Island Icon Unveils Inner Landscape

BACKING INTO FORWARD. By Jules Feiffer. Nan. A. Talese / Doubleday, 2010. 464 pages, photographs. $30 hardcover.

Jules Feiffer is one of our icons in the hall of fame that includes Mike Wallace, Beverly Sills, Bill Styron and Walter Cronkite. Island icons are colossi in the big wide world, and brand-makers of the Vineyard as a place that harbors the rich and famous and give-backers to the community. The billionaires who build bulgy houses come and go.

Island Wordsmiths Spin Diverse Tales

If you’ve ever watched Larry David’s hilarious HBO sitcom, Curb Your Enthusiasm, you’ll know the last person you’d want giving you a ride on Island roads is Mr. David himself. The whole gist of each of his episodes is, “I work hard at being unlikable.” Nonetheless, when Paul Samuel Dolman spent a recent summer rambling around our shores, a nondescript car slowed down, an older, bald guy with sunglasses peered out and asked if he needed a lift.

Issues of Race on the Boards

Author Fanny Howe is, by her own account, “sort of obsessed with issues of race.” Her father, Mark deWolfe Howe, was a civil rights activist and Ms. Howe, who now lives in West Tisbury, grew up in the slow-burning racial fire of Boston.

Author Fanny Howe is, by her own account, “sort of obsessed with issues of race.” Her father, Mark deWolfe Howe, was a civil rights activist and Ms. Howe, who now lives in West Tisbury, grew up in the slow-burning racial fire of Boston. These experiences culminated in ’Tis of Thee, a work of drama more poetry than play, penned by Ms. Howe, directed by Robert Scanlon and presented by actors Anthony Gaskins, Jill Macy and Charles Turner on Monday evening at the Vineyard Playhouse as part of its Monday Night Special series.

Now and Zen Win

Now and Zen Win

Martha’s Vineyard, Now and Zen by Susan Klein and Alan Brigish is the winner in the Wild Card category of the New England Book Festival.

The following is from newenglandbookfestival.com:

Submitted works are judged by a panel of industry experts using the following criteria: general excellence, the author’s passion for telling a good story, and the potential of the work to reach a wider audience.

Martha’s Vineyard Tile

Martha’s Vineyard Tile

Vineyard Stories has just published its sixteenth book about the Vineyard.

Last summer the press featured Schooner: Building a Wooden Boat on Martha’s Vineyard and The Bike Ride. Both books received great reviews and recognition. Schooner was named one of the 100 best photo books of 2010 by Snapshot magazine. The Bike Ride, a book for children, was endorsed by the Nature Conservancy for its contributions in the area of conservation.

Water Essays

Water Essays

Water Matters, Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource, was recently released by AlterNet, an award-winning magazine and online community.

Water Matters includes a contribution from Island writer William Waterway. Other contributing writers include Barbara Kingsolver, Bill McKibben, Maude Barlow and Tina Rosenberg, to name a few.

For more information, please visit alternet.org.

Gallerist Leo Castelli Uncovered

Gallerist

Leo Castelli

Uncovered

Profiles by a Remarkable Profiler

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, Nanucket’s award-winning author Connor Gifford will be on the Vineyard to speak before the 300 teachers of the Martha’s Vineyard school system at the invitation of assistant superintendent Laurie Halt.

Mr. Gifford also will be at Edgartown Books on Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. to sign his hit book, America According to Connor Gifford, with co-author Victora Harris.

Irresistible: Lisa Grunwald Reads from Her New Novel

Irresistible: Lisa Grunwald

Reads from Her New Novel

Poets and Prisoners Work Together on Writing Books

Poet Judith Tannenbaum, the author of By Heart: Poetry, Prison and Two Lives, is presenting her work at Featherstone on Thursday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m.

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