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March is AuthorSpeak Month at Norwalk Public Library

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Norwalk, CT - Liven up your days as you anticipate spring, and join NPL at Norwalk Public Library this March for a light lunch and AuthorSpeak programs that will peak your interest. You’ll hear about new books ranging from novels to nonfiction - something for everyone - and have the opportunity to ask questions, and purchase a signed copy of the book. All programs will begin at 12 noon, in the main Auditorium, located at 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk.

Wednesday, March 6
Arantxa Mateo will speak about 32 Mondays Weight Management Program, which is not a diet, but rather a transformational program to teach people how to manage their weight for the rest of their lives. A trained biologist, nutrition specialist, and weight management mentor, Arantxa was born in Barcelona, Spain. She was an overweight child, but as a teen discovered she could take control of what and when to eat. Learn how her personal struggles combined with her education in biology and nutrition led to the development of 32 Mondays.

Friday, March 8
Charles McNair, MD will speak about his novel Soldiers of a Foreign War, which follows two American infantry platoons, a three-man North Vietnamese Army (NVA) combat cell, the staff of the 83rd Surgical Hospital and the villagers of An-Lat 5. Through their story lines, McNair shows the effects of the war on all participants, and how mindless policies drove them all through a futile war. Following his time as an OR tech with the 45th Surgical Hospital, in Tay Ninh province, Vietnam, McNair spent thirty-five years practicing medicine in Connecticut, retiring in December 2016.

Friday, March 15
Mystery writer Barbara Pearson-Rac returns to NPL to speak about Break Even, the third novel in her Diana Jeffries series. When Margie discovers the murdered body of her CFO, John Surely, in his office, Diana and the gang mobilize to save Margie’s career, reputation and company, the Society of Aging Parents (SOAP). Their investigation leads them to a worldwide drug cartel and money laundering schemes. The road to solving the murder seems obvious until they hit a dead end…
Barbara’s career has consisted of various and diverse endeavors besides writing, including adjunct professor of Criminology, coordinator of a national cancer research project, and IT executive, among others. She resides in Connecticut.

Friday, March 22
Barbara Ballinger will discuss her latest book, co-written with long-time writing partner Margaret “Meg” Crane, Suddenly Single after 50: The Girlfriends’ Guide to Navigating Loss, Restoring Hope and Rebuilding your Life. An award-winning journalist, author, blogger and speaker, Barbara is the co-author of 17 other books, including The Garden Bible and The Kitchen Bible. She and Margaret Crane write a weekly blog,, and are working on another book, You’re Not Dead Yet. Barbara graduated from Barnard College and has a Master’s in Art from Hunter College. This AuthorSpeak program is co-sponsored by the Barnard Club of Connecticut.

Please register for AuthorSpeak programs by contacting Cynde Bloom Lahey, Director of Library Information Services, at (203) 899-2780 ext. 15133, or

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