Book Markers: 01.29.15

Local book news

BookHampton Fights Back

BookHampton, the independent bookstore with shops on Main Street in East Hampton and Hampton Road in Southampton, is fighting the encroachment of online retailers like Amazon and a slow winter with a new service — free home delivery of books from Montauk to Hampton Bays.

“The winter months have been jarringly empty,” according to a release from the store, so Kim Lombardini, a bookseller, came up with the delivery idea. “We’re fighting with everything we’ve got,” she said. An experienced winter traveler who hails from Detroit, “she’ll bring books to your door, if that’s what it takes to keep BookHampton’s doors open.”

Not long ago the store had to close its Mattituck location. Inquiries can be sent by email to bookhampton@bookhampton.com.

Montauk Writers, Lookie Here

Celine Keating, a writer and editor, and Ed Johann, a writer who leads the Montauk Writers Group, have put out a call for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction “that reflect Montauk’s landscape, nature, people, work, recreation, history, or spirit of place,” they said in a release.

“In the same way that the East End inspires artists, so too does Montauk serve as a muse for writers. We are excited to play a role in gathering some of that creativity together,” said Ms. Keating, who has a new novel, “Play for Me,” coming out in April. “We want to explore all facets of this unique place.”

“I’m especially hoping for stories about colorful Montauk characters and remembrances from old-timers,” Mr. Johann said. “We hope that by generating interest in the anthology, we’ll uncover work from unexpected sources.”

The deadline for submissions is March 30, with selections to be made by May. Bill Akin will assist in choosing poems. Publication is planned for 2016, with profits going to the Third House Nature Center and the Concerned Citizens of Montauk.

“Contributors will receive glory, two copies, and a chance to participate in a reading,” the release said. The contact email addresses are celine_keating@earthlink.net and avedonia@aol.com.