Jun 13 @ 12:00 pm Nantucket Yacht Club
“Where were you the summer of ‘69?” Throw on your bell bottoms, Pucci dress, or tie-dye and join Elin Hilderbrand and Robin Kall (host of Reading with Robin)as they immerse themselves in the spirit of … Continue reading "Elin Hilderbrand with Robin Kall: Summer of ’69 – Sponsored by Caroline Ellis"
Jun 13 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Quaker Meeting House
Internationally acclaimed author, historian, Nantucket resident, and sailor Nat Philbrick, in conversation with Mindy Todd, producer and host of WCAI’s The Point, will discuss his third book about the American Revolution. In the Hurricane’s Eye: … Continue reading "Nat Philbrick with Mindy Todd"
Jun 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm First Congregational Church
The sub-title to Ella Wall Prichard’s Reclaiming Joy is “a primer for widows,” and that’s exactly what this book does. While it acknowledges the overwhelming grief one feels at the loss of a spouse, the … Continue reading "Ella Wall Prichard with Janet Schulte – Sponsored by Baylor University Press"
Jun 13 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm Nantucket Hotel
Join several of this year’s authors in a comfortable after-hours setting, while enjoying your favorite beverage. Admission is free; cash bar.
Jun 14 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Nantucket Atheneum
Story Times in multiple languages on the half-hour; plus authors from Nantucket and New England gathering under the Garden tent to talk with readers about their books. Find the perfect gift for the child in … Continue reading "Children’s Storytimes and Authors"
Jun 14 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 am Methodist Church
Founder of the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies and Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center, Johnson discusses The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, a book that … Continue reading "Kirk Wallace Johnson"
Jun 14 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am Methodist Church
Orange Prize winning author of The Song of Achilles and now New York Times best-selling Circe, Madeline Miller is a classicist with a contemporary sensibility. Once you dive into her world, you will never think … Continue reading "Madeline Miller"
Jun 14 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am Methodist Church
The Longmire series of books about Walt Longmire and Henry Standing Bear are set in contemporary Absaroka County, Wyoming. Rich with landscape, characters, and history of the West, these mysteries have entertained and enlightened Johnson’s … Continue reading "Craig Johnson"
Jun 14 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am Nantucket Atheneum
Mystery authors Steve Axelrod, Blue Balliett, and Cherie Burns take very different paths in telling their stories. In Nantucket Counterfeit, Axelrod gives us a poetry-writing police chief. Balliett’s Out of the Wild Night is a … Continue reading "Mystery Panel: The Art of Great Story Telling – Cherie Burns, Steve Axelrod and Blue Balliett with Nancy Thayer"
Jun 14 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Nantucket Atheneum
Descriptions of Deborah Landau’s prize-winning poetry collections vary from “gorgeous lyricism” to “dark comedy” or “killer wit”. Comparisons to Sylvia Plath, Dorothy Parker and Virginia Woolf miss the singular originality and impact of her work. … Continue reading "Deborah Landau"
Jun 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Nantucket Culinary
It’s hard to imagine three novels covering a wider range of characters geographically, chronologically, and creatively than Carpenter’s Red, White, Blue, Schwartz’s The Red Daughter and Miller’s Circe. Each plunges to depths of psychological and … Continue reading "Fiction for the Ages: Madeline Miller, Lea Carpenter, and John Burnham Schwartz with Kate Brosnan – Sponsored by Annye’s Whole Foods and the Nantucket Culinary Center"
Jun 14 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Methodist Church
In The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote award Winning journalist Elaine Weiss tells the story of how suffragists, anti-suffragists, lobbyists, and lawmakers descended on Nashville in 1920 in a fight to … Continue reading "Elaine Weiss with Mindy Todd"
Jun 14 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Nantucket Atheneum
Author Neel Patel’s debut short story collection makes readers confront their most deeply held stereotypes. If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi examines the collisions of old world and new, and the universal themes of … Continue reading "Neel Patel"
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Methodist Church
Journalist Dave Cullen was one of the first on the scene at Columbine High School, but two bouts of PTSD caused Cullen to cover later tragedies from a distance. Yet in the wake of the … Continue reading "Dave Cullen – Sponsored by Fairwinds – Nantucket’s Counseling Center"
Jun 14 @ 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Nantucket Atheneum
Red, White, Blue combines the tension of a psychological thriller with the sensitivity of an insightful memoir. Lea Carpenter proved her writing chops in Eleven Days, her moving first novel written in the voice of … Continue reading "Lea Carpenter with Kate Brosnan"
Jun 14 @ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm Nantucket Atheneum
The Red Daughter, John Schwartz’s new novel, is a mesmerizing work of historical fiction, telling the story of Josef Stalin’s daughter Svetlana, her defection from Russia, and her life in America through the eyes of … Continue reading "John Burnham Schwartz"
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Unitarian Church
The Nantucket Book Festival invites everyone to the Sanctuary of the Unitarian Meeting House for our Opening Celebration, which extols the bond of literature and community to which our Festival is dedicated. Authors Ben Fountain, … Continue reading "Opening Night Celebration: How Can We Write When Everything’s Wrong?"
