Over 125 authors and droves of attendees gathered at the annual Authors Reception Cocktail Party under the billowing tent that served up a reader’s paradise complete with fresh shrimp and chilled chardonnay.
The 8th annual “Author’s Night,” benefiting the East Hampton Library, unfolded on a sprawling cropped field of the Gardiner Farm off languid James Lane where guests mingled with best-selling authors David Baldacci, Dick Cavett, Dava Sobel, Peter Matthiessen, Robert Klein and Andrew Ross Sorkin, to name just a few, proving once again that The Hamptons are a fertile gathering place for contemporary minds.
You may ask, where else you can chat with Ina and Robert Caro, Robert Massie, Lynn Sherr, Edie Lutnick, Dava Sobel, Carl Safina, Hilary Knight, Caroline Rob Zaleski, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and many other of the 125 authors gathered in East Hampton to autograph their books and raise money for the East Hampton Public Library. Bonnie Grice, host of WPPB’s Eclectic Café ,heard weekday mornings on 88.3 FM , found the place to meet those authors, and share her conversations in the WPPB broadcast booth under the great white tent. Broadcasting live from the grounds of the Gardiner Farm from 5- 7 PM, Bonnie captured the excitement of the evening and shared it with WPPB’s listeners from Bellport to New London.
The broadcast featured conversations with a few of the more than 125 distinguished authors as they discussed their latest work ranging from the untold story of how the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald families faced the tragedy of9/11 and beyond, to the joyous antics of Eloise to the latest musings of Dr. Ruth Westheimer and topics across the spectrum of interest from Hampton’s inspired interior design and home cooking to international espionage, political intrigue, and controversial economic forecasts.
Founding Chairs Alec Baldwin and Barbara Goldsmith were joined by Honorary Co-Chairs Ken Auletta, David Baldacci, Robert A. Caro, Dick Cavett, Lynn Sherr, and Dava Sobel. As the gathering of authors, celebrities, and book-lovers came to an end in the great white tent the festivities the author’s moved on to a series of private dinner parties in private homes throughout the Hamptons.
Punctuating the benefit’s cocktail hour, the dinner pairings were impeccable. Among them: Florence and Richard Fabricant hosted dinner with guest author Anka Muhlstein of “Balzac’s Omelette: A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honre’ de Balzac,” Mort Zuckerman hosted dinner guest author Andrew Ross Sorkin of “Too Big To Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves,” and Judith Hope and Tom Twomey hosted Robert A. Caro, author of “The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson.”