Coming Up: Lisa Jewell, Alan Zweibel & More!

Long Island LitFest and Newsday Live Present Lisa Jewell

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 7:30 pm

Newsday editor Mark Chiusano will talk with the author and answer audience questions — this will be a fascinating and FREE virtual chat.

Lisa Jewell is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels, including The Family Upstairs and Then She Was Gone, as well as Watching You and I Found You. Her novels have sold more than 4.5 million copies internationally, and her work has also been translated into twenty-five languages.  Her latest, INVISIBLE GIRL, is a riveting psychological thriller that will pull you in on Page 1 and not let go until its masterly final twist.

We thank our friends at Book Revue for providing the books at a discount for this amazing event, which benefits Covid charities.  the first 50 books are SIGNED by the author!   Registration is here.  

Long Island LitFest & Newsday Live Present Alan Zweibel

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 7:30 pm

Join us and Newsday Live for a FREE virtual talk with the legendary writer Alan Zweibel. An original “Saturday Night Live writer,” Alan Zweibel has won five Emmy, and two Writers Guild of America awards for his work in television which also includes “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” (which he co-created and produced), “The David Letterman Show” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” A frequent guest on all of the late night talk shows, Alan’s theatrical contributions include his collaboration with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award winning play “700 Sundays,” Martin Short’s Broadway hit “Fame Becomes Me,” and the off-Broadway play “Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy” which he adapted from his best-selling book.

All told, Alan has written eleven books including the 2006 Thurber Prize winning novel “The Other Shulman,” the popular children’s book “Our Tree Named Steve,” and most recently “A Field Guide To The Jewish People” that he co-wrote with Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach. His humor has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Op-Ed page, The Huffington Post and MAD Magazine. 

In 2010, Alan was given an honorary Phd. from the State University of New York, and because of the diversity of his body of work in 2013 the Writers Guild of America presented him with a lifetime achievement award. Alan is currently preparing his play “Bunny Bunny” for a return to New York stage. His memoir “Laugh Lines – My Life Helping  Funny People Be Funnier” was recently published by Abrams Books and a new movie he wrote with Billy Crystal called “Here Today” that stars Crystal and Tiffany Haddish will be released later this year.

Register in advance for this fun evening here.  And be one of the first 50  fans to purchase the signed book by going to Book  A portion of proceeds of book sales goes to Newsday’s Covid charities. 

Long Island LitFest & Newsday Live Present Robert Kolker

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 7:30 pm

In the spring of 2016, a friend introduced Robert Kolker to two sisters — Margaret Galvin Johnson and Lindsay Galvin Rauch. Both in their fifties, they were the youngest siblings and the only girls in a family of twelve children. Of their ten older brothers, six had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia, rooted in a period where our understanding of mental illness was undergoing a seismic change. 

ROBERT KOLKER is the New York Times bestselling author of Lost Girls, named one of the New York Times‘s 100 Notable Books and one of Publishers Weekly‘s Top Ten Books of 2013. As a journalist, his work has appeared in New York magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, GQ, O magazine, and Men’s Journal. He is a National Magazine Award finalist and a recipient of the 2011 Harry Frank Guggenheim Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.  “The Bad Superintendent,” Kolker’s 2004 story in New York magazine about a public-school embezzlement scandal, was adapted for the feature film Bad Education, starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney. The film had its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and was released on HBO in 2020.

Thank you to Book Revue for providing the books for sale — the first 50 books purchased will include a signed bookplate. Register for this excellent event here


20 thoughts on “Coming Up: Lisa Jewell, Alan Zweibel & More!

  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!


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