Festival’s Schedule of Authors

People of the Book author Geraldine Brooks will be speaking at 3:30 p.m. in the Squibnocket tent and signing books at 4:15.

Fish Story

Fish Story

Charles A. Bartholomy, a seasoned professional fishing captain and former syndicated outdoor columnist, presents Fish Story Extraordinary on Friday, July 17, at 4 p.m. at the Federated Church Parish House in Edgartown

Mr. Bartholomy combines corporate and political intrigue with an American CEO’s quest for success in Cuba’s annual Hemingway Blue Marlin Tournament in his latest book, The Blue.

Island Historian Reveals New Book

Island Historian

Reveals New Book

David McCullough, Pulitzer-prizewinning author of The Path Between the Seas, Truman, John Adams and 1776, is working on a new book, set for release in 2010. The as-yet-untitiled tome chronicles the remarkable history of innovation and achievement in the fields literature, medicine, design and the arts by Americans living in Paris.

Moby Rich Author Faces Final Judgment; Mr. Melville Unhappy

Scene: The Pearly Gates, hopefully a good 50 years from now. St. Peter is standing by the gates. Nicole Galland enters, agog at what is before her.

NG: There must be some mistake. I’m an agnostic Buddhist pagan. Plus I’m Jewish. I think I took the wrong exit.

Tom Dresser Signs Book

Tom Dresser Signs Book

Thomas Dresser has a new book, entitled In My Life, published by Red Lead Press. The novel, his first work of fiction, is a coming-of-age story set in a small Massachusetts town with the backdrop of the 1960s.

To promote his new venture, a print-on-demand publication, Mr. Dresser will host a book signing on the porch at Slice of Life on Circuit avenue in Oak Bluffs on Monday, May 18, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. He will speak at 4 p.m. Free coffee and cookies.

Victoria Trumbull Is Back, and So Is Cynthia Riggs

West Tisbury author Cynthia Riggs will talk about her latest book Death and Honesty, the eighth in her Martha’s Vineyard mystery series, at the Chilmark Public Library on Wednesday, May 20, at 5:30 p.m.

Jacobean Poet John Donne Gets Musical, Metaphysical

In celebration of national poetry month, there will be a reading of 17th century metaphysical poet John Donne at the Old Whaling Church at 4 p.m. on April 19. The program will also include the music of William Byrd and other composers from the English Renaissance. Donne’s work will be read by John Ortman and Elizabeth Villard, who will be joined by Matt Pelikan on recorder and violin, and Jan Hyer on cello.

The Inside Scoop on Rebecca: A Wooden Schooner Prevails

Tom Dunlop will speak about his new book Schooner: Building a Wooden Boat on Martha’s Vineyard at the Chilmark Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Cruising World, in its June 2010 issue wrote: “It was the most festive launch in more than a generation: the christening of Rebecca of Vineyard Haven, a 60-foot, 76,000-pound schooner designed and built, plank on frame, at the Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway, one of the leading traditional boatbuilding yards on the U.S. continent.

Encountering Barack Obama Amid Vineyard’s Black History

Editor’s Note: Oak Bluffs author Thomas Dresser’s book, African Americans on Martha’s Vineyard from Enslavement to Presidential Visit, was published on July 4 this summer and is already in its second printing. The book is on sale at outlets across the Island. What follows is an edited excerpt from the chapter titled Mr. President. It appears with permission.

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.

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