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Join the Dan’s Papers Literary Prize Awards & Festival on September 1

The envelope please…

Wait, we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. As you read these very words, the entries in the 2016 Dan’s Papers Literary Prize for Nonfiction competition are being judged— hundreds of stories about the East End all vying to be among those honored at the gala awards ceremony at East Hampton’s Guild Hall on Thursday, September 1. And you are invited to be part of the excitement that day!

Yes, the announcement of the winners and the handing out of trophies and cash prizes is something we’re all looking forward to, but that’s just one part of the events that make up the afternoon and evening of Dan’s Literary Festival.

Once the doors to Guild Hall’s historic John Drew Theater open at 3:30 p.m. on September 1, the public is invited, free of charge, to come take a seat, enjoy a performance by acclaimed Perlman Music Program alumni, and then soak up the anticipation before the winners—one grand prize, two runners up and three Judges’ Choice—are announced for both the $4,000 Emerging Young Writers Prize for Nonfiction and the $6,000 Literary Prize for Nonfiction. The ceremony will feature keynote addresses by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Carl Bernstein and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Caro. Emmy Award- winner Dick Cavett will entertain the crowd by reading the grand prize winning essays from both contests.

Following the ceremony, all attendees are invited to join the Gala Cocktail Reception in the Guild Hall Garden, with complimentary light bites, wine and more. But the excitement doesn’t stop there.

While revelers are raising glasses and sharing congratulations, writing legends will be taking part in the Literary Luminaries Book Signing in the Garden. This portion of the day is a ticketed event, and includes a meet-and-greet and photo op, plus a signed copy of all five books from:

Carl Bernstein, signing A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton
Robert Caro, signing The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Dick Cavett, signing Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks
Dan Rattiner, signing In The Hamptons 4Ever
Daniel Simone, signing The Lufthansa Heist

Limited to 50 tickets, this experience also includes guaranteed reserved VIP seating for the Literary Prize Gala Awards Ceremony and admission to the Cocktail Reception, plus a ticket to the screening of All the President’s Men at 6:30 p.m. in the John Drew Theater.

Presented in partnership with Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), the screening of All the President’s Men is the perfect film to see during this charged political year, and we’re proud to present this storied movie in honor of the work of Carl Bernstein, who, along with Bob Woodward, redefined political investigative journalism in uncovering the Watergate scandal more than 40 years ago. The film will begin at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $25.

Capping off the Festival is the VIP Authors Dinner at 7 p.m. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience an intimate night of dinner and conversation with literary luminaries Robert Caro, Daniel Simone, Dan’s Papers Founder Dan Rattiner and other special guests. The ticket price of $250 includes admission to the Literary Luminaries Book Signing (with a copy of each book, meet-and-greet and photo op with each author), VIP reserved seating at the Literary Prize Gala Awards Ceremony, admission to the Gala Cocktail Reception and entry to the VIP Authors Dinner at Serafina of East Hampton.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the Literary Luminaries Book Signing, All the President’s Men film screening and VIP Authors Dinner at Serafina of East Hampton, please visit

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