06/21/15 5:59am
06/21/2015 5:59 AM
Nelson DeMille at a recent appearance at the Riverhead Free Library. (Credit: Kathy Berezny)

Nelson DeMille at a recent appearance at Riverhead Free Library. (Credit: Matt Karpilovsky)

Nelson DeMille came to the Riverhead Free Library as part of a fairly standard author visit last Saturday. But in doing so, he inspired organizers to set out on a mission: to establish the library as a major hub for both established and burgeoning writers. (more…)

07/21/14 7:00am
07/21/2014 7:00 AM
Credit: Ashley Pinciaro

Credit: Ashley Pinciaro

I recently found two columns about books, the first amusing, the other a little troubling. The troubling one was about “trigger warnings,” notes of caution affixed to college reading lists or courses. The premise is that people who have been subjected to certain traumatic experiences should get a formal heads-up that a given book contains themes, chapters, paragraphs — perhaps only words — that revolve around one or more of life’s more unspeakable events. Such writing might cause upsetment, or worse, in someone who’s gone through such terrors.  (more…)