Ben Van Vechten Seminar—Literary Compost
Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10, 10:30 – noon.
Ben Van Vechten returns to the Wilton Library for a special 2-day seminar. 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 9, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Alexandra Aldrich, a direct descendant of the famous Astor dynasty, grew up in the servants’ quarters of Rokeby, the forty-three-room Hudson Valley mansion built by her ancestors. Her childhood was one of bohemian neglect and real privation. But it was fairly stable until the summer of her tenth year, when her father took up with an alluring interloper, Giselle. Reaching back to the Gilded Age, when that legacy first began to come undone, Alexandra has written an unflinching, mordantly funny account of neglect and class anxiety amid the ruins of a once prominent family. No charge. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Elm Street Books. Registration encouraged. See registration link for more details about the book and author.