Sam Talbot Joins the Authors Night Club
by sam talbot
More than 120 authors are expected to attend this year’s Authors Night
The East End is my second home, and because this community has given so much to me in the way of support and friendship, not to mention health and peace in the surf and the sun, I’m honored to give back by participating in the East Hampton Library’s annual Authors Night event. As a new culinary author, you’ll find me under the big tent on August 11, signing copies of my book, The Sweet Life: Diabetes Without Boundaries, alongside an impressive roster of writers in all genres, including my author friend Katie Lee.
I’ve been hearing about Authors Night every summer since I started coming out East, but I was amazed to learn how it’s grown since its beginnings in 2005, when just a few dozen authors participated and a few hundred people attended. Now it’s the premier literary event in the Hamptons, with more than 120 authors participating and more than 1,000 people attending. It’s truly unique among East End fundraisers— attendees get to interact with their favorite authors face-to-face and walk away with personally inscribed books. As all of the books for the event are donated by their publishing firms, 100 percent of sales go to benefit the East Hampton Library.
I applaud the Library as a local nonprofit institution that offers so much to the diverse group of people who live, work, and vacation here. Whether you visit the library for research, access to technology, reading clubs, kids’ programs, or special events, libraries offer everyone, of every age, equal access to an incredible world of information, education, and entertainment. One of the jewels of the East Hampton Library that I recently discovered is its Long Island Collection, a vast collection of records and documents relating to the history and people of Long Island, including maps, manuscripts, letters, log books, family records, and so much more. The story of how and from whom the library amassed this information is amazing and there for anyone to discover. The collection is a perfect example of why the East Hampton Library and other local libraries are vital resources that serve the entire community. Through the support of fundraisers like Authors Night, as well as private donations, the library can fund free programs, build its collections, and continue to grow and thrive.
photography by EUGENE GO LOG URS KY (caro, atmosphere, baldwin); Keri Lamparter (east Hampton library)