Author! Author! (and Then Some) for the Library

Calling together 100-plus writers for a mass book signing and sale, gab fest, and meet-and-greet
At the East Hampton Library's Authors Night last year, Christopher Bollen sat with his second novel, "Orient," while the designer Jonathan Adler enthused about it. Durell Godfrey

This time it’s in the estate section. Authors Night, that is, the fund-raiser for the East Hampton Library, which this year will be held at 4 Maidstone Lane in the village, not far from the Maidstone Club, calling together 100-plus writers for a mass book signing and sale, gab fest, and meet-and-greet starting at 5 p.m. on Aug. 13, fed by circulating hors d’oeuvres and lubricated by flowing wine. 

The evening continues at 8 with dinners at various private homes around town, at which authors will speak and be feted. The thing about this year is that the number of them is up significantly — more than 30. A complete list is online at, but the range is from the light (Jennifer Keishin and “Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything”) to the meaty (Douglas Brinkley and “Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America”), or for that matter Michael Weiss, whom you may have seen as a commentator on CNN, and “ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror.” 

Foodies can choose Eric Ripert with his “32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line,” while thriller fans might want to sign up for Mary Higgins Clark, who will appear with her latest, “As Time Goes By.” And the list goes on . . .

Tickets to the dinners cost $300, which includes entry to the big-tent reception beforehand. Tickets to just the reception cost $100 and can be purchased at the door or online. 

Just a sample of the writers who will be signing away: Steven Lee Myers, the author of “The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin,” Dana Thomas with “Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano,” Erik Sherman and “Kings of Queens: Life Beyond Baseball With the ’86 Mets,” Roberta Kaplan with “Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA,” Erica Jong and “Fear of Dying,” and The Star’s Durell Godfrey with her coloring book for adults, “Color Me Cluttered.” 

Of note, the dinner with Ambassador Christopher Hill, at which he will discuss “Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy,” is sold out, but you can catch him at the reception.