Three Cheers for Words and Writers; Book Festival Is Almost Here

This year’s Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival takes place August 1 through August 2 and features a mix of fiction and nonfiction authors, including former congressmen and chefs and best-selling authors.

Island Basketball: Much More Than a Game

“If there is one thing that brings Vineyarders together, male and female, rich and not-so rich, across ethnic and social lines, it is and has been basketball. That is Martha’s Vineyard’s best-kept secret.”

David McCullough and Geraldine Brooks Take the Stage

It is a big week for words on the Vineyard. One could say that all summer long, but this week two Vineyard authors take the stage.

When the Real Affair of the Heart Always Leads Back to the Library

“I’m still searching for the perfect one line sentence to serve to people when they inevitably ask what my book is about,” poet, author and librarian Jennifer Tseng said a few weeks ago about her new novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness.

Sitting Down at the Table for Change

Ali Berlow founded the Island Grown Initiative a decade ago, wrote The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse and was the founding editor and is still the co-publisher of Edible Vineyard. Her most recent book, The Food Activist’s Handbook: Big & Small Things You Can Do to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for Your Community, was published earlier this month.

David McCullough Flies Deep into Wright Brothers' Story

David McCullough, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and longtime resident of West Tisbury, has long been fascinated with mechanical flight. His newest book, to be released Tuesday, tells the story of Wright Brothers, a lesson in self-reliance, perseverance, family values and hard work.

Author Geraldine Brooks Fills Out the Story of Biblical Giant Slayer

Last week at State Road Restaurant Geraldine Brooks gave a sneak preview reading of her novel The Secret Chord, to be published in October.

Making Sure the Science in Science Fiction Gets Its Due

Marshall Highet's love of writing and reading came early. Both of her grandmothers were writers. Her paternal grandmother was Helen MacInnes, the popular Scottish writer of espionage books, who died when Ms. Highet was only eight.

Colonial History by Way of Scotland

When I read recently in the New York Times about the possibility of Scotland exiting the United Kingdom, I was confused. I had no idea Great Britain had nationality problems.

Murder on the Potomac: Cynthia Riggs Has a New Heroine

The early manuscript was written more than 30 years ago when the West Tisbury author was living on a houseboat in Washington, D.C. Now Murder at C-Dock marks the launch of a new murder mystery series.

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