Five Women Writers

July 17, 1997

Poetry, interviews, short fiction, and novels are on this weekend's reading list.

At Book Hampton in East Hampton the weekend will start tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. when Claudia Dreifus will read from and discuss her book "Interview."

As a New York Times Magazine interviewer, Ms. Dreifus travels the globe to meet and talk with some of the world's most interesting people. The book is divided into categories such as "Saints" (the Dalai Lama and others), "Citizens" (Benazir Bhutto, Barney Frank), "Media Phreaks" (Cokie Roberts, John Sayles, Richard Dreyfuss), and "Poets" (Toni Morrison, Arthur Miller).

The interviews are frank and often controversial, as Ms. Dreifus's questions cover race, sexuality, self-expression, privacy, celebrity, AIDS, and war. The author is a part-time resident of Sag Harbor.

New Jaffe Novel

Rona Jaffe, a best-selling author who has a house in Sagaponack, will be at the bookstore on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. to read from her latest novel, "Five Women." The book tells the story of a group of women, bound by friendships and long-hidden secrets, who achieve independence in the face of apparently insurmountable odds.

Ms. Jaffe has 15 books to her credit, with 23 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

Following that reading, Amy Hempel and Sheila Kohler will read from their short fiction at 7.

In the title story of "Tumble Home," Ms. Hempel's narrator is recovering from a nervous breakdown and reveals slivers of herself through her strange relationshiops to other people. The author of two previous short story collections, "Reasons to Live" and "At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom," Ms. Hempel teaches in the graduate writing program at Bennington College and lives in New York City and East Hampton.

Resembles Author

Ms. Kohler will be reading from a forthcoming novella, "Correspondence." She is the author of two novels, "The Perfect Place" and "The House on R Street," and a collection of short stories, "Miracles in America."

On Sunday at 5:30 p.m. another bestselling novelist, Linda Fairstein, will read from her new novel, "Likely to Die."

As head of New York County District Attorney's Sex Crime Division for more than two decades, Ms. Fairstein is a leading prosecutor of crimes of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Her cases have included the "preppie murder" trial of Robert Chambers and the Central Park jogger case.

In "Likely to Die," her protaganist, Alexandra Cooper, holds the same position and otherwise closely resembles her creator, except that she is "younger, blonder, thinner," according to Ms. Fairstein.

Poetry By Appleman

Also on Sunday, at the East Hampton Town Marine Museum on Bluff Road in Amagansett, Philip Appleman will read from his poetry in the weekly Poetry Marathon series at 4 p.m.

Mr. Appleman is the author of seven volumes of poetry, three novels, and several nonfiction books. His awards include a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Humanist Arts Award of the American Humanist Association.