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Ina Garten launches author series in Westbury

Ina Garten, author, host of the Food Network

Ina Garten, author, host of the Food Network program "Barefoot Contessa," and former White House nuclear policy analyst, who maintains a residence in East Hampton, on July 9, 2009. Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Move over, Don Rickles and Jerry Lee Lewis. The NYCB Theatre at Westbury, known for its marquee music and comedy headliners, is launching a new speaker series with well-known authors this summer.

Ina Garten, cookbook author and host of the Food Network's "Barefoot Contessa," kicks off the Conversations series with a talk and multimedia presentation on July 23. A limited number of $350 tickets will be available for a meet-and-greet with Garten before the show.

Other authors scheduled for the series are Roz Chast, New Yorker magazine cartoonist and author of the award-winning graphic memoir "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" on Aug. 20; Billy Collins, former poet laureate of the United States and author of more than 15 poetry collections, on Sept. 17; and Michael Pollan, activist and author of "In Defense of Food" and other books, on Oct. 29. Book signings will follow all of the talks.

Tickets, $29.50 to $99, are available through Ticketmaster, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the box office.

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