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A Bookish Bedside Weekend

East Hampton’s venerable Baker House 1650 has planned a weekend escape for readers with book signings and cocktail receptions from here to Southampton.
East Hampton’s venerable Baker House 1650 has planned a weekend escape for readers with book signings and cocktail receptions from here to Southampton.
Luxi Liu
Five author events at five locations courtesy of the Baker House 1650
By
Baylis Greene

Now here’s a getaway for serious readers. The Baker House 1650 on Main Street in East Hampton is offering what’s billed as a Hamptons Bedside Reading Weekend, from March 1 to 3, that in fact involves more than books stashed in rooms: The authors themselves will put in appearances, namely those associated with a women’s literary and marketing cooperative called the Tall Poppies, a group that also raises money for various literary causes.

“Events throughout the weekend include cocktail parties and book signings,” in the words of a release. “Special package rates are available for this weekend,” which involves a two-night stay at the inn, a gift bag, a stack of books, breakfast each day, a $100 credit to dine at the Jean-Georges restaurant at the Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, and admission to five author get-togethers. The cost starts at $908.36, to put a fine point on it. Reservations are through the Baker House 1650. 

On March 1, a meet-and-greet with cocktails at Topping Rose from 6 to 8 p.m. will welcome Amy Impellizzeri, who will sign her political thriller “Why We Lie.” The next day, a tea tasting and book signing will take place at the White Fences Inn in Southampton, with Kristy Woodson Harvey and “The Secret to Southern Charm” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also on March 2, the 1770 House in East Hampton will host Amy Reichart with “The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go” from 2 to 4 p.m. From 5 to 7 that night, a champagne cocktail party back at the Baker House will feature Kelly Simmons and “The Fifth of July,” a story of a dysfunctional family on Nantucket.

The book gatherings wrap up on March 3 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton, as Sandra Block uncaps her pen for her new novel of revenge, “What Happened That Night.” Light refreshments are in store.        


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