Exclusive Long Island appearance–meet the original Carrie Bradshaw! 

Long Island LitFest Presents Candace Bushnell 

in conversation with Ellen Meister

Monday, August 12, 7:30 pm, Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington


Tickets ($45 Cinema Arts Members /$50 Public) include a copy of Is There Still Sex in the City — coming soon as a Paramount television series —  author talk, Q&A, and book signing!

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CANDACE BUSHNELL is the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of Sex and the City, Four Blondes, Lipstick Jungle, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Trading Up, Summer and the City, and Killing Monica. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC, as did The Carrie Diaries on the CW.

Now, in IS THERE STILL SEX IN THE CITY? Bushnell returns to the city and sex to give us another piercing, sly, and sometimes heartbreaking look at sex, dating, and friendship in New York City after 50.  Bushnell looks at love and life from all angles—marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all. This is a pull-no-punches social commentary and an indispensable companion to one of the most revolutionary dating books of the twentieth century.

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Ellen Meister is the author of five novels, including  Dorothy Parker Drank Here; Farewell, Dorothy Parker; and The Other Life. Honors include foreign language translations of her work, being selected for the prestigious Indie Next List by the American Booksellers Association, appearances on NPR, and receiving a TV series option from HBO. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal blog, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Writer’s Digest, and Long Island Woman Magazine, where she is a frequent contributor. In addition to writing and lecturing, Ellen is an editor, book coach, creative writing instructor. and ghostwriter. In January 2020, Mira Books will publish her newest novel, Devil in the Details, a rom-com murder mystery.

Back by Popular Demand:

Long Island LitFest Presents Lidia Bastianich

in conversation with Newsday’s Erica Marcus

Thursday, August 22, 7:30 pm, Krasnoff Theater at Tilles Center, LIU Campus

BUY GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS HERE  (Tickets include memoir, My American Dream) 

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If you missed her previous appearances, now is your chance to meet Public Television’s Lidia Bastianich, in conversation with Newsday’s longtime food writer Erica Marcus!

LIDIA BASTIANICH is the author of thirteen cookbooks and the Emmy award-winning host of public television’s Lidia’s Kitchen, which also airs internationally. She is also a judge on MasterChef Junior Italy and Italy’s highly rated daily program La Prova del Cuoco. Lidia owns Felidia, Becco, several other restaurants, and is a partner in the acclaimed Eataly. She lives in Douglaston, Queens.

Lidia grew up behind the Iron Curtain in Pola, a small city on the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula. In her new memoir, My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food, Lidia takes readers from her life under communism, a dramatic escape across the border and life as a refugee, to her journey to America – penniless – and the launch of her food business. She describes the struggle to open her flagship Manhattan restaurant, Felidia, and all the accolades that followed, including the night that Julia Child and James Beard came to dine (which later resulted in the launch of Lidia’s TV career). The rest, they say, is history.

Erica Marcus has covered food for Newsday since 1998. She has written features about the origins of Grandma pizza, the tragedy of flavored olive oil, the fallacy of the wild Atlantic salmon, the mystery of the soft-shell lobster and many many articles decrying the overuse of micro-greens. She regularly blogs at newsday.com/feedme and, in 2016, she took on the additional role of restaurant reviewer. After graduation from Swarthmore College, Erica worked at Crown Publishers, first in production and later in editorial. She rose to the rank of Senior Editor and worked on a wide range of books, including many award-winning cookbooks. She left book publishing for newspaper journalism the same year she left Manhattan for her ancestral home of Brooklyn where she still lives.

15 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!


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