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Authors a-Go-Go at Herrick Park 

Wed, 08/02/2023 - 07:06
Brian De Palma, the movie director, and his wife, Susan Lehman, formerly of The New York Times, were at Authors Night last year with their crime novel, “Are Snakes Necessary?”
Durell Godfrey

Apologies, but don't come here looking for the compound adjectives "best-selling" or "award-winning," overused to the point of meaninglessness as they are. 

But if you're interested in haranguing Robert Caro about when the next and final volume of his shelf-bending L.B.J. biography will be coming out, then, yes, we're happy to point out that he'll be at a table for Authors Night, the big-tented fund-raiser for the East Hampton Library happening Saturday, Aug. 12. He'll be promoting a different book, his memoir "Working," but don't let that stop you.

It's a 5 p.m. start, book fans, at charming Herrick Park in the heart of the village, as it should be, not far off in some damn horse pasture.  

About the vast list of authors attending, where to begin? Actually, let's not begin, let's just point out a few of the late additions as of last week: Jim Acosta, for one, that hilarious CNN foil for Trump when he was in office. Or, more locally, how about East Hampton's Marie Brenner, the veteran journalist who most recently detailed New York's Covid hell in "The Desperate Hours: One Hospital's Fight to Save a City on the Pandemic's Front Lines."

There are about a hundred authors, carefully enumerated, with their latest books noted, at Tickets start at $150 for an evening offering wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a chance to chat up writers of your choosing, buy their books, and have them signed. 

And don't forget the dinners. Four hundred bucks gets you a meal with an author at a private residence hereabouts. The list is as varied as it is mighty. Paulina Porizkova, supermodel? Check. Jane Ferguson, television's number-one war correspondent? Check. And so on.  

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