Aug
3
2:00 PM14:00

Author Reading and Book Signing: Thomas Dresser

In partnership with Edgartown Books, The Carnegie welcomes island historian and writer Thomas Dresser our intimate gallery setting for a reading of his newest publication A Travel History of Martha's Vineyard. A book signing will follow the reading.

Getting to the Vineyard has never been easy. From dugout canoes, to steamships, on-island horse-drawn trolleys to man-powered barges, there have been all manner of transportation to navigate the island's plains and shores.The story of Vineyard transportation is the story of evolution of technology, of opportunity and necessity, of dependence and cooperative efforts. Join Dresser as he traces the changes in island living brought about by these transportation innovations.

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Author Appearance, Michael Blanchard - Fighting For My Life
Oct
11
4:00 PM16:00

Author Appearance, Michael Blanchard - Fighting For My Life

Please join us for the debut of Fighting For My Life,  the journey of one man's salvation through photography.   Life had just gone from bad to the very worst. Thirty years of drinking had narrowed his choice to a simple decision between jail and an addiction rehab center.

Michael chose a three-month rehab program; and when he came out, began to dedicate his life to staying sober. This is his story— painful, provocative, and, because he has used photography as one of his mainstays in his efforts to keep from drinking, both beautiful and moving.

For each book purchased, the author will donate $5.00 to the Martha's Vineyard Community Services New Paths Recovery Program.  New Paths Recovery Program is a structured outpatient addiction program for adults who seek alcohol, drug and behavioral addictions recovery and who may also experience co-occurring mental health disorders.

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Educator's Expo
Oct
8
4:00 PM16:00

Educator's Expo

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Preview a collection of curriculum appropriate titles for students from elementary through high school.  Representatives from Candlewick Press will be available to show you the teacher materials available for each book.  Refreshements will be served, plus prizes and giveaways as well.

RSVP's are requested but not required.  Please e-mail info@edgartownbooks.com or call 508-627-8463.

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Saturday Story Hour with Amelie Loyot, Vanessa: The Sea Serpent of Martha's Vineyard
Aug
30
10:00 AM10:00

Saturday Story Hour with Amelie Loyot, Vanessa: The Sea Serpent of Martha's Vineyard

Ever wonder what the wooden sculpture glistening with scales in Oak Bluffs' Farm Pond is? Listen as Amelie Loyot tells the story of Vanessa in her newly published book, "Vanessa: The Sea Serpent of Martha's Vineyard." 

As the primary caretaker of Vanessa, Amelie shares with us all the life long story of the infamous island sea serpent!

This event is free and open to the public.

 

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Fact, Fiction or Food @ Five presents Morning Glory Farm: Stories from the Fields, Recipes from the Kitchen
Aug
29
5:00 PM17:00

Fact, Fiction or Food @ Five presents Morning Glory Farm: Stories from the Fields, Recipes from the Kitchen

Eat like a farmer? Today, that means cooking and eating some of the freshest, most delicious and healthy foods available. Meet Chef Robert Lionette, Gaby Redner and Alison Shaw when they present Morning Glory Farm: Stories from the Fields, Recipes from the Kitchen.

Morning Glory’s Farm Food brings you stories about how the local foods you love are grown and gives you 102 recipes straight from the farm kitchen overseen by Chef Robert Lionette. Morning Glory owner Jim Athearn also updates you on the local farm scene – and how it has changed in the forty years he’s been a farmer, including the most recent renewal of interest in growing food on small, sustainable farms.

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Author Appearance, David Cleveland, Love's Attraction
Aug
26
4:00 PM16:00

Author Appearance, David Cleveland, Love's Attraction

From literary Concord to the backwater canals of Venice, Love’s Attraction takes readers on a tantalizing and thought-provoking journey as Michael Collins, a Washington political fixer facing an impending bribery scandal, is suddenly confronted with a past he never knew and a legacy of heartbreak and deception from which he failed to escape.

