White Hart Speaker Series Fall Season

White Hart Speaker Series Fall Season Starts Tuesday 9/12 with Tom Shachtman! The White Hart Speaker Series is presented by Oblong Books & Music & The White Hart Inn , in collaboration with Scoville Memorial Library All events take place at The White Hart Inn, 15 Undermountain Road, Salisbury, CTEvent phone: Oblong Books & Music Millerton (518) 789-3797  FREE / RSVP Required

Tuesday, September 12 - 6PM TOM SHACHTMAN How the French Saved America: Soldiers, Sailors, Diplomats, Louis XVI, and the Success of a Revolution http://www.oblongbooks.com/event/white-hart-speaker-series-tom-shachtman Americans today have a love/hate relationship with France, but in this illuminating new history, Tom Shachtman shows that without France, there might not be a United States of America. Even before the Declaration of Independence was issued, King Louis XVI and French foreign minister Vergennes were aiding the rebels. After the Declaration, that assistance broadened to include wages for our troops; guns, cannon, and ammunition; engineering expertise that enabled victories and prevented defeats; diplomatic recognition; safe havens for privateers; battlefield leadership by veteran officers; and the army and fleet that made possible the Franco-American victory at Yorktown. Tom Shachtman has written or co-authored more than thirty books, as well as documentaries for ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and BBC, and has taught at New York University and lectured at Harvard and Stanford. He is a former chairman of The Writers Room in Manhattan, a trustee of the Connecticut Humanities Council, a founding director of the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, and is currently a consultant to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's science and technology initiatives.RSVP: http://www.oblongbooks.com/event/white-hart-speaker-series-tom-shachtman Publicity: Kathryn Hough, St. Martin's Press kathryn.hough@stmartins.com

Thursday, September 28 - 6PM BRENDAN MATHEWS The World of Tomorrow: A Novel http://www.oblongbooks.com/event/white-hart-speaker-series-brendan-mathews From the smoky jazz joints of Harlem to the Plaza Hotel, from the garrets of artists in the Bowery to the shadowy warehouses of mobsters in Hell's Kitchen, Brendan Mathews brings prewar New York to vivid, pulsing life, while the sweeping and intricate storytelling of this remarkable debut reveals an America that blithely hoped it could avoid another catastrophic war and focus instead on the promise of the World's Fair: a peaceful, prosperous "World of Tomorrow." Brendan Mathews writes fiction and teaches at Bard College at Simon's Rock. A 2011 finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Prize, he has published in Best American Short Stories, Cincinnati Review, Glimmer Train, Virginia Quarterly Review, and others. He lives with his family in Lenox, Massachusetts."What a beguiling debut Brendan Mathews has given us in The World of Tomorrow: clever, smart, ambitious, richly textured, and moving."Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Everybody's Fool RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-white-hart-speaker-series-brendan-mathews-tickets-36280084710?ref tn Publicity: Maggie Southard, Hachette Book Group maggie.southard@hbgusa.com

Wednesday, October 11 - 6PM ANN HOOD Morningstar: Growing up With Books http://www.oblongbooks.com/event/white-hart-ann-hood New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood will discuss her forthcoming memoir about the magic and inspiration of books. In her admired works of fiction, including the recent The Book that Matters Most, Ann Hood explores the transformative power of literature. Now, with warmth and honesty, Hood reveals the personal story behind these works of fiction. Ann Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the best-selling author of The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort, and An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-white-hart-speaker-series-ann-hood-tickets-33739521818?ref tn Publicity: Erin Sinesky Lovett, WW Norton elovett@wwnorton.com

Tuesday, October 24 - 6PM JUSTIN SPRING The Gourmand's Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy http://www.oblongbooks.com/event/white-hart-speaker-series-justin-spring In his new biography Justin Spring focuses on the most joyful, exciting, formative, and dramatic moments in the lives of six pre-eminent writers, many of which were intimately connected to the exploration and discovery of fine French food and drink. Featuring A. J. Liebling, Alice B. Toklas, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Alexis Lichine, and Richard Olney. The Gourmands  Way is the first book ever to look at these unforgettable figures as a group. It is also the first to focus specifically on their Paris-based adventures. Justin Spring is the author of two previous biographies: Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art and Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, the latter a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing on visual art includes monographs and museum catalogues, most recently Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune and Paul Cadmus: The Male Nude. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and numerous universities.RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-white-hart-speaker-series-justin-spring-tickets-37338883606?ref tn Publicity: Stephen Weil, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux stephen.weil@fsgbooks.com

Thursday, November 9 - 6PM GENE DATTEL Reckoning with Race: America's Failure http://www.oblongbooks.com/event/white-hart-speaker-series-gene-dattel Reckoning with Race confronts America's most intractable problem and why the nation cannot have a frank discussion about race. It examines racial issues through black voices. The book outlines in a provocative, novel manner the black America s experience from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present. It explodes myths about the South as America's exclusive racial scapegoat. The book moves to the Great Migration north, the urban ghettos, and current events and conditions. The evergreen topics of identity, assimilation, and separation come to the fore in Dattel's balanced, uncompromising, and unflinching narrative. Despite civil rights legislation, the racial divide between the races remains a chasm. Gene Dattel  grew up in the majority-black cotton country of the Mississippi Delta. He was educated at Yale University and Vanderbilt University Law School. He then embarked on a twenty-year career in finance as a managing director of Salomon Brothers and Morgan Stanley. He lived overseas for fifteen years—London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo during his financial profession. His first bookThe Sun that Never Rose presciently outlined Japan's long term structural economic problems when conventional wisdom predicted an unassailable economic juggernaut. His most recent book,Cotton and Race in the Making of America (2009) describes the fateful intersection of the power of cotton to the African American experience. He is now a financial and cultural historian who lectures widely.RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-white-hart-speaker-series-gene-dattel-tickets-37341384085?ref tn

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