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The Art of Embracing Life and Nature
Co-authors Jane Rice and Nikki Lindberg present Eliane: The Art of Embracing Life and Nature

Old Lyme, CT –The Old Lyme – Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library hosts a special presentation by local authors Jane Rice and Nikki Lindberg, authors of Eliane: the Art of Embracing Life and Nature on Wednesday December 4 at 4:00 pm. Copies of the book will be for sale and signing.

“As telltale signs of war were gathering over Europe, I was born on October 13 of 1913 on the military base of Chateauroux in the heart of France. I was nine months old when World War I broke out. My father…was killed in one of the first battles of the war…” So begins the unforgettable memoir of an extraordinary woman who was raised by an equally remarkable mother who left behind the French bourgeoisie for upper- class American life. Educated in America and France, Eliane grew to become an independent, curious and vivacious traveler who sought experiences and knowledge throughout her 100 years. Always in love with life itself, she felt things just happened to her, pitching her forward from one adventure to the next. Her joie de vivre never deserted her. She faced the death of loved ones, the horrors of war and yet knew she could move on…and still does.

Co-authors Jane Rice and Nikki Lindberg will talk about their compelling goal to record the life of Eliane Koeves, a resident of Chester, Connecticut so that others may be inspired to lead full and meaningful lives in the face of good fortune or difficult times. Eliane Koeves who turned 100 in October will make a special guest appearance to share anecdotes and answer questions.

Jane Rice is known for her work in historical preservation of French architecture in the US. She has written articles for newsletters and carried out speaking engagements in both French and English across the United States. Born in England, educated at the French Lycée and the University of Edinburgh, she is the mother of six children and now lives in Connecticut with her husband Jim.

Nikki Lindberg enjoyed a career in hospital and university administration in Connecticut and worked on several publications as a partner of the Albert Schweitzer Educational Associates. Born in France of English parents, she attended Bryn Mawr College and has served on a number of not for profit boards. She continues to do volunteer work in Chester where she lives with her husband Sam. They have six children and ten grandchildren.

The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and registration is encouraged for planning purposes. Refreshments provided by the Library.  The Library is located at 2 Library Lane, off Lyme Street, Old Lyme. Winter hours are Monday and Wednesday, 10am to 7pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 6pm; Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday, 10am to 4pm. For more information, call 860-434-1684 or visit to register.

52 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371  (860) 434-1605

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