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Book Markers: Whitehead Speaks, Boggs, Too

Wed, 08/02/2023 - 07:35

Whitehead in a House of Worship

If it hasn't sold out by the time you read this, there's a star turn coming to Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor Thursday night, as the village's King of Letters, Colson Whitehead, reads from his spanking-new novel, "Crook Manifesto." 

This one revisits the hero of his last one, Ray Carney, and his Harlem furniture store that fronts a business fencing stolen goods. The time, though, has creeped forward, as it will, specifically to the years 1971 to 1976. There's a daughter, and her desire for tickets to a Jackson 5 concert that may spur some illegal activity, but really the highlight is Harlem itself, which Mr. Whitehead writes of, according to The Star's July 13 review, "with exquisite detail, from the streets and shops to the subways that traverse it, and the denizens who walk its streets and ride its trains."

The reading starts at 7. Tickets start at $12.51, or $40 will get you a book, too. Registration is required at, also found on the Canio's Books website.

Talkin’ ’Bout Spike, the Wonder Dog

You remember Bill Boggs, what with his "Midday" talk show all those years on the old WNEW-TV — good hair, toothy, Kennedyesque, you might say.

Well, now he summers in East Hampton and he writes. His focus? Spike the Wonder Dog, so much so that now he's out with a second book of comedy, "as told to Bill Boggs": "Spike Unleashed: The Wonder Dog Returns." He'll be interviewed about it by Bill McCuddy, former entertainment correspondent for Fox News, at the East Hampton Library on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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