FOL Events

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48th Annual Book & Author Luncheon

Friday, May 12

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

An exquisite soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and a fascinating history of dining out in America as told through ten legendary restaurants will be the featured works at the Friends of the Library’s 48th Annual Richard D. Whittemore Book & Author Luncheon. The luncheon will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 12, at the North Hills Country Club in Manhasset.

The FOL welcomes best-selling novelist Alice Hoffman, who will speak about her latest work Faithful (Simon & Schuster), and food historian and Yale University professor Paul Freedman, who will discuss his acclaimed Ten Restaurants That Changed America (Liveright). Port’s own bestselling novelist Susan Isaacs returns as program moderator.

Tickets will be $75 per person. Reservation brochures will be available April 1 in the Library and printable online. Reservations must be made in advance. For more information email

With the help of individual and corporate sponsorships, which begin at $250, the luncheon becomes a fundraiser for the FOL.  Sponsors bypass first-come, first-served ticketing to the sell-out luncheon and sponsorships are tax deductible.  For information, please contact FOL Board members Margaret DeSiervo (, 516-883-2722) or Nancy Wright (, 516-883-8418).

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FOL Meet the Author Series: Alex Prud’homme

Tuesday, June 13

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The FOL welcomes Alex Prud’homme, author of The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act. Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper. Now, her great-nephew and My Life in France co-author vividly recounts the myriad ways in which she profoundly shaped how we eat today. He shows us Child in the aftermath of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, suddenly finding herself America’s first lady of French food and under considerable pressure to embrace her new mantle. We see her dealing with difficult colleagues and the challenges of fame, ultimately using her newfound celebrity to create what would become a totally new type of food television. Every bit as entertaining, inspiring, and delectable as My Life in France, The French Chef in America uncovers Julia Child beyond her “French chef” persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. This event is part of the FOL’s Meet the Author Series, which has featured such luminaries as Colm Toibin, Roger Rosenblatt, Nelson DeMille, Susan Isaacs, Hilma Wolitzer, Gail Sheehy, Eric Fischl, George Vecsey, Michael Gross, and Dr. Sandeep Jauhar.

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