Book Markers: 02.13.14

Local book news
Gloria Primm Brown read Margaret Walker’s poem “For My People” during the African-American Read-In on Sunday at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. Morgan McGivern

Chaskey on “Seedtime”
    Scott Chaskey, who, depending on your view, looks like Michelangelo’s vision of the Almighty or else a McCoy-hating Hatfield, has a new book out from Rodale, “Seedtime,” which comes with the explanatory subtitle “On the History, Husbandry, Politics, and Promise of Seeds.” Mr. Chaskey — need it be said? — runs Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett, but also, less famously, lives in Sag Harbor, and he’ll remain at home in that village for a reading and book talk at Canio’s on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Elaine’s: One Last Course
    Isn’t it about time for an ode to Elaine’s, the Manhattan restaurant that attracted the literary crowd — Plimpton, Vonnegut, Woody Allen, you name ’em — across a half-century until it was shuttered in 2011? Amy Phillips Penn thinks so, and she has begun work on a book about Elaine Kaufman’s storied Upper East Side establishment, “Elaine’s: Celebrating New York’s Celebrity Restaurant,” which is due out in the fall of 2015 from Skyhorse Publishing.

    Ms. Penn, a onetime East Hamptoner and former society columnist for The New York Post, is wondering if any Star readers might have tidbits they’d like to share about Elaine’s. They can be sent to And in case you didn’t know, there’s a new restaurant where Elaine’s was. It’s called the Writing Room.