Sunday, Oct. 20

John Schwartz discusses his memoir, "Oddly Normal" (Gotham Books), about raising a gay son. Registration required. At 3 p.m., Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center Gallery, 300 Forest Dr., East Hills, 516-484-1545,

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Esquire columnist John Mariani, author of "How Italian Food Conquered the World" (Palgrave Macmillan), speaks as part of the "Italian-American Experience" lecture series. At 7 p.m., Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Hofstra University, Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead; 516-463-5669,

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Sag Harbor-based artist Eric Fischl discusses his work and his new book, "Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas" (Crown). At 7 p.m., Radio Lounge of Chancellors Hall, Stony Brook Southampton Campus, 239 Montauk Hwy., Southampton; 631-632-5030,

Friday. Oct. 25

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Actor John Lithgow signs copies of his children's book, "Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo" (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers). At 7 p.m., Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-271-1442,

Saturday, Oct. 26

In conjunction with the Gold Coast Film Festival, Jay McInerney discusses the making of the film "Bright Lights, Big City," based on his 1984 novel. Reservations recommended. At 1:30 p.m., Port Washington Library, 1 Library Dr., Port Washington, 516-829-2570,