Authors and Panels That Inform and Provoke Define Book Festival
Alex Elvin

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.

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By Digging Up the Whole Story, Writer Honors the Death of His Roommate
Alex Elvin
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.
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To Make History a Page Turner, Stay Curious
Louisa McCullough
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.
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A Mystery Wrapped in an Enigma With No Conclusion; Art Heist Still Mystifies
Alex Floyd
Stephen Kurkjian’s new book has the characters, intrigue and pace of a mystery novel. All it lacks is the culprit. That’s because his subject matter, the burglary at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, remains unsolved.
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Animals as Social Beings Is Not Such a Wild Idea
Heather Hamacek
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.
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Let Us Now Praise the Humble Apostrophe
Remy Tumin
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.

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Setting the Course for Women in Sports and Always Looking for a Challenge
Megan Cerullo
Ginny Gilder is a self-described challenge seeker. As a young woman, she set her sights on a goal that most told her was impossible — to become an Olympic medalist in rowing.
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On the Sidelines But Always Competing, Sports Writing Is Full Contact Career
Mike Kotsopoulos
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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Looking Back to Go Forward Is Not a Straight Line; Bravery Takes Hard Turns
Elizabeth Bennett
New York Times Op-Ed columnist Charles Blow was a 20-year-old college student when he had an epiphany that freed him to let go of his past and fully accept himself.
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Giving Voice and Cojones to the Immigrant Experience
Bill Eville
Junot Diaz burst onto the literary scene in 1996 with the publication of Drown. In 2007 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his second book, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. And on Thursday, July 30, he will read at the Noepe Center for Literary Arts in Edgartown.
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