Library’s authors series offers diverse selections, discussions

The Greenwich Library’s author series is continuing with dynamic authors over the next few weeks.

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Greenwich Library will team up with The Bruce Museum to co-sponsor a talk by Alex Danchev. Mr. Danchev will discuss Cézanne, a major biography of the work and restless life of Paul Cézanne, discussing the artists’ years of struggle and his ongoing and vivid life as one of the most influential painters of the 20th century. Mr. Danchev, who was educated at Oxford in Cambridge and London, has authored several highly acclaimed biographies and essays including 100 Artists’ Manifestos and George Braque: A Life.

The music fan will have a lot of interest on Tuesday, Nov. 27 when Boston Globe music critic Matthew Guerrieri will discuss The First Four Notes. Mr. Guerrieri goes back before Beethoven’s time to examine what might have influenced him in writing his Fifth Symphony and forward into our own time to describe the ways in which the Fifth has, in turn, asserted its influence.

He confirms that, contrary to popular belief, Beethoven was not deaf when he wrote the Fifth and uncovers possible sources in the rhythms of ancient Greek poetry and certain pre-Revolutionary French symphonies. He also traces the Fifth’s influence in China, Russia and the United States and shows how it was used by both the Allies and the Nazis in World War II.


Just a few days later, on Thursday, Nov. 29, HGTV stars Bob and Cortney Novogratz will share their latest book, Home by Novogratz. The Novogratzes will break down their design process from start to finish, making it easy for anyone to breathe new life into a variety of spaces. This book demonstrates how they mix contemporary furniture with thrift-store finds and provides all sorts of tricks for creating a stylish home no matter what the obstacles, such as, seven children, small spaces or a tiny budget.

Finally, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, Diane’s Books will present Bob Spitz, who will share Dearie, published in August to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Julia Child’s birth. The book was written with the support of Ms. Child’s estate and is considered a definitive account of her life. Dearie is considered “an entertaining, all-out adventure story of one of our most fascinating and beloved figures.”

Mr. Spitz is the award-winning author of The Beatles, a New York Times best seller, as well as seven other nonfiction books and a screenplay. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post and Rolling Stone among others.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at each event through Diane’s Books. This series is free and open to all, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Marianne Weill at 203-622-7933, Wayne Campbell at 203-622-7922 or visit

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