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35 must-see spring and summer arts events 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.


Food for thought

Boston Globe, July 26, 2015  At the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival , Fischer will participate in a panel discussion, “The New Community Food Movement: The Future of Local and Seasonal Cooking at Home and Across America.” The other participating cookbook authors are Laurie David, producer of “Fed Up,” a documentary about food additives; Southern chef Steven Satterfield; and Corky Pollan, who collaborated with her daughters on a book of the family’s favorite recipes. Rounding out the panel is Ali Berlow, author of “The Food Activist Handbook: Big & Small Things You Can Do to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for Your Community” (Storey). She also is co-publisher of Edible Vineyard magazine and founding executive director of Island Grown Initiative, a nonprofit that promotes the island’s family farms.



Vineyard Book Festival expands, from the Boston Globe, July 6, 2013
This year’s lineup features Tom Reiss, who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for his biography, “The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo” (Crown). His in-laws have a place on the Vineyard. Novelist Adam Mansbach, who lives in Berkeley, Calif., also has family on the island. Karl Marx biographer Jonathan Sperber will be coming in from Columbia, Mo., but most authors will be arriving from New York and elsewhere in Massachusetts. Full-time Vineyard residents Tony Horwitz, Ward Just, Rose Styron, and Laura Wainwright will round out the schedule. Just, no doubt, will manage to put in a good word for Bunch of Grapes, the subject of his love letter in“My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read and Shop” 


Literary Travels and Lobster Rolls — A Weekend on Martha’s Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard is a literary traveler's summer paradise… Martha's Vineyard Book Festival, Edgartown and Chilmark - Two locations mean that there will be plenty of opportunity for visitors at each end of the island to enjoy the authors, most of whom will speak at both venues.  This year authors include Richard Russo, Niall Ferguson, Eric Asimov, and many more notable names from all genres. 


APRIL 28, 2013 MA: Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival

Now in its third year, this free festival, August 3 and 4, always offers a star-studded lineup of writers. So far, the 2013 slate includes New Englander Richard Russo, as well as Jamaica Kincaid, J. Courtney Sullivan, and William Styron’s widow, Rose, a poet and full-time Vineyard resident, will be reading and speaking.


Summer Arts Preview: Authors Booked, Stages Set, Painters Poised; Action! 

The Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival, a biannual event historically based in Chilmark, will also add down-Island to its itinerary this summer as it expands its programming to the Harbor View Hotel.  More than 30 authors will attend the festival held on August 3 and 4. The additional day will give authors more exposure through readings and panels. Three authors exploring marriage in their novels will sit on a panel moderated by Kitty Pilgrim, a Menemsha summer resident. Another panel of authors, including Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy, will discuss Boston gang culture in connection to the Whitey Bulger case. 


Martha's Vineyard Book Festival announces line-up. From the MV Times

The Martha's Vineyard Book Festival announced its return to the Island this August with a notable and inspiring group of authors.  The 30 authors include Ward Just, who most recently contributed to the book "My Bookstore," Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo talking about "Elsewhere" and also "My Bookstore," CNN anchor Kitty Pilgram, Rose Styron, Linda Greenlaw, George Howe Colt, Tom Reiss whose book "The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo" recently won a Pulitzer Prize, Eric Asimov of The New York Times, and others.


August Book Festival Hosts Stellar Lineup from the Vineyard Gazette.

Summer reads are one thing, but the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival is quite another. In its fifth year, the festival occurs the first weekend in August every other year and highlights the Island’s rich literary history while bringing some of the best known authors to the Vineyard. The weekend features some of the country’s leading authors and includes readings, panel discussions, author interviews and book signings. This year’s list of authors includes Eric Asimov, Linda Greenlaw, Tony Horwitz, Geronimo Johnson, Ward Just, Dick Lehr, Adam Mansbach, Richard Russo, Laura Wainwright and Rose Styron.