Wednesday, Feb. 21
Journalist Judith Newman, author of “To Siri with Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines,” reads from and discusses her work, part of the “Writers Speak” series. Reception at 6:30 p.m., reading at 7 p.m., Radio Lounge, Chancellors Hall, Stony Brook Southampton campus, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton; 631-632-5030, stonybrook.edu/mfa.
Thursday, Feb. 22
Kelly McMasters, director of publishing studies at Hofstra University and co-editor of “This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home,” discusses the book with contributing writers Sonya Chung and Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas. At 6:30 p.m., Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, Hofstra University South Campus, 900 Fulton Ave., Hempstead; 516-463-5669, hofstra.edu/gwgr.
Saturday, Feb. 24
Amityville native Sandi Brewster-walker gives a lecture on her forthcoming book, “Long Island Whalers of Color,” and signs copies of her memoir, “The Colored Girl from Long Island.” Entrance fee, $5, includes light refreshments and admission to current exhibits. Advance registration suggested. At 1 p.m., Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 W. Main St., Riverhead; 631-727-2881 ext. 100, suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
Adam Nicolson talks about “The Seabird’s Cry: Lives and Loves of the Planet’s Great Ocean Voyagers” with writer/biologist Carl Safina of Amagansett. At 5 p.m., Canio’s Books, 290 Main St. Sag Harbor; 631-725-4926, caniosbooks.com.
Sunday, Feb. 25
Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, discusses her book, “You Don’t Look Your Age . . . and Other Fairy Tales,” followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. Presented by Long Island LitFest. Tickets, $45, include a copy of the book. At 4 p.m., Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington; 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org.