Save the date: October 14th is when the Library will hold its first One for the Books dinner party extravaganza, in homes all over the Sag Harbor area, in order to raise money for the restoration of JJML’s beautiful turn-of-the-(20th)century home. Each dinner-party host has picked a book – there’s something for everyone, from Carl Hiassen to Julia Child to Proust. There’s maritime adventure, featuring Patrick O’Brian’s Master & Commander, a taste of The Godfather for Mario Puzo fans, and fine Tuscan cooking for lovers of the book Under the Tuscan Sun. Many local authors’ books – E.L. Doctorow, Alan Furst, Maryann Calendrille & Kathryn Szoka – are featured as well, and lots of Sag Harbor history too. One special dinner, featuring Dashiell Hammett’s The Thin Man, will be held the following Saturday night, October 21
One for the Books works like this: Guests sign up for dinner by picking a book. Some dinners are family style, some served by uniformed butler, and some are buffet: part of the fun is that you won’t know beforehand. Neither hosts nor guests will know who’s coming to dinner until just days before the event! It will be a great way to meet some neighbors, celebrate books (and, no, you don’t have to read the book you’ve picked if you don’t want to) and raise money specifically for the renovation and preservation of the John Jermain Memorial building on Main Street.
Invitations will be available at the Library’s circulation desk beginning the week of August 21st and up until September 18th. Seating is very limited for these dinners, so sign up early. The suggested donation is $100 per ticket, of which $80 is tax-deductible. Questions? Please call the library or e-mail Susan Merrell at smerrell [at] optonline [dot] net