The Great Expanding Book Party

Izzeldin Abuelaish
Izzeldin Abuelaish Jessica Darmanin

The seventh annual Authors Night, a book signing and cocktail party on Saturday under a tent on the lawn of the East Hampton Library from 5 to 7:30 p.m., will benefit the library. The reception will be followed at 8 by more than 30 dinner parties in private houses, at each of which will be an author. These have all been sold out, however.
Among the authors at the book signing will be Martin Amis, Danyelle Freeman, Sacha Z. Scoblic, David Browne, Maria Daddino, Georgina Bloomberg, Jennet Conant, Kathy Freston, Victoria Hagan, Hilary Thayer Hamann, Shere Hite, Duane Hampton, Robert Klein, Katie Lee, Robert Lipsyte, Susan Lucci, Jeffrey Lyons, Adam Ross, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Beth Ostrosky tern, and Colson Whitehead.
    Alec Baldwin and Barbara Goldsmith are the founding co-chairpersons of the event, and Robert A. Caro, Dick Cavett, Nelson DeMille, and Michael Connelly are the honorary co-chairmen.
    One of the authors both at the book signing and a dinner who has a more unusual story is Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, an infertility specialist who was born, raised, and lived in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and whose father left his village, Houg, near Sderot in 1948, the year the staetc of Israel was founded. Ariel Sharon lives on the land that belonged to Dr. Abuelaish’s father.
    Dr. Abuelaish was the first Palestinian M.D. to be hired at an Israeli hospital. He lived in that country with his family until a combination of tragedies compelled him to move with his remaining children to Toronto, where he holds a number of positions at the University of Toronto.
    In spite of the Job-like circumstances of his life, Dr. Abuelaish expresses his hope for a peaceful resolution to the situation in that part of the world in his recent book, “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity,” published by Random House Canada. The book is a best seller there and is being translated into 15 languages.
    Dr. Abuelaish, who has already won many awards and peace prizes, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. He maintains that open communication, understanding, and compassion are vital to achieving peaceful relations between his people and the Israelis. “Our enemy is our ignorance,” he has said.