Book Markers 04.19.18

News of Local Books and Readings

Writers Wrap It Up

There’s still time. Time before the students scatter and the tumbleweeds chase each other across Stony Brook Southampton’s web of footpaths, before an army of golfers and a small city’s worth golf fans descend on Shinnecock Hills, just a 3-iron across County Road 39, come the U.S. Open in June. Time still, that is, to catch the final guest readers in the spring’s Writers Speak series on Wednesday, courtesy of the M.F.A. program in creative writing and literature.

Among those is Melissa Febos. Eyebrows rose in unison with her 2010 memoir, “Whip Smart,” detailing her transformation from New School student to Midtown dominatrix. Now she’s out with an essay collection doubling as a coming-of-age memoir, “Abandon Me.” She’ll be joined by Alex Gilvarry, whose “From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant” was a New York Times editors’ choice in 2012. His new novel is “Eastman Was Here,” which follows a 1970s New York writer seeking creative rebirth in Vietnam War coverage.

The free 7 p.m. reading in Chancellors Hall will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 and followed by questions, answers, and book signings.


The Phil and Grace Show

And now we’re going to skip the usual larded-up biographies and laundry lists of awards, publications, and accolades. “But know this,” as a Hawaiian-born former president used to say, two stars in the poetic firmament will illuminate funkily cluttered Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor on Saturday as Grace Schulman of Springs introduces East Hampton’s Philip Schultz, on hand to read from his latest collection, “Luxury,” out earlier this year from W.W. Norton. The time to gather round is 5 in the p.m.