October 6, 2010 at 7:01 pm Leave a comment

The2011 LONG ISLAND READS pick is…

Sag Harbor

by Colson Whitehead

It’s the 1980s and Benji Cooper, son of a lawyer and a doctor, is one of the few black students at an elite prep school in New York City. Every summer, he, his brother Reggie and his friends head east on the LIE and ‘out’ to Azurest in Sag Harbor. Benji’s observations and social commentary are uplifting and humorous and give the reader a wonderful sense of time and place.

Why Sag Harbor?

  • The story takes place on Long Island in Azurest, a small summer community in Sag Harbor that African-American professionals established years ago when most of Long Island remained white.
  • Author Colson Whitehead is a New Yorker who summered in Azurest, Sag Harbor, Long Island and experienced those summers he describes so beautifully.
  • Mr. Whitehead is the author of four other novels and numerous essays. He has won, or has been a finalist for, the PEN/Hemingway Award, Young Lions Fiction Award, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, Whiting Writers’ Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His work has also been a New York Times Notable Book and has garnered a PEN Oakland Award. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.
  • This novel is the story of a family, seen through the eyes of a very observant and humorous young man, and will appeal to readers of all ages.
  • Sag Harbor is available in hardcover, paperback, large print, audio CD, downloadable audio, Talking Books and Braille.
  • There are numerous programming opportunities in beautiful Sag Harbor and elsewhere on Long Island and New York City.


Long Island Reads takes place annually throughout the month of April. Many libraries feature Long Island Reads programs during National Library Week (April 10-16, 2011).


Entry filed under: Long Island Reads.

Candice Millard Colson Whitehead

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