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RECENT BOOK AND AUTHOR EVENTS 

Upcoming Book & Author Events

    • January 18, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom
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    Please join LILRC when we welcome author Lynda Cohen Loigman to discuss her latest novel, The Matchmaker's Gift (St. Martin's Press, 2022)

    From Lynda Cohen Loigman, the bestselling author of The Two-Family House and The Wartime Sisters comes a heartwarming story of two extraordinary women from two different eras who defy expectations to utilize their unique gift of seeing soulmates in the most unexpected places.

    Even as a child in 1910, Sara Glikman knows her gift: she is a maker of matches and a seeker of soulmates. But among the pushcart-crowded streets of New York’s Lower East Side, Sara’s vocation is dominated by devout older men—men who see a talented female matchmaker as a dangerous threat to their traditions and livelihood. After making matches in secret for more than a decade, Sara must fight to take her rightful place among her peers, and to demand the recognition she deserves.

    Two generations later, Sara’s granddaughter, Abby, is a successful Manhattan divorce attorney, representing the city’s wealthiest clients. When her beloved Grandma Sara dies, Abby inherits her collection of handwritten journals recording the details of Sara’s matches. But among the faded volumes, Abby finds more questions than answers. Why did Abby’s grandmother leave this library to her and what did she hope Abby would discover within its pages? Why does the work Abby once found so compelling suddenly feel inconsequential and flawed? Is Abby willing to sacrifice the career she’s worked so hard for in order to keep her grandmother’s mysterious promise to a stranger? And is there really such a thing as love at first sight?

    Lynda Cohen Loigman grew up in Longmeadow, MA. She received a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. Her debut novel, Two-Family House, was a USA Today bestseller and a nominee for the Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards in Historical Fiction.

    Her second novel, The Wartime Sisters, was selected as a Woman’s World Book Club pick and a Best Book of 2019 by Real Simple Magazine. The Matchmakers Gift is her third novel.

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    Code of Conduct

    For questions, please email Eliscia Cirrone, ecirrone@lilrc.org.

    Professional Development Hours: 1 (.1 CEUs)

    FOR OUR PARTICIPANTS -

    1. If you do not receive a confirmation email after registering, please contact Eliscia Cirrone, ecirrone@lilrc.org to check your registration.  

    2. You will need both a LILRC and a Zoom account. You will need to sign into your zoom account prior to accessing the meeting.  LILRC account is for registration & your Zoom account is to access the program.  

    3. If you do not have a Zoom account we recommend creating one ahead of the program.

    4.  If you have any questions regarding this program or registration and program access, please contact Eliscia Cirrone, ecirrone@lilrc.org




    • February 03, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Please join LILRC as we welcome Alvin Hall, author of Driving the Green Book: A Road Trip through the Living History of Black Resistance  (HarperOne 2023) to discuss his recently published book and his upcoming mini documentary Driving the Green Book on Long Island that he created with co-producers Saro Varjabedian and Mike DeCaro.

    Advance Praise for Driving the Green Book

    "...illuminating…Hall pays moving tribute to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Black Americans who hit the road, despite the dangers. This historical travelogue inspires and educates.”

    — Publishers Weekly

    “Alvin Hall’s thrilling, deeply researched and illuminating exploration of the world of the Green Book – revealing, enraging and inspiring in equal measure – is a journey all Americans must take. Nothing tells us more about the country we have been, the country we remain in so many ways, and the country we should aspire to be.” 

    — Ric Burns, filmmaker

    Presenter: 

     Alvin Hall is an internationally renowned financial educator, television and radio broadcaster, bestselling author, and regular contributor to magazines, newspapers, and websites.

    For five years on the BBC, he hosted the highly rated and award-winning series, Your Money or Your Life, on which he offered both practical financial and psychological advice to people about how to take control of and fix their financial problems. His radio program, Jay-Z: From Brooklyn to the Boardroom, won the Wincott Foundation Press and Broadcasting Award for the best radio program for 2006. Hall has also hosted programs on current events and contemporary art for BBC Radio 4 including After Katrina and most recently, Alvin Hall’s Generations of Money. An eight-part television series for BBC World News called Alvin’s Guide to Good Business was broadcast internationally in 2010. In the US, he is a regular contributor on personal finance and the economy on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin.

    Among Hall’s bestselling books are: You and Your Money: It’s More than Just the NumbersYour Money or Your Life (winner of the WHSmith 2003 People’s Choice Award), What Not to SpendGetting Started in Mutual Funds 2nd Edition, and Getting Started in Stocks 3rd Edition. His children’s book, Show Me the Money, has been published in over 20 foreign-language editions. In the US, the book has been named a Best Children’s Book of the Year (2009) by the Bank St. Book Committee, which is run by the Bank Street College of Education. It was also named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (2009) by a joint project of the National Book Council for Social Studies and the Children’s Book Council.

    Hall lives in New York City where he designs and teaches classes about the investment markets for financial services companies, banks, regulatory authorities, as well as information and technology vendors. His acclaimed classroom programs and speaking engagements have provided thousands of people with a solid grounding in such topics as the workings of financial markets, investment products, effective investment strategies, reducing debt, planning for retirement and personal financial management. Alvin Hall is a member of the NYSE Euronext Financial Literacy Advisory Committee to help develop programs to improve knowledge about all aspects of personal finance among the general public. He is also on the Acquisitions Committee of the Studio Museum in Harlem.

