Menemsha Tent


8:30
Jim Acosta

The Enemy of the People
in discussion with Rita Braver

9:30
John Grisham

The Reckoning
in discussion with Amor Towles

10:30
Admiral William McRaven

Sea Stories
in discussion with Bob Barnett

11:30
Nathaniel Brooks Horwitz

in discussion with David Blight
Spying on the South
A Tribute to
Tony Horwitz

12:30
David Blight

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

1:30
Lisa Taddeo

Three Women
with Mindy Todd

2:30
Ruth Reichl

Save Me the Plums
in discussion with Joan Nathan

3:30
Valerie Jarrett

Finding My Voice
in discussion with Michele Norris

Squibnocket Tent


9:00
Stephen McCauley

My Ex-Life
Introduced by
Elizabeth Benedict

9:50
Valeria Luiselli

Lost Children Archive

10:40
Nana Kwame
Adjei-Brenyah

Friday Black

11:30
Jia Tolentino

Trick Mirror

12:20
Sigrid Nunez

The Friend

1:10
Gary Shteyngart

Lake Success

2:00
Richard Russo

Chances Are…

2:50
Juliet Grames

Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna
in discussion with Dawn Davis

3:40
Nicole Galland

On the Same Page





Stonewall Tent


9:00
David Wallace-Wells

Uninhabitable Earth
in discussion with Jeremy Hobson

CCC Hall


9:00
Mary Norris

Greek to Me
in discussion with George Gibson

9:50
Tatiana Schlossberg

Inconspicuous Consumption
in discussion with Alexandra Styron

9:50
Chef Kwame Onwuachi

Notes from a Young Black Chef
In discussion with Jessica Harris

10:40
Suketu Mehta

This Land is Our Land

10:30
Bob Barnett

A talk on politics and publishing

12:20
Eric Klinenberg

Palaces for the People

1:10
Mindy Aloff

Dance in America: A Reader's Anthology
in discussion with David White

10:40
Dani Shapiro

Inheritance
in discussion with Ruth Faden

11:30
Tina Cassidy

Mr. President: How Long Must We Wait?
in discussion with Carol Gilligan

12:20
Judge Richard Gergel

Unexampled Courage
with Irv Cohen

1:10
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow

2:00
Emily Bernard

Black is the Body
in discussion with Patricia Sullivan

2:00
Victoria Riskin

Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir
in discussion with Jenny Allen

2:50
Mark Leibovich

Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times

2:50
Holden Thorpe and Buck Goldstein

Our Higher Calling: Rebuilding the Partnership between America and Its Universities

3:40
Corky, Dana, Lori & Tracey Pollan

Mostly Plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family
in discussion with Susie Middleton

3:40
Janet Messineo

Casting Into the Light: Tales of a Fishing Life
in discussion with Warren Doty


All talks end at 4:30 pm. Book signings follow each talk.



Moderator Bios:

Jenny Allen

Writer and performer Jenny Allen is the author of Would Everybody Please Stop? Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas, which was a Finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Called “one of the funniest writers in America,” Jenny’s essays have appeared in humor anthologies, The New Yorker and The New York Times, among other publications, and her award-winning solo show, I Got Sick Then I Got Better, has been seen in venues across the country and Canada.

Bob Barnett

Bob Barnett is a partner at Williams & Connelly in Washington, D.C. During his thirty years of practice, Bob has become one of the premier representatives of authors, television news correspondents, and producers, represents former government officials transitioning to the private sector and has played a key role in debate preparation for ten national presidential debates.

Elizabeth Benedict

Elizabeth Benedict is a bestselling novelist, journalist, teacher of creative writing, editor, and writing coach. She has published five acclaimed novels, including the bestseller Almost, the National Book Award finalist Slow Dancing, The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers (in print since 1996), and hundreds of reviews, essays, and articles in national publications including The New York Times, Esquire, and the Huffington Post.

Rita Braver

Nine-time Emmy Award-winner Rita Braver is a national correspondent for CBS News’ CBS Sunday Morning, where she reports on everything from arts and culture to politics and foreign policy. She has interviewed presidents, cabinet secretaries, and celebrities and reported on topics ranging from the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to the Clinton White House to the rise of political correctness on campus.

Dawn Davis

Dawn Davis is the Vice President, Publisher, and founder of 37 Ink, an imprint within the Atria Publishing Group of Simon & Schuster, which publishes books from a diverse array of cultures and viewpoints. Prior to launching 37 Ink, she was Editorial Director and then Publisher of Amistad imprint at HarperCollins where she published the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Known World by Edward P. Jones.

