Saturday, September 29 at 4 p.m.

Alex Prud’homme, Julia Child’s grandnephew, will present an illustrated talk on his two recent books. The French Chef In America: Julia Child’s Second Act, recounts the enchanting story of Julia Child’s years as a TV personality and beloved cookbook author and vividly describes the myriad ways in which she profoundly shaped how we eat today. Child was in her 60’s when she turned away from classical cooking and began to use recipes from around the world. It was then that she began to write in the first person instead of as The French Chef. France Is A Feast documents how Julia Child first discovered French cooking and the French way of life via intimate and compelling photographs taken by her husband Paul Child in France in 1948-1954.

Journalist and non-fiction author Alex Prud’homme began his writing career in 1988 after joining New York magazine as a fact-checker. He wrote many short articles there, and freelanced on the side, producing stories like “Slave,” a New Yorker piece about an irascible soup maven (later made famous by Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi”). In the 1990s he moved to Business Month, where he profiled business leaders, to Time, where he covered national affairs, and to People, where he wrote crime stories. His articles have also appeared in The New York Times and Vanity Fair. He has written books about terrorism, the ImClone scandal, and the environment.

Copies of The French Chef In America and France Is A Feast will be available for purchase and signing. This event is FREE and open to the public. Please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 for more information or to register.

camerabuttonsSaturday, November 7, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to noon
The various buttons and modes on your digital camera can be overwhelming and the manual can make learning photography even more frustrating. The simple answer for many is to put the dial on “Auto” and to snap away but even that doesn’t seem to cut it sometimes. Ashley Gustafson Eng will guide us through the mysterious buttons on our digital cameras.

Learn to take full advantage of the technology in your hands in a class designed to kick off your photography. We’ll go around the mode dial and learn what each mode is used for and how to best apply it to your photography. Additionally, the class will cover the basics and buttons used for exposure and create an understanding of how to use shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to capture beautiful photographs.

Ashley Gustafson Eng is a local photographer specializing in weddings and portraiture. Discovering her passion for photography nine years ago, she has been developing her skills since. Capturing moments and memories for their clients in the Northeast and beyond, Ashley and her husband Tim have been building their business, Visual Appeal Studios, for 5 years.

Rossiter1Join us Friday, March 8, 7 p.m. at the Essex Library for a talk by Tom Rossiter on the art of travel photography – the planning and techniques used to go to exotic places and come back with a special record of images. Enjoy a showcase of selected photos from Tom’s work around the world including India, Bhutan, Mexico, America, and Japan.

A highly successful architect in his first career, Tom has segued seamlessly into photography and ceramics, receiving a MacArthur grant to travel in India to document a cultural exchange between the Old Town School of Music, Kalapriya, and Indian musicians. He specializes in architectural photography and movies for highly regarded architects, institutions, and owners. In addition he is actively engaged in the photography of nature and culture subjects around the world.

Treat yourself to a look at Tom’s film expertise with a video on the Lurie Garden in Chicago designed by Piet Oudolf.

A registered architect and a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, he was a founding member of McClier and, as President, helped lead it to the 550 person design build firm it became. AECOM, a global engineering and architecture giant, purchased McClier, where Tom served as Managing Director and member of the Core Group. Tom managed the Chicago office for The Austin Company, and worked as a senior designer for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. At the Rhode Island School of Design, he earned a BFA and a Bachelor of Architecture as well as held an internship in the Office of Charles and Ray Eames. Learn more about Tom Rossiter on his website here.