Local and Independent Author Night
BookHampton fully supports local and independent authors and takes pride in their success. It is our pleasure to dedicate this evening to local and independent authors, each unique in their writing styles and stories. Please support our local writing community and join us for a wonderful evening of story-telling and friendship. All books will be available for purchase during the event.
Helen A. Harrison, An Exquisite Corpse: Death in Surrealist New York
When the Cuban painter Wifredo Lam turns up dead in his Greenwich Village studio, the investigation takes Detective Sergeant John J. O’Connell and his team from Chinatown’s underworld to Spanish Harlem’s gangland in search of a killer who left a grotesque calling card.
Suspicion soon falls on the tight-knit circle of Surrealist refugees who fled Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II. Did one of their bizarre parlor games turn deadly?
Set in the sexually liberated New York art world of the 1940s, populated by European artists in exile and young Americans itching to take over the avant-garde, Harrison’s tale is an amalgam of truth and invention. That turbulent era’s creative ferment is the backdrop for a desperate crime and its lethal consequences.
Helen A. Harrison, a former New York Times art critic and National Public Radio art commentator, is the director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center and an authority on 20th century American art. Her previous books include Hamptons Bohemia (with Constance Ayers Denne), and monographs on Larry Rivers and Jackson Pollock. This is her first work of fiction. She lives with her husband, the painter Roy Nicholson, in Sag Harbor, New York.
G.B. Gurland, The Secret Files of Phineas Foster
Almost thirteen-year-old Gabriel Marx struggles with just about everything, from school, to relationships, to navigating between his divorced parents. He arrives in New York City for his annual summer visit with his attorney father who finds himself caught up in the mystery surrounding the murder of one of his clients. It is not long before Gabe finds himself smack in the middle of the intrigue and more determined than ever to prove himself to his dad.
Gabe encounters various players in the unraveling mystery, learns to trust the friendship of eleven-year-old Alex, and that of the renowned, but now discredited, Professor Phineas Foster. Twists and turns and seeming coincidences reveal previously unknown family history and harrowing choices for Gabe.
Will the children solve the murder? Will their determination lead to the truth? Will the professor be vindicated? Will the scoundrels who sought to corrupt the professor's lifelong work be brought to justice?
G.B. Gurland has been an educator for over forty years. She has extensive experience working with school-age children, adolescents, and young adults with reading and literacy challenges. More recently she has turned her attention to writing children's books, and has edited and published several workbooks in the area of vocabulary development. The Secret Files of Phineas Foster is her first middle grade novel.
All books will be available for sale during the event.