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A Reading and Book Signing with Ambassador Everett E. Briggs

Thursday, October 18, 5:00 pm

Most people have some idea of what an ambassador does, but few are aware of what life and work is like for the career Foreign Service folk who populate our missions abroad and provide continuity and guidance to the policy makers in Washington. This book more than fills that gap. It is the story of one Foreign Service Officer’s career as he works his way, rung by slippery rung, up the ranks as an ambassador’s apprentice. With candor, insight, and humor, Ted Briggs recounts what it was like to be the most junior officer at the US embassy in La Paz, Bolivia (gasping for air at 12,500 feet above sea level); an aide to the top State Department official in occupied Berlin, when the wall went up; consul general in Angola when revolution in Portugal ended five hundred years of colonial rule; and deputy chief of mission in Paraguay and Colombia at the start of the so-called war on drugs. Briggs’s memoir is rich in description of people, some in high places, and of the shifting environment in which he found himself. Don’t miss this chance to welcome Ted and Sally back to Norfolk and get your signed copy of his memoir.


Classic Film Night: West Side Story (1961)

Thursday, October 18, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Explore Hollywood’s extensive pre-digital canon of fantastic films, forgotten classics, and silent movies on the big screen, as the Norfolk Library classic film series continues on select Thursdays at 7:00 pm. Musicals are slated for this fall. We begin with West Side Story in honor of the Leonard Bernstein centennial. Come early (6:30 pm) for refreshments!


Dr. Francis Baudry, “A Dream, a Sonnet, and a Ballad: The Path to Keats’s La Belle Dame Sans Merci

Saturday, October 27, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Baudry will explore the relationship between Keats’s ballad, “La Belle Dame sans Merci,” and some of its precursors, including one of the poet’s dreams and a sonnet titled “On a Dream.” He will present biographical material which gives Keats’s poem, considered the most beautiful ballad in the English language, added depth and poignancy.

Dr. Baudry, a Norfolk and New York resident, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with his own practice. He is affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center and is on the faculty of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.