Literature

The True Tale of Long Island’s Migrant Labor Camps

On Friday, April 9, at 7 p.m., East End libraries and Southampton History Museum will present a virtual visit with Mark Torres, author of “Long Island Migrant Camps: Dust for Blood.” The book tells the true account of the migrant labor camps in Suffolk County from their inception during World War II, through their heyday in 1960, and culminating with their steady decline towards the end of the 20th century.

Julie Andrews and Daughter Emma Walton Hamilton Join Bay Street’s ‘Story Time’ Lineup

Legendary stage and screen actress Dame Julie Andrews and her daughter, Bay Street Theater cofounder Emma Walton Hamilton, have signed on to join Bay Street’s upcoming “Story Time,” a new series of eight children’s books read aloud on Zoom by the authors themselves.

“Murder, Mystery and Miracles”

The East Hampton Library will present “Murder, Mysteries and Miracles,” a free online Zoom event featuring author Katie Mahon (“The Miracle Collectors” and “The Miracle Chase”) in conversation with author Carrie Doyle (the “Hamptons Murder Mystery Series,” “The Murder Game” and “It Takes Two to Mango”). The event will take place on Friday, March 26, at 5 p.m. and will include an interactive Q&A with participants.

Poetic Skies with Dava Sobel

On Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m., Guild Hall, in partnership with the Hamptons Observatory, will present “A Sky Full of Poems” with Dava Sobel, bestselling author and poetry editor of the magazine Scientific American. The free discussion will take place on Zoom and focus on how the skies have served to inspire poets for centuries.

New Whaling Exhibit at East Hampton Library

The East Hampton Library’s Long Island Collection has unveiled a new exhibition exploring the collection’s whaling logs in the four display cases in the library’s front lobby. Each of the cases has a specific theme: “Whaling 101,” “Art of the Whalers,” “Drama on the High Seas” and “International Travel.”

Story Time for Families with Bay Street Theater

Bay Street Theater is hosting a new “Story Time” series — a program of eight children’s books read aloud by Zoom by the authors themselves. The series begins Saturday, March 27, with husband and wife authors Kate and Jim McMullan reading three of their books — “Happy Spring,” “I Stink” and “I’m Dirty.”

‘Eh, What’s Up Doc?’ East Hampton Library Talk on Bugs Bunny

He may not look a “hare” over 5, but last year, Bugs Bunny turned 80 years old. On Thursday, April 1, (no foolin’) at 6 p.m., East End book critic Joan Baum presents “The Wit, Humor and Humanity of Bugs Bunny,” a Zoom talk sponsored by the East Hampton Library.

Book Review: ‘How Did I Get Here?’ By Bruce McCall

Can this no-nonsense, modest, if not at times diffident, memoir “How Did I Get Here?” by Bruce McCall be the last we’ll see or hear from this talented guy? The artist, illustrator and writer is best known for his over four-decade association with The New Yorker, doing more than 75 covers and many more “Shouts and Murmurs” humor columns.

Mark Sarvas Discusses ‘Memento Park’

Guild Hall’s Artist-in-Residence (GHAIR) program offers artists and collectives the time and space to research, experiment and develop new ideas and projects. This year’s residencies are being completed remotely from each artist’s home/studio due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next presentation on Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m. features artist-in-residence author Mark Sarvas leading a discussion on his 2019 American Book Award winning novel, “Memento Park.”

When Kids were King

The East Hampton Historical Society on Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m. will hold its monthly virtual book club featuring Geoff Gehman and his 2013 book, “The Kingdom of the Kid: Growing up in the Long-Lost Hamptons.”

A 1905 Novel for Our Place and Time

My love for local history began when I was archiving the collection at the Sag Harbor Historical Society’s Annie Cooper Boyd House on Main Street. By March 2018, when the Suffolk County Historical Society mounted the Eastville Community Historical Society’s exhibition of tintypes celebrating African Americans and Native Americans, I was compiling a bibliography of local primary resources on Native American history. I wanted to learn as much as I could about the first peoples who lived here. I kept thinking we are all living on stolen land, and I couldn’t reconcile myself to it.

Marine Geologist Pens Tale of Two Lost Ships for Young Adults

They gathered on the dock in the Port Du Cadiz in the south of Spain: three archeologists, two college students, three captains, one cook, one engineer, two scuba divers, one able-bodied seaman and Laurie Zaleski, a marine geologist, who had just signed up for the adventure of a lifetime. The 2004 months-long mission to locate a pair of 200-year-old shipwrecks using multibeam sonar was among the first of its kind. And they were sailing, quite literally, into uncharted waters.

Take an Armchair Trip to Old Tokyo

Montauk Library’s virtual “Armchair Travel Book Club” meets the third Tuesday of the month. The next book to be discussed on March 16, will be “The Bells of Old Tokyo,” a 2019 book by Anna Sherman.

Author To Give Presentation On His Book, ‘Whaling Captains Of Color’

Author To Give Presentation On His Book, 'Whaling Captains Of Color'

The Egalitarian High Seas: Author Skip Finley to Discuss ‘Whaling Captains of Color’

The whaling industry, while a difficult one, was a uniquely egalitarian one in that men who plied the seas were paid according to their job title, rather than the color of their skin. On Thursday, February 18, at 11 a.m., author Skip Finley will discuss his book “Whaling Captains of Color: America’s First Meritocracy” in a Zoom presentation co-sponsored by the Rogers Memorial Library and the Southampton African American Museum.

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