David Adams Cleveland is a novelist and art historian. His first novel, With a Gemlike Flame, drew wide praise for its evocation of Venice and the hunt for a lost masterpiece by Raphael. His most recent art history book, A History of American Tonalism, won the Silver Medal in Art History in the Book of the Year Awards, 2010; and Outstanding Academic Title 2011 from the American Library Association; it was the best selling American art history book in 2011 and 2012. He and his wife live in New York where he works as an art advisor with his son, Carter Cleveland, founder of Artsy.net, the new internet site making all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

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Middle Reader Madness with Ben Mezrich and Rafe
Aug
23
10:00 AM10:00

Middle Reader Madness with Ben Mezrich and Rafe

MIDDLE READER MADNESS! Author Ben Mezrich will read from his exciting new book for the 8-12 crowd...Bringing Down the Mouse an exciting tale about Charlie Lewis - a nerd. All he’s ever been good at is math—and he’s really good at math. So good that he’s recruited by a group of kids determined to game the system at the biggest theme park in the world—and win the grand prize. Soon Charlie is caught up in the excitement and thrill of using his math skills for awesomeness…but what’s at stake may be more than he’s willing to risk. How far will Charlie go for a chance at the ultimate reward? Part Two of this event features a scavenger hunt to celebrate the adventures of Rafe.

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Author Appearance - Cathy Walthers, Kale, Glorious Kale
Aug
22
5:00 PM17:00

Author Appearance - Cathy Walthers, Kale, Glorious Kale

Cathy will be signing copies of her new book, Kale, Glorious Kale.  Considered the gateway to the greatest green superfood we have, rich in antioxidants, fiber, flavonoids, and more, kale has created a whole green food movement.

Now, with the guidance of bestselling cookbook author Cathy Walthers and the stunning photography of Alison Shaw, every home cook can explore the multitude of ways this most healthy of foods can be made into delectable and satisfying meals. From Baked Eggs Over Kale in the morning to kale snacks and appetizers, salads, soups, side dishes and main courses like Pork Braised with Kale and Cider for dinner, Kale, Glorious Kale will be your complete guide to the greatest of green vegetables.

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Author Appearance by Stacy Stowers
Aug
19
3:00 PM15:00

Author Appearance by Stacy Stowers

Can spinach really taste like chocolate ice cream? YES!

Stacy travels the country teaching how to add more whole, raw, unprocessed foods into their diets in the simplest, most satisfying way possible. In the process, her clients soon discover they stop eating out of bags, bottles, cans, and boxes—and start feeling healthier, lighter, and more energetic. Eating raw is easier and tastier than you think. The gift of Stacy’s approach is that it’s not about becoming a “raw foodist” or joining some food religion; it’s about adding foods that will make you thrive.

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Saturday Story Hour with Christie Jones Ray, Ella Visits Martha's Vineyard
Aug
16
10:00 AM10:00

Saturday Story Hour with Christie Jones Ray, Ella Visits Martha's Vineyard

Eliza is a very tiny, very loved, handmade mouse who resides at Grammy’s House, a quaint Victorian cottage. She wears hand-knitted and crocheted shawls and a kerchief and has many adventures. But she is always thankful to return to her cottage door at the baseboard of the kitchen in Grammy’s House and snuggle into her cozy bed—that is actually a soap dish. But, meanwhile, she is adventuring on Martha’s Vineyard.

This is a charming children’s book by a self-taught artist.
 

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Fact, Fiction or Food @ Five presents Jon McGoran, Deadout
Aug
15
5:00 PM17:00

Fact, Fiction or Food @ Five presents Jon McGoran, Deadout

Join Jon McGoran in celebrating the release of Deadout. Set on Martha’s Vineyard, this ecological thriller takes a chilling look at the world of GMOs, biotechnology and the disappearance of the bees.

Jon McGoran continues our FForF@F series with the Island launch of Deadout, sequel to his highly acclaimed debut, Drift.   Meet author and food advocate Jon McGoran for a brief reading  and discussion of some of the topics in his books, as well as the high points of Martha's Vineyard as a setting. 

