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Save the Date — March 26 — For A Unique Day on Long Island


Something special to look forward to on March 26, 2017, 1 pm:

Meet Pulitzer Prize winning humorist DAVE BARRY reading a Haggadah parody with his co-author, original Saturday Night Live writer and multiple award-winner ALAN ZWEIBEL; internationally acclaimed author of “Passages,” GAIL SHEEHY; author of the memoir “A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George,” KELLY CARLIN; ; Long Island’s STEVEN GAINES, author of “Philistines at the Hedgerow” and his memoir, “One of These Things First”; best-selling novelist and author of “Cruel, Beautiful World” CAROLINE LEAVITT; New York Times bestselling author of three novels and editor of two anthologies, “The Bitch in the House” and “The Bitch is Back,” CATHI HANAUER; former David Letterman staffer and Emmy-nominated writer and novelist BILL SCHEFT; and back by popular demand, our emcee, Friars Club historian and writer, BARRY DOUGHERTY.

Plus, come at noon for your choice of a FREE with admission workshop on personal essay writing or storytelling basics. (Register at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College Box Office: 516-323-4444)


Long Island LitFest Book Club with Author: July 26, 2016

We are thrilled to launch the Long Island LitFest Book Club, an Island-wide book club with author appearances at the book discussions, followed by book signings!  To be a part of one of these special events and discuss the book with the author, please register in advance.  Space is limited!   ADVANCE REGISTRATION: JUST SEND US AN EMAIL HERE.

BOOK:  Bobby Wonderful: An Imperfect Son Says Good-Bye

AUTHOR:   Bob Morris

DISCUSSION DATE:  July 26, 2016, 7 pm

LOCATION:  Book Revue, 313 New York Ave, Huntington, NY

About Bobby Wonderful:

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His mother’s last word was his name. His father’s was “Wonderful.” Together they inspired the title for this true story of love and redemption.

Bob Morris was always the entertainer in his family, but not always a perfect son. When he finds his parents approaching the end of their lives, he begins to see his relationship to them in a whole new light and it changes his way of thinking.

How does an adult child with flaws and limitations figure out how to do his best for his ailing parents while still carrying on and enjoying his own life? And when their final days on earth come, how can he give them the best possible end?

In the tradition of bestselling memoirs by Christopher Buckley, Joan Didion, and with a dash of David Sedaris, BOBBY WONDERFUL recounts two poignant deaths and one family’s struggle to find the silver lining in them. As accessible as he is insightful, Bob Morris infuses each moment of his profound emotional journey with dark comedy, spiritual inquiry and brutally honest self-examination.  This is a little book. But it captures a big and universal experience.

About the Author:

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Bob Morris is the author of the memoirs Bobby Wonderful and Assisted Loving, which received honors from the American Library Association, Lambda Literary Awards and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice.  He also collaborated with actress Diahann Carroll on her award-winning memoir, The Legs Are the Last to Go.  His picture books include Crispin the Terrible, Delia at the Delano and The Blue Jean.  A frequent contributor to the New York Times Styles section and other publications including Elle, New York, Avenue and Town and Country, he has also been a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered.  His plays, including The Reluctant Wingman premiering at Capitol Rep in 2017, have been produced off Broadway.  He is a graduate of Brown University with a Masters in Creative Writing from Stony Brook Southampton.

Note:  Book Revue offers a 20% discount on this book purchase. Be sure to mention Long Island LitFest Book Club.

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Long Island LitFest Book Club with Author: June 12, 2016

We are thrilled to launch the Long Island LitFest Book Club, an Island-wide book club with author appearances at the book discussions, followed by book signings!  To be a part of one of these events and discuss the book with the author, please register in advance.  Space is limited! ADVANCE REGISTRATION: JUST SEND US AN EMAIL HERE.

BOOK:  The Dinner Party

AUTHOR:   Brenda Janowitz

DISCUSSION DATE:  June 12, 2016, 2 pm

LOCATION:  Barnes & Noble, 4000 East Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY

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About The Dinner Party:

This Passover Seder is not just any Passover Seder. Yes, there will be a quick service and then a festive meal afterwards, but this night is different from all other nights. This will be the night the Golds of Greenwich meet the Rothschilds of New York City.

The Rothschilds are the stuff of legends. They control banks, own vineyards in Napa, diamond mines in Africa, and even an organic farm somewhere in the Midwest that produces the most popular Romaine lettuce consumed in this country. And now, Sylvia Gold’s daughter is dating one of them.

