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Long Island LitFest and Newsday Live Present Patricia Cornwell

Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 7:30 pm

When Patricia Cornwell published her last Kay Scarpetta novel, Chaos, five years ago, she felt she had finished telling Scarpetta’s story. Cornwell is a journalist by training and naturally curious, and when the pandemic hit in 2020, she returned to the forensic crusader who has proved to be her inspiration for more than thirty years. 

So join us and Newsday Live for a free, virtual talk with international, bestselling author (over 115 million books!) Patricia Cornwell. She pioneered a genre—the forensic thriller. Her latest, Autopsy, proves why Cornwell has stayed at the top of the bestseller list for more than 25 years. She continues to enthrall fans with her complex plots and stunning, realistic scientific details that make Kay Scarpetta such a vivid, memorable character. Fans have long awaited the return of Scarpetta and with Autopsy, they will not be disappointed.  

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Recent Events:

 Long Island LitFest Presents Jodi Picoult, with Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award winner, Julianna Margulies moderating!

At The Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington

Your ticket includes a signed copy of the book. On Sale Now Here

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Join us in person, for an exciting moderated talk with Jodi Picoult, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including Small Great Things, The Book of Two Ways, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. Jodi will talk about her latest, Wish You Were Here and answer audience questions after the conversation.  Don’t miss this unique event! 

As an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award winner, Julianna Margulies has achieved success in television, theatre, and film. She can currently be seen starring as Laura Peterson on the sophomore season of Apple TV+’s The Morning Show. Margulies previously starred as Alicia Florrick on the long-running hit CBS show The Good Wife, which she also produced, and is also well known for her role as one of the original cast members of ER. More recently, Margulies has starred on critically acclaimed series including Billions and The Hot Zone. Julianna has added author to her list of credits with the recent release of her memoir, Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life. She has been involved with Project ALS and Erin’s Law and is also a board member of the New York City-based MCC Theater company. She resides in New York City with her husband and son.

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Note: If you are attending our Long Island LitFest in person talk tomorrow with Jodi Picoult and Julianna Margulies? Send in a question for Jodi or Julianna with this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfWn1FzDkYqA7mdepSRYhsk5G5uEKEU-Fc2TjOFqJzDTyNcIg/viewform

Long Island LitFest and Newsday Live Present Pati Jinich

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Join us and Newsday Live for a free virtual talk with James Beard Award-winning Mexican chef Pati Jinich, as she talks about her latest book, Treasures of the Mexican Table . 

Jinich has dedicated her career to building a shared understanding between her two home countries: Mexico, where she was born, and the United States, where she currently lives and is raising her family. Her long-running PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table has brought Mexican flavors, colors and textures into American homes and kitchens, as viewers have watched Pati thoughtfully and enthusiastically guide them through the various geographic regions of the country. Named one of the “100 Greatest Cooks of All-Time,” Pati has won a Gracie Award for her television work, is the resident chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute, has been named one of the “Top 5 Border Ambassadors” by The Council of Americas, and has authored two cookbooks highlighting Mexican cuisine. This October, Pati is releasing her first ever PBS Primetime special, La Frontera, which highlights the unique foods and culture along the Texas-Mexico border. 

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IN PERSON: Long Island LitFest & Newsday Live Present Lidia Bastianich

Live in NewsdayTV Studio Two in Melville, NY

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Live in NewsdayTV Studio Two in Melville, NY

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Join us for an outstanding in person chat with renowned chef and author Lidia Bastianich, as she talks with Newsday’s longtime food writer Erica Marcus about her latest book, Lidia’s a Pot, a Pan and a Bowl. Tickets include a signed copy of the book and audience Q&A.

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Long Island LitFest and Newsday Live Present Tamron Hall

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7:30 pm

On October 26th Emmy® Award-winning talk show host and television journalist Tamron Hall launches a new series of crime thrillers, featuring a main character modeled on herself, with AS THE WICKED WATCH: The First Jordan Manning Novel.  Join us for a free, virtual talk about the book series and Tamron Hall’s career. 

With over 20 years of journalism experience, years spent reporting on crime and tragedies across the country, and her own personal experiences, Hall is in the perfect position to launch this important new series. She has hosted six seasons of “Deadline: Crime” on Investigation Discovery. While at NBC, she was a recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for her report on domestic abuse. Tamron currently serves as an advocate for domestic violence awareness.

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Long Island LitFest and Newsday Live Present Meg Cabot

Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 at 7:30

Join us for a free virtual talk with the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries! Now she will chat with us about her new romantic comedy, No Words.  

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. Over 25 million
copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide, and many of them have been turned into movies and TV series.

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Long Island LitFest and Newsday Live Present Susan Orlean

Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 7:30 pm 

This is a free virtual talk. Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. She is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including The Library Book, Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award–winning film adaptation. 

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Long Island LitFest and Newsday Live Present Stephanie Land

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Join us for a free, virtual talk with the author of Maid, Stephanie Land, as she chats about her struggle as a single mother — and look for the Netflix series based on her book, starting on October 1st, 2021! 

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Celebrations Book Club by Cheryl’s Cookies

Produced by Long Island LitFest

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm EST

Register here for this free book club with the author, and receive a free cookie sampler!

Lisa Jewell is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels, including The Family Upstairs and Then She Was Gone, as well as Invisible Girl and Watching You. Her novels have sold over 5 million copies internationally, and her work has also been translated into twenty-eight languages. Be sure to read the book in advance so you can interact with the author during the discussion.

Long Island LitFest and Newsday Live Present Keith Boykin

Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Join us for a free, virtual talk with Keith Boykin, CNN political commentator, New York Times best-selling author, and a former White House aide to President Bill Clinton, speaking about his new book is Race Against Time: The Politics of a Darkening America. 

Please register for this free event here

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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