The Fridays at Five author talks — a South Fork summer staple — start up again tomorrow at the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton.
This year’s program begins with Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, both experienced journalists, speaking about their book “The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend.” The book tells the story of the man behind the famed Sioux victory over Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn.
On Friday, July 18, the series will continue with E.L. Doctorow discussing “Andrew’s Brain,” a story about the inner workings of the brain of a cognitive scientist. July 25 will bring Allen Salkin, author of “From Scratch: Inside the Food Network.” There will be five talks in August, beginning with Alexandra Styron’s “Reading My Father: A Memoir” on the 1st, followed by Roger Rosenblatt speaking about “The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood,” and Kim Stolz, author of “Unfriending My Ex: And Other Things I’ll Never Do.” The month will close out with Jon Robin Baitz, the author of “Other Desert Cities,” and finally, Gail Sheehy’s “Daring: My Passages.”
For 31 years, the Friends of the Hampton Library have been hosting authors on Fridays during July and August. Hors d’oeuvres and wine always kick off the event, which takes place underneath a large shade tree. The talks are followed by a question-and-answer session with the authors. Copies of the books are available for purchase and signing.
Admission is $15 for each talk, though a book of five tickets can be purchased for $60. The gates open at 4:30 p.m. each Friday, and the author talk runs from 5 to 6 p.m.