When Sylvia finds out that her youngest of three is going to bring her new boyfriend to the Seder, she’s giddy. When she finds out that his parents are coming, too, she darn near faints. Making a good impression is all she thinks about. Well, almost. She still has to consider her other daughter, Sarah, who’ll be coming with her less than appropriate beau and his overly dramatic Italian mother. But the drama won’t stop there. Because despite the food and the wine, despite the new linen and the fresh flowers, the holidays are about family. Long forgotten memories come to the surface. Old grievances play out. And Sylvia Gold has to learn how to let her family go.

About the Author:

Brenda Janowitz is the author of five novels, including THE DINNER PARTY. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Salon. She lives on Long Island with her family.

Brenda Janowitz photo credit Hy Goldberg

Note:  Barnes & Noble Members receive a 10% discount on the book purchase.

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Long Island LitFest’s 2016 Lineup



What to expect at Long Island LitFest 2016:

For writers and those who dream of writing, from 11:30-12:15, join an informative panel discussion on Writing Inspiration with four popular Long Island authors:  Talia Carner, Ellen Meister, Liza Burby and Christine O’Hagan.   Their books will be available for purchase and signing right after the panel.

Then, Long Island LitFest begins at 1 pm.  This is a day to disconnect from gadgets and connect with each other as stellar authors such as Alan Zweibel, Amy Ferris, Elinor Lipman, Adam Resnick, Susan Shapiro and many more take the stage one by one with readings of their works.

A short break after Session 1 will allow audiences to get snacks, meet the authors, purchase books and have them signed.  Our on-site bookseller is Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine.  Then onto Session 2, for more heartwarming and humorous readings by our featured authors, followed by book signings.

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The panel discussion is free with LitFest ticket purchase.  Tickets are $30 and available here —

Have questions?  If so, please send it under Comment.

Just Added to Featured Readers: Former Long Islander Alan Zweibel

He lives in Jersey but grew up in Wantagh, and on May 31st, he’s coming back to Long Island to read two essays at Word Up: Long Island LitFest!

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Alan Zweibel has had a prolific career, which began when be became one of the original writers for “Saturday Night Live.”   Alan has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America, and TV Critics awards for his work in television, which also includes “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” (which he co-created and produced), “Monk,” “PBS’s Great Performances,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

A frequent guest on all of the late night talk shows, Alan’s theatrical contributions include his collaboration with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award winning play (and Emmy nominated HBO special) “700 Sundays,” Martin Short’s Broadway hit “Fame Becomes Me,” and the off-Broadway plays “Happy,” “Comic Dialogue,” “Between Cars,” “Pine Cone Moment,” and “Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy,” which he adapted from his best-selling book.

Other books by Alan are the 2006 Thurber Prize winning novel “The Other Shulman,” the popular children’s book “Our Tree Named Steve,” “North,” a collection of short stories and essays titled “Clothing Optional,” and the novel “Lunatics” that he co-wrote with Dave Barry.

Alan’s humor has also appeared in such diverse publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Op-Ed page, The Huffington Post and MAD Magazine. He has also penned two best selling e-books titled “From My Bottom Drawer: Vols. I and II.”

The co-writer of the screenplays for the films “Dragnet,” “North,” and “The Story of Us,” Alan has received an honorary PhD from the State University of New York and because of the diversity of his body or work, in 2010 the Writers Guild of America, East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alan is currently an executive producer on Showtime’s documentary series “Inside Comedy” starring David Steinberg, is writing and producing a pilot for IFC, is awaiting publication of a forthcoming Young Adult novel titled “Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain In My Ass” (Hyperion) that he co-wrote with Adam Mansbach, and is writing the book for a Broadway musical version of “Field of Dreams.”

And in addition to the late night talk shows, on the TV screen he’s also appeared in episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Law & Order”.

But the production that Alan is most proud of is the family he’s co-produced with his wife Robin; their children Adam, Lindsay and Sari; and their grandchildren Zachary, Alexis, Jordan and Kylie.

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The word is spreading about Word Up: Long Island LitFest.

Here’s a lovely write-up in

“The festival is also looking for a few lucky Long Island writers to be featured during one of the readings. “We’ve left a few spots open for selected voices from the community,” said Copquin, who will also be in the line-up. To be considered, previously published writers must submit their essays online by Wednesday, April 1st. Writers will be chosen to participate by a blind judging process.”

The entry deadline is coming up quickly — April 1st.  No fooling!  To send in your essay for consideration, click here.