More than $325,000 was raised for the East Hampton Library at the 11th Annual Author’s Night Benefit.
Almost 2,500 people attended East Hampton Library’s 11th Annual Authors Night benefit held at 4 Maidstone Lane in the Village of East Hampton on Saturday, August 8, 2015. Over 3,000 books were sold in the most successful Authors Night ever featuring 100 authors from across all genres. The benefit event has become one of the leading annual literary happenings in America.
Governor Pataki attended with his wife Libby to support their daughter Allison Pataki, who was one of the participating authors. The evening began at 5:00 pm with an Authors Book Signing Cocktail Reception under a tent, where guests enjoyed delici
ous hors d’oeuvres and wine while have an opportunity to meet and mingle with the authors. Many attendees bought books, and had them personally inscribed.
At 8 pm, directly following the Authors Reception, select guests were invited to private dinner parties at the homes of hosts in honor of one of the guest authors at each respective dinner party. One of the hottest tickets was the dinner party honoring the legendary TV host and author Dick Cavett. The party was hosted by Ted Hartley at the oceanfront compound he shares with his wife Dina Merriill in East Hampton. I overheard Alec Baldwin, one the event’s founding Co-chairs, tell Mr. Cavett he would see him later.
The participating authors included: Jonathan Adler, Arlene Alda, Dan Barber, Kate Betts, David Browne, Bill Dedman, Simon Doonan, Florence Fabricant, Jules Feiffer, Tracey Jackson, Phil Klay, Stewart F. Lane, Katie Lee, Thomas Maier, Fern Mallis, Wednesday Martin, Judith Miller, Bob Morris, Charlotte Moss, Marc Murphy, Allison Pataki,
Bernard L. Schwartz, Mimi Sheraton, Michael Shnayerson, Stephanie Smith, Lettie Teague, Victoria Tennant, Matthew Thomas, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Paul Williams, and Colleen Saidman Yee.
Founding Honorary Co-Chairs Alec Baldwin and Barbara Goldsmith joined the 2015 Honorary Co-Chairs Ed Burns, Robert A. Caro, Dick Cavett, Tom Clavin, Nelson DeMille, Christina Baker Kline, and Lynn Sherr. Sponsors for the evening were The Alec Baldwin Foundation, Hamptons magazine, Swedish Culinary Summer, Domaine Franey, Hamptons.com, 88.3 WPPB, Red Horse Market, Saunders Real Estate, Tesla Motors, and Open Road Integrated Media.
Photos & Copy Patrick Christiano
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