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Library, LWV screen gun documentary

In an event co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Darien Library will screen the HBO documentary Gun Fight Sunday, February 3 at 2 p.m.

There are an estimated 250 million guns in the United States today. Over the past dozen years, a string of deadly shootings has pockmarked the nation as guns — licensed and unlicensed — have found their way into the wrong hands. Blending archival and original footage, two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, U.S.A., American Dream) investigates the complex issues surrounding guns and the heated debate over how best to reduce gun violence in the U.S., telling stories of citizens and activists on different sides in Gun Fight.

‘Saturday Night Widows’ author

Becky Aikman, author of “Saturday Night Widows” will be the featured speaker Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at Darien Library.

This memoir tells the story of one night in 2010 when Becky Aikman convened the first meeting of what she called the “Saturday Night Widows”— a group of six women (she among them) shocked to find themselves widowed in the middle of their lives. Aikman’s idea was to create an amateur support group to help one another not only past the toughest transition they’d ever made, but to reinvent themselves in the face of grief and build their lives anew.

When they first made a pact to spend their Saturday nights together, the women didn’t know what to expect. They did, however, know that even in their sadness, they shared a desire to find happiness again; to reengage with work, friends, children, and pleasure; and perhaps to find new love. The friendships and adventures that evolved among these women with little in common other than young widowhood are at the heart of “Saturday Night Widows.”

A graduate of the School of Journalism at Columbia University, Becky Aikman was a writer and editor for Businessweek and a reporter for Newsday. She lives in New York City. Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.

Save the date for Winter Meet the Author events at Darien Library:

• Richard Ford, author of Canada, Sunday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m.

• Charles Dubow, author of Indiscretion, Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

Teen talent show

On Saturday, Feb. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m., teens are invited to an afterhour’s talent competition at the Darien Library featuring several bands and other acts from Darien High School. A $250 first prize and $100 runner up prize will be offered to the best acts, chosen by members of the Darien Teen Advisory Board.

Come to see all of your friends perform or come and be in the show!

Info: egauquier @darienlibrary.org

 

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