Andrew Solomon, author of "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children,...

Andrew Solomon, author of "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity." Credit: Annie Leibovitz

Monday, Dec. 2

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink discusses her book about New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, "Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital" (Crown). Tickets $10; light brunch served. At noon, Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview; 516-822-3535, ext. 328,

Andrew Solomon speaks and signs copies of his "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and Search for Identity" (Scribner), winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award. At 7 p.m., Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom, Ruth S. Harley University Center, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., Garden City; 516-877-4555,

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Newsday contributor and author John Hanc discusses "Jones Beach: An Illustrated History" (Globe Pequot). At 12:30 p.m., Cold Spring Harbor Library, 95 Harbor Rd., Cold Spring Harbor; 631-692-6820,

Thursday, Dec. 5

Journalist Pete Hamill discusses his novel "Snow in August" (Back Bay Books). Tickets $25, $10 students. At 7:30 p.m., Temple Sinai of Roslyn, 425 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Heights; 516-621-6800,

Friday, Dec. 6

Newsday investigative journalist Thomas Maier speaks about and signs copies of his book "Masters of Sex" (Basic Books), basis for the Showtime series. At 7 p.m., Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington; 631-271-1442,

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