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Tales From Under The Tent: East Hampton Library Author’s Night 2012

Submitted by on August 12, 2012 – 9:32 amNo Comment
Dick Cavett

Dick Cavett

By Heather Buchanan

If you ventured under the tent for the East Hampton Library Author’s Night 2012 on Saturday you were treated to a vast array of literary talent.  You simply felt smarter.  With so many accomplished authors in one place you had to do a bit of speed dating, or perhaps more aptly speed reading.  Each of the 120 writers had a tale to tell ranging from novels to biographies, memoirs, cooking, decorating, self help and children’s books.  The event which was followed by private author dinners held in some of the Hamptons most beautiful homes benefits the East Hampton Library.  Luminaries such as Robert A. Caro (who still works on an electronic typewriter) and Lynn Sherr are long time card-carrying members.

How can you beat an event that also has Alec Baldwin, Barbara Goldsmith, Ken Auletta, David Baldacci, Dick Cavett, Dava Sobel, Martin Amis, and Hilary Knight?

Here’s a taste of our literary pu pu platter:

Philip Galanes

Philip Galanes

Philip Galanes – Social Q’s

The highly entertaining New York Times columnist brings his unique wit to support or scold social etiquette questioners.  When asked his biggest pet peeve in the Hamptons, Galanes replied, “I was nearly run over four times today.  I’m begging everyone to slow down.”

Jamee Gregory

Jamee Gregory

Jamee Gregory – New York Parties, Private Views

As one of the Hampton’s most revered hostesses, Jamee Gregory also had advice to offer.  “If you are hosting a party you have to have a good time yourself, it’s contagious.  A happy and relaxed hostess is the best,” unless of course as she added of her party the night before you have a tornado watch.  “Sometimes you just have to roll with it,” she said with a smile.  With gorgeous photographs by Eric Striffler, this book is a must have for those who realize imitation is the highest form of flattery.

Christina Haag, Missy Hargrave

Christina Haag, Missy Hargrave

Christina Haag – Come To The Edge

Now out in paperback, this timeless romantic memoir is your summer must-read.  Not only do you get a fascinating insight into a young John F. Kennedy Jr. but a lyrical look at intimacy and how not only we meet but part from great loves.  Christina Haag is indebted to the Hamptons for providing her the tranquil writing retreat she needed to chronicle her relationship with JFK Jr.  “This place supports writers with its culture and also its inspiring natural beauty,” she said.  Of the incredible feedback she has gotten Haag commented, “A year and a half later it’s very gratifying.  People connect with the book on so many different levels whether it’s with John or the story itself.  It was the reason to do it.”

Tom Clavin, Danny Peary

Tom Clavin, Danny Peary

Tom Clavin and Danny Peary – Gil Hodges

These talented biographers reveal the truth behind another famous figure, baseball great Gil Hodges.  Danny Peary said, “It’s an unknown story about a one-of-a-kind personality in baseball.  Hodges was shy even talking to Little Leaguers.  Not only was he a great player but manager.  I grew up in the 50’s and 60s as a fanatical baseball fan and this is the chance to get rid of the distortion and set the record straight on one of the all time greats.”

Jene Luciani

Jene Luciani

Jene Luciani – The Bra Book

If you’re talking about great All Americans, namely those found below a woman’s chin you have to read The Bra Book.  Jene laughed as she recounted, “Women with bigger boobs are all coming over saying, ‘I have to talk to you.’”  This journalist and style expert was inspired by the incredible feedback she received from an article she wrote on bras.  “The women were going crazy on the message boards,” she recounted.  She decided women needed to be educated and empowered and wrote “the book” covering everything from puberty to menopause and pregnancy to mastectomy.  Her best bra advice, “Make an investment in a department store brand in the $70 range then care for it well.  It’s the best ROI.”

Stewart Lane

Stewart Lane

Stewart Lane – Jews On Broadway

Stewart Lane walks the walk and talks the talk.  In love with the theater from his youth where he knew Sid Caesar, this fan not only followed but led the way.  Currently producing Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man,” three productions of “War Horse,” preparing a revival of “Jekyll & Hyde,” and writing the book for “A Moment in Time” with John Denver’s music, you wonder how Lane has time for history.  His story recounts three generations in the Jewish theater and reveals his clear passion for the stage.

Michael Shnayerson

Michael Shnayerson

Michael Shnayerson – Harry Belafonte, My Song

If there is anyone who can take real life and weave a compelling tale it is Michael Shnayerson.  Fans of his fascinating features in Vanity Fair will see his raconteur skills in Harry Belafonte, My Song, A Memoir.  The challenge for Shnayerson was to write a memoir in first person, channeling the voice of a black entertainer and activist another generation older than himself.  He commented, “It was a thrill to meet with Harry for 150 hours.  He’s the most amazing storyteller I have ever interviewed.”  Not only is it the journey of a beloved entertainer but a leader in the civil rights movement in the kitchen cabinet of Martin Luther King.

Sarah Hagen, Christine Jahnke

Sarah Hagen, Christine Jahnke

Christine Jahnke – The Well Spoken Woman

Want to know who is the secret weapon of Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Kirsten Gillibrand?  It’s a speech coach based in Washington DC who travels all over the country, Christine Jahnke.  She says of her passion, “We need more women in leadership.  Women are more likely to psyche themselves out.  We are so much harder on ourselves than men.  The key is to get past the minor stuff and to the substance.”  The Well Spoken Woman is the practical guide book to help women (and men) reach the top of their game.

Tracey Jackson

Tracey Jackson

Tracey Jackson – Between A Rock And A Hot Place: Why Fifty Is Not The New Thirty

No matter what your age – hot flashes were spreading throughout the tent.  But Tracey Jackson knows the best way to tackle any subject is with humor… and a good lip gloss.  She takes on the myth of aging admitting, “Nothing feels like thirty at fifty.”  The truth is liberating, and one of the best things about being a writer is that your words are always in good shape.  Jackson certainly knows how to entertain.  When asked about the next milestone of sixty she replied, “Wow, sixty.  I just want to get there.”  We’re sure she’ll do it in literary style.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Dr. Ruth Westheimer – Sexually Speaking

It’s true that great things come in small packages.  Dr. Ruth is just as vibrant as ever and was enjoying her first experience at the East Hampton Library’s Author’s Night despite the heat.  “Next time I’d rather not be here in August,” she joked, “but I’m having a great time at the event.”  Dr. Ruth’s frank sex talk has been translated into 27 languages, an Australian fan even stopping by at the event  to say hello.  Of Sexually Speaking she noted, “I worked with a gynecologist and this book has what every woman needs to know about her health.”  But what about the men?  One gentleman stopped by and asked what she had for him.  She smiled and pointed to her other book on the table, Sex For Dummies.

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