Finding the Best in People By Not Looking Away

Last Saturday at the Vineyard Haven library, Alan Burt talked about working with the homeless population of Cape Cod for the past 20 years. On Dec. 13, he will spend the night sleeping outdoors with other advocates, in solidarity with the homeless, something he’s done for many years.

Swept Away by Tradition and Crisis

Windswept, a new novel by Kate Hancock, opens with the story of Josiah Cook, a farmer on Chappaquiddick who in the late 18th century witnesses pirates burying treasure on the beach.

Creative Wings Take Flight Thanks to Early Osprey Encounter

Suzanne Goldsmith's first novel, Washashore, features a main character inspired by Gus Ben David. The novel received the Green Earth Book Award which recognizes books that promote environmental stewardship.

Looking Back With Gratitude on Island Life

Shirley Mayhew’s affectionate recollections of West Tisbury chronicle the years from 1947, when she arrived as a bride to a community of 239 residents, to 2013, when the book was written.

Tracing the Lineage of Women Healers, Plant by Glorious Plant

Holly Bellebuono's new book is part biography, part history, part geography and part linguistics lesson, all set against the broad backdrop of healing. Ms. Bellebuono profiles 21 contemporary women, each practicing different healing traditions.

Learning to Live Again Through Photography

In his new book Fighting for My Life, Michael Blanchard recounts the story of how he hit rock bottom, and how he returned to the living through his pictures. Mr. Blanchard's numerous photographs evoke the beauty and serenity of the Island.

Modern Privilege Meets Timeless Tragedy in We Were Liars

Tragedy has a way of striking its targets indiscriminately. No family, no matter how privileged, and no place, no matter how magical, is immune. Welcome to the world of We Were Liars, a young adult novel set on a small private island off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.

Artist Ray Ellis Captured Derby's Essence in Paintings to Be Shared

For 25 years it was an anticipated event — the arrival of the limited-edition prints depicting classic Vineyard fishing scenes as rendered by artist Ray Ellis.

Catch of the Day May Be Nothing But Net

It was on the Vineyard that Paul Greenberg first encountered the beauty of a functioning ecosystem, where fishing was not merely a symbolic act.

Rep. James Clyburn Finds Good Company on the Vineyard

A number of high-profile politicians converged on Oak Bluffs on Friday for a low-key but spirited book signing and talk by the South Carolina congressman, who is a longtime Vineyard visitor. The book signing was among many events this summer with connections to African American history and culture.