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Author events on Long Island, week of Aug. 21

Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom, author of

Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom, author of "A Stray Cat Struts: My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel." Credit: Jules Annan

Sunday, Aug. 21

Wainscott author Steven Gaines (“Philistines at the Hedgerow”) talks about and signs copies of his new memoir, “One of These Things First.” At 5:30 p.m., Southampton Books, 16 Hampton Rd., Southampton; 631-283-0270, southampton-books.com

Wednesday, Aug. 24

Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom, who grew up in Massapequa, talks about “A Stray Cat Struts: My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel.” At 7 p.m., Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington; 631-271-1442, bookrevue.com

Thursday, Aug. 25

Historical novelist Kristen Harnisch (“The Vintner’s Daughter”) discusses her sequel, “The California Wife.” At 7 p.m., Turn of the Corkscrew, 110 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre; 516-764-6000, turnofthecorkscrew.com

Friday, Aug. 26

Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly talks about “Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting Its Empire City.” Tickets $20, includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. At 5 p.m., Hampton Library, 2478 Main St., Bridgehampton; 631-537-0015, hamptonlibrary.org

Sunday, Aug. 28

Authors Russ Walsh (“A Parent’s Guide to Public Education in the 21st Century”), Denny Taylor and others discuss their books on public education reform. At 2 p.m., The Dolphin Bookshop, 299 Main St., Port Washington; 516-767-2650, thedolphinbookshop.com

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