Jay McInerney Leads It Off

     Jay McInerney, the author of “Bright Lights, Big City” and the current wine columnist for The Wall Street Journal, will open the Writers Speak series at Stony Brook Southampton on Wednesday.
    The event is sponsored by the campus’s M.F.A. program in creative writing and literature. Mr. McInerney’s reading at 7 p.m. will follow a 6 p.m. open house in the radio lounge at Chancellors Hall.
    His other titles include “Ransom,” “Story of My Life,” “Brightness Falls,” “The Last of the Savages,” “The Good Life,” and a collection of short stories, “How It Ended.”
    At the open house, attendees will have a chance to speak with faculty, staff members, and students about earning an M.F.A., the courses available, winter conferences held in Kenya and Florence, Italy, and more.
    Other presenters in the series include Robert Polito, a poet, on Oct. 5, Betsy Carter, a novelist, on Oct. 19, and the novelist Kurt Wenzel on Oct. 26. Admission is free.    
    More information about the open house and the series can be had by  e-mailing Adrienne Unger at Adrienne.Unger@stonybrook.edu or by calling 632-5030.