MANCHESTER >> On Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m. renowned litigator Roberta Kaplan, the author of "Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA" will give a discussion of her book.
Kaplan knew from the beginning that it was the perfect case to bring down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer had been together as a couple, in sickness and in health, for more than 40 years enduring society's homophobia as well as Spyer's near total paralysis from multiple sclerosis. Although the couple was finally able to marry, when Spyer died the federal government refused to recognize their marriage, forcing Windsor to pay a huge estate tax bill.
In this gripping, definitive account of one of our nation's most significant civil rights victories, Kaplan describes meeting Windsor and their journey together to defeat DOMA. She shares the behind-the-scenes highs and lows, and provides intriguing insights into her historic argument before the Supreme Court. A critical and previously untold part of the narrative is Kaplan's own personal story, including her struggle for self-acceptance in order to create a loving family of her own.
"Then Comes Marriage" tells this quintessentially American story with honesty, humor, and heart. It is the momentous yet intimate account of a thrilling victory for equality under the law for all Americans, gay or straight.
On Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m., Vermont Author Joe Mazur will be here to discuss his new book "Fluke." What are the chances? This is the question we ask ourselves when we encounter the strangest and most seemingly impossible coincidences, like the woman who won the lottery four times or the fact that Lincoln's dreams foreshadowed his own assassination. But, when we look at coincidences mathematically, the odds are a lot better than any of us would have thought. In "Fluke," Mazur takes a second look at the seemingly improbable, sharing with us an entertaining guide to the most surprising moments in our lives and combines these concepts with lively anecdotes of flukes from around the world. A must-read for math enthusiasts and storytellers alike, Fluke helps us to understand the true nature of chance.
On Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. bring in the kids for an exciting duo author event. Jeanne Birdsall, author of the hugely popular series, The Penderwicks will be here to share her newest book, "The Penderwicks in Spring." Also in attendance will be award winning children's author Susan Hill Long. She will be reading her newest book "The Magic Mirror." This is a grand middle grade adventure story full of mistaken identities, lost loves, found families, and a tantalizing tinge of magic.
If planning for a summer adventure, stop by on Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m.for an evening of exploration with a video tour and duo-author talk about the book, "A Thinking Person's Guide to America's National Parks." Rolf Diamant and Nora J. Mitchell will be here to discuss this must read book for those who love national parks with the desire to preserve them. In 23 essays, richly illustrated with more than 350 color photographs, authors with personal and professional connections to the national parks share their deep and invaluable knowledge.