Book Festival Spelled Community

This year, the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival was blessed with perfect weather. On Saturday, it drizzled and was a fine day to be indoors, at the Harbor View, curled up with a good book and a favorite author.

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Written Word Gets its Close-Up at Martha's Vineyard Book Festival

Steam rose from many, many mugs of coffee on Saturday morning as the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival began at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown. More than 30 authors attended the two-day festival, participating in readings and panel discussions at the Harbor View on Saturday and on the grounds of the Chilmark Community Center on Sunday.

The book festival has been held on the Vineyard every other summer since 2005, conceived and organized by Suellen Lazarus, a seasonal resident of Chilmark.

Martha's Vineyard Book Festival Schedule

Schedule of Panels - Edgartown Room

11:00 a.m.  History: Past and Present with Jill Lepore (Mansion of Happiness), Tony Horwitz (Midnight Rising), and Tom Reiss (The Black Count). Moderator Patricia Sullivan

11:50 a.m.  Gangsters, Guns and Sociopaths with Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy (Whitey Bulger), and Dick Lehr (Whitey). Moderator John Kennedy

Authors in the Martha's Vineyard Book Festival

Eric Asimov

Eric Asimov has been the chief wine critic for The New York Times since 2004 where his weekly column appears in the Dining section. Formerly editor of the Living section and then Styles of the Times, Mr. Asimov created the $25 and Under restaurant reviews for the Times and co-authored The New York Times Guide to Restaurants 2004.

Martha's Vineyard Book Festival: Weekend of Words Arrives

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A Life Through Letters, William Styron Holds Forth

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Remembering Home, and Elsewhere

Vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard is a Russo family tradition. “I’m trying to remember the first time we took my daughters to the Vineyard, but I know they’ve been coming every year since they were 10 or 11, maybe even earlier,” said novelist Richard Russo, who in 2002 won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his book Empire Falls.

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