The Friends of the Library celebrated the 50th anniversary of its annual Richard Dodge Whittemore Book & Author Luncheon on May 10 at North Hills Country Club. The sell-out audience of 340 enjoyed presentations by featured authors novelist Meg Wolitzer and New York Times classical music critic Anthony Tommasini. Port’s own best-selling novelist Susan Isaacs once again graced the event as moderator.
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth presented Friends of the Library President Amy Bass with a proclamation marking the golden anniversary. In the past five decades, 105 authors have been featured at the luncheon, which has become one of the most highly anticipated literary events on the North Shore. The list includes many award winners, best-selling authors, and local luminaries such as Susan Isaacs, Dan Paisner and George Vecsey. Reed Whittemore spoke touchingly about his father, the first president of the Friends of the Library, for whom the luncheon is named.
Submitted by the Friends of the Library