Literature

Book Review: Joe Clifford’s ‘Rag and Bone’ Looks at the Gritty Side of Rural...

Beer, brawls, bad behavior… Joe Clifford’s fifth book in his Jay Porter series delivers once again for guys, though “Rag and Bone” may also appeal to women intrigued by what constitutes a hardcore male mystique in crime fiction (the protagonist “bulled up the sidewalk”).

Bedside Reading for Book Lovers on Valentine’s Day

Bedside Reading, which places a wide variety of complimentary books on bedsides in luxury hotels and boutique properties each summer on the East End, is sharing the love by returning early this year with a variety of Valentine’s Day book candy to be savored by guests of partner hotels. Sugar-covered romances, chewy thrillers and minty wellness books are just some of the offerings to be found at the hotels from February 12 to 14.

Taylor Barton: ‘I Pitched A Tent In Hell’

Folk rock artist Taylor Barton’s catalog contains over 500 songs, including a dozen albums, from her first, “Mean American Dream” with her then band Generic Blondes, to “Spiritual Gangster” and “House of Light.” “I Pitched a Tent in Hell,” a nine-part musical memoir, is her latest project, released as an Audible audiobook. A paperback is also available as an adjunct.

Montauk Library’s Armchair Travel Book Club via Zoom

Since it will be a while before traveling the globe will return, Montauk Library is hosting a virtual “Armchair Travel Book Club.” The club meets the third Tuesday of the month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Zoom and is moderated by Carolyn Balducci, the library’s adult programs coordinator.
Roger Rosenblatt

Rosenblatt Spearheads ‘Write America’

“Write America,” a new author series spearheaded by writer and Quogue resident Roger Rosenblatt, features award-winning, nationally-renowned authors, and new and emerging writers in readings and conversation each week about how books and art might bridge the deep divisions in our nation.

Author Nathan Kernan Speaks about Poet James Schuyler

On Friday, January 29, at 5 p.m., the Parrish Art Museum presents a livestream talk with chief curator Alicia G. Longwell, Ph.D., and Nathan Kernan, who is currently writing a biography of poet James Schuyler to be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Sag Harbor Publisher Dr. Martin Shepard Dies

Dr. Martin Shepard, a psychiatrist, author, and with his wife, Judith, a trailblazing publisher, has died. Dr. Shepard passed away at his home in Sag Harbor surrounded by family on December 17, 2020, after a brief illness. He was 86.

Whale Ho! Digitized Whaling Log Collection is Available Online

The staff of the East Hampton Library’s Long Island Collection recently completed a large project — scanning all of the historic whaling logs in the collection, in full. The collection encompasses 63 individual volumes, detailing at least 70 voyages, with some logs covering multiple voyages, from the years 1783 through 1865.

View From Bonac: Grace Schulman’s new Book of Poems

Rainbows, beach walks, silk scarves, jazz and smoky bars are just some themes in Grace Schulman’s new book of poems “The Marble Bed.”

Book Review: “Mad At The World: A Life Of John Steinbeck”

For all the Northern California biographical and literary associations the name “John Steinbeck” evokes —  it was his birthplace and the setting for much of his fiction — Steinbeck was also a celebrity in Sag Harbor where he made his home in 1955 with his wife Elaine, after renting for a couple years. He died in 1968, six years after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, having become a familiar presence in the village, the founder and co-chair of the Old Whalers Festival, now known as HarborFest.

Memoir Writing with Andrew Visconti and East Hampton Library

East Hampton Library is offering beginning memoirists an opportunity to dive into the genre by writing on an unexpected event, a challenge or the process of seeking a path by working with journalist Andrew Visconti to find their voice.

Book Review: Roger Rosenblatt Explores the Decembers of Life in ‘Cold Moon’

By Joan Baum You might want to consider reading Roger Rosenblatt’s new collection of personal and philosophical musings “Cold Moon” shortly after 4 p.m. on...

Take a Trip with the Armchair Travelers Book Club

Since it will be a while before any of us can do much traveling, The Montauk Library is hosting a virtual “Armchair Travel Book Club.” The club meets the third Tuesday of the month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Zoom and is moderated by Carolyn Balducci, adult programs coordinator.

Whodunnit? Helen A. Harrison, Of Course!

The East Hampton Library will present a free online Zoom event featuring Helen A. Harrison, author of the “Art of Murder” mystery series, interviewed by author Carrie Doyle, on Friday, January 8, at 6 pm. The presentation will include an interactive Q&A with participants. 

Celebrating Peter Matthiessen

On Thursday, December 17, at 6 p.m., The Peter Matthiessen Center will host a virtual gathering featuring an intimate reading of a few favorite passages of Peter Matthiessen’s most admired works by former friends and colleagues in the literary, environmental, human rights and Zen Buddhist world.

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Q&A With Bay Street’s Artistic Director Scott Schwartz

This week, Bay Street Theater unveiled its plans for a new facility to be built on Long Island Avenue in Sag Harbor. Bay Street Artistic Director Scott Schwartz talked about the way in which a new space will change what the theater can offer.

Friends Of Bay Street Target 2 Main Street Property To Add To Steinbeck Park

On Tuesday, during a Zoom meeting to unveil the initial renderings for the new theater, Adam Potter, the chairman of Friends of Bay Street, announced that his not-for-profit organization is also in discussions to purchase 2 Main Street, which is currently home to K Pasa restaurant, Espresso, the Yummylicious ice cream parlor, and Havens, a gift shop.

‘Dust For Blood’ Reveals Truth of Long Island’s Migrant Labor Camps

In 1949, two young children died in a Bridgehampton migrant camp while their parents were out working in the fields. The children, who were alone at the time, were killed when the 12-foot-by-20-foot chicken coop in which the family lived caught fire. The tragedy was hardly the first and it would definitely not be the last of many that befell the East End’s migrant farm population in the mid-20th century.