Chef Serves Up Super Foods Complete With Season’s Recipes

Elizabeth Germain will teach a super foods cooking class at the FARM Institute at Katama Farm in Edgartown on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The class will begin in the FARM’s friendship garden, rain or shine, where participants will pick vegetables and herbs for lunch and some to preserve. The focus will be foods dramatically better for health and longevity and basic cooking techniques. You’ll learn how to clean, store and prepare powerhouse foods like kale, cabbage, parsley, leeks, pumpkin seeds and millet — a gluten-free whole grain.

Murder By the Book

Court TV debuted> a show last year called Murder By the Book. They invited five crime novelists to choose a true crime case that fascinated them, and present it in the series — full of interviews with witnesses and detectives and prosecutors. Linda Fairstein, pictured above, was selected for the second series.

Mystery Reprint

Mystery Reprint

Thomas Dresser is pleased to announce that his recent book, Mystery on the Vineyard, will be reprinted by the History Press. The initial run of Mystery on the Vineyard, which debuted in April of this year, has sold out; hence the reprint. More information is available at a new Web site Mr. Dresser recently launched, E-mail comments or questions to

British Author Talks

British Author Talks

Renowned British author Dr. Brian A. Wren will discuss his new book, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany: Liturgies and Prayers for Public Worship, at Christ United Methodist Church chapel on the corner of Church and Williams streets in Vineyard Haven on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories

Holly Mascott Nadler will read spooky excerpts from her new book Vineyard Supernatural: True Ghost Stories from America’s Most Haunted Island, tonight, Friday, Oct. 24, at the Farm Institute in Katama, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All brave souls are invited to join for a ghostly party, though, due to the spine-tingling potential, this event is not recommended for kids under 10. Cider and cookies will be served.

Evening of Mystery and Scandal in Chilmark

Author Thomas Dresser will speak about his book Mystery on the Vineyard: Politics, Passion and Scandal on East Chop, a true story of the shocking 1940 murder of an elderly visitor to the Island, on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Public Library.

Mr. Dresser has previously self-published five booklets featuring favorite New England haunts.

Vineyard Whalers Return in Marc Songini’s Tales

Author Marc Songini will return to the Island to speak about his book, The Lost Fleet: A Yankee Whaler’s Struggle Against the Confederate Navy and Arctic Disaster, at the Chilmark Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all.

Picture This: Author Molly Bang Ignites Arts a la Carte Discussions

Arts a la Carte, a new children’s arts discussion series at the Featherstone Center for the Arts, will kick off this Thursday with a bang: a Molly Bang, that is.

Still Funny, Sadly, After All These Years

How do Jules Feiffer’s early comic strips hold up after half a century? For over 40 years, beginning in 1956, his provocative, often ironic cartoons appeared weekly in the Village Voice. Fantagraphics Books has just published Explainers ($28.99 hardcover), a complete collection of the first 10 years’ worth, from 1956 to 1966. The strips deal with politics and the battle of the sexes in an era when intellectuals obsessed about Marx and Freud and when humor might arise from observing hypocrisy in people’s politics and their intimate relationships.

All the Way Down the Ocean Food Chain: Author Discusses the Value of Menhaden

Saving the sea from overfishing begins with paying attention to the forage fish. Tomorrow afternoon at 5:30, the author of an important environmental story will speak at the Chilmark Public Library as part of an ongoing series on fisheries and fishermen.

Author Bruce Franklin will give a free talk on the value of menhaden in America. Last year his book The Most Important Fish in the Sea was published and received high praise along the waterfront and amid fisheries managers along the coast.