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Thursday, June 11
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Colm Toibin is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet. He is currently the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. Toibin will sit for an exclusive, wide-ranging interview and will discuss his latest novel, Nora Webster.
Tuesday, July 14
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Ellen Meister will read from and discuss Dorothy Parker Drank Here, her follow-up to her widely praised novel, Farewell, Dorothy Parker. Meister has written five novels, and numerous short stories and essays. She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University Continuing Education. Ellen lives on Long Island with her husband and three children. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Wednesday, July 22
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bestselling novelist and Port favorite Susan Isaacs returns to the Library to read from and discuss her first novella, A Hint of Strangeness, her first e-book original, which was recently selected and published by Amazon as a Kindle Single. The Washington Post said, “Nobody does smart, gutsy, funny, sexy women better than Susan Isaacs.” Add to that praise the adjective “strong,” and you’ve got Susan’s latest protagonist, Marianne Kent. Port Washington’s own Susan Isaacs was dubbed “Jane Austen with a shmear” on NPR’s Fresh Air, and is the bestselling author of thirteen novels, two screenplays and numerous essays and reviews.
Friday, July 31
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Erika Swyler will read from and discuss her debut novel, The Book of Speculation. The plot: Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling into Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister ran off to join the circus. “Swyler creates a melancholy world with hints of magic at the edges… fans of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love, or Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane won’t want to leave this festival,” according to Library Journal. Erika Swyler’s short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Born and raised on the North Shore of Long Island, Erika recently moved from Brooklyn back to her hometown, which inspired the setting of the book.
Tuesday, August 11
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
In Tales From A Hungry Life: A Memoir With Recipes (Coqui Press, 2014) Maria Schulz tells hilarious, sometimes poignant stories of a not-so-typical 1970’s American family who lived, loved and ate like there was no tomorrow. The book is filled with a hearty helping of old family recipes, as well as memories that celebrate a time, a place and a group of people who knew that to eat together was to live well. Join Maria and several members of her exuberant family for a reading and discussion. Maria Schulz is an author, copywriter, and blogger who lives in Old Bethpage.
Friday, August 21
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
In Sex, Politics, and Putin, (Oxford University Press, 2014) Valerie Sperling investigates how gender stereotypes have been used as tools of political legitimization in contemporary Russia. Valerie Sperling is Professor of Political Science at Clark University, and the author of Altered States: The Globalization of Accountability.