Coming Up:

Long Island LitFest and Newsday Live Present Megan Miranda

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Join us for a free, virtual talk with the bestselling author of blockbuster novels such as All the Missing Girls, The Perfect Stranger, and The Last House Guest (a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick), as she talks about her latest, Such a Quiet Place. 

Perfect for beach season, Such a  Quiet Place reads like a modern-day Rear Window; in a neighborhood where everyone has a Ring Camera attached to their house, someone is always watching. Megan Miranda once again demonstrates her “considerable talent for jaw-dropping, yet believable, twists” (Kirkus).

Megan Miranda has also written several books for young adults, including Come Find Me, Fragments of the Lost, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. 

Please register for this event here.

Recent Events:

Celebrations Book Club by Cheryl’s Cookies

Produced by Long Island LitFest

Monday, June 14, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Register here and receive a free cookie sampler!

Jennifer Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of BIG SUMMER and MRS. EVERYTHING, will be joining our new Celebrations Book Club by Cheryl’s Cookies® – Produced by Long Island LitFest, for a FREE virtual conversation on zoom about her new book THAT SUMMER, another timely and deliciously twisty novel of intrigue, secrets, and the transformative power of female friendship.

Be sure to read the book in advance and send us a question for the author ahead of time at

When you sign up for this event you will receive a FREE sampler box of 6 Cheryl’s Cookies to enjoy while you participate in the conversation! Register by May 31st to receive your cookie sampler for the event on June 14th. Register after May 31st to receive your sampler after the event.

Note: Starting on June 10th, look for a sweepstakes from Atria Publishing featuring a wonderful grand prize across the 1-800-Flowers Celebrations Family of Brands.

Long Island LitFest and Newsday Live Present Lauren Weisberger

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Join us for a free, virtual chat with the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada and When Life Gives You Lululemons, as Lauren Weisberger talks about her latest page turner — Where The Grass is Green & The Girls are Pretty. It’s a highly entertaining, sharply observed novel about sisters, their perfect lives . . . and their perfect lies.

Lauren Weisberger is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada, which was published in forty languages and made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Currently, Elton John and producer Kevin McCollum are adapting The Devil Wears Prada for the stage. Weisberger’s six other novels were all bestsellers, and her books have sold more than thirteen million copies worldwide. A graduate of Cornell University, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

Register for this free talk here

Long Island LitFest and Newsday Live Present Tovah Feldshuh

Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Tovah (born Terri Sue) Feldshuh is a six-time Emmy and Tony nominee and has been awarded three honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters. Additionally, for her theatre work, she has won four Drama Desks, four Outer Critics Circle, three Dramalogues, the Obie, the Theatre World, and the Helen Hayes and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Actress. She is a playwright, concert artist and author.  Her TV credits include: Holocaust, Law & Order, The Walking Dead and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Films include: Kissing Jessica Stein, A Walk on the Moon, The Idolmaker and Clifford (release November 2021).  On Broadway: Yentl, Golda’s Balcony, Irena’s Vow, Pippin, Lend Me a Tenor and more. Her most recent theatre portrayal: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Sisters in Law by Jonathan Shapiro. She’s also starred in the   nightclub acts, Aging is Optional and Tovah is Leona! (Helmsley). She is a recipient of the Israel Peace Medal, the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award, and was honored as Hadassah’s Mother of the Year. 

Join us for this free, virtual talk with Tovah as she chats about her life and her memoir, LilyVille. In LILYVILLE: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played, Tovah Feldshuh reflects on her extraordinary life in the best way she knows how: as a play. Tovah immerses readers in a journey through the acts and scenes of her personal and professional life, from her tomboy childhood in the refined community of Scarsdale, New York, to becoming Broadway royalty alongside Christopher Plummer and Barbra Streisand—all held together by the twisting thread of her often-complicated relationship with Lily.

To register for this talk, please click hereAnd for a signed bookplate to stick inside your copy of the book, drop us an email with your address at 

Long Island LitFest and Newsday Live Present CNN’s Don Lemon

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7:30 pm

The host of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon is more popular than ever. As America’s only Black prime-time anchor, his daily monologues on racism and antiracism, on the failures of the Trump administration and of so many of our leaders, and on America’s systemic flaws speak for his millions of fans. Lemon was the leading voice on CNN guiding viewers through the death of George Floyd and a summer of nationwide protests and riots. Viewers relied on his nightly coverage to guide them through a global pandemic. Now, in an urgent, deeply personal, riveting plea, with his book This is the Fire he shows us all how deep our problems lie, and what we can do to begin to fix them.

To register for this free virtual talk please click here

And if you’d like a signed bookplate to insert into your copy of This is the Fire, send us your name and address and we’ll mail you one. Email to 

Long island LitFest and Newsday Live Present Mark Bittman

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Mark Bittman is the author of thirty acclaimed books, including the How to Cook Everything series, the award-winning Food Matters, and the New York Times number-one bestseller VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00. For more than two decades his popular and compelling stories appeared in the New York Times, where he was ultimately the lead food writer for the Sunday magazine and became the country’s first food-focused Op-Ed columnist for a major news publication. Bittman has starred in four television series, including Showtime’s Emmy-winning Years of Living Dangerously. Join us as we chat about his latest book, Animal, Vegetable, Junk.  To register for this event, please click here




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22 thoughts on “

  1. Jennifer

    My friends and I want to hear the authors but aren’t interested in workshops. How are the authors being scheduled? Is there a talk and then a workshop and then a talk, etc?

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks for asking. The workshops are FREE with admission and optional. They are running at Noon, before LitFest begins at 1 pm. Our author reading schedule runs in two sessions, with a book signing break in between. Please take a look at the schedule of events, here. We look forward to seeing you and your friends! It’s going to be an amazing day!

  2. Toni-Ann Lettenberger

    I wanted to come to the Long Island LitFest 2017 for a couple of reasons: 1 of them is that I am in the process of what I hope to be a book about my experience with life in the past 10 or so years. I’ve experienced extraordinary circumstances and I believe that I could be of use to people out there if they read my story period I dealt with most of my tragedies and my dealings by being sober and by believing in something other than nothing. And I wasn’t really too much of understanding of the readings but I was very much interested in the workshops. Unfortunately my financial situation is such that I don’t even have that money to put aside for this function today. What I would like to know is if they offer free workshops anywhere and what do I have to do to sign up for those? Thank you very much for taking the time to read this and I hope to get a reply from you soon period thank you so much Toni Ann lettenberger

  3. Maureen Hardiman

    I’d love to hear Nelson DeMille, Kristin Hannah, Jodi Picoult, and Lisa Genova. Loved listening to Anna Quinlan- thank you!

    1. admin Post author

      Thank you, Maureen! Great suggestions — and we loved Anna Q. also. She was fantastic. Thanks for attending that!

  4. Susan Langton

    I ordered the book from Barnes and Noble – at your request/behest – right before I registered. Is Barnes and Noble still committed to their promise of 10% contribution?

  5. Susan Langton

    Oops, I ordered it from Book Revue. (I got my bookstores mixed up). I did order it right before i registered. Please check with Book Revue

    1. admin Post author

      Yes, Susan. Book Revue is providing books at a 10% discount, with a percentage of proceeds from all sales going to Newsday’s Covid charities. Hope you enjoy the event!

  6. Maria

    I visited to register for the Jack Pepin chat but could not find anything about LitFest. What’s the link?


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