The Literati Gliterati at the 7th Annual Authors Night at East Hampton Library
By Heather Buchanan
The 7th annual Authors Night to benefit East Hampton Library gathered enough literary talent under the big top tent to entertain, educate, and enlighten us for years to come. As a card-carrying member of the East Hampton Library it was a pleasure to see the success of the fundraising event and the passion for reading more than “U R HOT.”
I caught up with Christina Oxenberg – attracted not only by her book’s title Do These Gloves Make My Ass Look Fat, but for the chocolate kisses she offered. “You have to get people to dawdle,” she explained of her strategy to stand out in the crowd of 170 authors signing books, “Next year I’m going to put out a bowl of cash.” Oxenberg says of her newest work, “It’s a comment on female neuroses because I’m an expert.” Well a charming and witty expert then.
Following another passion of mine namely gardening – yes Lady Chatterley is my literary hero – I sought out famed Hamptons landscaper Jack deLashmet and his new book Hamptons Gardens. “It’s the heaviest book here,” deLashmet laughed of his gorgeous tome. His amazing garden designs and beautiful photographs make this the ultimate glimpse behind the hallowed Hamptons hedges. “It’s doing incredibly well,” he reports, “I even had friends in Portugal who saw it in a book store window there.”
Tom Clavin and Danny Peary’s compelling biography of baseball’s great Roger Maris, Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero was also popular. “He was a controversial figure and writing the biography we came to understand why he was the way he was,” says Peary. “You discover the secret private lives.”
Steven Petrow, author of the column “Queeries” was on hand with Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners. He explained this is both the instruction on how to have the best gay life and the straight person’s instruction manual. It includes everything from sex and dating to on the job etiquette. In a true poignant moment which proves why this event is amazing is a woman approached him and said how glad she was to meet him and talk to him about his book because her son had just come out. “The book is meant to engage people,” said Petrow who indicates how many conversations is starts.
And speaking of conversations, the interview with Bonnie Grice and Honorary Co-Chair Dick Cavett was priceless. The king of the interview himself, Cavett describes his encounter with the great Bette Davis. “She agreed to the interview saying that she thought I was true gentleman. I then proceeded to ask her how she lost her virginity.” (which was at 26 apparently). Good humor all the way around. For more check out his new book Talk Show Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets.
The A list literary group supported the event from Founding Chairs Alec Baldwin and Barbara Goldsmith to Honorary Co-Chairs Robert A. Caro, Dick Cavett, Nelson DeMille, and Michael Connelly.