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Vineyard Haven Library Author Series
Aug
13
7:00 PM19:00

Vineyard Haven Library Author Series

Josh Ruxin, author of A Thousand Hills to Heaven will read passages from his new book. Columbia professor Josh Ruxin tells the tale of picking up and moving to deepest Rwanda, where he helped revitalize a village and fell in love with a little restaurant called Heaven. Join us to hear Josh's story of living in Rwanda, building a village from the ashes, then constructing a restaurant from scratch—and, during it all, beginning his own family.

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MV Times presents Islanders Write
Aug
11
8:00 AM08:00

MV Times presents Islanders Write

Join us for panel discussions, book signings, workshops and other literary delights.

When: Monday, August 11, 2014  Where: Grange Hall in West Tisbury

Panel discussions upstairs at the Grange Schedule:
8:00-8:45  
Morning Edition: Writing for Radio
They say radio is the most visual medium. Find out how it’s done.
Sean Corcoran, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Rob Rosenthal and Mindy Todd

9:00-9:45   Writing Children’s Books
Like Lewis Carroll’s Alice, children’s book authors and illustrators often wonder, What’s the use of a book without pictures or conversations?
Richard Michelson, Florence Friedman Minor, Wendell Minor and Kate Feiffer

10:00-10:45  Writing in a New Media World
Have digital books, video gaming and self-publishing helped or hurt writers?
Susan Branch, Tony Horwitz, Nicole Galland and Jan Pogue

11:00-11:45  Narrative Non-fiction
When truth is stranger than fiction, write the truth and let it read like fiction.
Meryl Gordon, Joshua Horwitz, Alexandra Styron and Tony Horwitz

1:00-1:45  The Recipe for Cookbook Writing
It takes more than adding a pinch of salt.
Jessica Harris, Susie Middleton, Joan Nathan, Catherine Walthers and Tina Miller

2:00-2:45  Writing Workshops
Tough love or loving support. What works?
John Hough, Jr., Nancy Slonim Aronie and Lara O’Brien

3:00-3:45  From Journalism to Fiction
When journalists turn into novelists
Geraldine Brooks and Ward Just

4:00  Closing Thoughts
Peter Oberfest and David McCullough

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Oak Bluffs Library Authors Program presents Carla Kaplan, Miss Anne in Harlem
Aug
9
4:30 PM16:30

Oak Bluffs Library Authors Program presents Carla Kaplan, Miss Anne in Harlem

Time hasn’t been kind to the white women who participated in the Harlem Renaissance. As philanthropists and activists, authors and patrons, they sought a place for themselves in that remarkable outpouring of African-American art during the 1920s and ’30s. 

In this remarkable work of historical recovery, Carla Kaplan, author of “Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters,” does well by a group of women who got so much wrong. She resurrects Miss Anne as a cultural figure and explores the messy contradictions of her life, moving her from the periphery of a story about white patronage and boundary-testing interracial liaisons to the center. With a focus on six of the roughly 60 white women active in the Harlem Renaissance, Kaplan delineates Miss Anne as a counterpart to the better known flapper or “new woman” of the Roaring Twenties. 

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Meet our Vineyard Authors
Aug
9
12:30 PM12:30

Meet our Vineyard Authors

Martha's Vineyard is home to many talented authors.  Edgartown Books is pleased to bring five celebrated authors together for a celebration of Vineyard inspiration.  This event will feature:

12:30p - 1:30p  Tim Bridwell, Sophronia L.

1:30p - 2:30p   William Waterway, Gay Head Lighthouse:The First Light on Martha's Vineyard

2:30 - 3:30p     Susan Klein, Bountiful, and Now & Zen

3:30p - 4:30p   Suzan Bellincampi, Martha's Vineyard: A Field Guide to Island Nature

4:30p - 5:30p   Amira Thoron, For My Father

5:30p - 6:30p   Brooks Robard and Hermine Hull, On Island Poems and Paintings of Martha's Vineyard

 

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Saturday Story Hour with Tara Reynolds, Alphabet Zooup
Aug
9
10:00 AM10:00

Saturday Story Hour with Tara Reynolds, Alphabet Zooup

"Alphabet Zooup" is an illustrated children's abc book. It combines two of the best things, FOOD and ANIMALS!!! "Alphabet Zooup" was written and illustrated by Tara Reynolds. Tara was born on the tiny island of Martha's Vineyard, in Massachusetts. She attended the Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Illustration. Her dream has always been to create a fun and funky children's book and this year she made it happen! "Alphabet Zooup" should be in print by summer, hopefully you, your children and your pet will all enjoy it!!

