Staying True to the Muse by Staying True to Emotion

At age 81 Oak Bluffs poet laureate Michael Achille prefers the quiet side of inspiration. As for advice on the poetic life, he says, “you have to be a real feeling person and just have an interest in things.”

Those Were the Days: Author Relives Sixties in First Novel

Was it fun growing up in the sixties? The question sparked Amy Reece's first novel, Regarding Jeffrey, which evoke the era from 1964 to 1970.

Attention Must Be Paid Today

Daniel Goleman, the best selling author of Emotional Intelligence, has written a new book about how paying attention is a crucial factor of success. He describes the book as an argument for why we should care about focus.

Pipelines and Pulitzers

Pulitzer prize-winning author Tony Horwitz will lead a discussion surrounding his new ebook BOOM: Oil, Money, Cowboys, Strippers, and the Energy Rush that Could Change America Forever.

New Novel Puts Faith to the Test

At age 21 Rick Herrick wrote a letter to Princeton University’s religion department declining his acceptance into their New Testament PhD program.

Singing His Story, Writer Stays True to Love of Words

Michael G. West wrote a talking blues song and it goes a little something like this. “I was born in 1947 / North of hell and south of heaven / About that time the sun went down / On San Francisco, my hometown . . . .”

Stories From Her Childhood Come to Life in Author's Young Adult Novel

On the northeast coast of Ireland in the small suburb Howth, Lara O’Brien spent her childhood days riding horseback with friends through the hillsides.

In New Book, Every Cat Gets Its Day

The Vineyard has a long history of being dog-centric. There are dogs on boats, dogs on beaches, dogs at offices. At the top of Circuit avenue there’s a shop dedicated to all things dog. And, of course, there’s the Island’s most well-known canine — the Black Dog.

With New Novels, Writer Finally Lets Imagination Enjoy Island Life

Richard North Patterson likes to think of himself as a method actor. The 66-year-old writer and part-time resident of West Tisbury writes mostly fiction, but while his characters are born out of the quiet space in his imagination, he said, their every thought and movement is grounded in research.

Conjuring Ringside Seats to Survival Tales

Author Michael Tougias likes to focus on real life adventure stories, particularly tales of disaster and rescue. One of his books, The Finest Hours, is based on what is often considered the most difficult rescue missions the U.S. Coast Guard ever attempted. His most recent book, A Storm Too Soon, recounts the journey of survival three men experienced after a northeaster ripped their boat in half 200 miles off the coast of the Carolinas in 2007.

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