Books

The legendary Wild Bill Hickok, the fastest gunslinger in the West, also dressed well, bathed regularly, and wrote letters home to his mom.

A new poem by Bernard Goldhirsch of Springs
Of all the foes Richard Holbrooke faced across diplomatic negotiating tables and within the upper echelons of American government, his worst enemy was frequently himself.
The memoir’s first half reads as if Isaac Mizrahi were simply telling you off-the-cuff of his trials growing up overweight and gay in an Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn. The second half? Beware the flying boldface names.

In “Lesser Lights,” Sandy McIntosh has crafted a memoir of entertaining vignettes that show a Hamptons barely recognizable today, when the arts were fun, writers were accessible, and the living was easy.

Nelson Algren, champion of the hard-luck cases and the losers, was one of the most famous authors of the mid-20th century. What happened? Colin Asher has written a reappraisal.
It’s spring, it’s National Poetry Month, it’s time for something different — a new poetry reading and open mike, that is, at the South­ampton Cultural Center Friday night.

A glimpse of a master biographer, Robert A. Caro, at work, pursuing Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson and profiling power.
Amy Hempel’s stories are like artifacts, every word is meticulously chosen, every sentence matters. They cannot be easily summarized, so be prepared to connect the dots.
Susan Van Scoy, an art history professor at St. Joseph’s College, is just out with “The Big Duck and Eastern Long Island’s Duck Farming Industry,” a tale told in photographs.
With “Golden Child,” Claire Adam’s gripping novel set in Trinidad, Sarah Jessica Parker’s imprint has its second success in introducing a new voice.
Fresh from publication in The New Yorker, Gary J. Whitehead reads at Stony Brook Southampton for Writers Speak.
A thriller that at first seems cynically executed is in fact solidly entertaining.

A refreshingly neutral assessment of the divided American scene from two scholars of history and professors at Princeton University.
Stony Brook Southampton faculty consider the “art and craft of the redraft” Wednesday in the return of the M.F.A. program’s Writers Speak series for the spring.

As a young man, the novelist Frederic Tuten thought of himself as “the hero of independence, the lonely loner for art,” a rebel and failure like Ahab, Raskolnikov, Don Quixote, and Milton’s Satan.

A beheading, corporate shenanigans, and a dicey affair in “You’re Dead,” the newest stand-alone mystery from Chris Knopf.
Bob Zellner’s civil rights memoir reissued in paperback, plus an African-American Read-In in Sag Harbor.

An esteemed novelist takes the measure of Pushcart’s eclectic “Best of the Small Presses” anthology for 2019.