Book talks and signings

The DCA is proud to partner with Barrett Bookstore to bring a variety of authors to the DCA for these book signings.

Upcoming book talks and signings

Photo credit: David Jacobs

Photo credit: David Jacobs

Book Talk and Signing with Author Amor Towles
Wednesday, October 4
DCA members $25 / public $35 (includes a glass of wine)

This book talk is sold out.  If you would like to be on a waiting list in the event that seats become available, please contact the DCA office at 203-655-9050, extension 10.

Join us to hear The New York Times bestselling author Amor Towles speak at the Darien Community Association about his latest novel, A Gentleman in Moscow.

Winning the hearts of critics and readers alike, Amor Towles’ “brilliantly realized… [and] sharply stylish” (The Boston Globe) debut novel, Rules of Civility, was one of 2011’s biggest breakout literary bestsellers. In A Gentleman In Moscow, his highly anticipated second novel about a thirty-year-old Russian aristocrat who is sentenced to house arrest inside the luxurious Hotel Metropol, Towles further establishes his reputation as one of contemporary literature’s most exciting and singular writers. is required for this General Programs event, which is sponsored in conjunction with Barrett Bookstore. Signed copies of A Gentleman in Moscow, as well as Rules of Civility, will be available for purchase.

This book talk is sold out.  If you would like to be on a waiting list in the event that seats become available, please contact the DCA office at 203-655-9050, extension 10.

Proceeds from this event support the DCA’s non-profit mission.





Recent book talks and signings and Book Signing with Beth Kobliner, Personal Finance Journalist and Author of Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not)

Did you know your child’s basic money habits are formed by the age of seven? Research shows that even preschoolers can understand basic money concepts.

Beth Kobliner, personal finance journalist, financial literacy advocate, and author of the bestselling book Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties, offers parents and teachers wise, practical, and relatable advice on how to teach children—from ages three to twenty-three—the money basics in her new book, Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even if You’re Not).  It turns out the key to raising a money genius isn’t to teach that four quarters equal a dollar or how to pick a stock. Instead, it’s about instilling values that have been proven to make people successful—not just financially, but in life: delaying gratification, working hard, living within your means, getting a good education, and acting generously toward others. specifically, Kobliner explains why allowance isn’t the Holy Grail when teaching your kid to handle money, and why after-school jobs aren’t always the answer either. She offers insight on the right age to begin the “money talk” (earlier than you think) and what you shouldn’t tell your kids.  Other lessons in Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) include: why doling out a wad of cash can actually be a good parenting move, why paying your kid for chores can turn him into a slacker, and when to introduce credit cards. Along with the latest research from the fields of behavioral psychology, economics, and personal finance, Kobliner shares her stories and offers valuable tips to help any kid develop good money skills, a strong work ethic, and a solid financial future.  Instilling good money practices early can mean the difference between a life of economic stability and one fraught with financial worry.

Click to read “A Conversation with Beth Kobliner”

Click to read press material about Beth Kobliner

B Talk and Signing with Author Jon Meacham
Destiny and Power – The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

This event was sponsored in conjunction with Barrett Bookstore.

Many fans of Jon Meacham came to the DCA to hear him speak.
Jon Meacham book talk



Presidential historian, Contributing Editor at TIME, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham is Executive Vice President and Executive Editor at Random House, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a regular guest on “Morning Joe.” Destiny and Power is his latest book and a # 1 New York Times bestseller.

Drawing on President Bush’s personal diaries; on the diaries of his wife, Barbara; and on extraordinary access to the 41st President and to his family, Jon Meacham has written a surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times. From the Oval Office to Camp David, from his study in the private quarters of the White House to Air Force One, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the first Gulf War to the end of communism, Destiny and Power charts the thoughts, decisions, and emotions of a man who was, like the nation he led, at once noble and flawed. Launch for The California Wife and
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 Talk and Signing with Author Gregg Swain, Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game



  Nordlinger, author of Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators 









Susan Cohen & her new book "Inspired Landscape" will be at the DCA on November 12th.Author Visit with Susan Cohen

This event is sponsored in conjunction with Barrett Bookstore.






Book Launch & Signing Event - Sherry_Turkle_and her new book, "Reclaiming Conversations: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age"Author, MIT Professor, and TED Talk speaker Sherry Turkle, will discuss her latest book Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

(Photo credit Peter Urban)





Author and historian Karen Abbott at a book signing on Tuesday, April 28th at the DCAHistorian and author Karen Abbott
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy




Robert B. Fiske Jr. will offer a book signing at the DCA on Wednesday, October 1st at 7:30pm for his new book, 'Prosecutor Defender Counselor.'Author Robert B Fiske Jr., Prosecutor Defender Counselor: The Memoirs of Robert B. Fiske, Jr.





Author Kristen Harnisch is featured at the DCA's Book Signing event on Friday, September 19th.Author Kristen Harnisch
The Vintner’s Daughter






Reservations are requested for this General Programs event, which is sponsored in conjunction with Barrett Bookstore. Register online with the link below or direct to the DCA at or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.