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Moises Naim. — Photo courtesy of Moses Naim

The Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival, on Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, features 30 authors talking about their most recent books at the Harbor View Hotel on Saturday and the Chilmark Community Center on Sunday. For more information, visit mvbookfestival.com.

Recently, The Times asked visiting authors to talk about what they would like to do on Martha’s Vineyard during their stay.

“During my stay, I would like to go to The Galley in Menemsha at least three times a week and also drink a lot of iced coffee from Alley’s in West Tisbury.”

— Mark Leibovich, whose “This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus–Plenty of Valet Parking! in America’s Guided Capital” covers the political period from June 2008 to January 2013 in Washington in his humorous and witty way. Mr. Leibovich is chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine based in Washington, D.C.

“I have only visited once, with a friend who took me past beautiful farms and natural food stores. I was so glad to see cows on the Island — such a startling, good sight. I went home on the ferry carting raw milk yogurt very carefully. So I would love to dine at a farm to table restaurant, or go to the farmer’s market, or see a cow again.”

— Indira Ganesan, author of “As Sweet as Honey.”

“Paddleboard from Squibnocket to Menemsha for a slap-up lunch of oysters and lobster at Larsen’s.”

— Niall Ferguson, author of “Civilization: The West and the Rest.”

“My ‘one-thing’ is to return to Lucy Vincent Beach, where friends took us last summer. One of the most gorgeous beaches I’ve ever seen.”

— Susan Choi, author of “My Education.”

“My wife and I have never been to Martha’s Vineyard. We’ve certainly been to the Atlantic. Although my wife is a midwesterner, I grew up in New York City, just a few blocks from the ocean. When our son was younger, we took family vacations on the Outer Banks in N.C. So perhaps the best answer might be we would like to see the beach on Martha’s Vineyard and compare it with some other Atlantic experiences.”

— Jonathan Sperber, author of “Karl Marx: A Nineteenth Century Life,” has worked in the department of history at the University of Missouri since 1984, and since 2003 been the Curators’ Professor of History. His biography on Marx was his first work done with a trade publisher and he has been pleased and more than a little astonished at the reception: from the review in The New York Times to his appearance on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.

“I am very much looking forward to this visit to Martha’s Vineyard — not only will I enjoy the company of old friends and the splendid natural surroundings, but I’ve also been given the wonderful opportunity to participate in this celebrated book festival. I’m excited to meet an extraordinary group of authors –— some of whom I have long admired. I feel very fortunate to have been invited.”

— Moises Naim, a senior associate in the International Economics Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and chief international columnist for El Pais and La Repubblica, will speak about his book “The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used To Be.”

“As anyone who knows me will tell you, asking me to narrow down to one thing I like or hate is frickin impossible. When it comes to the Vineyard, which shares my wife’s name (her name is Martha, not Vineyard), I find it more than frickin impossible to limit my response to one. So here goes. [below is a selection of Mr. Cullen’s top-8 things to do]

1) Take in the sunset at Menemsha, which I did with my wife before and since we married, when Lincoln was president and we had no kids.

2) Sit on me fat arse on South Beach reading Colum McCann’s ‘TransAtlantic’ which I’m only a third of the way through and is already the best book I’ve read this year.

3) Sneak onto Lucy Vincent Beach in Chilmark and bull… my way through, claiming I know the Murphys, because surely there is someone named Murphy who has a place nearby.”

— Kevin Cullen, a longtime columnist for the Metro section of The Boston Globe, joined forces with Globe reporter Shelley Murphy to write “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice.” Meet both authors at the festival.

“I haven’t been to M.V. for more than 30 years. Can’t wait to swim in the surf, explore the Island, meet some of the authors, and find a few good clam shacks.”

— Eric Asimov, wine critic for The New York Times, will speak about his book, “How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto,” which was published last year by William Morrow.

“This will be my first visit to Martha’s Vineyard so mostly I’m looking forward to visiting the Vineyard in general. Certainly, as a scholar of the civil rights movement, M.V. has a significant past, particularly for African American history; friends have recommended seeing the Summer White House (where many notables of the civil rights movement gathered) so getting a sense of that history of the Vineyard is also a priority.”

