Island Futurist Gives Talk at Library

Technothriller writer, essayist, postmodern literary fabulist and Island resident John Sundman will discuss his work and the meaning of literature in the age of the Internet at the Vineyard Haven library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The talk, entitled Cheap Complex Devices, is free and open to the public.

Russ Baker, The Muckraker

Russ Baker, The Muckraker

In a program called The Hidden History of the United States, author and journalist Russ Baker will discuss his new book — Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the powerful forces that put it in the White House and what their influence means for America — on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Vineyard Haven Public Library

Mr. Baker contends that the national security establishment behind the Bushes rise continues to maintain a grip on the Obama administration.

Linda Miller Signs New Book: Beacon on the Hill

Award-winning author Linda Kenney Miller, who wrote Beacon on the Hill, spent her childhood summers at Oak Bluffs. Her grandfather, John A. Kenney, vacationed on the Vineyard ever since 1913 when his wife’s family first bought the Kenney cottage on Huntington avenue.

Book Reading

Book Reading

This Thursday, all are invited to a reading and signing for a book is titled Airlift to America: How Barack Obama Sr, John F. Kennedy, Tom Mboya and 800 East African Students Changed Their World and Ours, written by Tom Shachtman with a foreword by Harry Belafonte. The event Thursday, August 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Midnight Farm in Vineyard Haven. Mr. Shachtman will be introduced by Cora Weiss of Aquinnah, who was executive director of the foundation that administered the unique initiative from 1959 to 1963.

Feminist Lecture

Feminist Lecture

New York University Professor Dr. Carol Gilligan will discuss her new book, The Deepening Darkness: Patriarchy, Resistance and Democracy’s Future, on Wednesday, August 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Public Library.

Comic Book Talk

Comic Book Talk

Eisner Award winning New Yorker cartoonist Paul Karasik will talk about and sign his book, You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation: The Comics of Fletcher Hanks, Volume II, at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven at 7 p.m. Of the previous volume edited by Mr. Karasik, the notorious Robert Crumb said “I must have this book for my library.” For details, call 508-693-2291.

Judy Blume Fans Are Legion at Book Signing

A devoted, multigenerational crowd gathered at the Judy Blume book signing at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore last Saturday afternoon, the first jointly held book signing between the store and Riley’s Reads.

Ms. Blume was signing any and all of her 28 releases, including the newest, Friend or Fiend? With the Pain and the Great One.

Wine, Cheese and Verse at The Yard

Poet Sassy Ross will be featured at a wine and cheese reading today, Tuesday, August 18, at 5:30 p.m. at The Yard on Middle Road in Chilmark. Admission is $25 for general seating; $15 for seniors and those under age 30.

Author of My Monk Reads from Her Work

A regular summer Island impressario, Elizabeth Dembrowsky on Saturday debuts her first novel, My Monk, with two readings (1 and 6 p.m.) at the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Spring street in Vineyard Haven.

The book notes say: “Harriet Zabrosky believed in love at first sight — until it happened to her. He became a monk. She moved back to America.”

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Lectures on Life After 50

Feeling older? Wiser? Harvard professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot will discuss her new book, The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50 on Thursday, August 13, at 7:30 p.m. the Vineyard Haven Public Library. It is free and all are welcome.