Book Markers: 09.19.13

Local book news

A Wainwright Homecoming
    Laura Wainwright of the East Hampton Wainwrights will pay a visit to the East Hampton Library on Saturday, “Home Bird,” her book from a year ago, in hand. Subtitled “Four Seasons on Martha’s Vineyard,” it chronicles the life there of an observant and thoughtful nature-lover — a life not unlike many on the South Fork.

    Much of the book, published by Vineyard Stories, first appeared as columns in The Martha’s Vineyard Times. Here they are accented throughout by finely wrought illustrations by J. Ann Eldridge — and by recipes, too. Ms. Wainwright’s reading starts at 3:30 p.m.

A Quest Renewed
    Nelson DeMille, king of the Long Island thriller writers, will be back at BookHampton on Saturday, reading from “The Quest.” Title sound familiar? Try this blurb: “From the dusty archives of the Vatican to the overgrown jungles of Ethiopia, an unlikely crew of four begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail.” Now you’ve got it: The book is from 1975, but has been revisited, updated, rewritten, and re-released just this week.

    The author will be in the Southampton shop at 2 p.m. and at the East Hampton one at 5.

Writers, Back at It
    Stony Brook Southampton’s Writers Speak series of author appearances, put on by the M.F.A. program in creative writing and literature, resumes for the fall on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Chancellors Hall with Jean Hanff Korelitz. Her name may have had a buzz about it lately because earlier this year a movie version of her novel “Admission” came out, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. It details the politics and interpersonal hoo-ha of a college admissions office. (That movie will be screened in the Duke Lecture Hall on campus Saturday night at 7.)

    Legal thrillers are among Ms. Korelitz’s previous novels, but “The White Rose,” from 2006 and based on a Richard Strauss opera, stands out as having been well received in The New York Times and elsewhere. “You Should Have Known,” about an author and mother whose life is, of a sudden, wrecked, is due out next year.

    Otherwise, coming down the writerly pike are Marissa Silver on Oct. 2, Meghan Daum on Oct. 9, the painter (and now memoirist) Eric Fischl on Oct. 23, the Times book critic Dwight Garner on Oct. 30, and the poet and translator Richard Howard on Nov. 13. (Want more? Thumbnail bios are on the campus’s Web site.) A reading by students in the M.F.A. program will happen on Dec. 4.