2014 Author Series
The Author Lecture Series is held in the alternate years of the Martha's Vineyard Book Festival and features authors speaking throughout the summer.
2014 AUTHOR LECTURE SERIES
Thursday July 24, 2014
Just’s new novel is the compelling story of Harry Sanders, a young foreign service officer in 1960s Indochina, and how his life is altered by a dangerous meeting with insurgents and a brief passionate encounter with a young German woman.
The Beekman Boys
Sunday July 27, 2014
Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge gave up city life to become goat farmers. Winners of CBS’s The Amazing Race and hosts of the hit television show “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” their new cookbook is a trip through the farm’s year-round vegetable bounty.
SHELDON HACKNEY TRIBUTE, DIXIE REDUX
Thursday July 31, 2014
Dixie Redux brings together essays by some of the nation’s most distinguished Southern historians to honor their colleague, teacher, mentor and friend, Sheldon Hackney. Hackney, beloved Island resident, was a distinguished scholar of civil rights and social justice. Many of the essayists will participate in the evening's program.
ANDRE DUBUS III, DIRTY LOVE
Sunday August 3, 2014
The celebrated author of House of Sand and Fog and Townie presents his collection of four novellas about love and betrayal set in a New England coastal town. With wit and insight, Dubus explores messy and complicated relationships.
RON SUSKIND, LIFE, ANIMATED: A STORY OF SIDEKICKS, HEROES, AND AUTISM
Thursday August 7, 2014
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind tenderly details his autistic son’s remarkable journey of using his fixation on Disney movies to help him integrate into the world and find a means to express complex thought and emotions.
ALAN DERSHOWITZ (TAKING THE STAND) AND LUCINDA FRANKS (TIMELESS): IN CONVERSATION
Sunday August 10, 2014
Alan Dershowitz reflects on the evolution of his thinking on such issues as censorship and the First Amendment, civil rights, abortion, homicide, the role of science in legal defense, and his part in some of the country’s most high profile legal trials. Lucinda Franks’ examines her marriage to Robert Morgenthau, the famed NY District Attorney, providing a window into Morgenthau’s most famous cases.
RICHARD NORTH PATTERSON, EDEN IN WINTER AND THE MARTHA'S VINEYARD TRILOGY
Thursday August 14, 2014
Patterson, the master of the courtroom thriller and renowned for his research, turns his focus to complex family drama and his beloved island in the Martha’s Vineyard Trilogy. This final book in the trilogy is the tale of an unhappy family as psychological drama told through multiple perspectives.
PANEL DISCUSSION ON MEMOIR WRITING. GAIL SHEEHY, DARING. RICHARD HOFFMAN, LOVE AND FURY. KATIE HAFNER, MOTHER DAUGHTER ME, MODERATED BY ALEXANDRA STYRON
Sunday August 21, 2014
Three masterful memoirists discuss the experience of writing their personal stories. Sheehy, the world-renowned author of 16 books, including Passages, reflects on her personal journey including desire, ambition, and wanting it all. Hoffman’s extraordinary memoir explores questions about boyhood, fatherhood, and grandfatherhood, and what it means to be a good man in our modern society. Hafner’s gripping memoir considers the complex relationship between mothers and daughters and her attempt to have her mother live with her and her teenage daughter. Alexandra Styron, author of Reading My Father, moderates the evening.