Welcome! Coming Up:

Long Island LitFest and Newsday Live Present Nelson DeMille, IN PERSON

Wed., November 16, 2022, 7:30 pm, at Newsday, 6 Corporate Center Drive, Melville

Click here for a 10% discount on your $50 ticket, which includes a copy of The Maze


Join us for a special in person talk with New York Times best-selling author and Long Islander Nelson DeMille, as he speaks about his long and successful career and his latest title, The Maze. The Maze is a blistering thriller featuring his most popular series character, former NYPD homicide detective John Corey, who is called out of retirement to investigate a string of grisly murders much too close to home.

The talk will be followed by audience Q&A, and then a book signing.  Don’t miss this exciting event! 

Recent Events: 

Long Island LitFest Presents NPR’s Nina Totenberg

Friday, September 16, 2022, 7:30 pm at Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington

Tickets, which include a signed copy of the book, are Public $50 / Members $45

Please join us for an in-person event with Nina Totenberg, NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent, as she talks with Newsday’s Joye Brown about her book, Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships.

Four years before Nina Totenberg was hired at NPR, where she cemented her legacy as a prizewinning reporter, and nearly twenty-two years before Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court, Nina called Ruth. A reporter for The National Observer, Nina was curious about Ruth’s legal brief, asking the Supreme Court to do something revolutionary: declare a law that discriminated “on the basis of sex” to be unconstitutional. In a time when women were fired for becoming pregnant, often could not apply for credit cards or get a mortgage in their own names, Ruth patiently explained her argument. That call launched a remarkable, nearly fifty-year friendship.

Nina Totenberg appears on NPR’s critically acclaimed news magazines All Things ConsideredMorning Edition, and Weekend Edition, and on NPR podcasts, including the Politics Podcast and The Docket. Totenberg’s Supreme Court and legal coverage has won her every major journalism award in broadcasting. Recognized seven times by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting, she has received more than two dozen honorary degrees. A frequent TV contributor, she writes for major newspapers, magazines, and law reviews.  

Joye Brown, a columnist and associate editor at Newsday, has covered Long Island for almost four decades. She has won numerous awards for her work as a reporter, editor, editorial staff development manager, editorial writer and columnist at the Newsday Media Group. Before joining Newsday, she worked as reporter for The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C., The Chicago Tribune and The Mutual News Network in Washington, D.C. She and her family live in Huntington.

Special thanks to the Dolphin Bookshop in Port Washington for providing the books. 

Long Island LitFest & Newsday Live Present Elizabeth Nunez

Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 7:30 pm

Join us for a fascinating free virtual talk with Elizabeth Nunez, as she discussed her latest, Now Lila Knows, her latest novel.

Elizabeth Nunez is the award-winning author of a memoir and nine novels, four of them selected as New York Times Editors’ Choices. Anna In-Between won the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award and was long-listed for an IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award. Nunez also received the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in nonfiction for Not for Everyday Use; an American Book Award for Bruised Hibiscus; and a NALIS Lifetime Literary Award from the Trinidad and Tobago National Library. Her other novels are: Even in Paradise, Boundaries, Prospero’s Daughter, Beyond the Limbo Silence, Beyond the Limbo Silence, Grace, Discretion, and When Rocks Dance. She is a cofounder of the National Black Writers Conference and executive producer of the CUNY-TV series Black Writers in America. Nunez is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, where she teaches courses on fiction writing and Caribbean women writers. She divides her time between Amityville and Brooklyn, New York. 

This conversation is moderated by Newsday Associate Editor, Joye Brown. Please register in advance. 

Long Island LitFest & Newsday Live Present David Duchovny

Thursday, June 16, 2022, 7:30 pm

Please join us for a virtual talk with actor and author David Duchovny, as he speaks about his latest novella, The Reservoir, where we see our present-day pandemic world and New York City through the eyes of a former Wall Street veteran, Ridley, as he looks back upon his life in his enforced quarantine solitude, wondering what it all means and who he really is.

David Duchovny is an award-winning actor, writer, director, New York Times best-selling author, and singer-songwriter. With an acting career spanning more than three decades, Duchovny is a two-time Golden Globe winner and four-time Emmy nominee. He is a prolific author whose fourth novel, Truly Like Lightning, was published in February 2021. His previous novels include Holy Cow, Bucky F*cking Dent, and Miss Subways. As a musician, Duchovny has released three studio albums, Hell or Highwater, Every Third Thought, and Gestureland. 

This free event is moderated by Newsday editor Rafer Guzman. Please register here. 

