The Friends of the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton have an annual author event known as Fridays at Five. Fridays at Five is a long time tradition for the Library and “The Hamptons.” For almost 30 years, the Library has hosted a variety of well known authors on Fridays in July and August.The event is held in the beautifully landscaped yard of the Library.
The evening begins with wine and hors d' oeuvres prepared by the Friends of the Hampton Library. The Author speaks, answers a few questions and then attendees have an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed. All of the money collected including the price of admission and the sale of the books goes directly to The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton. Last year the money raised from this event was used to purchase and install automatic openers on the front entrance for handicap accessibility.
July 8: Samantha Bruce-Benjamin
July 8: Samantha Bruce-Benjamin. Samantha Bruce-Benjamin is the author of The Westhampton Leisure Hour and Supper Club and The Art of Devotion, an Examiner and Bookreporter Best Book of 2010. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, she holds a Master of Arts with Honors in English Literature from The University of Edinburgh. A former Random House and BBC literary editor, she divides her time between New York and Edinburgh, where she is currently reading for a PhD in Creative Writing at The University of Edinburgh. She will appear with Bonnie Grice, a two-time Gracie Allen Award winning broadcaster, DJ, producer and interviewer. Ms. Grice is the host of Bonnie in the Morning on Long Island’s only NPR station WPPB.
July 15: Joe Nocera
July 15: Joe Nocera. Joe Nocera is the sports business columnist for the New York Times. The focus for most of his career has been on business, including 10 years as a writer and editor at Fortune, as well as a business columnist for Esquire and GQ magazines, a contributing writer for Newsweek, and a writer and editor at Texas Monthly and The Washington Monthly. His books include All The Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis, co-authored with Bethany McLean. (2010); and Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA, with co-author Ben Strauss. Strauss, previously a press secretary on Capital Hill, is a contributing writer for the New York Times and is based in Washington, DC.
July 22: Michael Shnayerson
July 22: Michael Shnayerson. Michael Shnayerson, a contributing editor for Vanity Fair since 1986, has written more than 80 stories on subjects ranging from politics and arts to the environment. As a long-time resident of Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton, he has kept an eye out for Hamptons-based stories, and that has led to many of his favorite VF pieces, from reporting on mysterious new arrival Ira Rennert in l977, to the murder of East Hampton financier Ted Ammon in late 2001, on up to an homage in 2013 to five of the Hamptons’ best-known living writers: Peter Matthiessen, James Salter, E.L. Doctorow, Robert Caro and Jason Epstein. He has written or co-authored eight books on varied subjects, including The Contender, an unauthorized biography of New York governor Andrew Cuomo.
July 29: Roger Rosenblatt
July 29: Roger Rosenblatt. Roger Rosenblatt is widely known for his essays, novels, memoirs and plays. His essays for TIME and PBS have won two George Polk Awards, the Peabody, and the Emmy. He is the author of six off-Broadway plays and seventeen books, including the national bestsellers Kayak Morning, Unless it Moves the Human Heart, Making Toast, Rules for Aging, and Children of War, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is a 2015 recipient of the Kenyon Review Literary Achievement Award, and a Distinguished Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook University. His new book is, Thomas Murphy, a novel.
August 5: Richard Reeves
August 5: Richard Reeves. Richard Reeves, bestselling author of such books as Infamy: The Shocking Story of Japanese American Internment in World War II and President Kennedy: Profile of Power is an award-winning journalist who was the Chief Political Correspondent of the New York Times, a writer for The New Yorker, and chief correspondent for Frontline on PBS. He is currently the Senior Lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. In 1998, he won the Carey McWilliams Award of the American Political Science Association for distinguished contributions to the understanding of American politics. He was the Goldman Lecturer on American Civilization and Government at the Library of Congress that year; the lectures were published by Harvard University Press under the title What the People Know: Freedom and the Press.
August 12: Steven Gaines
August 12: Steven Gaines. Steven Gaines is the best-selling author of 12 books including Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons; The Sky’s the limit: Passion and Property in Manhattan; The Love You Make: An insider’s Story of the Beatles; and Simply Halston, the biography of the fashion designer. His journalism has appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Observer, the New York Times, and New York magazine, where he was contributing editor for 12 years. He is a co-founder and a past vice-chairman of the Hamptons International Film Festival. His long-running radio interview show, Sunday Brunch Live from the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, aired during the summer and fall months on a local NPR affiliate. His latest book, One of These Things First, is a memoir.
August 19: Carl Safina
August 19: Carl Safina. Carl Safina is the author of Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel. He has won a MacArthur “genius” prize, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships; book awards from Lannan, Orion, and the National Academies; and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He earned a PhD in ecology from Rutgers and is the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and runs the not-for-profit Safina Center. He hosted the PBS series Saving the Ocean. His writing appears in the New York Times, TIME, Audubon, and elsewhere. He is author of the classic book, Song for the Blue Ocean.
August 26: Ray Kelly
August 26: Ray Kelly. Raymond W. Kelly is one of the world's most highly esteemed law enforcement leaders. A forty-three-year veteran of the NYPD, Kelly served in twenty-five different commands before being named police commissioner in 1992. He was again appointed in January 2002 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, making Kelly the longest serving police commissioner in the city's history. Kelly’s career in public service includes directing the International Police Force in Haiti (appointed by then President Bill Clinton), serving as a Vice President of Interpol from 1996-2000, Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service and Undersecretary of Enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department. His memoir, Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting its Empire City, is the story of his remarkable life.