Ann Allen Brings Island History to Life

It’s possible to put two and two together and come out with a number not exactly four. Ann Coleman Allen of West Tisbury bears the last name of one of our original settler families, and she teaches courses on Vineyard history. One could reckon, therefore, that her interest in the subject stems from the irresistible pull of family genealogy.

First Pup Lands Author in Spotlight

So you’re Kate Feiffer, and you think you’re set to have two new children’s books released, with all the attendant tours and book signings . . . when along comes another project with a yesterday-deadline attached to it, some super-sized hoopla stemming from its topicality, and the next thing you know USA Today’s Life section features it on the front page, Stephen Colbert is flashing a copy of your book on the air, and your sales perform a turn-around jump shot.

Film Noir Father Leaves Book To Library, Ending Up to You

When authors die, some of their work lives after them. In or out of print, it’s bound and sitting on shelves. But another chunk of inventory survives the author, often to the chagrin of his or her heirs: unpublished or unfinished manuscripts. What to do with this material?

Writer, director and theatre maestro Jon Lipsky, of West Tisbury, was confronted with just such a dilemma when his father, author Eleazar Lipsky (1911-1993), left behind a stack of research books and a synopsis for a riveting historical saga.

The Lives Beyond the Legends

For the first few pages of Paul Schneider’s Bonnie and Clyde, The Lives Behind The Legend, we see tall, willowy, sultry Faye Dunaway as the infamous gangster moll, Bonnie Parker, and we picture tall, broad-shouldered Warren Beatty as her outlaw boyfriend, Clyde Barrow. It doesn’t take long for the author to get the real people back in focus: Bonnie is petite (under five feet tall), more adorable than sultry, and Clyde also is short but a head taller than his energetic pip-squeak girlfriend.

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Sees Boomers Redefining Retirement

As a prize-winning sociologist and Harvard professor of education, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot possesses the curriculum vitae of one of the most successful women alive — in that achievement-oriented way that we worship in the ambitious classes of America. And yet she radiates the serenity and contemplative qualities of a genuine holy woman.

West Tisbury Poet Wins Lilly Prize

Fanny Howe of West Tisbury was honored last week with the 2009 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, awarded annually by the Poetry Foundation to a living American poet for lifetime accomplishments that warrant extraordinary recognition. The $100,000 that accompanies the award is one of the largest literary prizes in the nation.

Beatles Book Published

Beatles Book Published

Tom Dresser’s new book, It Was 40 Years Ago Today, has been published to coincide with the anniversary of the Beatles releasing their final, famous recording, Abbey Road, 40 years ago — on Sept. 12, 1969. The Oak Bluffs author’s newest work contains a compendium of Beatle albums, background information on their songs, dozens of comments by Beatles fans and coming-of-age memories of the sixties.

Book Talk: John Hough Jr. Discusses Seen The Glory

Author John Hough Jr. talks about his acclaimed new book, Seen the Glory, about two brothers from Martha’s Vineyard during the Civil War, at the Chilmark Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m.

Island Futurist Gives Talk at Library

Technothriller writer, essayist, postmodern literary fabulist and Island resident John Sundman will discuss his work and the meaning of literature in the age of the Internet at the Vineyard Haven library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15. The talk, entitled Cheap Complex Devices, is free and open to the public.

Russ Baker, The Muckraker

Russ Baker, The Muckraker

In a program called The Hidden History of the United States, author and journalist Russ Baker will discuss his new book — Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the powerful forces that put it in the White House and what their influence means for America — on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Vineyard Haven Public Library

Mr. Baker contends that the national security establishment behind the Bushes rise continues to maintain a grip on the Obama administration.