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Author Visit: Mary Beth Keane

Mary_Beth_KeaneNY author Mary Beth Keane will be visiting the Library

for a Book Talk and Signing of her newest novel

Fever (our April 2014 Evening Book Discussion Selection)

on Tuesday, June 3 at 7 pm on the second floor.

Mary Beth Keane is the author of The Walking People (2009) and Fever (2013) She attended Barnard College and received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Virginia. In 2011, Ms. Keane was named as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35.  The “5 Under 35” program honors 5 authors under the age of 35 as chosen by past National Book Award Winners and Finalists whom they believe demonstrate promising talent in the world of literature.  For more information on the 5 Under 35 Program visit the National Book Foundation’s official website.

Fever received ***Starred Reviews*** from both Booklist and Kirkus.

feverFrom Booklist: “…Most movingly of all, she tells a great love story in depicting Mary and Alfred’s flawed but passionate relationship.  A fascinating, often heartbreaking novel.”

From Library Journal: “…Even for those who know the outcome, fiction fans will eagerly anticipate each new page where disease lurks behind every compassionate corner. Keane has replaced the “Typhoid Mary” cliché with a memorable and emotional human story.”

From Kirkus: “…A memorable biofiction that turns a malign figure of legend into a perplexing, compelling survivor.”

Copies of the book will be sold by the Friends of the Library at the event.

For more information about Mary Beth Keane, visit the author’s official website or connect with the author on Facebook and Twitter.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Meet the Authors!

Syosset Public Library’s First Annual 

Local Author Showcase

Wednesday, April 23 at 7 PM

In the Theater

Come and meet with Syosset and Woodbury authors who will share their books with you at this first annual Local Author Showcase:

Vincent Casale – The Coparazzi

Marilyn Goldsmith – There is a Special Place

Marjorie Gottlieb-Wolfe – Yiddish for Dog and Cat Lovers

Bonnie Grubman – How Do You Get a Mouse to Smile

Sue Korman – Tales from the Old Oak Table

Wendy Levitt – At the Corner of Wall and Sesame

Randi Portnoy – Harlee Hugs

Toby Speed – Death Over Easy

Leah Umansky – Domestic Uncertainties

Brief Book Talks will be given by each author.  Additionally, authors will be available for a “Meet and Greet” following the panel discussion.

 Books will be available for sale and signing.  

Light refreshments will be provided.

Hope to see you there!

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

Author Visit: Ellen Feldman

Ellen FeldmanAuthor Visit: Ellen Feldman

Friday, February 8 at 2 PM

in the Theater

Long Island/NYC author Ellen Feldman will be visiting the library for a book signing and discussion of her latest historical fiction novel, Next to Love (our January Afternoon Book Club selection).

Ellen Feldman is a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow and author of such titles as The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank, Lucy, Scottsboro and Next to Love.  Ms. Feldman also spends time as a book reviewer, as well as a lecturer, both nationally and internationally.  She currently at work on her next novel, The Unwitting.

Next to LoveNext to Love received ***Starred Reviews*** from both Booklist and Library Journal:

From Booklist: “The quiet devastation wrought by WWII on the lives of ordinary Americans forms the backbone of this haunting and profoundly moving novel that interweaves the stories of three small-town women …”

From Library Journal: “…A lustrous evocation of a stormy period in our past; highly recommended for lovers of World War II fiction …”

Copies of the book will be sold by

the Friends of the Library at the event.

For more information about Ellen Feldman,

visit the author’s official website.

Please be sure to also join us for our Afternoon Book Club on Tuesday, January 29 at 1:30 PM for a discussion of Next to Love by Ellen Feldman.  The discussion will be led by Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services.  All are welcome.  Please note: the author will not be present at the Book Club meeting.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Author Visit: Hilma Wolitzer

hilma wolitzerLong Island/NYC author Hilma Wolitzer will join us for a book signing, as well as to discuss the writing of her latest novel, An Available Man (our December “He Said, She Said” Book Discussion selection),  on Friday, December 21 at 2 PM in the Theater.

Hilma Wolitzer is the author of 14 books.  Ms. Wolitzer has taught multiple creative writing programs and has received honors and fellowships from such groups as the Guggenheim Foundation, NEA, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts & Letters.

An Available Man received ***Starred Reviews*** from Booklist.

From Booklist: “…Wolitzer has written before of the pain of losing a partner and its aftermath, and she does it with remarkable insight, grace, and humor … A warm, keenly incisive view of life’s vicissitudes by a writer too seldom heard from.”

Copies of the book will be sold by the Friends of the Library at the event.

For more information about Hilma Wolitzer, visit the author’s official website and blog.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

He Said, She Said Book Discussion

Please join us as we celebrate a year of great books and great discussions at our annual “He Said, She Said” Book Discussion.  Adult Services Librarians Ed Goldberg, Sonia Grgas, Ralph Guiteau and Lisa Jones will be discussing the book An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:30 PM.

an available man“When Edward Schuyler, a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher, is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention.  There are plenty of unattached women around, but a healthy, handsome, available man is a rare and desirable creature.  Gradually, reluctantly, he begins dating and his encounters are variously startling, comical and sad.  Just when Edward thinks he has the game figured out, a chance meeting proves that love always arrives when it’s least expected.”

hilma wolitzerAuthor, Hilma Wolitzer, will be joining us to discuss her latest novel An Available Man on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 2 PM. Copies of the book will be sold by the Friends of the Library at the event. Both programs are free and all are welcome.

– posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services

Author Visit: Susan Henderson

Long Island author Susan Henderson will join us on Monday June 4, 2012 at 7 PM to discuss her debut novel Up From the Blue and the writer’s life.  Susan Henderson is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets award.

“Tillie Harris’s life is in disarray- her husband is away on business, the boxes in her new home aren’t unpacked, and the telephone isn’t even connected yet. Though she’s not due for another month, sudden labor pains force Tillie to reach out to her estranged father for help, a choice that means facing the painful memories she’s been running from since she was a little girl. An extraordinary debut from a talented new voice, Up from the Blue untangles the year in Tillie’s life that changed everything: 1975, the year her mother disappeared.” (From the Publisher)

Currently in its 4th printing, Up From the Blue received a starred reviewed from Publishers Weekly, calling the novel  “an elegant debut.”  Library Journal notes “rapturous prose,” while Booklist claims it is “an affecting portrait.”

Copies of the book will be sold by the Friends of the Library at the event.

For more information on Susan Henderson, visit the author’s official website.

– posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

Monthly Book Club & Author Visit

The Lost Wife


Alyson Richman

with  Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers Services

Tuesday, January 24 at 1 PM and 7:30 PM

“During the last moments of calm in prewar Prague, Lenka, a young art student, and Josef, who is studying medicine, fall in love. With the promise of a better future, they marry–only to have their dreams shattered by the imminent Nazi invasion. Like so many others, they are torn apart by the currents of war.”

Alyson Richman the author of “The Lost Wife” will be joining us to discuss her book on

Friday, February 3, at 2 PM

in the Theater.

Copies of the book will be sold by the Friends of the Library at the event.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services