Two Island authors will speak at the Oak Bluffs Public Library this week.

On Thursday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. Cynthia Riggs will read from her soon to be published book, The Bee Balm Murders.

On Friday, July 9, at 11 am, Tom Dresser will talk about his latest book, African Americans on Martha’s Vineyard: From Enslavement to Presidential Visit. He will answer questions and sign his book.

His book explores the rich history experienced by African Americans, from the days of the Underground Railroad to visits by prominent leaders of the Civil Rights movement. Mr. Dresser weaves in interviews with contemporaries to bring his story into the present, including a chronology of the visit by President Obama in 2009.

His book is also available from Edgartown Books, Bunch of Grapes or at

The readings are free, and refreshments will be served. For details, call 508-693-9433.