New York Times reporter Alan Schwarz will speak about the dangers of concussions to young athletes at the opening evening of the Larchmont Public Library’s Fall Program Series. Mr. Schwarz’s talk, on Thursday, September 30 at 7:30 pm at Larchmont Temple’s Grant Room, is the first of five events this fall sponsored by the Friends of Larchmont Public Library, a non-profit group that sponsors cultural programming for the library
Mr. Schwarz is best known for exposing the severity of sports-related concussions, particularly the connection between injury to NFL players and early-onset dementia. But he has also reported extensively on the dangers of brain injuries in high school football and other youth sports, including girls’ soccer and basketball. Mr. Schwarz has received the George Polk Award, the AP Sports Editors Award, and the 2010 Deadline Club Award for Sports Journalists. As a result of his reporting, the NFL now runs public service announcements warning of the dangers of concussions to young athletes and numerous state legislatures have begun enacting laws to keep players safe.
Smart on Dylan: October 24
The second event of the series will be a discussion led by Dr. Nick Smart on the lyrics and poetry of Bob Dylan. Dr. Smart, who is chairman of the English Department at the College of New Rochelle, has been a student of Dylan’s work since his days in the doctoral program at New York University. A scholar of British prose and poetry from 1890 to1950, Dr. Smart draws parallels between the bard of Greenwich Village and writers including John Keats and Virginia Woolf. The program is Sunday, October 24, at 4 pm at the Village Center behind Larchmont Library.
This is Where I Leave You: November 7
Jonathan Tropper, an author living in New Rochelle, will read from his novel, This Is Where I Leave You, on Sunday, November 7, at 4:30 pm at the Village Center. Based in a fictional Hudson Valley suburb named Elmsbrook, This Is Where I Leave You tells the story of the return home of four grown siblings following the death of their father. Mr. Tropper, 40, has emerged on the publishing and Hollywood screenwriting scenes by presenting portraits of the contemporary American male taken from his experiences growing up in the Bronx, being young and single in New York City and raising three children with his wife in the Westchester suburbs, where he teaches writing at Manhattanville College.
The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers and the Fight to Save the Planet: November 14
Eric Pooley, deputy editor of Bloomberg Businessweek and former editor of Fortune magazine, will read from his book The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers and the Fight to Save the Planet. The book is about the political battle over what to do about global warming, and The New York Times says it’s “…a fascinating, if depressing, look at how Washington works — or doesn’t work, if your goal is meaningful laws limiting the human impact on climate.” The reading takes place on November 14 at 4 pm at the Village Center.
Jake’s Women: December 5
A performance by M&M Productions of Neil Simon’s Jake’s Women will take place on Sunday, December 5, at 4 pm at the Village Center. Simon’s wildly funny foray into modern relationships centers around a novelist in his fifties who is conflicted about the women in his life—his daughter, his sister, his shrink, and his wives, numbers one and two.
About the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library: We are interested residents who contribute to the Library in important ways. Government funding alone cannot finance all the cultural events that our community currently enjoys. The Friends of the Library — an independent 501c(3) not–for–profit organization — provides the money needed for these additional programs. Please join us and become a member. There are plenty of opportunities for interested volunteers! Find us on our website at http://www.larchmontlibrary.org/friends.html.