It’s almost that time again: sun hats and sunglasses, white linen donned by the yard, the inevitable chardonnay in clear plastic tumblers, and tumbling-down bons mots beneath the spreading limbs of an old Norway maple. In other words, Fridays at Five at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton.
The series of author appearances returns on July 6 with Lucette Lagnado reading from her memoir of growing up in a family of Jewish-Egyptian immigrants who fled the rule of Nasser. Ms. Lagnado, who lives in Sag Harbor part of the year, is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and she’ll be followed on July 13 by a longtime mover and shaker at that paper, Warren Phillips of Bridgehampton, and his recent book, “Newspaperman: Inside the News Business at The Wall St. Journal.”
Finishing up that month will be Louis Begley with the latest installment in his Schmidt series of novels, “Schmidt Steps Back,” on July 20, and the science writer Dava Sobel and her new exploration, “A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos,” on July 27.
August brings Lynn Sherr and “Swim: Why We Love the Water” on the 3rd (she’s written about in this section this week) and, on the 10th, Robert Caro and “Passage of Power,” the continuation of his monumental Lyndon Johnson saga. On Aug. 17, Kati Marton will be on hand with “Paris: A Love Story,” and the sportswriter Mike Lupica will wrap up the series on Aug. 24 with two new young-adult novels, “Game Changers” and “True Legend,” the latter of which, about a basketball phenom, is due out in September.
All readings feature question-and-answer sessions, hors d’oeuvres, and libations. They start, as advertised, at 5 p.m., tend to last an hour, and cost $15. A group of five tickets can be had for $60.