A Deep Dive Into Lit Life at Authors Night

Over 100 authors will be present, signing and selling a diverse range of books.
Robert A. Caro will be back at Authors Night on Saturday, signing books at 5 and speaking as the guest at a dinner at 8. Durell Godfrey

The fund-raiser called “the premier literary event of the Hamptons” is bound to be a good time. The 13th annual Authors Night on Saturday, benefiting the East Hampton Library, offers a chance to mingle with favorite writers and illustrators under a tent at 4 Maidstone Lane in the village. The evening will kick off at 5 with a book signing and reception complete with hors d’oeuvres and wine.

More than 100 authors will be present, signing and selling a diverse range of books. History lovers, for example, will find Phil Keith with “Stay the Rising Sun,” Michael Klarman with “The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution,” and Jeffrey Lyons with “What a Time It Was! Leonard Lyons and the Golden Age of New York Nightlife.”

To learn how to whip up a new dish, attendees can visit with John Gilman and his “God’s Love We Deliver Cookbook,” Amy Zerner and Monte Farber and their “Signs and Seasons: An Astrology Cookbook,” or Marissa Hermer, who will be on hand with “An American Girl in London: 120 Nourishing Recipes for Your Family From a Californian Expat.”

Molly Haskell and “Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films,” Steven Lee Myers and “The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin,” and Jeffrey Sussman with “Max Baer and Barney Ross: Jewish Heroes of Boxing” will be wielding pens and selling their biographies, and Gerard Schwarz will attend with his autobiography, “Behind the Baton: An American Icon Talks Music.”

When it comes to picture books, children might enjoy Cynthia Bardes’s “Pansy in London: The Mystery of the Missing Puppy,” Susan Verde’s “My Kicks: A Sneaker Story!” or “The Nutcracker in Harlem” by The Star’s T.E. McMorrow. Among The Star’s contributing photographers, Doug Kuntz will be at a table with his children’s book, “Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey,” and Durell Godfrey will discuss and sign copies of “Color Your Happy Home,” her second coloring book for adults. 

A complete list of authors can be found on authorsnight.org.

After the reception, guests can continue on to one of more than 30 dinners featuring writers at private houses here. At one of them, Alyssa Mastromonaco, the author of “Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House,” will pull back the curtain on the day-to-day operations at the Oval Office. From the other side of the political aisle, Ann Coulter, the provocative television commentator, will host a dinner with her book “In Trump We Trust.”

Elsewhere, Elizabeth Vargas, the ABC News journalist, will present “Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction,” which chronicles her battles with anxiety and alcoholism, and Malcolm Nance, a counterterrorism and intelligence officer frequently seen on MSNBC, will explore “Hacking ISIS: How to Destroy the Global Jihad.” 

Tickets to the reception cost $100 and are available online and at the door on the day of the event. Dinner party tickets cost $300, and guests can choose which to attend. The dinners start at 8 p.m., and those tickets include entry to the book-signing reception and are also available online.

Those who can’t make it to the book signing can tune in to WPPB 88.3, where Bonnie Grice will be interviewing authors live.