Author Lecture Series Begins on Right Chord
Louisa McCullough
This year’s Martha's Vineyard Author Lecture Series will feature seven authors, with Geraldine Brooks kicking off the series next Thursday with a discussion about her novel The Secret Chord.
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Scenes from the Martha's Vineyard Book Festival
The biennial Martha's Vineyard Book Festival brought authors and literature fans together.
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Read All About It: Sixth Annual Book Festival Is Big Draw for Authors and Readers
Alex Floyd

The Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival celebrated its return to the Island for the sixth time this weekend. The festival featured a wide range of writers talking about their craft with eager readers who filled tents on the grounds of the Chilmark Community Center and a room at the Harbor View Hotel.

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A Communion of Dictators Binds Fascism and the Catholic Church
Alex Floyd
Benito Mussolini is long gone, but the institution that helped bring him and keep him in power may not be, according to a new Pulitzer Prize winning book by historian and Brown University professor David Kertzer.
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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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Making Fast Dinners Without a Fuss; It's the Holy Grail for Every Family
Remy Tumin
What’s for dinner? That’s the question the four Pollan family women kept finding themselves asking one another. The Pollan Family Table, written by Corky Pollan and her daughters Lori, Tracy and Dana, was the answer.
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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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All Hail the Mast Brothers, Sweet Siblings of Chocolate
Remy Tumin
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.
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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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