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The Friends of the Port Washington Public Library is pleased to announce the 39th Annual Richard D. Whittemore Book & Author Luncheon to be held Thursday, May 8, from 11:45 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. at the Clubhouse at Harbor Links. Featured authors are Laurence Bergreen (Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu) and Brian Hall (Fall of Frost). Please note the day and location change. Reservation information is available at the library's public service desks. Cost of the luncheon is $50.

Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu has been called the definitive biography of one of history's most fascinating characters. Laurence Bergreen tells the tale of Polo from his origins as a scion of a wealthy merchant family in Venice to his travels on the Silk Road to the inner sanctum of the legendary Kublai Khan.

Mr. Bergreen is the author of Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe. He has also written biographies of James Agee, Louis Armstrong, Al Capone and Irving Berlin. He serves as a featured historian on the History Channel, and has been a judge for the National Book Awards. A graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Bergreen lives in New York City.

Robert Frost was a Job-like figure. A tough man and a tough artist who led a hard life, he decided early on that he wouldn't wallow in the tragedies that life threw his way. Fall of Frost is Brian Hall's evocative novel of this brilliant and complicated man, arguably the best-known and most widely read American poet.

Staying true to Frost's life in all external facts, Mr. Hall speculates only when it comes to what Frost's thoughts might have been. The resulting novel is a multifaceted view of the poet that allows the reader to sample the world through Frost's eyes.

Brian Hall was a featured author at the FOL' 2003 Book & Author Luncheon when he spoke about his acclaimed novel I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company. He is the author of two other novels and three books of non-fiction. Mr. Hall's articles have appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. He lives with his family in Ithaca.

"Our Book & Author Luncheon is the highlight of our program year," states FOL President Amy Bass. She added that "with two writers approaching biography from different perspectives, this year's luncheon should be especially thought-provoking."

Luncheon registrar and FOL treasurer Tinu Thakore comments: "The Clubhouse at Harbor Links offers us a greater seating capacity than in the past. We take great care in arranging compatible seating; some guests may want to form their own full or partial tables, and we will do our best to accommodate all requests."

The Friends considers the luncheon its gift to the community. The $50 per reservation charge covers the luncheon meal itself and the author talks. There will be a raffle with tickets sold at the door for "towers of books" including gifts. Please pick up a reservation brochure in the library or mail checks made payable to The Friends of the Port Washington Public Library in the amount of $50 per person to Tinu Thakore at 8 Covert St. Port Washington, NY 11050.

For more information see www.pwpl.org/fol.


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