Celebs, Noted Scribes Set for East Hampton Library Author’s Night

For the last 12 years, East Hampton has been home to East Hampton Library’s Authors Night. The fundraiser, which has grown to become the premier literary event of the Hamptons, attracts celebrity authors across the genre spectrum.

“This year, we are very excited to have our founding honorary chairman, Alec Baldwin, and his wife Hilaria, both participating as authors,” said Dennis Fabiszak, director of the East Hampton Library. “In addition, we look forward to hosting a Nobel Prize winner, a large list of major literary prize winners, celebrities and other local favorites.”

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This year’s festivities will take place on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 4 Maidstone Lane. The evening is a two party event, opening with the Authors Reception at 5pm. For a $100 ticket, guests will feast on hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while buying books, mingling with the authors and getting personal inscriptions. After the reception, guests have the option to purchase a ticket for a dinner at a private home (beginning at $300) in honor of one of the guest authors. Twenty five dinners are planned throughout East Hampton. Proceeds from the evening go directly to the East Hampton Library.

Among the many authors attending will be Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning biographer Robert A. Caro, New York Times bestselling author Tom Clavin and critic and author Molly Haskell.

Nevertheless: A Memoir by Alec Baldwin

In Nevertheless: A Memoir, Baldwin sets the record straight about his childhood growing up on Long Island (where his love of film was first developed), his early years as an actor, including his rise to fame within the New York theater community, as well as his eventual move to television and film. With his signature candor, Baldwin opens up about the rough times: his struggles with addiction at the beginning of his career and his failed marriage to Kim Basinger. He also provides commentary on many of his films, as well as his favorite and not-so-favorite co-stars. He praises his current wife, Hilaria, along with their three young children and his oldest daughter Ireland for his present well-earned happiness. 

Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West by Tom Clavin

In the 1800s, Dodge City, Kansas, was known for being one of the most dangerous places in the country. With the advent of the railroad, the city changed from a military site to a place where cattle drivers, miners and desperadoes of all sorts converged. Absent of proper laws, havoc wreaked.

Dodge City explores the impact that two lawmen, Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, had on the Wild West town. Earp and Masterson shot their guns as a last resort. Their commanding, confident presence and team of deputies were enough to intimidate ne’er-do-wells (as well as their infamous reputation for “buffaloing”–using the butt of their pistol to knock out those who resisted their efforts). Clavin delves into the true story of the duo’s early lives and later years, along the way dispelling many of the myths that surrounded Earp’s life.