Don’t let the summertime eruption of author appearances put a crimp in your listening style, bibliophiles, just pull up a (preferably reserved) chair and take in the Amagansett Library’s answer to such a series, won’t you? It’s called Authors After Hours, coming to you free on Saturdays at the shingled Main Street edifice, this week at 6 p.m. with Jenny Offill and her second novel, “Dept. of Speculation,” billed as a portrait of a marriage.
The “Dept.” here refers to how a Brooklyn couple would mark their love letters, indicative of the difficulties and uncertainties of work, life, a baby with colic, and a long-term relationship. Ms. Offill’s previous novel was the well-received “Last Things.” She is also a children’s book author, most recently of a story about a sloth, “Sparky!”
The series continues on July 26 with Jessica Soffer reading from “Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots,” a tale of a family of Jewish and Iraqi heritage. Ms. Soffer teaches fiction at Connecticut College. Her father was the sculptor Sasson Soffer, once of Amagansett.
Aug. 2 brings Linda Coleman of Springs and “Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary,” published by the Pushcart Press and described by the late Peter Matthiessen as a “rare firsthand account by an active participant in the radical underground movements . . . distinguished by the courage and painful honesty so critical in a memoir of this kind.”
Alan Furst will drop in on Aug. 16 to read from his latest World War II-era espionage novel, “Midnight in Europe,” and on Aug. 23 the legendary cartoonist Jules Feiffer will wrap up the series when he talks about his forthcoming graphic novel, “Kill My Mother.”