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Hear Great Stories at the Literary Prize Salon and ‘In the Hamptons 4Ever’ Readings

This weekend there are two opportunities to catch live readings of great stories by East End writers.

On Friday, October 23, at 4 p.m., Dan’s Papers founder Dan Rattiner will read a chapter from his new book, In the Hamptons 4Ever, at the East Quogue Farm Stand. Rattiner has held free outdoor public readings each weekend at the locations where his stories take place. This Friday’s chapter is titled “Nick Vasilli.” Rattiner will tell the story of a hippie era compound in East Quogue, in the woods north of Old Country Road. It consisted of about 30 people who had a farm, a schoool, a restaurant, a farm stand and a therapeutic outreach unit. For just short of a year, Rattiner was a member of the commune led by Nick Vasilli.

The farm stand is located at 436 Montauk Highway, across from the East Quogue 7-Eleven.

Then on Saturday, October 24, at 5 p.m. the Dan’s Papers Literary Salon will convene at Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Surthampton Village. Three entrants to the Dan’s Papers Literary Prize for Nonfiction will read their stories.

Ruth Bonapace will read “The Day of the Mollusk,” Rose Marie Dunphy will read “The Love of Your Life” and Colette Sewall will read “Ghosts of Shopkeepers Past.” Rattiner will also read, presenting the In the Hamptons 4Ever chapter “Fannie Gardiner.” The event is free and open to the public. Wine and cheese will be served.

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