Author Geraldine Brooks Fills Out the Story of Biblical Giant Slayer

Last week at State Road Restaurant Geraldine Brooks gave a sneak preview reading of her novel The Secret Chord, to be published in October.

Making Sure the Science in Science Fiction Gets Its Due

Marshall Highet's love of writing and reading came early. Both of her grandmothers were writers. Her paternal grandmother was Helen MacInnes, the popular Scottish writer of espionage books, who died when Ms. Highet was only eight.

Colonial History by Way of Scotland

When I read recently in the New York Times about the possibility of Scotland exiting the United Kingdom, I was confused. I had no idea Great Britain had nationality problems.

Murder on the Potomac: Cynthia Riggs Has a New Heroine

The early manuscript was written more than 30 years ago when the West Tisbury author was living on a houseboat in Washington, D.C. Now Murder at C-Dock marks the launch of a new murder mystery series.

Finding the Best in People By Not Looking Away

Last Saturday at the Vineyard Haven library, Alan Burt talked about working with the homeless population of Cape Cod for the past 20 years. On Dec. 13, he will spend the night sleeping outdoors with other advocates, in solidarity with the homeless, something he’s done for many years.

Swept Away by Tradition and Crisis

Windswept, a new novel by Kate Hancock, opens with the story of Josiah Cook, a farmer on Chappaquiddick who in the late 18th century witnesses pirates burying treasure on the beach.

Creative Wings Take Flight Thanks to Early Osprey Encounter

Suzanne Goldsmith's first novel, Washashore, features a main character inspired by Gus Ben David. The novel received the Green Earth Book Award which recognizes books that promote environmental stewardship.

Looking Back With Gratitude on Island Life

Shirley Mayhew’s affectionate recollections of West Tisbury chronicle the years from 1947, when she arrived as a bride to a community of 239 residents, to 2013, when the book was written.

Tracing the Lineage of Women Healers, Plant by Glorious Plant

Holly Bellebuono's new book is part biography, part history, part geography and part linguistics lesson, all set against the broad backdrop of healing. Ms. Bellebuono profiles 21 contemporary women, each practicing different healing traditions.

Learning to Live Again Through Photography

In his new book Fighting for My Life, Michael Blanchard recounts the story of how he hit rock bottom, and how he returned to the living through his pictures. Mr. Blanchard's numerous photographs evoke the beauty and serenity of the Island.