The Martha's Vineyard Book Festival is one of New England's "Can't-miss events" according to the Boston Globe
The 2015 Marths's Vineyard Book Festival will be Saturday & Sunday, August 1-2
Videos from the 2013 Book Festival have been posted and they are fantastic!
Jill Lepore at the 2013 Book Festival
Tayari Jones at the 2011 Book Festival
Chris Adrian & Alan Heathcock at the 2011 Book Festival
Thank you for a fabulous 2014 Author Lecture Series
The diverse series featured Ward Just and Andre Dubus III each discussing the creative process and where they find their inspiration; memoir writers Gail Sheehy, Katie Hafner, and Richard Hoffman considering the challenges of finding the story, keeping to the truth and not hurting others in the process; Ron Suskind candidly sharing the difficulties and triumphs of raising a son with autism; the funny, poignant story of Brent Ridge, medical doctor and advertising executive, and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, author, advertising executive and drag queen, both turned goat farmers; a loving and insightful tribute to Sheldon Hackney by his closest colleagues and friends; Richard North Patterson's poignant swan song to writing and his gripping trilogy set on Martha's Vineyard, and Alan Dershowitz and Lucinda Franks in a fascinating conversation reflecting on marriage and some of the country's most high profile legal cases.
The disucssions were stimulating, the audineces were engaged and asked the right questions, and the moderators could not have been better. As moderators, Paul Schneider, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Dick Lehr, Tony Horwitz and Alexandra Styron gently probed and prodded the authors, drawing them out and helping them articulate their experience.
All of the events were videoed and we are pleased to share them with you. Please go here for the links to the videos.
The Chilmark Town Affairs Council, partnering with Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, hosted the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival on August 3 & 4, 2013. Held every other summer since 2005, the festival celebrates the island’s rich literary heritage and the joy of reading.
The festival was held over two days and in two locations: Saturday, August 3, 2103 in Edgartown at the Harbor View Hotel, and Sunday, August 4, 2012 on the grounds of the Chilmark Community Center in Chilmark. Bigger and better than ever, the festival was a true island-wide event.
Over 30 nationally acclaimed authors spoke about their books. The schedule for 2013 can be found here. Most authors spoke in both locations. Authors read from their books, participated in discussion panels, and signed their books. The festival is FREE and open to all.
James and Deborah Athearn at the 2009 Book Festival
Thanks to the Harbor View Hotel and the Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank Permanent Endowment for making the book festival on Saturday in Edgartown possible
Standing Room Only in 2011