Long Island LitFest & Gold Coast Arts Present Anna Quindlen IN PERSON,

in conversation with Jean Hanff Korelitz 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 7:30 pm at Manhasset Cinemas, 430 Plandome Road, Manhasset 

Join us and the Gold Coast Arts Center for an exciting in person event with New York Times bestselling  author Anna Quindlen, as she talks about her latest work, Write for Your Life. This inspiring  book shows us how anyone can write and why everyone should.

 Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of nine novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Miller’s Valley, and Alternate Side. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. Her most recent book is Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.

Jean Hanff Korelitz is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Plot, You Should Have Known (which aired on HBO in October 2020 as The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, and Donald Sutherland), Admission (adapted as a film in 2013 starring Tina Fey), The Devil and Webster, The White Rose, The Sabbathday River and A Jury of Her Peers, as well as Interference Powder, a novel for children. Her company BOOKTHEWRITER hosts Pop-Up Book Groups in which small groups of readers discuss new books with their authors. She lives in New York City with her husband, Irish poet Paul Muldoon.

We thank the Dolphin Bookshop in Port Washington for providing the books for this event. 

Long Island LitFest Presents NYT Bestselling Author Erik Larson IN PERSON

in conversation with Rep. Steve Israel

Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 7 pm at The Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington

Join us, in person, for a spirited conversation between Erik Larson and Rep. Steve Israel. 

Erik Larson is the author of six New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, which examines how Winston Churchill and his “Secret Circle” went about surviving the German air campaign of 1940-41. Erik’s The Devil in the White City is set to be a Hulu limited series; his novel, In the Garden of Beasts, is under option by Tom Hanks for a feature film. He recently published an audio-original ghost story, No One Goes Alone, which has been optioned by Netflix. Erik lives in Manhattan with his wife, who is a writer and retired neonatologist; they have three grown daughters.

Steve Israel served in the U.S. Congress between 2001–2017, including 4 years as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (2011–2015). He left Washington – unindicted and undefeated – to pursue new passions. In 2021 he opened a small independent bookshop, Theodore’s Books, in his historic hometown of Oyster Bay, fulfilling a lifelong dream. He also directs the nonpartisan Institute of Politics and Global Affairs at the Brooks School of Public Policy at Cornell University, which serves as a platform for civic engagement and bipartisan dialogue. He has published two critically acclaimed satires of Washington: The Global War on Morris (2014) and Big Guns (2018). He lives with his wife Cara in Oyster Bay, Long Island. He has two daughters and two grandchildren.

We thank The Dolphin Bookshop in Port Washington for providing the books for this event. 


Long Island LitFest & Newsday Live Present Tessa Bailey

Friday, March 4, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Join us for a virtual talk with Tessa Bailey. Tessa Bailey’s It Happened One Summer published in July and quickly became the rom-com darling of the season. From our “for you” pages on Tik Tok, to the USA Today bestseller list, It Happened One Summer topped all the best-of-summer
coverage and became a word-of-mouth sensation amongst legions of romance readers. Now, Avon Books is beyond excited to share the next book in this Schitt’s Creek-inspired series, HOOK, LINE, AND SINKER.

New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Bailey can solve all problems except for her own, so she focuses those efforts on stubborn, fictional blue collar men and loyal, lovable heroines. She lives on Long Island avoiding the sun and social interactions, then wonders why no one has called. Dubbed the “Michelangelo of dirty talk,” by Entertainment Weekly, Tessa writes with spice, spirit, swoon and a guaranteed happily ever after. 

Register in advance here.


Cheryl’s Cookies Celebrations Book Club, Produced by Long Island LitFest, with Janet Evanovich! 

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 7:30 P.M. (EST) on Zoom

 Join us for our third virtual book club on zoom.  Register for this special event now for only $5 and receive a complimentary sampler box of 6 Cheryl’s Cookies to enjoy while you participate in the conversation. Please register by January 16th to receive your cookie sampler* in time for the event on January 27th.

Janet Evanovich, the New York Times bestselling author of Game On, will be joining the Celebrations Book Club by Cheryl’s Cookies® – Produced by Long Island LitFest, for a virtual conversation about her new book Game On – the 28th book in the wildly popular Stephanie Plum series. Over the last 25 years, Janet Evanovich has written a staggering twenty-seven #1 New York Times bestsellers in the Stephanie Plum series.

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

    1. admin Post author

      Thank you, Abby! Please just add your email address to the sidebar on the right — we have so many upcoming events to share with you!


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