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Word nerds unite! Man, I heart Authors Night. It’s one of my very favorite events of the year. So many incredible wordsmiths and culture changers under one roof. It’s pretty freakin’ amazing. And all for a wonderful cause–the East Hampton Library. Yippee!

Some of the more buzz-worthy scribes in attendance this year, in no particular order: Malcolm Nance, Jean Kennedy Smith, Dick Cavett, Robert Caro, Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin, Jessica Seinfeld, Alan Alda, Peter Marino, Elizabeth Vargas, Marshall Watson, Chris Whipple and Ann Coulter. Click on the pix to see them, and many more!

Photos: Family Day at LongHouse Reserve

What better way to kick off Memorial Day weekend than Saturday at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, especially with “Angelina Ballerina” and “Twinkle” author Katharine Holabird and iconic “Eloise” illustrator (among many other things) Hilary Knight. Cool.

Hamptons Happenings: February 7 & 8

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Need to speak your piece to local government about The Hills high-end resort being proposed in here in the Hamptons? Tonight is the night for the fourth and final public meeting on the East Quogue-based project. The gathering to discuss Discovery Land Company’s bid to build a luxury resort–complete with 118 homes, a golf course and country club–will be held at Southampton Town Hall, starting at 6 p.m. 

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Those interested in food, farming and fascinating conversation should head to Almond’s in Bridgehampton this evening at 7 p.m. for Artists & Writers Night featuring Scott and Megan Chaskey of the Peconic Land Trust and the healing arts. The night will feature family style three-course menu created by executive chef Jason Weiner. The cost is $45, which includes a glass of local wine or craft beer and gratuity, tax is not included. Reservations are required.

noyac-candle-jpgOr head over to c/o The Maidstone in East Hampton for Ladies Night at the Maidstone from 6 to 8 p.m.  The evening will include socializing, shopping and happy hour discounts. Confirmed vendors include: HAMPTONS Handpoured (which makes my very favorite candle in the world), Stella & DotRodan + Fields , Sea Glass & SunsetsJustine Moody Designs, Rustic Lady Bug, LuLaRoe, VELO2 Cute Designs
and Chloe + Isabel by Patrena.

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Speaking of ladies and shopping, Sophie Kinsella of “Confessions of a Shopaholic” series fame has written a new book called “My (Not So) Perfect Life” and it’s really terrific. I got my copy last week and ripped through it! On bookshelves starting today, the British author is making a few rare American appearances and kicking off a mini tour here in the U.S. starting with a signing up in White Plains tonight. Get your tickets here. Can’t make it up to Westchester? That’s okay. She’s also doing a live chat on Facebook with USA Today at 1 p.m.  My favorite of all her books, this standalone novel is part love story, part workplace comedy, and part witty critique on the judgments we all make in a social media-obsessed culture. If it were summer I’d say it’s the perfect beach read.

helen-simonson-credit-nina-subinCloser to home, bestselling author (and Brit-turned-Brooklynite) Helen Simonson kicks off the Spring Writers Speak Wednesdays Series at Stony Brook Southampton tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Ms. Simonson’s talk will include her experiences earning her MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton; turning her thesis into her big debut novel, “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,” which was a New York Times bestseller; and her latest novel, “The Summer Before the War,” which came out last year.

 

Gruesome Playground Injuries, Kid Lit & Old Haunts

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A name like “Gruesome Playground Injuries” certainly grabs the attention. I’m quite interested to see more of this play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, which is staging at Guild Hall in East Hampton starting Thursday, October 27.

I don’t know a lot about the play (yet) but I do know that it’s not, thankfully, about blood and guts around the merry-go-round or anything like that. Instead, it tells the story of Kayleen and Doug, who first meet in the nurse’s office of their elementary school. Over the next 30 years, they are brought together again and again by injury, heartbreak and, on occasion, their own self-destructive tendencies. gruesome-playground-injuries-1

The play comes out East courtesy Genny Productions, a new theatrical production company that is founded by Brian Clemente (who has worked under Steve Hamilton a time or two at Guild Hall), Jacob Alden Roa, Julia Masotti and Mary Ragus. The show stars Julia Masotti and Jacob Alden Roa and stages through Sunday, October 30. Purchase tickets here.

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Did you know that children’s literature, aka “kid lit,” is the fastest growing segment of the publishing world? Apparently ’tis. For those writers who are interested in learning more about this potentially lucrative market, Stony Brook Southampton has a terrific opportunity with its Children’s Literature Fellows program, developed by Patricia McCormick, Emma Walton Hamilton and the MFA in Creative Writing program at Stony Brook Southampton.

The distance learning, one-year certificate program with one-on-one instruction from successful kids’ lit authors like McCormick–working in picture books, middle grade novels, and YA fiction and creative nonfiction–addresses the needs of those writers who want to develop their craft but who may not have the time or the resources to enable enrollment in a full MFA degree program.  The deadline for applications for the 2017 Children’s Literature Fellows program is December 1, 2016.

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Lastly, for those wanting to get a jumpstart on the upcoming spooky weekend, the Southampton Historical Museum has just the thing with its free “Historic Haunts of Long Island” program, which will be held at Rogers Mansion in Southampton on Thursday,
October 27, at 11 a.m. There the award-winning author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky will take her audience on a ghostly journey through Long Island’s History and sign copies of her book “Historic Haunts of Long Island.” The event is co-sponsored by the Rogers Memorial Library.

