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Long Island LitFest Presents Kurt Andersen, Sept. 14, 2017


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Kurt Andersen to appear at Cinema Arts Centre on September 14th

joined by Public Television’s Diane Masciale

Long Island LitFest will present a special appearance by columnist, author, and public radio host Kurt Andersen at Cinema Arts Centre on Thursday, September 14th at 7:30 PM as he presents his new book, Fantasyland. The event will feature an on-stage conversation between Kurt and Diane Masciale, Vice President and General Manager of New York’s WLIW21. The evening will also include a Q&A and book signing reception. Each ticket holder will receive a copy of Fantasyland.

Kurt Andersen is a columnist, author, co-founder of Spy magazine, and host and co-creator of the Peabody Award-winning public radio program, Studio 360. With Fantasyland, a sweeping, eloquent history of America, Andersen demonstrates that what’s happening in our country today—this strange, post-factual, “fake news” moment we’re all living through—is not entirely new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character and path. America was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by impresarios and their audiences, by hucksters and their suckers.

Diane Masciale is Vice President & General Manager of WLIW21 and Executive Producer of local productions at WNET, parent company of New York’s PBS stations WLIW21 and THIRTEEN, and operator of NJTV. This Long Island native is responsible for day-to-day operations of WLIW21, the country’s 4th most-watched PBS station. Masciale, a three-time National Emmy Award-winner, is a veteran news executive having last served as Executive Editor of ABC’s Good Morning America and Executive Producer in the ABC Long Form Unit. Previously, she was Acting Executive Producer and Senior Broadcast Producer at NBC’s Today Show as well as Senior Broadcast Producer at Dateline NBC.

This event is produced by Claudia Copquin.  For more info, visit

For tickets, which must be purchased in advance and include a copy of the book, click here.

The mission of Cinema Arts Centre is to bring the best in cinematic artistry to Long Island, and use the power of film to expand the awareness and consciousness of our community. Visit or call our Box Office at (631) 423 7611.

Kurt Andersen Flyer

New: Sag Harbor Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference

Writers, there’s a new Long Island conference in town:

Writers Conference Web 17

FOREVER BUNGALOWS will fill a void in the writing community by
hosting the first and only 3 day writers conference focused on creative nonfiction.

Located in Sag Harbor, the heart of the east end of Long Island, award-winning
authors, editors, agents and marketing experts will gather this fall for an intensive
writing conference focused on both the craft and the business of writing essays,
biography, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. The Sag Harbor Creative Nonfiction
Writers Conference is the only one of its kind and will accept just 16 writers with a
student/faculty ratio of 3 to 1. Workshops, panel discussions, readings and informal
talks around the art and business of writing nonfiction will transform Forever
Bungalows into a hub of creativity this November.

“An opportunity for nonfiction writers to spark their creativity and take their writing
to the next level” – Donna Kaz, program director and author of “UN/MASKED,
Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour”

• The Sag Harbor Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference will take place
November 2-5, 2017 Website:

• Only 16 writers will be admitted. Applications are being accepted through
August 4, 2017. To apply:

• Faculty includes:

Donna Kaz, Conference Director and workshop leader
Roohi Choudhry, workshop leader
Terri Muuss, workshop leader
Matt Pasca, workshop leader
Judson Merrill, workshop leader
Sandra Yin, productivity coach
Michelle Blankenship, book publicity
Alex Hess, editor, Skyhorse Publishing
Liza Flessig, agent – Liza Royce Agency
Roger Rosenblatt, guest author
Patricia McCormick, guest author

About FOREVER BUNGALOWS: Sag Harbor’s only eco boutique hotel. Only 1.5
miles from the center of Sag Harbor village, Forever Bungalows is a simple
environment that encourages true escape. With access to the finest beaches, water
sports and on-site bikes and fire pit, the best of the Hamptons is here.

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)