Local Book Notes: Crossword Talk and a Bustling BookHampton

By the author of the 1981 biography “Shout!” and the 2008 companion, “John Lennon: The Life.”
Philip Norman Nina Burke
Above, as teenagers, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney were already driven to succeed, honing their act in performances wherever anyone would have them. Below, as they grew apart, the Beatles returned to their roots with a project that became the "Let It Be" album and film, both documenting their final public performance, on the roof of their London headquarters, in January 1969. AKG Images

By Stephen Rosen
Janna Levin Sonja Georgevich
Lisa Randall Christopher Kim
A competitive reading, poetry slam-style

By Bob Zellner
Lewis M. Steel Ellen Weissberg Gould
The Hampton Library’s Fridays at Five series in Bridgehampton begins July 8

Leading off the Amagansett Library’s free summer reading series, Authors After Hours

By David M. Alpern
Neal Gabler Christina Gabler
We have a winner
From left, Marty Cohen, the chairman of Guild Hall, Arcmanoro S. Niles, Iris Smyles, and Michele Cohen enjoyed Ms. Smyles’s breakfast book launch gala very much, Econo Lodge lobby setting be damned. Mike Solomon

By Evan Harris
Iris Smyles Chris Stein Photography