Will Schwalbe, the author of a memoir that has become an international best-seller and a book club favorite, will talk about his book "The End of Your Life Book Club," at the Westport Library. His talk will be on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.
Schwalbe and his mother, Mary Anne, spent many hours sitting together in waiting rooms after her cancer diagnosis, and to pass the time, they talked about the books they were reading. Once, by chance, they read the same book at the same time, and an informal book club of two was born. From talking about Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," to Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth," Mary Anne and Will began a dialogue about literature and life, illuminating the power of books to comfort, astonish and change the way that we feel about and interact with the world around us.
Schwalbe has worked in publishing, most recently as senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Hyperion Books. He is the founder of Cookstr.com, and is a journalist. He is also the author, with David Shipley, of "Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better."
"The End Of Your Life Book Club" spent 12 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, was named an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year, was one of Amazon's top four best books of the year, won an Indie Choice Honor Award and was awarded the Books for A Better Life Award for Best Inspirational Memoir. It has been translated into 10 languages.
Books will be available for purchase and signing at the program, which is free.
For more information, call 203-291-4800, or visit www.westportlibrary.org.