Literary events this week on Martha’s Vineyard

Thursday, Aug. 16

When Work Disappears: Equality & Opportunity in the African American Community 5–6:30 pm, Old Whaling Church, Edgartown.The Hutchins Forum, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Moderated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Free. Tickets available at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, C’est La Vie, Cousen Rose Gallery & Edgartown Books.

Saturday, Aug. 18

Sunday, Aug. 19

Wednesday, Aug. 22

Celebrate Martha’s Vineyard’s New Poet Laureate 7 pm, Vineyard Haven Library, Vineyard Haven. With Lee McCormack & Rachel Baird. Sponsored by Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society. Free. Reception. 508-696-4210; vhlibrary.org.