Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holiday Stroll in New Canaan December 6th weekend

This weekend is the Holiday Stroll in New Canaan. Elm Street will be open til 8PM on Friday, have a couple of authors in the store on Saturday for book signings and lots of booksellers on hand to recommend gift ideas for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
Ring Ding A Ding
Then next Sunday, December 15th @ 3PM at the New Canaan Library we will host William Wegman, dog photographer extrordinaire! William Wegman, beloved author and visual artist, is known internationally for his photographs, videos and paintings. His latest book,
Flo & Wendell is a super book for the little ones in your family. William will be bringing one of his own dogs for the event. Reservation 203-594-5000

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Amazing Fall Weekend in Connecticut

It has turned out to be an amazing weather weekend in Connecticut! It's perfect for strolling the streets of New Canaan and stopping by for a new read at Elm Street Books. Then head to a cozy spot in a park or on your lawn and open the pages of your imagination.
Doris Kearns Goodwin's "The Bully Pulpit" will release on Tuesday Nov 5th.
Call us to reserve a copy, 203-966-4545

I am reading Donna Tartt's new book "The Goldfinch" and loving it.

Her first book "The Secret History" is often referred to as "one of my favorite books ever" by our customers. Plenty of copies on hand. We'll have signed copies of "The Goldfinch" next week.

For the kiddies next Tuesday is the release of the latest and greatest wimpy kid book. Elm Street will be hosting a Wimpy Kid party @ 4pm. on Nov. 5th Prizes and goodies. Stop by for some fun.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stocking Stuffers for the Holidays

Yikes, the holidays are quickly approaching and this year we have only three full weeks for shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas...the pace will speed up for sure. Also Hanukkah is early, November here's a little help to steer you toward all of the goodies Elm Street Books will be carrying.
We have stocking stuffers, for the kiddies, the grandparents, the teens or your close friends. Here are a few.
Travel first aid kits - great for the glove compartment.
Bling jewelry wipes for cleaning all your gems.
Funny luggage tags so you can spot your luggage with ease.
Funky chunky chocolate covered chips - so yummy.
Ceramic Buddha figures for the yogi in your family.
Inspirational teacups, packed with delicious tea and teaspoons. Terrific teacher gifts.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Actress Melissa Joan Hart Monday October 28th

Monday October 28th @ 7:00pm
@ The Darien Nature Center
120 Brookside Road, Darien
(In Cherrylawn Park)

meet actress & author
Melissa Joan Hart

Melissa Joan Hart talks new memoir,
'Melissa Explains It All'

Melissa Joan Hart explained it all—from dating to bullies—in her groundbreaking role as Clarissa Darling on Clarissa Explains It All. She cast a spell on millions more viewers as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Now, in Melissa Explains It All, Melissa tells the frank and funny behind-the-scenes stories from her extraordinary past and her refreshingly normal present.
Melissa has been entertaining audiences most of her life; when there were no girls named Melissa on her favorite show, the forceful four year old decided she’d get on TV her way. From that moment on, Melissa has shown a singular determination and focus—whether it’s for booking three national commercials so her dad would build her a tree house or for nailing the audition for Clarissa.
Join us for a great booksigning.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict Nov. 5th

Book Talk with
Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict
November 5th 7:00pm - Book Talk
@ The New Canaan Library
The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football
Former longtime New Canaan resident and current CBS News correspondent Armen Keteyian and Sports Illustrated contributor Jeff Benedict, co-authors of the instant New York Times best-selling book "The System - The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football," will discuss their work and conduct a book-signing on November 5th at 7 p.m. at the New Canaan Library.
     "The System," which debuted at No. 12 on the Times hardcover non-fiction list in October, has received rave reviews. Dan Wetzel, an influential columnist for Yahoo! Sports, called it "the best book written on the sport in years," while New York Times columnist Harvey Araton described it as "a harrowing and uplifting journey - or literary trip through recent history and across the country's most football obsessed campuses." Jeff Jacobs, a columnist for the The Courant in Hartford, hailed the book as "one of the most sweeping yet meticulously researched books ever written on big-time college football."
     Keteyian and his wife and two daughters spent 25 years in New Canaan before recently moving to Fairfield, CT.  While a resident here he was deeply involved in the creation of Dunning Field at Hawes Plaza. He is currently the lead correspondent for 60 Minutes Sports on Showtime and a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes.
     Benedict, a native of New London, CT., is a familiar face in New Canaan as well, having given speeches on two of his previous best-selling books, The Mormon Way of Doing Business and Little Pink House, at the library.
     Together Benedict and Keteyian spent two years researching and writing "The System," conducting more than 500 interviews. The book takes the reader deep behind the scenes of mega-programs such as Alabama, Michigan and BYU, among many schools, while capturing the passion and sometimes shocking realities that lie beneath one of this country's most popular sports.  


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Where's Waldo Rocks!!!


Our "Where's Waldo" Hunt continues to bring in the kiddies with complete passbooks and new entrants ready to get out there and find Waldo.
Yesterday's beautiful weather really made for some fun action in New Canaan with all the Waldo seekers running here and there.

Remember when you find 10 Waldos you can come in for the first prize level.

Mark your calendars for our "Where's Waldo" party from 4-5:30pm on October 26th.
Lots of treats and prizes.
So get out there today and hunt for Waldo. You'll be surprised at all the clever  hiding places.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Patricia Wells October 24th @ 7PM Wilton Library

Save the Date - October 24th

Don't miss the chance to spend a wonderful evening with Patricia Wells. Her latest cookbook,
The French Kitchen Cookbook is filled with recipes you will love. Two years in the making, this cookbook is a collection of her favorite recipes and lessons from her cooking classes in Paris and Provence.