— Jeanne Theoharis will talk about her book “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks,” a political biography of Rosa Parks that examines her six decades of activism. Ms. Theoharis is a professor of political science at CUNY Brooklyn.

“Gosh, I’m looking forward to a nap on the beach.”

— Jill Lepore, Kemper Professor of American History at Harvard University, will speak about her books, “Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death,” and “Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin.”

“I’ve never been to Martha’s Vineyard, so obviously I’m looking forward to it — and leaning on the advice of friends who have. I’m told the cliffs at Gay Head are wonderful, as is the architecture of Oak Bluffs. Nothing too original, I suspect. Besides that (even less original), I look forward to that good briny smell, getting salt water up my nose, and still feeling the sun on my body as I sit in some small outside restaurant after dark working my way through a large plate of steamers.”

— Mark Slouka will speak about his latest book, “Brewster,” a novel about “an unforgettable friendship between two teenage boys and their hopes for escape from a dead-end town,” writes publisher W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. Mr. Slouka is an associate professor of creative writing at Columbia University.

“Among the many things I plan to do is wander Gay Head and think about Tashtego.”

— Sean Wilentz writes about American history, politics, and the arts. His book, “The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson and Lincoln,” was awarded the Bancroft Prize. Most recently, he has published “Bob Dylan in America” and “360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story.” A professor at Princeton since 1979, he is currently at work on a study of antislavery politics after the Revolution.

“I grew up in New England and spent many pleasant summer vacations on the Cape, but I’ve never before been to the Vineyard. Other than watching the sunset with a glass of good chilled white wine, I have no clue what I’ll do when I get there.”

— David Wessel is in his 30th year at the The Wall Street Journal, where he is current economics editor and Capital columnist in the Washington bureau. He is the author of two best-sellers: “Red Ink: Inside the High Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget” (2012) and “In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic” (2009).

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Clifford the big red dog stood next to creator Norman Bridwell and waved to the crowd at last year's Possible Dreams auction. — File photo by Angelina Godbout

Aquinnah artisans

Find Native American arts and crafts, local food, traditional music, and demonstrations this Saturday at the eighth annual Native American Artisans Festival. The festival runs from 11 am to 4 pm, while demos for both children and adults in wampum, sailors’ valentines, and clay pot-making are from 12 noon to 2 pm. For more information, call 508-645-7900, or email aquinnahcc@gmail.com.

Make the impossible possible

How often do you have the chance to bid on a day with Doug Liman and a trip to his new movie premiere, a VIP visit to “The View” decked out in a Kenneth Cole ensemble, a sushi date with Jim Belushi, or a dinner cruise with Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson? Bid or just watch the action at the Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction this Sunday, July 28, at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Edgartown. Admission is $25, doors open at 3:45 pm, silent auction begins at 4, and live auction at 5. For a complete list of the dreams, visit mvcommunityservices.com/possibledreams.

Sounds Like Summer

Cool off on the Edgartown Library lawn this Tuesday, July 30, with jazz by the Jon Zeeman Trio. The free sixth annual Sounds Like Summer concert series that features future shows with House Band, The Grateful Dread, and Sabrina and the Groovers, is for both children and adults. Music begins at 6:30 pm. For more information, call 508-627-4221.

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Spring onions and Swiss chard grown at Whipporwill Farm in West Tisbury. — Photo by Eleni Roriz

The MV Times recently visited the West Tisbury Farmers Market, held twice a week at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury, to ask vendors from three different farm stands what they are harvesting, what is selling, and what cooking suggestions for local produce they could offer. Spring onions, as well as chard and kale were in ample supply.

Whipporwill Farm in West Tisbury

Field manager Jennifer Sepanara said top customer choices include: lettuce, beets, chard, kale, and spring onions.

Cooking suggestion: “I like to make a wrap with chard or kale. In a separate pan sautéed black beans, onions, paprika, and oregano, and add to chard or kale in a wrap.”

North Tabor Farm in Chilmark

Michelle Tynan, a full-time employee, said top choices include: arugula, salad greens, shiitake mushrooms, zucchini, potatoes, tomatoes, and onions.

