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)
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.
A Night of Laughter:
Long Island LitFest Presents Humorists Dave Barry & Adam Mansbach
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 7:30 pm, Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington
Tickets include a copy of A Field Guide to the Jewish People, authors talk, Q&A and book signing
Meet in person the hilarious authors of A Field Guide to the Jewish People: Who They Are, Where They Come From, What to Feed Them, What They Have Against Foreskins, How Come They Carry Each Other Around on Chairs … and Much More. Maybe Too Much More.
DAVE BARRY is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor writer and bestselling author of Best. State. Ever: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland and the more recent, Lessons from Lucy. For many years he wrote a newspaper column that appeared in more than 500 newspapers. Barry has also written thirty books, including the novels Big Trouble, Lunatics, Tricky Business and Insane City. Two of Barry’s books were the basis for the CBS sitcom Dave’s World.
ADAM MANSBACH is a novelist, screenwriter, cultural critic and humorist. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the F**k to Sleep, which has been translated into forty languages, named Time Magazine’s 2011 “Thing of the Year,” and sold over two million copies worldwide. The 2014 sequel, You Have to F*****g Eat, is also a New York Times bestseller.
Don’t miss this very special event!
Long Island LitFest Presents Augusten Burroughs
Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 7:30 pm at Tilles Center–Krasnoff Theater, LIU Campus
Your $40 ticket (plus svs charge) includes Toil & Trouble, author talk, Q&A, book signing
Meet blockbuster memoirist Augusten Burroughs when he appears on Long Island with his highly anticipated Toil & Trouble. For as long as Augusten Burroughs could remember, he knew things he shouldn’t have known. He manifested things that shouldn’t have come to pass. And he told exactly no one about this, save one person: his mother.
Augusten Burroughs is the author of Running with Scissors, Dry, Magical Thinking: True Stories, Possible Side Effects, A Wolf at the Table and You Better Not Cry. He is also the author of the novel Sellevision, which has been optioned for film. The film version of Running with Scissors, directed by Ryan Murphy and produced by Brad Pitt, was released in October 2006 and starred Joseph Cross, Brian Cox, Annette Bening (nominated for a Golden Globe for her role), Alec Baldwin and Evan Rachel Wood.
Long Island LitFest Presents Rachael Ray
Monday, October 14, 2019, 7:30 pm, The Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington
Your $40 ticket includes a signed copy of her latest book, author talk, Q&A
Meet Rachael Ray at this exclusive Long Island appearance as she talks about turning 50 and her candid memoir-inspired cookbook featuring 25 personal essays and 125 all-new recipes.
Rachael opens up about the most memorable moments of her life in cooking. From sharing sardine sandwiches with her grandpa Emmanuel to enjoying Sicilian classics with her mother Elsa and cooking brown-butter balsamic ravioli with her husband John, Rachael has learned that good meals are as much about stories, life lessons, and beautiful moments as they are about ingredients, flavor, and preparation.
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