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The 2015 Martha's Vineyard Book Festival held on August 1 in Edgartown and August 2 in Chilmark celebrates the island's rich literary history.

The Martha's Vineyard Book Festival, now in its sixth year, is a celebration of the rich literary heritage of Martha’s Vineyard and the many authors who find inspiration on this beautiful island. Held every other summer on the first weekend of August beginning in 2005, the book festival shines a spotlight on the island and its creativity. It provides the opportunity for authors and readers to meet, to engage with one another in a relaxed and beautiful setting and to allow each to find new meaning in their work and discover new works. 

The book festival features authors of national acclaim as well as local heroes, and covers a diversity of genres to appeal to many different interests and ages. Featuring great books and great writing, the festival brings together some of the country’s leading authors for two days of readings, panel discussions, author interviews and book signings.  The festival begins on Friday night, July 31 with an Opening Panel and Reception featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michele Norris at the Chilmark Community Center.  (THE FRIDAY OPENING PANEL IS SOLD OUT.)  On Saturday, August 1, 2015 the festival will be held at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown. The program in Edgartown features a full day of panel discussions with a group of distinguished authors discussing topical issues every hour.   On Sunday, August 2, 2105 the festival moves up island to the grounds of the Chilmark Community Center where the program features three tents run simultaneously with authors speaking in each tent throughout the day.

Due to the generosity of our sponsors and of the community, THE FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY IS FREE.   We encourage you to support the sponsors who help make this festival possible.  

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The Martha's Vineyard Book Festival is a "must-see" event in New England


The two-day book festival splits its venues: August 1 features readings and other events in bustling Edgartown, while the whole shebang moves up-island to peaceful Chilmark the following day. This year’s slate of authors will include MacArthur fellow and marine scientist Carl Safina (Song for the Blue Ocean, A Sea in Flames) and best-selling narrative journalist Erik Larson (Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania). August 1-2.