All Hail the Mast Brothers, Sweet Siblings of Chocolate

When Rick Mast decided to start a chocolate company with his brother Michael, the two set a date to show up at work two months later, promptly at 8 a.m. The idea was to first take the summer off to do whatever they wanted.

Animals as Social Beings Is Not Such a Wild Idea

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.

Let Us Now Praise the Humble Apostrophe

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.

On the Sidelines But Always Competing, Sports Writing Is Full Contact Career

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.

Three Cheers for Words and Writers; Book Festival Is Almost Here

This year’s Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival takes place August 1 through August 2 and features a mix of fiction and nonfiction authors, including former congressmen and chefs and best-selling authors.

Family, Food and Farming: Choice Ingredients to Live By

Chris Fischer knows Martha’s Vineyard well. The family homestead, Beetlebung Farm, is the primary subject of Mr. Fischer’s new book, The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook.

Book Festival Spelled Community

This year, the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival was blessed with perfect weather. On Saturday, it drizzled and was a fine day to be indoors, at the Harbor View, curled up with a good book and a favorite author.

No Easy Fix for Broken Political Machine

Mark Leibovich’s new book This Town, a critical expose of the Washington power structure and New York Times best seller this summer, is as popular with the right as it is with the left. Or with anyone who believes that government is broken.

Written Word Gets its Close-Up at Martha's Vineyard Book Festival

Steam rose from many, many mugs of coffee on Saturday morning as the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival began at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown. More than 30 authors attended the two-day festival, participating in readings and panel discussions at the Harbor View on Saturday and on the grounds of the Chilmark Community Center on Sunday.

The book festival has been held on the Vineyard every other summer since 2005, conceived and organized by Suellen Lazarus, a seasonal resident of Chilmark.

Martha's Vineyard Book Festival Schedule

Schedule of Panels - Edgartown Room

11:00 a.m.  History: Past and Present with Jill Lepore (Mansion of Happiness), Tony Horwitz (Midnight Rising), and Tom Reiss (The Black Count). Moderator Patricia Sullivan

11:50 a.m.  Gangsters, Guns and Sociopaths with Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy (Whitey Bulger), and Dick Lehr (Whitey). Moderator John Kennedy