Book Markers: 11.28.13

Local book news

Return of the Lit Lunch
    Chris Knopf and Christina Haag will pull up chairs and clink silverware at this year’s benefit authors lunch at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor on Dec. 8. The noon to 2:30 p.m. meal comes courtesy of the Friends of the John Jermain Memorial Library.

    That library, of course, isn’t alone in undergoing a renovation and expansion, it’s just that in this case it’s been nigh unto interminable, perhaps making a celebratory lunch all the more so.

    Mr. Knopf, a Southampton part-timer, is the author of the quick, witty, and engaging “Hamptons Mysteries” starring Sam Acquillo. His latest thriller, “Cries of the Lost,” is a follow-up story to last year’s “Dead Anyway,” in which the protagonist, thought dead but only in a coma for a year, adopts a new persona and hunts for his own “killer.”

    Christina Haag, an actress and longtime South Fork visitor, recently came out with a New York Times best seller, “Come to the Edge,” about her years-long relationship with John Kennedy Jr.

    Tickets to the lunch cost $50. Reservations are by phone with Chris Tice of Overlook Lane, Noyac, or by e-mailing her at Monday is the deadline for checks sent by mail, the Friends said.

A Cultural Quartet
    Here’s a culturally loaded book signing for you. At Sylvester & Co., the Amagansett furniture and accessories shop that also displays art, an editor, an artist, a designer, and a photographer, all with various and sundry connections to this area, will gather with their books and offer a chance to chat on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Pamela Fiori, former editor of Town & Country, will be on hand with copies of “A Table at Le Cirque” and “Stolen Moments,” Jack Ceglic will sign “Jack: Drawings and Paintings by Jack Ceglic, 2009-2012,” Scott Sanders will be there with “Picture Perfect: Designing the New American Home,” and Priscilla Rattazzi will have with her two of her photo books, “Georgica Pond” and “Luna & Lola,” about her dogs.