Hampton Library in Bridgehampton welcomes the 34th season of its author series “Fridays at Five,” kicking off this Friday, June 29, from 5 to 6 PM with Alice McDermott and The Ninth Hour.
The series, which will run through Friday, August 24, features nine authors, who will discuss their novels in the library’s rear garden, idyllic for unwinding after a long week. While enjoying beverages and passed hors d’oeuvres, guests will have the opportunity to meet their favorite authors and even ask some lingering questions.
Anne Marshall, secretary of the Hampton Library, said, “When the library was remodeled and added to in 2008, the trustees made sure that the rear garden and its magnificent tree would continue to be the setting for its annual program, Fridays at Five. Now in its 34th year, it continues to take place in the rear garden, with its sloping lawn, which makes for a natural amphitheater.”
One highlight to this season’s line-up includes a July 6 reading of When Life Gives You Lululemons by bestselling author, Lauren Weisberger, known for The Devil Wears Prada, with Bonnie Grice of 88.3 FM Peconic Public Broadcasting. On July 13, Meryl Gordon, regular contributor to Vanity Fair, will feature her novel, Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend. Maureen Sherry, the former youngest managing director at Bear Stearns turned author, will give insight to her novel Opening Belle on July 20.
“I’m really looking forward to coming to Bridgehampton. I’ve long been a supporter of libraries and have heard such great things about Fridays at Five,” noted American author James Patterson, who will be at Hampton Library on July 27 with his book, The President is Missing. He added, “I’m always impressed by local communities that put together creative programming centered around books and reading, and I hope to see many of you at the library next month!”
Author Ken Auletta, who has a home in Bridgehampton, said, “Among the joys of summer is getting an invite to speak, or to introduce a speaker, at our local library. Over the years, the library has blossomed, the audience has swelled, and their questions are challenging. I’ve lost count how many Fridays at Five I’ve done, but I know I have never declined one. Nor would I.” He returns on August 3 with Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (And Everything Else).
On August 10, Martin London, a renowned trial lawyer and litigator, recounts his national cases, such as ones involving the Kennedy family, in his memoir The Client Decides. The following week, on August 17, Walter Isaacson, President of the Aspen Institute, will highlight moments from his researched book Leonardo da Vinci. Closing the series on August 24 will be National Book Award Finalist Min Jin Lee, reading the New York Times Notable Book of 2017 Pachinko, with comedian and former entertainment reporter, Bill McCuddy.
Hampton Library is located at 2478 Main Street in Bridgehampton. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors. Admission is $25 or guests may purchase a card for five admissions at $100. Call 631-537-0015 or email [email protected]