Book Markers: 03.26.15

Local book news

“Radical Descent” — Digitally

Linda Coleman’s memoir, “Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary,” published by the Pushcart Press of Springs in the fall, is now out as an e-book for Kindle, Google Play, and similar formats.

It chronicles the political travails, emotional confusion, and wrenching aftermath of her actions as a radical leftist from a privileged background in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Ms. Coleman, who lives in Springs, is a longtime nurse practitioner and an ordained Zen monk. She led writing workshops for women in Suffolk County jails for 10 years. An interview with her can be seen on the “One-to-One” show on or YouTube.

In the “Neuron Mirror”

Sales of the poetry collection “Neuron Mirror” go to the Lustgarten Foundation’s research into a cure for pancreatic cancer. Furthermore, the book, a collaborative effort of Virginia Walker and Michael Walsh, is dedicated to three South Fork poets who died of the disease: Siv Cedering, Antje Katcher, and Robert Long, who was an editor at The Star.

Mr. Walsh and Ms. Walker, who teaches at Dowling and Suffolk Community College and lives on Shelter Island, will read from the book on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the East Hampton Library.

Clare Coss on Du Bois

The publication of Clare Coss’s 2014 play, “Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington,” will be hailed with a book party at, appropriately, the Drama Book Shop in Manhattan on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Two of the original production’s principal players, Kathleen Chalfant and Timothy Simonson, will give a dramatic reading, and there will follow a reception, book signing, and question-and-answer session with Ms. Coss, who lives in Springs.

The play follows a clash between W.E.B. Du Bois and Mary White Ovington, two founders of the N.A.A.C.P., in 1915, at a critical juncture for the future of civil rights in this country.