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, sjjcc.org

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, hofstra.edu/culture

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, stonybrook.edu/mfa

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, bookrevue.com

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, pwpl.org