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Adult Programs

Bryant Library is proud host of Authors, Musicians, Artists, Lecturers, Professionals & the like.
For a full list of this month's programs please check links below, or grab a copy of our
monthly Newsletter on your next visit to the Library.

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Spotlight on:

Keren Gilbert: The HD Diet
Wednesday, March 18, 7:30pm
Roslyn author and nutritionist Keren Gilbert will speak and sign her new diet book, The HD Diet. HD is in high demand these days. It’s only natural to want everything in sharp focus. But what about health in HD? The HD Diet shows readers how to choose the right foods to ensure a high-definition life.
    This 12-week plan provides guidelines on incorporating hydrophilic (“water-loving”) foods like oats, beans, artichokes, spinach, and apples, along with nutrient-dense hydro-boosters like chia seeds, into a well-balanced diet. When digested, these foods diminish cravings, maintain digestive health, and encourage weight loss. Keren Gilbert also encourages readers to phase out “IF” foods—infrequent foods such as white bread, processed foods, and refined sugar. Readers will find delicious recipes like Cinnamon-Chia Oatmeal, Scallop Stir-Fry Shirataki, and Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait.
    The HD Diet focuses on a mind-body approach to weight loss that is both pleasurable and sustainable. With motivational stories from clients (some have lost up to 30 pounds in 12 weeks), detailed shopping lists, daily menu templates, and a strong emphasis on making healthy decisions for life, The HD Diet ensures that every reader will live life in high definition. 


Alice Hoffman: The Museum of Extraordinary Things 
Wednesday, March 25, 7:30pm
Long Island Reads Author Alice Hoffman makes a special appearance at Bryant Library to discuss her best-selling novel The Museum of Extraordinary Things.  In The Museum of Extraordinary Things she looks to the year 1911 in New York City when two fires, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and the Dreamland Fire, transformed the city and the life of every New Yorker.
    She brings vividly to life early 20th century New York City and its crowds of workers, heiresses, corrupt politicians, and idealists.  She drew on her own extensive research as well as the lives of her two grandfathers –one, a union man who was dedicated to the rights of working men and women and published articles on the labor movement in The Forward, and the other, a factory man, who began working as a child and went on to become one of the first electricians to light up Brooklyn.  The novel is dedicated to them.
    It’s a tour de force – a riveting historical novel teeming with gritty realism, yet imbued with love, hope and the beauty of rivers, marshes, and moonlight. It is Alice Hoffman at the height of her powers.
    Alice Hoffman is the author of twenty-nine works of fiction, including Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, and The Dovekeepers, which will be adapted into a television mini-series by LightWorkers Media. She lives outside of Boston.


Bethenny Frankel: I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To
Tuesday, May 5, 7:00pm
Bethenny Frankel is good at many things—being an entrepreneur, mom, and TV star—but when it comes to relationships, she is the first to admit that she has had many failures. The good news is, in working through the mistakes, she has already learned many things about what she doesn’t want, that she won’t accept, and that she shouldn’t settle for. And most importantly, she still believes in love and that her perfect relationship is still to come. Filled with a mix of candid personal stories and the no-nonsense advice she’s known for, I Suck At Relationships So You Don’t Have To: 10 Rules For Not Screwing Up Your Happily Ever After, written with Eve Adamson, is the next step on Bethenny’s A Place of Yes journey. This is a book by someone who has made many relationship mistakes and knows a thing or two because of it.  
    Bethenny takes a deep look at her own dating and relationship history and gets to the heart of the mistakes women make and what it takes to find and sustain a meaningful connection. Look for Bethenny’s take on hot topics such as: understanding your man; the dos and don’ts of dating; how to trust your gut; and much more. Despite all her relationship disasters, Bethenny remains an optimist; she keeps going, keeps trying, and continues to open her heart to love. She holds that failure ultimately adds up to something and, that in the end, all mishaps are stair steps to a greater success.
    Bethenny Frankel is the four-time bestselling author of Skinnydipping, A Place of Yes, Naturally Thin, and The Skinnygirl Dish. She is the creator of the Skinnygirl brand, which extends to cocktails, health, and fitness, and focuses on practical solutions for women.


Upcoming Musical Performances:

An Afternoon with Susan Winter with Tex Arnold at the Piano
Sunday, March 1, 2:30pm
Come join award-winning singer, Susan Winter, for an afternoon of wonderful music. Susan puts her own special stamp on a wide array of material that has been written for stage and screen, television and recordings. This Roslyn resident will be singing from the song catalogues of Johnny Mercer, Kander and Ebb, Irving Berlin, & Jerome Kern to name a few. And, oh, not only does she sing a great story; she also tells one too!    
     In 2009 she captured the Backstage Bistro Award as Outstanding Vocalist and in 2010 she garnered the Nancy LaMott Recording of the Year for her debut CD, “Love rolls on…LIVE!” awarded by The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs. This native New Yorker has performed with her trio in intimate jazz spaces and has sung with big bands. She is currently host & producer of  Open Mic @ The Met, every 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month. Drop in for a bagel and a song!
    Susan will be joined by  musical director Hubert “ Tex” Arnold.  He began his professional career as a staff arranger for the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point.  After leaving the military he moved to NYC where he’s pursued a career as a pianist, arranger, music director & composer. He has arranged and conducted for such luminaries as Barbara Cook, Laurel Massé and Melissa Errico. For over 25 years was musical director for the legendary Margaret Whiting.

Frank Sinatra with Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Vocal Performance by Harvey Granat Accompanied by Mike Capobianco
Sunday, March 15, 2:30pm
Four- time Academy Award winning songwriter, Sammy Cahn, wrote more songs for Sinatra than any other songwriter.  Harvey Granat produced Cahn on Broadway and will sing many of these great songs and tell inside stories about both of these entertainment icons. Among the songs you’ll hear are: Three Coins In The Fountain, All The Way, High Hopes, The Second Time Around, Love And Marriage and many more.
    Harvey Granat is a singer, Broadway producer and music historian. He regularly appears at leading supper clubs and resorts, including over 150 appearances at Canyon Ranch. He is currently presenting a series at The 92d St Y in New York City and will be in concert on May 14th at Lincoln Center Library For The Performing Arts.