“SOMETHING MAGICAL happens when a reader meets an author, says Donna Diamond
, a local book discussion facilitator, consultant and a member of the Long Island Reads committee, an initiative sponsored by the library systems in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. "Reading and writing, solitary undertakings on their own, take on an almost symbiotic relationship when brought together. Authors write for the pleasure and edification of their readers. As readers, we thrill to the written adventures, thoughts and ideas the author has inscribed on the page. Each needs the other in order to exist."
Attending an author reading offers participants insight into storyline, characters and the writing process. Meeting successful writers can also be a great source of inspiration for anyone wishing to put pen to paper.
This is why WordUp: Long Island LitFest has been bringing authors to the region since 2015, with a full-day literary festival taking place each spring. Best-selling authors-Meg Wolitzer among them this past April-came together in one pace, each taking a turn at the microphone. Then, the audience had their books signed and got to mingle with their favorites.
In the fall and winter, Long Island LitFest continues with its "Long Island LitFest Presents…"series of single-author appearances. All events are ticketed and include a copy of the author's book. Interaction is important, so all events include an audience Q&A. Check LonglslandLitfest.com
often for tickets and event updates.