“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"
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"
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"
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"
Mystery Panel: The Art of Great Story Telling – Cherie Burns, Steve Axelrod and Blue Balliett with Nancy Thayer
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"
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"
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
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"
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"
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"
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"
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?"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"