Sag Harbor Is: A Literary Celebration

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Sag Harbor, the old whaling port on the south
fork of Long Island, is second only to Greenwich
Village as America’s premiere literary village.
From early visitors James Fenimore Cooper and
Herman Melville to twentieth-century settlers
like John Steinbeck and Wilfrid Sheed, this
unique town has been a magnet for America’s
best writers, journalists, and playwrights.
Nelson Algren, Langston Hughes, William Mulvihill,
Walter Mosley, Betty Friedan, Joe Pintauro,
Miriam Ungerer, Alan Planz, and Spalding Gray
are just a few of the Sag Harbor writers included
here in this unique celebration of nearly three
hundred years of literary history.
“The selections are serendipitous rather than
exhaustive,” writes editor Maryanne Calendrille
in her introduction. “This volume does not
include our many award-winning playwrights
and children’s book authors. Nor did we have
space for the legions of fine journalists and magazine
writers.”
But here in this cornucopia of essays and poems
you’ll find an invigorating portrait of a classic
and historic American village which has — somehow — attracted our best writers to its environs for hundreds of years.

ohn Steinbeck writes about “My War With the
Ospreys”; Mark Ciabbatari shows us how hot
movie deals go down at 2 am in the bar of the
American Hotel; Joe Pintauro offers an elegy to
Nelson Algren, who died shortly after moving to
Sag Harbor; Miriam Ungerer, one of the most
influential food writers of the last fifty years,
gives us her best tomato hints; and there are eloquent
poems by Scott Chaskey, Star Black, Alan
Planz, Vince Clemente, and others.
The texts are accompanied by more than eighty
evocative photos by Kathryn Szoka, one of the
East End’s most accomplished photographic artists.
If you’ve ever visited Sag Harbor you’ll know
immediately that you want to participate in this
celebration. And if you’ve never visited Sag Harbor,
you are in for a treat as you discover in these
pages a remarkable portrait in words and pictures
of America’s literary Mecca.

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About the Author:

Maryann Calendrille is a writer based in Sag Harbor, NY. With Kathryn Szoka she owns and operates Canio's bookstore in that village, a gathering place for writers and artists for more than 25 years.

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