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.
Adam Straus, "Adam Straus"
A new monograph on the work of Adam Straus published by Gli Ori, Italy, in November 2016 includes text by Adam Straus, edited with an essay by Amei Wallach, the award-winning filmmaker, art critic, journalist, and curator.
Straus writes about childhood experiences, fascinating moments with collectors, and how a move to the North Fork of Long Island from Brooklyn in 2003 inspired many of his works. Straus is known for his majestic and luminous depictions of the sublime, which are often saturated with a deep concern about social and environmental issues. His penetrating dark humor can transport the viewer to post-apocalyptic worlds and often offers a wry observation on how humans have altered the natural landscape.
Work by Adam Straus is in numerous museum collections including the Parrish Art Museum, Bridgehampton, NY; List Visual Center, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; The Art Museum at F.I.U., Miami, FL; Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA; Tufts University Art Gallery, Somerville, MA; and the William College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA, among others. Born in Miami in 1956, Straus lives and works in Riverhead, NY.
Kim Interdonato, "Shoes Are Like Men"
Shoes Are Like Men is a laugh out loud funny modern spin on dating from a woman’s point of view. Every chapter compares dating from blisteringly painful to as comfortable as a pair of slippers. Every female will totally relate their date to every chapter in this book.
Kim grew up with her amazing grandparents in Long Island, New York, where she still lives with her son, Luke.
Growing up, Kim was a competitive figure skater. She loves working as a professional skating instructor and also taught hockey and figure skating for over 24 years.
DJ Taranto, "Nine Ways to Crazy"
Deborah J. Taranto thought when her mother joined her in New York, she'd finally be able to help her maintain her health. What she hadn't considered was how she'd maintain her own health: Her mother's deteriorating mind and constant demands made it almost impossible to get anything done.
In this memoir, which includes numerous journal entries, she relives the guilt of struggling to take care of an elderly parent with Alzheimer's who managed to raise a house full of children without complaints.
From the classic behavior symptoms of dementia to her mother's hilarious outbursts, she faces her mother's mortality-as well as her own-head on, weaving symptoms into vignettes that highlight everyday challenges. Her account reveals the daily struggle of what it's like to care for a loved one with Alzheimer's and how the experience can affect family members long after a loved one has died.
If you're a caregiver or family member struggling to help someone navigate their final years with dignity, you'll be inspired by the humorous and poignant tales in Nine Ways to Crazy.
Deborah J. Taranto is a native New Yorker. She earned a Master of Science degree from Wagner College, joined St. John's University faculty in 2002 as an assistant adjunct professor teaching English literature, and teaches English literature at a private high school on Staten Island. She is also the author of a work of fantasy fiction: The Land of Crystals.
All books will be available for purchase during the event.