FOL Events

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FOL Meet the Author Series: Erika Swyler

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.

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FOL Meet the Author Series: Maria Schulz

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.

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FOL Meet the Author Series: Valerie Sperling

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.

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