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Spring book discussion

Darien Library kicks off its spring book discussion series with a talk of Andrew Solomon’s “Far From the Tree” on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. The group will discuss chapters “Son,” pp. 1-49, “Deaf,” pp. 49-114, “Dwarf,” pp. 115-179, and “Transgender,” pp. 599-679.

From the National Book Award-winning author of “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression” comes a new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. Solomon’s proposition is that diversity is what unites us all.

He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter.

The New York Times said Solomon’s book “…complicates everything we thought we knew about love, sacrifice and success.”

The spring book discussion series will include the following discussions:

• “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

• “Stitches” by David Small on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m.

Library staff members will lead the discussions. Prior reading of the books is not necessary to join.

Learn Etsy

Etsy trainer and Darien resident Jennifer St. Jean will teach a workshop on developing your Etsy shop Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

Etsy.com is an e-commerce website specializing in handmade or vintage items. In this group discussion, students will gather tips on how to boost their sales. Jennifer St. Jean, a graduate of Etsy’s June 2012 ehducator training, will share what helped her become a successful shop owner.

Together, students will perform shop critiques on individual shops, discuss elements of photography, marketing strategies, and share resources to help each other become better sellers.

Students are kindly asked to please either already have an active Etsy shop or have attended St. Jean’s 101 class as a prerequisite.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle.

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