Warren Doty

Long-time Chilmark selectman Warren Doty is dedicated to the mission of keeping Menemsha Harbor as a working waterfront supporting both the recreational and commercial fisherfolk of the Island. Warren is also the President of the Menemsha Fisheries Development Fund and a Board Member of the Martha’s Vineyard Fishermen’s Preservation Trust.

Ruth Faden

Bioethicist Ruth Faden is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. An international expert on the ethics of science, global justice, and food policy, Dr. Faden is the author and editor of many books and articles on biomedical ethics and health policy and has served on numerous national advisory committees and commissions.

David Foster

Ecologist David Foster is the author of A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha’s Vineyard. He is a faculty member in biology at Harvard University, Director of the 4,000-acre Harvard Forest, and Principal Investigator for the Harvard Forest Long-Term Ecological Research program as well as serving on the board of the Trustees of Reservations, the Edey Foundation and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.

George Gibson

George Gibson joined Grove Atlantic as the Executive Editor in January 2017 after a 23-year career at Bloomsbury where he edited and/or published a number of acclaimed works of nonfiction, including Dava Sobel’s Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter, Mark Kurlansky’s Salt, and Carol Anderson’s White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. George began his career in the book business in 1972 as a clerk at The Old Corner Bookstore in Boston, which was then the oldest continuously running bookstore in America.

Carol Gilligan

Carol Gilligan is Professor of Humanities and Applied Psychology at New York University and the author of In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development, described by Harvard University Press as "the little book that started a revolution.” Other books she authored or co-authored include Meeting at the Crossroads: Women’s Psychology and Girls' Development, a New York Times notable book of the year, Why Does Patriarchy Persist?, Joining the Resistance, and The Birth of Pleasure.

Jeremy Hobson

Radio journalist Jeremy Hobson is the co-host of NPR’s Here & Now. He conducts nearly 2,000 interviews a year on a range of topics, speaking with world leaders, governors and members of Congress, as well as actors, musicians, business leaders, athletes, scientists, and journalists.

Susie Middleton

Cook-writer-farmer Susie Middleton is the Martha’s Vineyard-based author of four cookbooks: Fast, Fresh & Green, The Fresh & Green Table, Fresh From the Farm and Simple Green Suppers: A Fresh Strategy for One-Dish Vegetarian Meals. Susie is the former chief editor for Fine Cooking magazine and is currently Special Projects Editor for the Vineyard Gazette Media Group.

Joan Nathan

Joan Nathan is the author of eleven cookbooks including her latest work, King Solomon’s Table: Table: a Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World. Her previous cookbook, Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, was named one of the 10 best cookbooks of 2010 by NPR, Food and Wine, and Bon Appétit magazines, and she is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Tablet Magazine.

Michele Norris

Journalist Michele Norris is an NPR host and special correspondent. She leads The Race Card Project, an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in America, which won a Peabody Award in 2014. She hosted NPR’s evening news program, All Things Considered for many years, and her 2010 memoir, The Grace of Silence, sheds new light on America’s complicated racial history.

Alexandra Styron

Alexandra Styron is the author of the memoir, Reading My Father, the novel, All the Finest Girls, and a new book, Steal This Country: A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence and Fixing Almost Everything, a timely call for citizen activism. She teaches memoir writing in the MFA program at Hunter College.

Patricia Sullivan

Patricia Sullivan is a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina focusing on modern African American history, the Civil Rights Movement, and race, reform and politics in the US. Her books include Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement, Days of Hope: Race and Democracy in the New Deal Era and Freedom Writer: Virginia Foster Durr, Letters from the Civil Rights Years.

Mindy Todd

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. With more than 30 years of experience in radio and television covering nearly all aspects of broadcasting, she has been the anchor of her own morning show, a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter.

Amor Towles

Amor Towles is the New York Times bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow, ranked as one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the St. Louis Dispatch, and NPR, and the Rules of Civility, one of the Wall Street Journal’s best books of 2011. Having worked as an investment professional in Manhattan for over twenty years, he now devotes himself fulltime to writing.

David White

David White is the Artistic Director and Executive Producer at The Yard in Chilmark, MA, an artist/company creative residency, presentation and educational center dedicated to the nurturing of outstanding artists in contemporary dance and related art forms. He also chairs the National Council of Florida’s Atlantic Center for the Arts, and until 2011, he was the Director of ARTVENTURES New England, a statewide program in New Hampshire focusing on rural community cultural development and arts accessibility.