At our final event of the summer season, BookHampton was delighted to welcome James Salter to our East Hampton store on August 27. We joined him in celebrating the publication of two books: a hardcover reprint of his 1989 short story collection Dusk and Other Stories (Modern Library) and a new book, Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps (Counterpoint).
Phelps was a writer and literary critic who began this correspondence in 1969 with a fan letter to Salter upon the publication of A Sport and a Pastime. The published correspondence continued until 1980, covering the period when several of the stories in Dusk were first written. The letters cover a wide range of literary topics and bring back a forgotten period of American literature; the two shared a love of Europe, especially France and all things French, and their enthusiasm is infectious.
At BookHampton on Saturday, Mr. Salter read the riveting story "Twenty Minutes" from Dusk, then a few pages from his memoir Burning the Days about helps and their correspondence. Finally, he read a few of the letters themselves, and the very large crowd was enthralled. Salter is often called a writer's writer, and those of us lucky enough to be present that night came away with a greater understanding of why.
— Jeremy Nussbaum
Memorable Days (25.00)
Sport and a Pastime (13.00)
Burning the Days (15.00)
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