Open Book/ Open Mind: The Efficiency Paradox – What Big Data Can’t DoAdult Events 05/03/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can’t Do
Open Book/ Open Mind: RobinAdult Events 06/02/2019, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Main Library – Auditorium
Sunday, June 2nd at 4 PM
This event will be part of the week-long Montclair “Bounce” Festival of Optimism and Resilience programming partnerships with Toni’s Kitchen and The YMCA in Montclair.
Dave Itzkoff is a culture reporter for The New York Times who writes frequently about film, television and comedy. He is the author of four books including, most recently, Robin, a biography of Robin Williams, and Mad As Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies.
Robin is the definitive biography of Robin Williams – a compelling portrait of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers.
From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations – all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed.
But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams’s comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Doubtfire, where he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters. And in Good Will Hunting he gave an intense and controlled performance that revealed the true range of his talent.
Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression – topics he discussed openly while performing and during interviews – and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a man whose work touched so many lives.
Watchung Booksellers will have copies of Robin and other relevant books for purchase at the event. The event is free to the public, thanks to the support of Series sponsors, The Montclair Foundation and Investors Foundation. Please register below to ensure a seat.Click here for more details...
Open Book/ Open Mind: B.A. Shapiro in Conversation with Caroline Leavitt at MAMAdult Events 11/07/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Montclair Art Museum
The Collector’s Apprentice
Award-winning New York Times bestseller author B. A. Shapiro will debut her latest and eighth novel The Collector’s Apprentice, another unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession, whether it be art, money, love, or vengeance. Her previous novels include The Muralist, The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless and Shattered Echoes, four screenplays (Blind Spot, The Lost Coven, Borderline and Shattered Echoes) and the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze.
B. A. will be in conversation with New York Times best-selling fiction writer Caroline Leavitt, author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You, as well as 8 other novels. Leavitt is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Award in Fiction, and a Goldenberg Fiction Prize.
Thanks to our community partner, Montclair Art Museum, this event will be held during their “Free First Thursday” programming. Registration to the evening is not required but please register below for this talk so we can provide updates or schedule changes via e-mail.
Thanks to our Series Sponsors, The Montclair Foundation and Investors Foundation for this support. Watchung Booksellers will have copies of both authors’ book for sale and signing at the end of the event.Click here for more details...