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March 8, 2005

From “Pat the Bunny” to “Ghosts of Vesuvius”, Authors Gather at Southampton College
Meet the Writers Book Fair to Benefit MFA Program

Amanda Olsen (

Southampton, NY – Scores of local writers with new books will meet the public and autograph their works at Southampton College’s 28th annual Meet the Writers Book Fair on Friday, May 6, 2005. Admission to the event is $20, and will run from 4-7:30 p.m. in a tent at Chancellors Hall at Southampton College. Some of the attending authors include Southampton College professor Kaylie Jones, renowned children’s author Edith Kunhardt and forensic archeologist Charles Pellegrino.

Not only does Kaylie Jones have five novels under her belt, but she has been instrumental in the formation of the MFA program at the College. Her novels have been translated into many languages including German, French, Japanese, and Italian. Her most recent work, “Speak Now”, will be available for purchase.

Edith Kunhardt became acquainted with the world of children’s literature at a very young age, when her mother created the famous interactive book “Pat the Bunny” for her in 1940.  Edith herself has written 64 books for children since her debut in 1982, illustrating 16 of them herself.  In addition to the “Pat” series she has produced a number of career-oriented books, including “I’m Going to be a Firefighter” and “I’m Going to be a Farmer”.

In the past decade, Charles Pellegrino has written six books on subjects that range from the lost city of Thera to what would happen if all insects suddenly became extinct. His career as a scientist has drawn him to write about subjects of past and present civilizations, rockets, and legends. Two of his recent publications, “Ghosts of the Titanic” and “Ghosts of Vesuvius” will be on display.

East End writers who have had a book published since last May or those who will soon have a book published and are interested in participating in this year’s event should call Carol Gilbert at (631) 287-8347. 

Playwright, poet and novelist Joe Pintauro will be the 17th recipient of the Steinbeck award, which is presented at the Book Fair. His most recent play, “Beautiful Dreamer,” explores the life of the only woman to receive a congressional medal of honor during the Civil War.

Past recipients of the award include E.L. Doctorow, Lanford Wilson, Peter Matthiessen, Kurt Vonnegut, Terrence McNally, Betty Friedan, David Ignatow, Wilfred Sheed, Edward Albee, James Salter, Susan Isaacs, Dava Sobel, Kenneth Koch, Gregory Rebassa, Tom Wolfe and Robert Caro.

Since its inception in 1977, the Book Fair has raised funds to support student writing awards and scholarships, acquisitions for the College Library, and the John Steinbeck Writers Room, located in the Southampton College library. It continues to fill this crucial niche by providing funds for graduate scholarships for tomorrow’s best sellers as they continue to enroll in the acclaimed M.F.A. program.  The event is known as the traditional kick-off of the Hamptons summer season.