On Saturday, Aug. 8, East Hampton’s Main Street was packed with people making their way to the Fifth Annual Authors Night at the East Hampton Library. So long was the line of parked cars that one of the presenting authors, Allen Planz, an elderly poet and charter captain, sprawled himself out on the sidewalk, shoe in hand, taking a rest before continuing on to the event. The library party was comprised of a large tent about 50 yards in length with two long rows of white covered tables, behind which authors sat, signing their books. It was crowded thick with shoppers and spectators.
Just outside the tent, holding a cane and wearing a blue shirt adorned with cartoons was Inside the Actor’s Studio host James Lipton, sitting alone.