Gilded Age Gardener

Gilded Age Gardener

Landscape historian, author and Vineyard gardener Judith Tankard offers a look at the life and work of Beatrix Farrand, one of the foremost landscape designers of the early 1900s, at the Polly Hill Arboretum on Wednesday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Born into a prominent New York family, Ms. Farrand eschewed the social life of the gilded age to pursue her passion for landscape and plants.

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Festival of Poetry

Festival of Poetry

Featherstone Center for the Arts, in conjunction with the Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency, presents a summer-long festival of poetry at Featherstone.

All readings will be held on the third Thurday of each month at 7 p.m.

This summer’s lineup includes both local and nationally known poets.

On Thursday, June 17, locals Jennifer Tseng and Clark Myers will be sharing recent and published work.

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D.A.W.

D.A.W.

Daniel Waters’ latest collection, Life Lesson, has just been released.

Volume three of The Verses of D.A.W. can be ordered online from indianhillpress.com.

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Mr. Brigish’s Journey to the East

Mr. Brigish’s Journey to the East

In 2008, South African-born documentary photographer and West Tisbury resident Alan Brigish set out on a journey that would become Breathing in the Buddha, a recently-published book that serves as an image-driven chronicle of everyday Buddhist life across Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Laos. This Saturday, May 29, Mr. Brigish will share some of the experiences he had along the way, illustrated with photographs and video clips, at the West Tisbury library at 4 p.m. The talk is free.

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Author John Hough Wins Award for Civil War Novel

West Tisbury author John Hough has received the the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction for his Civil War novel Seen the Glory, published last year by Simon & Schuster. The award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. It recognizes the service of American veterans and military personnel and encourages the writing and publishing of outstanding war-related fiction.

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American Story

American Story

Connor Gifford will read from and talk about his book, America According to Connor Gifford, tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Vineyard Haven Public Library.

This Nantucketer’s book about the history of the United States covers 400 years of our nation trying to get it right. It also tells the author’s own story, a gift of hope and inspiration by an amazing young man who has Down Syndrome.

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How to Find a Ghost

How to Find a Ghost

Island ghost-hunter Holly Nadler will be speaking about After Life Encounters, subtitled How to Invite Communication From the Spirit World; What to Look For; How Not to Be Afraid, at Vineyard Haven Public Library, Tuesday, May 11, at 7 p.m.

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American History Author To Speak at Library Friday

One of the authors of America According to Connor Gifford, a book by a young Nantucket man who writes in the prologue how blessed he is to have Down syndrome, will be speaking at the Vineyard Haven Public Library next Friday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome.

An Ohio native, he took many mainstream classes, and fell in love with history years before he graduated from high school is 2002. He now lives year-round on Nantucket.

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Bunch of Grapes Hosts Writers’ Open Mic Night

After a successul start this week — with eight writers, from the well-known Shirley Mayhew to charter school student and emerging novelist Hannah Vanderlaske, wowing the audience with their works in progress — Open Mic Night for Writers continues this Tuesday at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore on Main street in Vineyard Haven.

The evening’s emcee will be West Tisbury poet Laura D. Roosevelt.

Anyone currently working on a novel, short story, poetry or essay is invited to read for five minutes.

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Yiddish Book Discussion

Prof. Herb Foster, author of the best selling book, Ribbin’, Jivin’, and Playin’ the Dozens: The Persistent Dilemma in Our Schools, will discuss his recently completed manuscript, Yiddish and Jive in American English, at the Vineyard Haven library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

The manuscript explores how Americans of Jewish and African descent have contributed more words, phrases and inflections to today’s American English usage than any other ethnic group.

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