Critic and Essayist Daphne Merkin at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor


By Tessa Raebeck

Daphne Merkin, called “one of the most daring and ruminative writers of our time” by her editors at The New York Times Magazine, will be at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor on Saturday, September 13, at 5 p.m.

A literary critic, essayist and novelist, Ms. Merkin has written a novel, two collections of essays and columns and reviews. She has written for such publications as The New Republic, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine and is a regular contributor to ELLE.

At Canio’s, Ms. Merkin will read from her latest collection of essays, “The Fame Lunches: On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, The Brontes and The Importance of Handbags,” released in 2014.

“Merkin’s hilarious and insightful essays include self-revelatory reflections on personal appearance (lip gloss, pedicures), accounts of personal obsessions, thoughts about fashion and celebrities, and more,” Canio’s said in a press release.

The book includes essays on Betty Friedan, Diane Keaton and Truman Capote.

Kirkus Review said Ms. Merkin’s work consists of “essays that go down like candy but nourish like health food.”

Canio’s Books is located at 290 Main Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, call (631) 725-4926 or visit