When we read on our own, we put our own voice or voices to the words. We understandably miss the tone or little nuances the writer would’ve used. Hearing the writer read the words they chose is rare. On Sunday, May 31, Long Islanders will have that chance when some of their favorite authors read the words they wrote during Long Island’s first literary festival.
“To hear the writer voicing their chosen words, I just think that’s what’s really cool,” Barry Dougherty, the emcee of Word Up: Long Island LitFest, said.
Dougherty, the author of six books, will introduce the authors, who include Dick Cavett, Susan Isaacs, Alan Zweibel, Arlene Alda and more, throughout the afternoon, keeping the vibe going.
“This kind of event is not just for any one group but provides insight into different writers and allows those familiar with certain writers to hear their favorites and to hear new favorites,” Dougherty said.
The event is the brainchild of freelance journalist and essayist Claudia Gryvatz Copquin.
“Word Up: Long Island LitFest is a day to disconnect from gadgets and connect with each other,” Copquin said. “And it’s a unique opportunity for book-lovers to see their favorite writers, live on a stage.”
Copquin is the founder of : Living, Out Loud: Writers Riff on Love, Sweat & Fears, a group that reads out loud at various venues throughout New York. The LitFest is an extension of that.
The day will be split into three reading sessions. Each session will have about six authors reading non-fiction. Best-selling author and talk show host Dick Cavett will read a selection from his latest book, Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks. Dan Zevin, Henry Alford and Julie Klam will also read selections from their works. Following each session, authors will be available for book signings and Arizona Ice Tea and Herr’s will provide food and drinks. Books will also be available for purchase on site through sponsor Book Revue of Huntington.
“It’s a good mix of age ranges, all have nonfiction works,” Claudia said.
What: Word Up: Long Island LitFest
When: Sunday, May 31, 1-5pm
Where: Castle Gould, Sands Point Preserve
Tickets: $20 at the door, plus $10 for parking
More information: LongIslandLitFest.com