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A Guidebook to Our Place in the Ecology of a Changing Planet

Pictured Above: Scott Chaskey. |. Lindsey Morris photo for Milkweed Press Words!Pens are too light.take a chisel to write. This snippet of verse, winnowed by South Fork poet and farmer Scott Chaskey from the works of the poet Basil Bunting, helps to guide Chaskey’s sculptural new book of essays, “Soil and Spirit: Cultivation and Kinship in the Web of Life.” Poems, like music, are “patterns of sound on the background
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A Love Letter to the Stark Beauty of Montauk

The autumn can be a stark season at the windswept end of Long Island, as vacationers pack up and head back west and locals figure out if they have saved enough during the busy season to make it through the winter. The chill of the first nor’easters or tropical storms of the season highlight the ecological and economic tenuousness of this place. Longtime Montauk resident and author Céline Keating’s newest
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The Church Highlights Adapting ‘Far Tortuga’

The Peter Matthiessen Center is teaming up with The Church in Sag Harbor on Sunday, Oct. 8 for a presentation on “Adapting Far Tortuga” with the director and actors working to bring to life Matthiessen’s 1975 novel about the last turtle hunters of the Grand Cayman Islands.  The novel came about after the New Yorker magazine sent Matthiessen on a reporting trip to the Cayman Islands in the mid-1960s to
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A Celebration of Indian Poetry and Women’s Creative Lives at Peconic Landing

Peconic Landing in Greenport hosts “Daughters on Mothers: A View from India through Poetry," a conversation with award-winning poet and actor Nandana Dev Sen and noted art scholar and author Vishakha Desai on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. in Peconic Landing's auditorium at 1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport. The engaging conversation will be moderated by demographer and humanitarian Carolyn Makinson. This special program, free and open to the public, is
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Steinbeck to be Celebrated; Seeking National Landmark Status

The Sag Harbor Partnership and Steinbeck House Local Advisory Committee will celebrate the launching of Steinbeck House, a writer’s retreat center in Nobel laureate John Steinbeck’s former Sag Harbor home, on Saturday Sept. 9, with a newly penned staged reading by accomplished actors of the classic Steinbeck novel “The Winter of Our Discontent” at The Church at 48 Madison Street. Writer, director and producer Marc Abraham has written this adaptation
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Oysterponds to Celebrate Moby-Dick

The Oysterponds Historical Society will host its very first Moby-Dick Reading Half-Marathon Weekend July 14 through 16, with several days of dramatic readings from Melville’s magnum opus, along with a sea shanty sing-a-long with chowder and biscuits, a kids' whale parade down Village Lane and an outdoor screening of "In the Heart of the Sea." Community members will read representative selections from one of the most acclaimed American novels and there
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Summer Books: Girls Can Surely Tattoo Too

It’s a wonderful thing to see a town that has for decades been derided get some recognition for the place full of heart that it actually is. Riverhead is having a moment this year, after being named to Forbes “Best Places to Travel” list this February, and it’s likely that moment is going to last. Once a place is ‘discovered,’ it rarely becomes undiscovered. June Gervais’s debut novel, “Jobs for
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Debut Novelist Looks at Her Hometown With Wit and Heart

You might have heard that the classic Joni Mitchell song “Big Yellow Taxi” wouldn’t have been named for the line about her old man being chauffeured away if it wasn’t actually a love song disguised as an anthem against paving paradise. Such is the case with “Save What’s Left,” a devilishly astute debut novel by a 33-year-old who grew up studiously observing the quirks of her North Fork hometown, a
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Get Lit at Poquatuck Hall

Pictured Above: Melanie Mitzner with her new book "Slow Reveal."    On Saturday, March 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. EST, North Fork Women, a lesbian health advocacy and education organization, will host Get Lit at Poquatuck Hall, 1160 Skipper's Lane, Orient, NY 11957. The event, a book launch for novelist Melanie Mitzner and poet Elaine Sexton, will also feature works-in-progress by memoirist/producer Roma Baran and playwright/author Elizabeth Primamore. Book signings by Mitzner
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A Citizen of the World Reflects

North Fork radio host recalls a childhood shaped by beauty, impermanence and shifting borders  Pictured Above: Hazel Selzer with her mother and brother, circa 1947 Mattituck resident Hazel Kahan, a radio host on the independent station 89.5 WPKN, has devoted herself for years to exploring the lives of North Forkers through her program North Fork Works. Her wide ranging interviews often come home to a discussion on how her subjects