The Westfield Memorial Library is pleased to present a one-woman show entitled, “Memoirs and Boudoirs,” on Thursday, November 13 at 7 p.m. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Performer Dorothy Leeds presents the show. She will take the audience on an amazing journey though history and directly into the lives, ballrooms, backrooms, and bedrooms of Kings, Queens, Scoundrels, Lovers and Warriors.

This 80-minute show with music and audience interaction offers an exciting ride back in time so that the audience can hear scintillating stories and titillating tidbits from notables in their own words. Imagine a world before the Internet, smart phones, Facebook, Skype, Twitter and selfies.

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What did people do? How did they survive? How did they communicate? They wrote lengthy letters (tons of them), kept detail-filled diaries and penned juicy memoirs.

“Memoirs & Boudoirs” presents audiences, through the words of these naughty notables themselves, with answers to questions like: Why did the Marquis de Sade hate his mother-in-law? What was Henry VIII like when he was young, slim and in love? How many lovers did Catherine the Great really have? 10? 20? 2000? Who had a better claim to the throne of England, Mary, Queen of Scots, or Elizabeth I of England?

An experienced media personality and film critic for MSNBC, Ms. Leeds appears frequently on broadcast and cable television including Today, Good Morning America, Smart Money, and E! She has written for and/or been featured in articles in such publications as The New York Times, USA Today, Glamour, Forbes, Business Week and Self.

Over 30 years of performing, Ms. Leeds has graced the stage worldwide from North America to Botswana with stops in Mexico, London, Malaysia, Bhutan, Singapore and Egypt.

She has appeared at bookstores throughout the nation and at major corporations, where as a motivational speaker, she has empowered people to reach their highest potential. A few on her notable clients included Pfizer, Merrill Lynch, Conde Nast, Hearst, Verizon, Boeing, IBM Merck and the Wharton School of Business.

She recently appeared at the library presenting the devilishly funny show, “Good Lessons from Bad Women."

The program is free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders, but attendees must register in advance. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at, click on the Calendar tab, and find November 13, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”