Literature at Lighthouse

A special evening program called Ships and Sailors, with a tour of the Edgartown Lighthouse, music, and grog and hardtack for the little ones, will take place at the lighthouse on Friday, August 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Authors of the books Thirty Dirty Sailors and the Little Girl Who Went a-Whaling, the true story of six-year-old Edgartown girl Laura Jernegan, who lived on a whaling ship for three years in the 1860s, and Schooner: Building a Wooden Boat on Martha’s Vineyard, will be on hand to sign books and answer questions about their books.

Laura Jernegan’s three years with her family aboard her father’s whaling ship is the centerpiece of a new display at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Schooner is the saga of the building of the largest boat on Martha’s Vineyard since the election of President Lincoln. Both books were published by Vineyard Stories, the Island’s book publishing company.

The signing is free, although the lighthouse tour, offered from 5 to 8 p.m., is $5 for adults, with children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. In case of rain, the book signing will be cancelled.