 

 

 

Hamptons Hot Picks: Sunday, October 9

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Today seems like the perfect day to head to the Southampton Arts Center to catch a 25th anniversary screening of “The Addams Family” movie.  The film, inspired by the illustrated works of our very own Charles Addams, will be screened tonight at 7 p.m. in association with the Hamptons International Film Festival. Come dressed as your favorite character and you might win a best costume prize. While there, check out the more than 50 original works on exhibit from all aspects and genres of subject matter, including The Addams Family cartoons, courtesy the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation.

Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for that cameo appearance in the movie by Barry Sonnenfeld, who not only directed the film but also lived on the East End for years and years. And just for fun — bonus Party Girl points if you know which famous TV actress Jimmy Workman, the kid who played Pugsley, is related to. Because this is the kind of thing that my brain likes to focus on.  : )  Get tickets here.

Here’s what else is happening at HIFF today. Only one more day left to catch your new favorite features, documentaries, shorts, special programming, talent and more.

 

And congrats to our friend Janet Lee Berg, who will be at the Quogue Library today at 2 p.m. to talk about her newest book, “Rembrandt’s Shadow.” Similar to some of the themes in the book “The Lady in Gold” and the subsequent film “The Woman in Gold,” this book is also based on real-life events centered around the Holocaust and an original masterpiece. The novel tells the story of the early life of Sylvie Rosenberg, an aristocratic daughter of a renowned Jewish art dealer in Holland. After spending the first 15 years of her life doubting her father’s love, she discovers one day that he has traded his beloved Rembrandt to the Nazis in exchange for her life. Good stuff! Hats off to Janet!!

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Later today, starting at 6 p.m., Dockers in East Quogue is hosting its wildly successful end-of-year “Eat & Drink Us Dry” celebration. The annual season finale party is always a great time and a fantastic way to bring the season to a close.

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Almost Labor Day Weekend Hot Picks: Saturday, August 27

I’ve got summer brain in the worst way. Don’t know if I’m coming or going. Anyone else out there need some reminders about what day it is, what to do and where to do it? This one’s for you. 

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I just love Margery Gosnell-Qua’s pretty entry into this year’s Box Art Auction.

The East End Hospice’s annual Box Art Auction will be held tonight, Saturday, August 27, at Hoie Hall at St. Luke’s Church in East Hampton. Stop in and pick up some terrific artwork and help raise funds for an amazing cause. Read more about East End Hospice and its annual Box Art Auction here, thanks to the Sag Harbor Express.

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Dianne Reeves photo by Jerris Madison.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation‘s annual gala will be held tonight at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, starting at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature special musical performances by Grammy award-winning singer Dianne Reeves, nationally recognized pop vocal group The Company Men, and other special surprise guests. All of the funds raised throughout the evening will support groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.

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Matisyahu  will perform a free concert at the Backyard Restaurant at Solé East Resort in Montauk tonight, starting at 7 p.m.

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The Mark Humphrey Gallery in Southampton is hosting a reception tonight of new work. Stop by from 5 to 7 and check it out.

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It’s a big weekend for the Southampton Arts Center, which is putting on a huge slate of events. Today, it’s a free concert, courtesy Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People® on Tour program, starting at 4 pm.

A sneak peek for tomorrow, Sunday, August 28, the Wellness Series continues  at 11 a.m. with the final Yoga on the Lawn with Mary Angela Buffo of Ananda Wellness & Yoga Center. Class is one hour, multi-level. Bring your own mats and towels. Admission is $10. Then, from noon to 2 p.m., the weekly Jazz on the Steps is happening, featuring Ada Rovatti on tenor sax and Bill O’Connell on piano. Later, at 7 p.m, there will be a special indoor screening of the 2016 documentary film “Under the Gun,” produced and narrated by Katie Couric. The 110-minute film will be followed by a Q&A with panel members including John Feinblatt, President of Everytown USA & Joe Quint, Spokesman for Moms Demand Action NY. Admission is Free.

And of course, the big “Winning the White House: From Press Prints to Selfies” exhibit is still hanging through September 11. The show explores the complex relationship between candidates’ representations in visual media and their carefully created and tightly controlled campaign images. Every presidential candidate constructs a public persona. From official portraits and campaign ads to selfies and televised debates, these images can influence voters’ decisions on Election Day.

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Speaking of Sunday, the Southampton  Cultural Center is offering a super biggie double-win with the American debut of Opera San Miguel and a Master Class Live with Maureen O’Flynn and four rising starts of Mexico, starting at 5:30 p.m. Cool.

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Photos: Authors Night 2016

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Accidental perfection. Dr. Ruth and some of her favorite subjects to write about. Photos by Dawn Watson

I’ve got some great images from my very favorite literary event of the year. Now in its 12th year, Authors Night, which was held on Saturday in East Hampton, hosts a select assortment of some of the biggest book writers on the planet. I’m so fortunate to be a part of this amazing fundraiser for the East Hampton Library.

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A gorgeous shot of Christie Brinkley (does she take any other kind??) by Michael T. Dempsey.