Monday, Oct. 19

Karen Russell, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist "Swamplandia!" and "Vampires in the Lemon Grove," discusses her work, part of Hofstra's Great Writers, Great Readings series. At 7 p.m., Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Hofstra University, Hempstead; 516-463-5410,


Tuesday, Oct. 20

Joseph Flammer, author of "UFOs Over Long Island, New York," discusses UFO sightings and signs books. At 7 p.m., Sachem Library, 150 Holbrook Rd., Holbrook; 631-588-5024,


Wednesday, Oct. 21

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"Project Runway" co-producer Tim Gunn, author of "Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work," delivers a lecture. Free; tickets required. At 7 p.m., Ruth S. Harley University Center, Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., Garden City; 516-877-4555,


Thursday, Oct. 22

Former "Jersey Shore" castmember Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi signs copies of "Strong Is the New Sexy: My Kickass Story on Getting 'My Formula for Fierce.' " At 7 p.m., Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington; 631-271-1442,


Saturday, Oct. 24

Food writer Tom Barritt discusses and signs copies of "Long Island Food: A History from Family Farms and Oysters to Craft Spirits." $5, wine and cheese served. At 1 p.m., Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 W. Main St., Riverhead; 631-727-2881, ext. 106,