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First Sweet Thursday at the new Lafayette Library
This Thursday, best-selling author Joyce Maynard joins the library to discuss the writing process, controversy surrounding her past work, and her new book, Labor Day as part of Lafayette Library’s monthly Sweet Thursday events.
Labor Day focuses on the recollections of 30-year old Henry, who recounts the events of a single Labor Day weekend through the eyes of his adolescent self. During this particular end of summer holiday, Henry’s depressive mother plays house with an escaped felon they find at Pricemart during a shopping excursion, in an interesting take on domestic life that challenges traditional definitions of the “happy American family.”
The novel is currently in development with Academy Award nominee Jason Reitman, who both wrote and directed Thank You For Smoking and directed Juno. Labor Day is not the first of Maynard’s books to receive the big screen treatment. One of her previous novels, To Die For, was adapted into a film starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Gus Van Sant.
Maynard may be most notably known for her memoir, At Home in the World, which chronicles her relationship with the notoriously private J.D. Salinger. Critics both applauded and attacked her for speaking openly and candidly about a man who demanded secrecy and chose not to be spoken of.
Although Sweet Thursdays occurred in the old Lafayette Library, this is the first time the event will take place in the new facility, which opened this past weekend. The Lafayette Library and Learning Center spans three levels and exceeds 30,000 square-feet, compared to the old library’s 6,720, and includes an upgraded technology lab and reading spaces.
While the $42.5 million dollar project did receive money from grants, a large amount was raised and donated by Friends of Lafayette Library, which makes events like Sweet Thursdays so important. They suggest a $5 donation to benefit the library and to make additional services, such as extended hours and author talks, a possibility. Coffee and dessert will be provided.
Thursday, November 19th at 7:30 p.m. Lafayette Library and Learning Center is located at 3569 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Ste E. For more information, call 925-283-3872 or visit lafayettelib.com.