Check out our upcoming events—Sopranos, Lidia Bastianich, Anna Quindlen, Jennifer Weiner in conversation with Susan Isaacs and announcing soon, Sex & the City’s Candace Bushnell in August! 

Long Island LitFest Presents The Sopranos Sessions

 Monday, March 25, 2019, 7:30 pm at Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about The Sopranos!  Author talk, audience Q&A and book signing reception.  


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 On January 10, 1999, a mobster walked into a psychiatrist’s office and changed TV history. HBO’s The Sopranos is not only one of the greatest television shows ever produced, but one of the most influential.

The Sopranos Sessions is the ultimate insider’s guide to this groundbreaking series. This must-read is co-authored by MATT ZOLLER SEITZ, television critic for New York magazine, editor in chief of, and the author of Mad Men Carousel and The Wes Anderson Collection and ALAN SEPINWALL, chief television critic for Rolling Stone and the author of Breaking Bad 101. His thoughts on television have appeared in the New York Times, Time, and Variety.

As the TV critics for Tony Soprano’s hometown paper, New Jersey’s Star-Ledger, Sepinwall and Seitz had inside access to the cast and crew and were among the first to cover the show before it became a cultural phenomenon. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show’s debut, they  reunited to produce the recently published The Sopranos Sessions, which features critical essays on every single episode, followed by a series of new, long-form interviews with series creator David Chase, discussing the events (on- and off-screen) of each season, plus a rare 1999 interview with James Gandolfini.

Don’t miss this special event! A special thank you to Book Revue for providing the books.



Long Island LitFest Presents Lidia Bastianich

in conversation with longtime Newsday food writer, Erica Marcus!

Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 pm at Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington

Your $35 ticket ($30/Cinema Arts Members) includes a copy of My American Dream (now in paperback), author talk, audience Q&A, and book signing reception!

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Once again, Long Islanders get to meet Public Television’s Lidia Bastianich, in a fascinating, new conversation with 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 that attempt to justify the hundreds of dollars she spends every year on knives. She regularly blogs at 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.

Long Island LitFest Presents Lidia Bastianich is sponsored by Whole Foods — with a new location in Commack!

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Long Island LitFest Presents Anna Quindlen

Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7:30 pm, The Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington

in conversation with Long Island author Judy Blundell

Your $35 ticket includes a copy of Nanaville, author talk, Q&A, and book signing !


Exclusive Long Island appearance! 

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New, from Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and #1 New York Times bestselling author ANNA QUINDLEN, a bighearted book of wisdom, wit, and insight, celebrating the love and joy of being a grandmother.

Before blogs even existed, Anna Quindlen became a go-to writer on the joys and challenges of family, motherhood, and modern life, in her nationally syndicated column. Now she’s taking the next step and going full nana in the pages of this lively, beautiful, and moving book about being a grandmother. Quindlen offers thoughtful and telling observations about her new role, no longer mother and decision-maker but secondary character and support to the parents of her grandson. She writes, “Where I once led, I have to learn to follow.” Eventually a close friend provides words to live by: “Did they ask you?”

Candid, funny, frank, and illuminating, Quindlen’s singular voice has never been sharper or warmer. With the same insights she brought to motherhood in Living Out Loud and to growing older in Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, this new nana uses her own experiences to illuminate those of many others.

Judy Blundell is a New York Times bestselling author. Her novel What I Saw and How I Lied won the 2008 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The High Season is her first novel for adults. She lives on Long Island with her husband and daughter.

A special thank you to the Dolphin Bookshop for providing the books.

Long Island LitFest Presents Jennifer Weiner

in conversation with Susan Isaacs

Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 pm, Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington


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Your ticket includes a copy of Mrs. Everything, author talk, Q&A, and book signing!


Exclusive Long Island appearance! 

A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Weiner’s books have spent over five years on the New York Times bestseller list with over 11 million copies in print in 36 countries.

She is the author of the novels Good in Bed (2001); In Her Shoes (2002), which was turned into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine; Little Earthquakes (2004); Goodnight Nobody (2005); the short story collection The Guy Not Taken (2006) and many others.  Also a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times Op-Ed and Sunday Review, Weiner’s essays – “Mean Girls in the Retirement Home” and “Another Thing to Hate About Ourselves” – rose to the top of the “most emailed” lists and have been reprinted in newspapers and media outlets across the world. Her work has also been published in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including Seventeen, Redbook, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Allure, Ladies Home Journal, Time and Good Housekeeping and she has appeared on many national television programs, including The Today ShowGood Morning America, and CBS Sunday Morning.

In a juicy page-turner, infused with engaging characters, Mrs. Everything is an exploration of women’s rights, sexual freedom, and the changing landscape of American politics. From 1951 to 2016 and beyond, Weiner covers 70 years of American history through sisters Jo & Bethie; from bell bottoms to shoulder pads, from Jell-O to Julia Child, from Peter, Paul & Mary to the Indigo Girls, from the Me Generation to #metoo. Painting on a broader canvas, Weiner explores not only the arc of two specific women’s lives, but also how the place of women in society has changed over the course of the 20th century. The novel ultimately asks if women today are any freer or more fulfilled than those of their mothers’ and grandmothers’ generations, and speaks to the paradigm-shifting power of women who tell the truth about their lives.

NPR’s Fresh Air called Susan Isaacs “Jane Austen with a schmear.”  She is the bestselling author of fourteen novels, including Compromising Positions, Shining Through, After All These Years, and As Husbands Go. Her most recent, Takes One to Know One, is the first of a new series and will be published this October.  Before turning to fiction, Susan worked as an editor of Seventeen and as a freelance political speechwriter. She is chair of the board of the literary organization Poets & Writers and a past president of Mystery Writers of America. She and her husband, a criminal defense lawyer, live on Long Island.

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  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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