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January 27, 2005

Neither Rain, nor Sleet, nor Snow Can Stop the Meet the Writers Book Fair

Amanda Olsen (Amanda.Olsen@

Southampton, NY – Whether graced by the sun or dappled with sweet spring rain, Southampton College will host the 28th annual Meet the Writers Book Fair on Friday, May 6, 2005, from 4-7:30 p.m. in a tent at Chancellors Hall at Southampton College. Admission to the event is $20.

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. 

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. 

Scores of local writers with new books will meet the public and autograph their works. The event is known as the traditional kick-off of the Hamptons summer season. 

Playwright, poet and novelist Joe Pintauro will be the 17th recipient of the Steinbeck award, which is presented at the Book Fair. "I'm very excited about it. One of things that made it so interesting is that, last month, I was in Los Angeles with a group called the Pacific Theatre Company and they had a production of ‘Of Mice and Men’ while I was there. Having seen that wonderful production of that play and having been so close to his work, to hear about this award just overwhelms me,” Pintauro said.

He is the acclaimed author of two novels, “State of Grace” and “Cold Hands,” which was selected by the New York Times as one of the best novels of the year, and several volumes of poetry. He has written a plethora of plays including his debut “Snow Orchid,” “Raft of the Medusa,” “Beside Herself,” “By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea,” “Men’s Lives,” “Heaven and Earth,” “The Dead Boy,” “Wild Blue” and “Salvation.” 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.