Jun 14 @ 9:30 pm Lemon Press
It may have been a full day, but the party has just begun! Head over to the Lemon Press Restaurant to enjoy dessert, beverages, music by Audio Architects, and conversations about your favorite books and … Continue reading "Festival After-Party – Sponsored by Lemon Press and The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce"
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Nantucket Atheneum
Over 30 authors from Nantucket and New England gather under the garden tent to talk with readers and sell their books. Every genre from children’s to adult fiction and nonfiction will be represented. Discover the … Continue reading "Local Author Tent"
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am Nantucket Atheneum
Poet, translator, literary and art critic, and now winner of the 2019 PEN/ ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, Rowan Ricardo Phillips tracks the competitive world of the 2017 ATP men’s tennis tour in The … Continue reading "Rowan Ricardo Phillips"
Jun 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am The Dreamland
Celebrate the joy of reading with Wendy Rouillard and Barnaby Bear at a special Book Festival party! This FREE event will take place at the Dreamland Theater. There will be a reading, make your own … Continue reading "Celebrate Reading with Barnaby Bear! Sponsored by Fogged In Bookkeeping: Free – ticket required"
Jun 15 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am Nantucket Atheneum
Combat Marine veteran Elliot Ackerman, awarded the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Bronze Star, understands war from a boots-on-the ground perspective. His writing reaches beyond the political and cultural differences that divides us to create … Continue reading "Elliot Ackerman with Robert Cocuzzo"
Jun 15 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Nantucket Atheneum
Physician, researcher, and ethics professor Matt McCarthy is on the front lines of a groundbreaking clinical trial testing a new antibiotic to fight lethal “superbugs,” bacteria that have built up resistance to the life-saving drugs … Continue reading "Matt McCarthy with John Stanton"
Jun 15 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Methodist Church
How do you hold onto your humanity in the midst of crisis? Pushcart Prize-winning author Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers intertwines stories that take readers through the heartbreak of the AIDS crisis in the 1980’s … Continue reading "Rebecca Makkai with Tim Ehrenberg"
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Nantucket Atheneum
Marzano-Lesnevich’s startling memoir The Fact of a Body follows their story from childhood, interspersed with the story of a murderer they are researching while a law clerk. Each narrative informs the other, and their conclusions, … Continue reading "Alex Marzano-Lesnevich with Amy Jenness"
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Methodist Church
In Washington Black, award-winning Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan tells the beautifully wrought tale of a young slave on Barbados who becomes a scientist and illustrator through an encounter with an eccentric slave-holding Englishman. The tale … Continue reading "Esi Edugyan with Heather Reisman"
Jun 15 @ 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm Methodist Church
The Library Book is a tribute to an institution that Susan Orlean considers formative to her love of reading and writing, and to the magic and stability libraries bring to our culture. It is also … Continue reading "Susan Orlean"
Jun 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm White Heron Theatre
Filmmaker and teacher Jay Craven worked with island students this spring, developing original ten minute plays that emphasize stories and characters facing and dealing with challenges, obstacles, and conflicts. They will be performed at the … Continue reading "Young Playwrights"
Jun 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm CRU Oyster Bar
Celebrate the launch of the CRU Oyster Bar Nantucket Cookbook with an intimate tasting, preview and discussion of the book at CRU with authors and owners Erin Zircher, Jane Stoddard and Carlos Hidalgo. Published by … Continue reading "CRU Oyster Bar Cookbook Launch Party – Sponsored by CRU Oyster Bar"
Jun 15 @ 9:00 pm – 9:45 pm Nantucket Atheneum
Author of the highly acclaimed novel Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk, Ben Fountain speaks from the trenches of our current state of divisiveness in his new book, Beautiful Country Burn Again. His vivid essays portray … Continue reading "Ben Fountain with Michael Schulder"
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am White Elephant Brant Point Grill
Gather with us to meet master storyteller and New York Times best-selling author Craig Johnson, the creator of the heroes of the Longmire series, Walt Longmire, Henry Standing Bear, and Vic Morretti. A charmer himself, … Continue reading "Craig Johnson: The American West Meets the Seashore"
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am Nantucket Atheneum
Why doesn’t our immune system fight cancer the way it fights other diseases? Edgar Award-nominated author Charles Graber’s The Breakthrough details the astonishing scientific discovery of the code to unleashing the human immune system to … Continue reading "Charles Graeber with Robert Cocuzzo"
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am Nantucket Atheneum