This is the next best thing to attending her amazing cooking classes in France.

PreOrder her other new book, Simply Truffles. Releases November 9th. Great holiday gift idea!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Tuesday October 15th @ 7:00pm
At The New Canaan Library
Author Talk with Bill Dedman

Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades.
Don't miss this fascinating event.
Reservations 203-594-5000

Sunday, September 22, 2013

BuildOn Founder Jim Ziolkowski

Monday September 23 @ the Stamford Ferguson Library
Doors open at 6PM
BuildOn Founder and author Jim Ziolkowski will launch his book
"Walk In Their Shoes."
Join us to hear how one man has built an amazing organization which changes lives.
buildon's mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Reza Aslan Sunday September 22

This Sunday, September 22nd @ 3:00pm you will have the opportunity to hear Reza Aslan, author of "Zealot; The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" speak at

St. Luke's School
377 North Wilton Road
New Canaan, CT
Reservations 203-594-5000

Dr. Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions.
From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that calls into question everything we thought we knew about Jesus of Nazareth.

Hosted by The United Nations Committee of New Canaan & the New Canaan Library

Saturday, September 7, 2013


Author Booksigning

Saturday September 14th 12noon til 2:30PM

Stop by Elm Street Books next Saturday to meet and chat with author
Bob Lord, CEO of AOL Networks.

"Converge... stands out from other marketing books by offering valuable insights into the vast changes that are upending a broad range of industries. The authors bring these esoteric concepts to life via detailed case studies from a wide range of industries, ranging from a hamburger-builder app for McDonald's in Germany to the data-driven re-election campaign for President Barack Obama".
- Financial Times

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Astronaut Wives Club

Don't miss author Lily Koppel at the New Canaan Library on September 12th, 7pm, 151 Main Street. Her latest book "The Astronaut Wives Club" is a fascinating read on the women linked to our earliest space explorers.
As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons. A great story in our American history.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Author Talk with Dr. Reza Aslan author of "Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth"

Please Note Location Change 
Sunday September 22nd, 3:00PM @St. Lukes School,
377 North Wilton Road, New Canaan, CT
$10.00 donation fee requested
New Canaan Library and the UN Committee of New Canaan are pleased to announce that Dr. Reza Aslan will be guest lecturer for the UN Committee Lecture on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and a scholar of religions, who has recently appeared on several major media outlets to discuss his new book, "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth."


Monday, August 12, 2013

New Floors at Elm Street Books

This is the big week we've all been waiting for....NEW FLOORS! This is day two and the crew is really doing a nice job. Noisy, but good progress.
Hopefully they will be done by the middle of the week and we'll reopen on Saturday with a new look!
Check it out!!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Elm Street Books has gone E-Commerce!

Hi All,

Well, it has taken Elm Street Books a little while to get up and running as an e-commerce site, but we are officially there.
You no longer have to wake up at 2AM to order books, music, e-books or DVDs from Amazon... now if you want to do that just go to the Elm Street Books website, click on the BUY NOW link and away you go. You can order all night long and support an independent bookstore.
How totally great is that?
Now you get you middle of the night fix and keep that brick and mortar shop in biz! YESSSSS!!

We love to see you in the store, but when that doesn't work for you...
visit the virtual Elm Street Books....

We'll have the espresso brewing.
See you at 3AM

Monday, June 24, 2013

Girls Night Out

June 27 @ 6:30pm (doors open at 6PM)

Grab your girlfriends for an evening of food, wine and conversation with three exciting novelists:
NYT bestselling authors
Elin Hilderbrand, Suzanne Palmieri, and Mary Beth Keane.
Tickets are $15, with proceeds to benefit the Library.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for a wine reception with appetizers courtesy of Zaza Italian Gastrobar.
Book sale and signing to follow program

Register Now

Monday, June 17, 2013

Carry On Warrior Book Event

Author Talk: Glennon Doyle Melton—Carry On Warrior

Tuesday, June 18, 7 – 8:30 p.m @ The Wilton Library

Glennon Doyle Melton is the inspired creator of, the online community in which she wrote an essay entitled, “Don’t Carpe Diem” about resisting pressure to enjoy every moment of parenthood. The essay went viral, the end result being her new book, Carry On, Warrior, in which her honesty, humorous voice and empowering message shines through.
Registration 203-762-3950

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Author Talk: Turney Duff – The Buy Side

Join us June 13th @ 7PM
Author Talk: Turney Duff – The Buy Side

Thursday, June 13, 7 – 8:30 p.m @ The Wilton Library

The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader’s Tale of Spectacular Excess shows vividly — and sometimes shockingly — the day-time rewards and night-time temptations of making a living on the Street. Former trader Turney Duff’s true account is a high-adrenaline journey into a culture where drugs, sex, and millions in trading commissions are never enough. Turney Duff began working on Wall Street in 1994, and his career included stints at Morgan Stanley, the Galleon Group, Argus Partners, and J.L. Berkowitz. See registration link for more details. Registration encouraged
Register Now

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Actor, Author Andrew McCarthey

Author Talk: Andrew McCarthy – The Longest Way Home
Thursday, June 6, 7 – 8:30pm @ The Wilton Library

Written with absorbing honesty and an irrepressible taste for adventure, The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down is an intimate memoir of self-discovery. In his New York Times Bestseller, award-winning travel writer and actor Andrew McCarthy takes us on a deeply personal journey played out amid some of the world’s most evocative locales. Best known for acting in iconic moves such as Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo’s Fire, McCarthy is also an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler. He has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Travel+Leisure, among others. Registration required.