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Fact, Fiction or Food @ Five presents Susie Middelton, Fresh from the Farm
Aug
8
5:00 PM17:00

Fact, Fiction or Food @ Five presents Susie Middelton, Fresh from the Farm

Written by the “Queen of Fresh” Susie Middleton, Fresh from the Farm goes beyond traditional “fresh” cookbooks by sharing the engaging story of one woman’s quest for a simpler life. Susie gave up her high-powered corporate job, bought a farm on a rural island, and started planting and growing vegetables and fruit in the hopes of finding a more satisfying life. Meet Susie and sample her delicious, fresh food!

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Summer Institute MVHC with Arnold Eisen, American Judaism in the App Generation
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Institute MVHC with Arnold Eisen, American Judaism in the App Generation

American Judaism In the App Generation

Arnold M. Eisen, Ph.D. is Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty in 1986, he taught at Tel Aviv University and Columbia University.

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Annual Mystery Brunch with Fairstein, Finder and Leotta
Aug
7
10:00 AM10:00

Annual Mystery Brunch with Fairstein, Finder and Leotta

Join us for breakfast and a lively discussion with three great mystery writers and their newest books! Authors featured will be:

New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein, with her newest Alexandra Cooper novel, Terminal City, delivers another breakneck thriller that captures the essence of New York City—its glamour, its possibilities, and its endless capacity for darkness.

Joseph Finder's lean, crisp thriller, Suspicion, is a zipping Jaguar of a ride.  The plot turns—three major ones—are as shocking as they are believable. Finder has a satirist’s sense when discussing teen snobbery and the exurban rat race, and his spare, laminated style is several cuts above that of most thrillers.

Alison Leotta, described as "the female John Grisham", delivers a gripping thriller in Speak of the Devil, which draws on her experience as a prosecutor to take readers into the back rooms of the US Attorney’s Office, the hidden world of the Witness Protection Program, and the secret rituals of one of America’s most dangerous gangs.

Tickets are $35.00 and include a Continental Breakfast and your choice of one of the mystery books.  Advance tickets may be purchased at Edgartown Books.

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Women On Fire Author Appearance with Debbie Phillips and Nicole Friedler Brisson
Aug
5
6:00 PM18:00

Women On Fire Author Appearance with Debbie Phillips and Nicole Friedler Brisson

Women on Fire is back, with its much-anticipated sequel — Women on Fire: 21 More Inspiring Women Share Their Life Secrets (and Save You Years of Struggle!), Volume 2.

Debbie Phillips and Nicole Friedler Brisson will be on hand to talk about how today’s woman strives to fulfill an ever-growing list of roles, including mother, wife, sister, daughter, caregiver, colleague, and friend.  But when life presents its most daunting challenges affecting family, health, career, and dreams, it can be hard to know where to turn. You may long to hear a calming voice of wisdom that says, “I’ve been through this too, and everything will be all right.”

Women on Fire, Volume 2 provides 21 such voices, each belonging to a courageous woman who has chosen to share her story of heartache, loss, and discovery in the hopes of saving you years of struggle. 

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 An Evening With David Sedaris-SOLD OUT
Aug
2
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening With David Sedaris-SOLD OUT

The official bookstore sponsor of "An Evening with David Sedaris", Edgartown Books, looks forward to seeing you at David's performance on Saturday, August 2nd at the intimate, historic Old Whaling Church at 8pm. Although tickets for the evening performance have sold out - tickets to the afternoon performance at 1:00pm at the Performing Arts Center are still available.

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Saturday Story Hour with David Kirk
Aug
2
10:00 AM10:00

Saturday Story Hour with David Kirk

Please join David as he reads his new book, Oh So Brave Dragon, and entertains with "Dragon Play".