Sarah Sentilles’s life was changed by seeing two newspaper photos: one of a lifelong conscientious objector, the other of a U.S. soldier who served at Abu Ghraib prison during the Iraq War. Interwoven with their … Continue reading "Sarah Sentilles with Michael Schulder"
Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Nantucket Atheneum
How Beowulf Sheehan has come to be considered the foremost author portrait photographer of his generation becomes apparent when one spends time with the 200 photos in Author: The Portraits of Beowulf Sheehan. Due to … Continue reading "Beowulf Sheehan"
Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Cisco Brewers
Gather at noontime at Cisco Brewers on our final day of the Festival for great food, music, and conversation for readers and writers alike. Get your copy of Summer of ‘69 signed by Elin Hilderbrand … Continue reading "Cisco Send-Off with Elin Hilderbrand and Literary Pet Photos"
Jun 19 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Oldest House
Join in the interactive and educational exhibits and activities for kids and families. Features at the sites will be changing all summer so you will want to come back more than once. Historic games crafts … Continue reading "Summer Fest at the Oldest House"
Jun 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm The Old Mill
Join in the interactive and educational exhibits and activities for kids and families. Features at the sites will be changing all summer so you will want to come back more than once. Learn about how … Continue reading "Summer Fest at the Old Mill"
Jun 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Oldest House
Join in the interactive and educational exhibits and activities for kids and families. Features at the sites will be changing all summer so you will want to come back more than once. Historic games crafts … Continue reading "Summer Fest at the Oldest House"
Jun 22 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm The Old Mill
Join in the interactive and educational exhibits and activities for kids and families. Features at the sites will be changing all summer so you will want to come back more than once. Learn about how … Continue reading "Summer Fest at the Old Mill"
Jun 26 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Oldest House
Join in the interactive and educational exhibits and activities for kids and families. Features at the sites will be changing all summer so you will want to come back more than once. Historic games crafts … Continue reading "Summer Fest at the Oldest House"
Jun 27 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm The Old Mill
Join in the interactive and educational exhibits and activities for kids and families. Features at the sites will be changing all summer so you will want to come back more than once. Learn about how … Continue reading "Summer Fest at the Old Mill"
Jun 28 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Oldest House
Join in the interactive and educational exhibits and activities for kids and families. Features at the sites will be changing all summer so you will want to come back more than once. Historic games crafts … Continue reading "Summer Fest at the Oldest House"
Jun 29 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm The Old Mill
Join in the interactive and educational exhibits and activities for kids and families. Features at the sites will be changing all summer so you will want to come back more than once. Learn about how … Continue reading "Summer Fest at the Old Mill"
Jul 3 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Oldest House
Join in the interactive and educational exhibits and activities for kids and families. Features at the sites will be changing all summer so you will want to come back more than once. Historic games crafts … Continue reading "Summer Fest at the Oldest House"
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:45 am
Listen for the sound of the trumpets playing Reveille announcing that the Fourth of July Main Street Festivities are ready to start. All Events start at 10 am. Dunk Tank, Watermelon Eating Contests, Face Painting, … Continue reading "Independence Day Festivities on Main Street"
Jul 4 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm The Old Mill
Join in the interactive and educational exhibits and activities for kids and families. Features at the sites will be changing all summer so you will want to come back more than once. Learn about how … Continue reading "Summer Fest at the Old Mill"
Jul 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Come to Children’s Beach for traditional games for children ages 6-12, including tug-o-war, 3-legged race, wheelbarrow race, sack race, and more. Sponsored by the Town of Nantucket & Department of Culture and Tourism.
Jul 5 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Oldest House
Join in the interactive and educational exhibits and activities for kids and families. Features at the sites will be changing all summer so you will want to come back more than once. Historic games crafts … Continue reading "Summer Fest at the Oldest House"
Jul 5 @ 9:00 pm Jetties Beach
Fireworks display shot off from a barge off of Jetties Beach. If you need a ride to Jetties Beach, catch the Wave in front of the Whaling Museum on Broad Street. — bus will depart … Continue reading "Nantucket Independence Celebration Fireworks"
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm The Old Mill
Join in the interactive and educational exhibits and activities for kids and families. Features at the sites will be changing all summer so you will want to come back more than once. Learn about how … Continue reading "Summer Fest at the Old Mill"