Welcome to Red Jacket Books
My name is Ben Vengroff and I am the founder of Red Jacket Books. I started Red Jacket Books in July 2020 out of a complete love for reading, writing, and everything in between. By the end of the year, I signed a lease to open up a shop in Westhampton Beach, and by March of the next year our doors were open. Throughout the short life of the retail shop, we were twice voted Best Book Store on Long Island, and had the opportunity to work with some great place and people, including The WHBPAC, The Hampton Synagogue, The WHB Library, and Six Corners Wines.
Book Clubs and Writing Competitions
Red Jacket Books is proud to be the host of many writing competitions and look forward to releasing a book in 2024 full of the winners and a few of our favorite submissions. We also host a yearly Winter White Whale Book Club, in which we read a very long book together, having weekly discussions on our Facebook Group.
Why Red Jacket?
Many years ago I was in California visiting a friend and saw a red jacket in the store. I fell in love with it and wore it every single day since then, and became known for it. Some people like it and some hate it, but it made an impression with almost everyone. Then in 2019, a storm caused a tree to hit my house and ruin almost all my belongings. All my coats and jackets were absolutely ruined, with the exception of my lucky Red Jacket.