Library event’s venue change causes uproar in East Hampton

Library event’s venue change causes uproar in East Hampton

The stuffy-sounding East Hampton Library’s Authors Night is causing controversy — again!

The Aug. 11 fund-raiser is being held at a new location, in an Amagansett field owned by the local Community Preservation Fund.

But the venue change is causing residents concern over potential traffic and property damage.

At a town meeting last week, the East Hampton Star reported locals were in an uproar that the town’s board made a decision to allow what some groused was a “two-day, traffic-stopping event.”

One resident dramatically said, of using the field for a book bash, “I can’t see how you can stretch the definition of recreation to include these book events . . . Next year, with legalization of recreational marijuana, maybe there should be a marijuana fair?”

Reps for the town and the event, which will include authors Alec Baldwin, A.M. Homes, Wednesday Martin, Geraldo Rivera and Dr. Ruth Westheimer, did not comment.

Last year, we reported that participating author Ann Coulter was accused of selling DVDs for $25, “cash only,” at the event, where book sales are meant to go to the library.

She fired back in third person, “The idea that she pilfered from the poor liberal foundlings of East Hampton is absurd.”

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