Read All About It: Sixth Annual Book Festival Is Big Draw for Authors and Readers

The Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival celebrated its return to the Island for the sixth time this weekend. The festival featured a wide range of writers talking about their craft with eager readers who filled tents on the grounds of the Chilmark Community Center and a room at the Harbor View Hotel.

A Communion of Dictators Binds Fascism and the Catholic Church

Benito Mussolini is long gone, but the institution that helped bring him and keep him in power may not be, according to a new Pulitzer Prize winning book by historian and Brown University professor David Kertzer.

Authors and Panels That Inform and Provoke Define Book Festival

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates headlines a sold-out public discussion Friday that explores the idea of a post-racial America. The discussion kicks off the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival, which runs Saturday and Sunday in Edgartown and Chilmark.

Making Fast Dinners Without a Fuss; It's the Holy Grail for Every Family

What’s for dinner? That’s the question the four Pollan family women kept finding themselves asking one another. The Pollan Family Table, written by Corky Pollan and her daughters Lori, Tracy and Dana, was the answer.

By Digging Up the Whole Story, Writer Honors the Death of His Roommate

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, released last year to wide acclaim, is Mr. Hobbs’s memorial to his Yale roommate Robert Peace's life, telling the story from birth to death in obsessive detail and a clear, heartfelt narrative.

To Make History a Page Turner, Stay Curious

Erik Larson’s advice to those who want to write? “Work as a cop on the side,” he told the Gazette in a recent interview. “Immersing yourself in life is the best thing for writing.” The author did not take his own advice, though.

All Hail the Mast Brothers, Sweet Siblings of Chocolate

When Rick Mast decided to start a chocolate company with his brother Michael, the two set a date to show up at work two months later, promptly at 8 a.m. The idea was to first take the summer off to do whatever they wanted.

Animals as Social Beings Is Not Such a Wild Idea

With a PhD in ecology and a jaunty writing style, Carl Safina isn’t so much a science writer as he is a writer who is a scientist.

Let Us Now Praise the Humble Apostrophe

Mary Norris is concerned about the future of the apostrophe.

“The apostrophe is most vulnerable to the march of progress,” said Ms. Norris, a query proofreader for the New Yorker since 1993.

On the Sidelines But Always Competing, Sports Writing Is Full Contact Career

Bob Ryan calls it how he sees it. Hold the sugar. Give an audience the truth and nothing but the truth, plain and simple. At the end of the day, the voice of Boston sports wanted it no other way.

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