Book Markers: 03.19.15

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A Poetry Tete-a-Tete

“Baseball is portrayed in these radiant new poems by Jill Bialosky as a ‘fierce and feral’ rite of passage in which we’re all held hostage to the always surprising vicissitudes of time and change.” So says Philip Schultz, the East Hampton poet and Pulitzer Prize winner, in a blurb on the back of Ms. Bialosky’s new collection, “The Players,” thus hinting at a subject the two might take up in their conversation Saturday at 5 p.m. at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor.

Ms. Bialosky’s previous book of poems was “Intruder.” An editor at W.W. Norton and part-time Bridgehamptoner, she is also the author of the memoir “History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life” and novels including “The Life Room.”

Montauk Thriller

Looking for some fishing action? Or rather action in a fishin’ kind of place? Set at Montauk Point and out in the depths of the Atlantic, “In Secret Waters,” a new novel by Richard Weissmann, involves, for one thing, terrorists (fresh off the ISIS hacking of the Montauk Manor website, no less), but more to the point “a vast fortune in stolen diamonds, lost since World War II,” and said to be somewhere in the wreckage of the sunken Andrea Doria.

Charged with finding it for the purposes of paying restitution to victims of the Holocaust is one Erik Hazen, a charter boat captain and ex-Navy Seal described as “born and raised on the not-so-chic side of the Hamptons” and belonging to a family that for eight generations has made a living “haul seining, trap netting, clamming, and scalloping.”

“Some of the characters were inspired by men I met during the 1980s and 1990s when I was writing feature articles about the local commercial fishing industry for The New York Times,” Mr. Weissmann said. He lives in Bellport. The book is available on