A young, ruby-red dragon with emerald eyes explores the meanings of bravery and fear in this sequel to Oh So Tiny Bunny (2012).  

The young dragon is just beginning to feel strong and brave, flapping its wings and spewing fiery, “fearsome breath” that scares away smaller creatures such as bunnies and birds. But when the dragon tries out its first, full-scale bellow, a gigantic sound emerges in a memorable double-page spread with the word “ROAR” emerging from the dragon’s wide-open mouth alongside a swarm of terrified bees. The surprised dragon is afraid of its own roar—what sort of monster might have made such a terrible sound? Now much calmer and friendlier, the dragon goes around the forest repeatedly asking, “Did you hear the monster?” The dragon spreads its wings to gather in all the other creatures, and together they make loud roaring sounds to scare away the lurking monster. The dragon is just slightly scary, with a forked tongue, sharp teeth and glowing green eyes, and its blustery bravado and emotional about-face to quivery fear will resonate with kids who can relate to both sides. The huge roaring sounds in supersized display type will also be a hit with young readers, who will want to roar along.

An engagingly subtle way to convey the power of friends in helping us face our fears, real or not.

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Fact, Fiction or Food @ Five presents John Hough, Jr. and Little Bighorn
Aug
1
5:00 PM17:00

Fact, Fiction or Food @ Five presents John Hough, Jr. and Little Bighorn

“LITTLE BIGHORN is every bit as remarkable as Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove. The characters are vivid, the tension palpable and the dialogue unfeigned.  John Hough, Jr. is one the great American novelists alongside Cormac McCarthy and Jonathan Franzen.  Reading his novels is like discovering hidden treasures, the writing pure and beautiful.”

— Robert Dugoni, bestselling author of 
Jury Master, Damage Control and others

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Saturday Story Hour with Kate Feiffer
Jul
26
10:00 AM10:00

Saturday Story Hour with Kate Feiffer

Come out and listen as Kate reads her children's book, "Henry: the Dog with No Tail" and 
meet the real live Henry the dog with No Tail and design your own tail for him 
with children's book author Kate Feiffer.

"Once there was a dog named Henry. He was an Australian Shepherd, and like many Australian Shepherds, Henry didn't have a tail. Henry's tailess self was the inspiration for Henry the Dog with No Tail, the first book that Kate and her father Jules worked on together." - excerpt from www.katefeiffer.com

For more information contact Edgartown Books or visit www.katefeiffer.com

This event is free and open to the public.

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Summer Institute MVHC with Ezra Vogel
Jul
24
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Institute MVHC with Ezra Vogel

The Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center presents an evening with Ezra Vogel as he speaks about his book, "Deng Xiaoping & the Transformation of Modern China. 

"It is a curiosity of “Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China” that Deng the man is almost invisible. There is a well-known list of his personal characteristics: he played bridge; liked bread, cheese and coffee; smoked; drank and used spittoons. He was unswervingly self-disciplined. Though Deng left no personal paper trail, Vogel ably relates what is known." - The New York Times.  Come out and listen to this fascinating topic and a renowned author.

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Waldo Wednesday Children's Activities
Jul
23
10:00 AM10:00

Waldo Wednesday Children's Activities

Come down to Edgartown Books and hang out with Waldo! The Featured Event for today's Waldo Wednesday is "Color in Waldo!" Can you create a different outfit for Waldo? Finish your drawing by 12:00 noon for a chance to win a FREE Where's Waldo? book! 

Coloring sheets and materials will be provided for all, but feel free to bring along any materials you wish to use in completing your Waldo masterpiece!   This event is free and open to the public.

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Saturday Story Hour with Sandy Leahy and Kathy Tarentino
Jul
19
10:00 AM10:00

Saturday Story Hour with Sandy Leahy and Kathy Tarentino

Sandy and Kathy will be reading will be reading this newly-pubished children's book, "The Hibernating House"

Who wouldn't want to read a story about bears, groundhogs, and skunks hibernating?! Take a stroll through this ocean side town and explore the changes page by page, season by season, as The Hibernating House becomes something new and exciting right before your very eyes! 
This event is free and open to the public.

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