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Long Island LitFest and Newsday Live Present Tovah Feldshuh

Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Tovah (born Terri Sue) Feldshuh is a six-time Emmy and Tony nominee and has been awarded three honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters. Additionally, for her theatre work, she has won four Drama Desks, four Outer Critics Circle, three Dramalogues, the Obie, the Theatre World, and the Helen Hayes and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Actress. She is a playwright, concert artist and author.  Her TV credits include: Holocaust, Law & Order, The Walking Dead and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Films include: Kissing Jessica Stein, A Walk on the Moon, The Idolmaker and Clifford (release November 2021).  On Broadway: Yentl, Golda’s Balcony, Irena’s Vow, Pippin, Lend Me a Tenor and more. Her most recent theatre portrayal: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Sisters in Law by Jonathan Shapiro. She’s also starred in the   nightclub acts, Aging is Optional and Tovah is Leona! (Helmsley). She is a recipient of the Israel Peace Medal, the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award, and was honored as Hadassah’s Mother of the Year. 

Join us for this free, virtual talk with Tovah as she chats about her life and her memoir, LilyVille. In LILYVILLE: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played, Tovah Feldshuh reflects on her extraordinary life in the best way she knows how: as a play. Tovah immerses readers in a journey through the acts and scenes of her personal and professional life, from her tomboy childhood in the refined community of Scarsdale, New York, to becoming Broadway royalty alongside Christopher Plummer and Barbra Streisand—all held together by the twisting thread of her often-complicated relationship with Lily.

To register for this talk, please click hereAnd for a signed bookplate to stick inside your copy of the book, drop us an email with your address at 

Long Island LitFest and Newsday Live Present CNN’s Don Lemon

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 7:30 pm


The host of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon is more popular than ever. As America’s only Black prime-time anchor, his daily monologues on racism and antiracism, on the failures of the Trump administration and of so many of our leaders, and on America’s systemic flaws speak for his millions of fans. Lemon was the leading voice on CNN guiding viewers through the death of George Floyd and a summer of nationwide protests and riots. Viewers relied on his nightly coverage to guide them through a global pandemic. Now, in an urgent, deeply personal, riveting plea, with his book This is the Fire he shows us all how deep our problems lie, and what we can do to begin to fix them.

To register for this free virtual talk please click here

And if you’d like a signed bookplate to insert into your copy of This is the Fire, send us your name and address and we’ll mail you one. Email to 

Long island LitFest and Newsday Live Present Mark Bittman

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Mark Bittman is the author of thirty acclaimed books, including the How to Cook Everything series, the award-winning Food Matters, and the New York Times number-one bestseller VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00. For more than two decades his popular and compelling stories appeared in the New York Times, where he was ultimately the lead food writer for the Sunday magazine and became the country’s first food-focused Op-Ed columnist for a major news publication. Bittman has starred in four television series, including Showtime’s Emmy-winning Years of Living Dangerously. Join us as we chat about his latest book, Animal, Vegetable, Junk.  To register for this event, please click here




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


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