Books

   Carl Safina will read from “The View From Lazy Point” on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the Writers Speak series, sponsored by the M.F.A. program in writing and literature at Stony Brook Southampton. The free event will take...

 “The Tender Hour of Twilight” Richard Seaver Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, $35 

Right around the corner from our boys’ grade school, they’d go there — first with us and then, older enough, with their friends — for after-school treats, Everett’s bushy mustache always smiling behind the counter...

Actors — talented actors, that is — are usually amusing raconteurs and often good writers. They have a love of language, the sensuous savoring of the perfect phrase, and they develop a feeling for the dramatic arc of a scene, the...

    Here’s how it went: Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was at a posh Bastille Day brunch at an oceanfront East Hampton home. A young woman, newly arrived on the East End, trying to make conversation over the smoked salmon tray, offered:...

 “And So It Goes” Charles J. Shields Henry Holt, $30 “Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories, 1963-1973” Edited by Sidney Offit Library of America, $35

Poets Pack a Gallery     It’s billed as a Valentine’s Day reading of poems — but loosely. The day, Saturday, is after the fact, and the definition of a love poem has been expanded to include, for example, a love...
Look Ahead, Writers     February on eastern Long Island. It can seem like the calendar’s equivalent of 3 a.m., when nothing good happens, not even snow. But using the down time to plan for better days — how about July...
    Out this week in paperback, Helen Schulman’s “This Beautiful Life” is a highly contemporary tale of woe. The novel looks at how a family manages and fails to manage in the grip of a thoroughly distressing...