Book Markers 08.11.11

Levin on Krasner
    Art aficionados, snap to. Fridays at Five brings a pre-eminent biographer of artists to Bridgehampton tomorrow to talk about a leading female painter and important figure in the women’s rights movement. (To say nothing of her long Springs residency and marriage to Jackson Pollock.)
    In other words, Gail Levin will be on hand with her latest book, published in March, “Lee Krasner: A Biography.” At Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Ms. Levin is a professor of art history, American studies, and women’s studies, all of which converge in this subject. Her previous books include “Becoming Judy Chicago: A Portrait of the Artist” and “Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography.” She lives part time in Bridgehampton.
    Attendance costs $15. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow. The (outdoor) doors open at 4:30, a beneficial time to make an early beeline for the drinks table. Next week, Roger Rosenblatt and “Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing” will wrap up the Hampton Library’s summer series of readings.

Gay & Lesbian Manners
    Of a sudden, Steven Petrow is everywhere. A syndicated columnist and former president of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, he will appear in Sag Harbor, East Hampton, and Southampton between tomorrow and Monday with his new book, “Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life,” written with Sally Chew.
    The roughly 400-page reference-style volume has chapters titled “Coming Out,” “Weddings & Commitment Ceremonies” (Mr. Petrow used to head up the same-sex wedding announcements for The Times), “Starting a Family,” “Social Occasions,” and “Illness & Grieving.” It offers “Answers to Hundreds of Etiquette Questions and ‘Queeries.’ ”
    Here’s the rundown for the South Fork part-timer: He’ll be at BookHampton in Sag Harbor tomorrow at 8 p.m. with Steven (“Philistines at the Hedgerow”) Gaines, on Saturday from 5 to 7:30 he’ll be signing copies at Authors Night at the East Hampton Library, and on Monday at 7 p.m. he’ll visit the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton for a talk.