidly and humorously about his own journey through clinical depression and addiction. Pantoliano is known for his memorable roles in such blockbuster movies as The Matrix, Risky Business, The Fugitive, and Memento, or from his Emmy-winning performance on The Sopranos. But despite all this success, the actor, known as ”Joey Pants,” struggled with what he later found out was clinical depression—or brain dis-ease, as he calls it. This memoir creates an honest portrayal of the true nature of the disease, as well as Joe’s own eventual diagnosis, recovery, and ongoing efforts to educate others and remove the stigma from mental illness. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Tuesday, May 22 , 11 am-noon.
Barbara Jones will lead a discussion of Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi by Dean Faulkner Wells. This is the last session until September. Call the Senior Center for details and to register at 834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton.
Business Smarts: Choosing the Social Media Platform That’s Best for You
Wednesday, May 23 , 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
This seminar helps businesses identify the appropriate social media to use. Topics include: the differences between Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn, how to identify which of these has your target audience, how to capitalize on your tweets, posts, pins and updates. Presenter Diane McKeever is a certified Social Media Marketing professional. She has also owned a software training company for more than 25 years and has taught over 100,000 people in the US and Europe. She works extensively with small and medium sized businesses with their software and social marketing programs. Co-sponsored by Wilton Library, Fairfield County SCORE, and Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Registration starts at 7:30 AM – Light breakfast will be served. $10.00 per session – cash or check, please.
Thursday, May 23 7-8:30 pm
All are welcome(*) to this free one-hour class sponsored by the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Wilton Library. (*) Must be a Wilton resident or working for a Wilton business, a minimum of 18 years old and ‘able-bodied’ to perform chest compressions while on one’s knees. Registration begins at 7 pm; class begins promptly at 7:30. No charge. Registration required.
Saturday, May 26 11-noon
ROAR’s (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog Program will be bringing therapy dogs to the library for children to read to them. The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often, attempt more difficult books, and actually look forward to reading. Children must read independently to participate in this program. Registration is required.
Memorial Day Parade
Monday May 28, 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Children and adults are invited to walk with the Library in the Memorial Day parade. This is a great activity for the whole family to support our veterans! Wear your red, white and blue! All participants will be contacted before the parade for meeting time and place.
Wilton Reads: “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett
Wednesday May 30, 2012 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
We encourage all community members to join us this spring as we come together to read, discuss and reflect upon State of Wonder, by author Ann Patchett, culminating in Ann’s appearance at the Wilton Library to discuss this work. This is Ann Patchett’s second talk at the library, and those of you fortunate enough to have attended her Wilton Reads discussion of her work, Run, in 2009 will want to be front and center to hear her discuss this latest work, a truly wondrous tale of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazonian jungle, that is both a gripping adventure and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love. Not only does she write sublimely, but she also speaks effortlessly, with intelligence, humor, and honesty. She enthralls her audiences as well as her readers – it is simply a joy to hear her speak. And she loves libraries! Q&A, book sales and signing following the talk. Reservations strongly recommended.
Thursday, May 31 , 7-8:30 pm
Douglas Brinkley presents the definitive, revealing biography of an American legend: renowned news anchor, Walter Cronkite. An acclaimed author and historian, Brinkley has drawn upon recently disclosed letters, diaries, and other artifacts at the recently opened Cronkite Archive to bring detail and depth to this deeply personal portrait. He also interviewed nearly two hundred of Cronkite’s closest friends and colleagues. Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Books available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books, New Canaan. The book is being released on May 29. Registration highly recommended.