So how’s the East End market for literary readings? Strong? Steady? Saturated? Is the top-flight quality outpacing demand, or driven by it, and not just by the bursting supply of name authors here?
An S.P.O. (seasonal public offering) on July 14 at the Amagansett Library will start off a series of half a dozen Saturday evening visits by writers with books in hand, joining or competing with Canio’s Cultural Cafe in Sag Harbor, Fridays at Five in Bridgehampton, BookHampton’s regular events across its four shops, the readings at the bucolic Quogue Library and occasionally at the East Hampton Library and Rogers Memorial in Southampton, and, over at the Marine Museum in Amagansett, the Poetry Marathon, which returns on Sunday at 5 p.m., when Anne Sager and the playwright Joe Pintauro step to the lectern.
Authors After Hours is the name, and it will open with Louis Begley on the 14th, reading from “Schmidt Steps Back,” the latest of his Schmidt novels. Hilma Wolitzer will follow on the 21st with her new novel of late-life romance, “An Available Man,” well reviewed in The New York Times, and on the 28th Carl Safina will elaborate on “The View From Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World.”
Aug. 4 brings Roger Rosenblatt cracking the spine of his most recent memoir, “Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats,” a follow-up to his tale of family loss, “Making Toast.” On the 18th, Allan Retzky of Amagansett will give an airing to his spanking-new debut novel, “Vanished in the Dunes,” a thriller. And the series concludes on Aug. 25 with the science writer Dava Sobel and “A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.”
The readings start at 6 p.m. and are free.