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    Code of Conduct

    For questions, please email Eliscia Cirrone, ecirrone@lilrc.org.

    Professional Development Hours: 1 (.1 CEUs)

    FOR OUR PARTICIPANTS -

    1. If you do not receive a confirmation email after registering, please contact Eliscia Cirrone, ecirrone@lilrc.org to check your registration.  

    2. You will need both a LILRC and a Zoom account. You will need to sign into your zoom account prior to accessing the meeting.  LILRC account is for registration & your Zoom account is to access the program.  

    3. If you do not have a Zoom account we recommend creating one ahead of the program.

    4.  If you have any questions regarding this program or registration and program access, please contact Eliscia Cirrone, ecirrone@lilrc.org



    • February 15, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Please join LILRC for a moderated conversation with award-winning authors Amy Sarig King (Attack of the Black Rectangles) and Jane Yolen (The Devil’s Arithmetic) on the topics of censorship in children’s and young adult literature. 

    Amy Sarig King has been called “One of the best Y.A. writers working today” by the New York Times Book Review. As A.S. King, she is the author of highly-acclaimed novels including 2021's SW/TCH, 2020 Michael L. Printz Award winner and LA Times Book Prize finalist DIG, 2016's Still Life with Tornado, 2015’s surrealist I Crawl Through ItGlory O'Brien's History of the FutureReality Boy, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Ask the PassengersEverybody Sees the Ants, 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz among others. She also writes Middle Grade fiction as Amy Sarig King, including Attack of the Black Rectangles. In 2022, King received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.

    She is a faculty member of the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and spends many months of the year traveling the country speaking to high school and university students, educators, and humans who care about the mental health of young people. After a decade living self-sufficiently and teaching literacy to adults in Ireland, she now lives in Pennsylvania.

    Jane Yolen’s books and stories and poems have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, three World Fantasy Awards, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, two Golden Kite Awards, the Jewish Book Award and the Massachusetts Center for the Book award. She has also won the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Science Fiction Writers of America’s Grand Master Award, and the Science Fiction Poetry Associations Grand Master Award (the three together she calls the Trifecta). Plus she has won both the Association of Jewish Libraries Award and the Catholic Libraries Medal. Also the DuGrummond Medal and the Kerlan Award, and the Ann Izard story-telling award at least three times. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates for her body of work, so–she jokingly says–you could call her Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Yolen though she can’t set a leg. However, she does warn about winning too many awards as one of them set her good coat on fire. If you meet her, you can ask about that!


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    Code of Conduct

    For questions, please email Eliscia Cirrone, ecirrone@lilrc.org.

    Professional Development Hours: 1 (.1 CEUs)

    FOR OUR PARTICIPANTS -

    1. If you do not receive a confirmation email after registering, please contact Eliscia Cirrone, ecirrone@lilrc.org to check your registration.  

    2. You will need both a LILRC and a Zoom account. You will need to sign into your zoom account prior to accessing the meeting.  LILRC account is for registration & your Zoom account is to access the program.  

    3. If you do not have a Zoom account we recommend creating one ahead of the program.

    4.  If you have any questions regarding this program or registration and program access, please contact Eliscia Cirrone, ecirrone@lilrc.org


    • March 13, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Sylvie Bigar, winner of the 2020 NY Press Club Journalism Award for Travel Writing,  joins LILRC to discuss her new memoir, Cassoulet Confessions: Food, France, Family and the Stew That Saved My Soul (Hardie Grant, 2022).

    “Sylvie is an eloquent writer who fervently weaves her culinary adventures with tasty moments of her life." - Daniel Boulud, chef and restaurateur

    “A surprising gift of a book. Is it about food, and the true ways of making one of the great dishes of the south of France?  Is it about the secrets of family? Or love and appetite? Or everything?  A great read. You will never think of a cassoulet in the same way.” –Bill Buford, bestselling author of Heat and Dirt

    International food and travel writer Sylvie Bigar was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and is based in New York City. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Food & Wine, Forbes.com, Saveur, Bon Appetit, Food Arts, Departures, Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, National Geographic Traveler, Gotham, Hamptons, Time Out New York, Air Canada, Passport Magazine, Narratives, Southampton Press, and New York Resident, for which she has also served as food editor.

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    Code of Conduct

    For questions, please email Eliscia Cirrone, ecirrone@lilrc.org.

    Professional Development Hours: 1 (.1 CEUs)

    FOR OUR PARTICIPANTS -

    1. If you do not receive a confirmation email after registering, please contact Eliscia Cirrone, ecirrone@lilrc.org to check your registration.  

    2. You will need both a LILRC and a Zoom account. You will need to sign into your zoom account prior to accessing the meeting.  LILRC account is for registration & your Zoom account is to access the program.  

    3. If you do not have a Zoom account we recommend creating one ahead of the program.

    4.  If you have any questions regarding this program or registration and program access, please contact Eliscia Cirrone, ecirrone@lilrc.org

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