Open Book Club – My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and FoodAdult Events 03/13/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Main Library – Isabel Rose Café
Lidia Bastianich, author of My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and Food will be appearing at Open Book/ Open Mind on Thursday, March 21 at 7 PM at St. Luke’s Church, Montclair.
She will talk about her life as an immigrant, the role of cooking in her life and her experiences. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted for Toni’s Kitchen at the event.
Please purchase a ticket at this link.
In the Open Book Club, we will discuss the book before Lidia’s appearance.
For decades, beloved chef Lidia Bastianich has introduced Americans to Italian food through her cookbooks, TV shows, and restaurants. Now, in My American Dream, she tells her own story for the very first time. Born in Pula, on the Istrian peninsula, Lidia grew up surrounded by love and security, learning the art of Italian cooking from her beloved grandmother. But when Istria was annexed by a communist regime, Lidia’s family fled to Trieste, where they spent two years in a refugee camp waiting for visas to enter the United States. When she finally arrived in New York, Lidia soon began working in restaurants, the first step on a path that led to her becoming one of the most revered chefs and businesswomen in the country. Heartwarming, deeply personal, and powerfully inspiring, My American Dream is the story of Lidia’s close-knit family and her dedication and endless passion for food.Click here for more details...
Open Book/ Open Mind: Lidia Bastianich “My American Dream: A Life Of Love, Family & Food”Adult Events 03/21/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
LIDIA MATTICCHIO BASTIANICH is the author of thirteen cookbooks and the Emmy award-winning host of public television’s Lidia’s Kitchen, which also airs internationally. She is also a judge on MasterChef Junior Italy and Italy’s highly rated daily program La Prova del Cuoco. Lidia owns Felidia, Becco, several other restaurants, and is a partner in the acclaimed Eataly. She will come to Montclair to discuss her memoir My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and Food.
Lidia’s story begins with her upbringing in Pula, a formerly Italian city turned Yugoslavian under Tito’s communist regime. She enjoys a childhood surrounded by love and security–despite the family’s poverty–learning everything about Italian cooking from her beloved grandmother, Nonna Rosa. When the communist regime begins investigating the family, they flee to Trieste, Italy, where they spend two years in a refugee camp waiting for visas to enter the United States–an experience that will shape Lidia for the rest of her life. At age 12, Lidia starts a new life in New York. She soon begins working in restaurants as a young teenager, the first step toward the creation of her own American dream. And she tells in great, vivid detail the fulfillment of that dream: her close-knit family, her dedication and endless passion for food that ultimately leads to multiple restaurants, many cookbooks, and twenty years on public television as the host of her own cooking show. An absolute must-have for the millions of Lidia fans.
Lidia will be in conversation with Marissa Rothkopf Bates, a Montclair based food writer, columnist of the Newsweek “Gadget Lust” column, and a trained chef from the Institute of Culinary Education.
Tickets to this event can be purchased here or by calling 973-744-0500 x 2275 and include a paperback copy of Lidia’s book that can be signed at the event.
Thanks to our Series Sponsors, The Montclair Foundation and Investors Foundation, for their support.
For more information about the community-wide event, Montclair BOUNCE: A Festival of Optimism and Resilience, please visit this website.Click here for more details...
Open Book Club – In The Time Of The ButterfliesAdult Events 04/03/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Main Library – Isabel Rose Café
We had an Open Book Club for How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents in 2018 but we will next be discussing In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, before her appearance at Open Book/ Open Mind on Thursday, April 11th at 7 PM at Central Presbyterian Church.
To attend the event on April 11th, please purchase a ticket at this link when activated. The ticket includes a new paperback copy of In The Time of the Butterflies with new 25th-anniversary cover artwork. Her other novels will be updated, too and will be available for purchase at the event.
Julia described her inspiration for the st0ry: “In 1960, a few months after my family fled the dictatorship of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic, the three Mirabal sisters were brutally murdered. Founders of the underground, las Mariposas (the Butterflies, their code name) had inspired resistance cells throughout the country. (My father had joined one of these cells, which was cracked by the SIM, the secret police, in the summer of 1960 — the reason we were forced to flee.) This novel tells the Mirabal story through the lens of fiction. Needless to say, this book is one I felt compelled to write.“Click here for more details...
Open Book/ Open Mind: Julia AlvarezAdult Events 04/11/2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Julia Alvarez left the Dominican Republic for the United States in 1960 at the age of ten. A novelist, poet, and essayist, she is the author of nineteen books, including How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies (a National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Selection), Yo!, Something to Declare, In the Name of Salome, Saving the World, A Wedding in Haiti, and The Woman I Kept to Myself. Her work has garnered wide recognition, including the 2013 National Medal of Arts, a Latina Leader Award in Literature in 2007 from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the 2002 Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, the 2000 Woman of the Year by Latina magazine, and inclusion in the New York Public Library’s 1996 program “The Hand of the Poet: Original Manuscripts by 100 Masters, from John Donne to Julia Alvarez.” A writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, Alvarez and her husband, Bill Eichner, established Alta Gracia, an organic coffee farm–literacy arts center, in her homeland, the Dominican Republic.
Julia will talk about her writing career and many novels. A copy of the 25th anniversary paperback release of In the Time of the Butterflies will be included with the admittance ticket to the event. Watchung Booksellers will have some of Julia’s other novels on hand for purchase.
We will have an Open Book Club about the novel on April 3rd at 7PM in the MPL cafe area. Here is a brief summary of the novel:
It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo’s dictatorship. It doesn’t have to. Everybody knows of Las Mariposas—“The Butterflies.”
In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sisters—Minerva, Patria, María Teresa, and the survivor, Dedé—speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from hair ribbons and secret crushes to gunrunning and prison torture, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo’s rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez’s imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human cost of political oppression.Click here for more details...
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...