Memoir of a ’60s Draft Dodger

Screenwriter Heywood Gould spent many years on the East End and has a big following with friends, colleagues and fans here. For that reason, he is holding the launch of his memoir, “Drafted: A Memoir of the ’60s” (Tolmitch Press) on Saturday, July 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Julie Keyes Gallery in Sag Harbor. Mimosas and bagels will be served.

Bedside Reading Books for July 23

Every summer, Bedside Reading distributes tote bags filled with complimentary books for guests staying in hotels and inns around the South Fork. Founded in 2017, Bedside Reading had its beginnings in "Buzz Bags," a gift bag program started by Jane Ubell-Meyer in 2002.

Steven Petrow is Avoiding Stupid Things

Washington Post columnist Steven Petrow will be the guest author for the Friends of the Hampton Library's Friday's at Five series, which will be released online on July 16. Visit to register for a link to the talk.

‘Loud Money’ with Max Blagg

New York City-based artist Curtis Kulig and poet Max Blagg recently released “Loud Money,” a publication featuring a series of collaborative works. Blagg will be at the Arts Center at Duck Creek on Sunday, July 18, at 4 p.m. to read from the new monograph.

Remembering Jean Patchett

On June 26, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center honored the late fashion model Jean Patchett with a book signing featuring Robert and Lois Lilley, authors of “Jean Patchett: American Goddess.” Patchett, a former Westhampton Beach resident and dedicated benefactor to the theater, died in 2002.

Tovah Feldshuh at Hampton Synagogue Author Discussion Series

On Thursday, July 1, 7:30 p.m., Emmy and Tony Award-nominated actress Tovah Feldshuh, who recently portrayed Dr. Ruth Westheimer in the one-woman play “Becoming Dr. Ruth” at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, will read from and discuss her recent book “Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played” as part of the Hampton Synagogue’s Author Discussion Series.

Bedside Reading Celebrates ‘Independents’ Day

Bedside Reading, which distributes tote bags filled with complimentary books for guests staying in hotels and inns around the South Fork throughout the summer, is celebrating Independence Day by shining a spotlight on indie authors and publishers. To that end, this weekend’s collection of books to be distributed to local partner inns includes fiction, historical fiction, self-help and memoirs by the program’s participating authors.

A ‘Hidden Child’: Erika Hecht Reflects On World War II in New Memoir

On the edge of Sag Harbor Village, Erika Hecht lives in a modest home surrounded by what she loves — books and art, colorful rugs, an eclectic mix of modern and antique furniture, a lovely backyard with towering trees. “Wherever I am is my home,” she mused on Saturday morning. “It seems to me I’m carrying my home with me.”

‘The Tenth Muse’ is Focus of Virtual Book Club

Author Catherine Chung will join the Jewish Center of the Hamptons’ Rabbi Debra Stein, Cantor, to discuss her novel “The Tenth Muse” as part of a virtual book club taking place Thursday, June 24, at 5 p.m.

Poet Fran Castan Wins Award

Fran Castan, a poet residing at Peconic Landing in Greenport, has been awarded the United Kingdom’s Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.

Book Review: Philip Hoare’s ‘Albert And The Whale’

On Thursday, June 24, at 12:30 p.m., those curious about whales and art will be able to Zoom into a talk sponsored by Canio’s Books as a kind of heads-up to its biennial Moby Dick Marathon, to run this fall over HarborFest weekend in Sag Harbor starting September 10. The speaker, 63-year-old prize-winning author Philip Hoare, who inaugurated the Moby Dick Big Read project and exhibition at The University of Plymouth, England, in 2011, acknowledges he has a “whale obsession.”

CNN Anchor and Sag Harbor Resident Don Lemon Speaks about his New Book

The Social Justice Committee of Temple Adas Israel in partnership with The Church will welcome Don Lemon, host of CNN’s “Don Lemon Tonight,” home to Sag Harbor to talk about his book “This Is the Fire" on Sunday, June 13, at 10 a.m., at The Church. The event will be streamed live.

A Tale of Two Adoptions

A book signing for Janine Veto’s recently released memoir “Unknown Bodies: Mothers Daughters and Adoption,” will take place on Saturday, June 26, at Canio’s Books, 290 Main Street, Sag Harbor, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Meet ‘Hidden Child’ Erika Hecht in a new Memoir

Born Jewish in Hungary in the 1930s, Erika Hecht, who lives in Sag Harbor, became a “Hidden Child,” one of many Jewish children who were provided with false identities and survived World War II as Christians. Her story is detailed in “Don’t Ask My Name,” a memoir of a woman’s journey through one of the darkest chapters of the 20th century.

BookHampton Hosts a Zoom Event with Lin-Manuel Miranda

Before “Hamilton” became a global musical phenomenon, before Lin-Manuel Miranda became a household name, a little show called “In the Heights” shook up Broadway with its hip-hop and salsa soundtrack and big, bilingual heart.

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