Philip Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English Emeritus at Swarthmore College, shares his work in progress, a volume of essays entitled Soul-Error on Tuesday, July 23 at the Vineyard Haven Library. The talk begins at 5 p.m.

Mr. Weinstein will read from his essay Vannie, named for the black maid who helped to bring him up in Tennessee in the 1940s and 1950s. Mr. Weinstein’s essay and discussion explores “what Vannie meant to me and my family then, before setting forth the more disturbing things I have come to understand, years later, about those same social arrangements,” he said.