Cooking suggestions: “Use a whole onion in a frittata, with fresh farm eggs. Make a basil and arugula caprese salad. Or, make a stir-fry with shiitakes, onions, and a little soy sauce.”

Ghost Island Farm in West Tisbury

Owner Rusty Gordon said top choices include: baby greens, 12 kinds of kale, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Cooking suggestions: “Kale chips, or roasted kale.”

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Dancers from the Groupo Folclorico do Club Medeirense S.S. Sacramento, Inc., from New Bedford. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

Feast weekend

The Portuguese-American Feast of the Holy Ghost has come to mean great food, music, and fun. The party starts this Saturday at 5 pm and runs until closing time at the P-A Club in Oak Bluffs. On Sunday it starts up again with the annual parade at 11 am (starts at the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority and goes back to the P-A Club). For more information, call the club at 508-693-9875.

Down on the farm

Island Grown Initiative (IGI) would like you to check out the latest happenings at Thimble Farm at its next Community Farm Day, this coming Monday, July 22. From 4 to 6 pm, hear about IGI’s plans for its new property, enjoy light refreshments, and meet Keith Wilda, farm manager, and other IGI members and staff. The farm is located at 80 Stoney Hill Road in Vineyard Haven, accessible by Head of the Pond Road off Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road in Oak Bluffs or Stoney Hill Rd. off State Road in West Tisbury.

Books galore

Offering everything from beach reads to DVDs, the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs hosts its annual book sale July 18–20 at the library. Hours are Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm; Friday, 10 am to 4 pm; and Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, call 508-693-9433.

Free live music at the Harbor View

From now until the end of August, the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown hosts free live music events on its front porch. Shows will take place three nights a week from 5 to 7 pm. Monday nights feature the calypso-rock band Steel Breeze. On Wednesday nights, guitarist Arlen Roth performs, and on Fridays, Melanie Chaunce & Friends plays jazz and blues tunes. For more information, call 800-225-6005 or visit harbor-view.com.

World jazz piano with Paul Thurlow and friends

On Friday, July 19, the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven hosts pianist Paul Thurlow, violinist and songwriter Nancy Jephcote, congo player Alejandro Carreñ;o, and others. Mr. Thurlow will play world jazz compositions that reflect Celtic, Baltic, and Latin styles. Ms. Jephcote will open the night with a set of her own songs, and will later accompany Mr. Thurlow on violin. The show begins at 8 pm, and admission is $10; free for children under 10. For more information, email Ms. Jephcote at njephcote@gmail.com.

ITW presents “Heathcliff’s Back”

Next week, Island Theatre Workshop presents a two-man show starring Jonathan Monk as Heathcliff the Clown, a 68-year-old song and dance man from the golden age of entertainers, according to a press release. “This will be an evening of song and dance, failed magic tricks, surprising anecdotes, hyperventilating, vintage hair styles, and more,” continued the press release.

The show runs Thursday through Monday, July 25–29, at 8 pm at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. For more information, call 508-737-8550 or visit theheathcliffshow.com.

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The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival’s Man on the Street series asks people probing questions about issues that are the subjects of their movies from the Summer Film Series line up. This week they asked for opinions on meditation, leading up to Wednesday night’s screening of “Free the Mind,” a documentary on Professor Richard Davidson’s methods used to study depression and anxiety.

“Free the Mind” screens July 17 at the Chilmark Community Center at 8 pm. A discussion follows the film with subject Rich Low; Willoughby Britton, research director of the Brown University Contemplative Studies Initiative; and moderated by Jake Davis of Chilmark, research affiliate at Brown University. For more information, visit tmvff.org.

To see a clip of young film-goers reviewing last week’s Cinema Circus event, click here.

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Auctioneer Trip Barnes identifies a bidder in an auction to support the Animal Shelter of Marthas' Vineyard — Photo by Meg Higgins

Supporters of the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard turned out in record numbers for the annual benefit garden party and benefit auction held this past Sunday in West Tisbury.

“It was the biggest year we’ve ever had, probably a third more people than we had last year,” said Greg Orcutt, a member of the board of directors.

The shelter is in its fourth year of operation as a private non-profit charity, depending entirely on private donations since 2009, when the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced it could no longer fund the facility.

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— Photo by Max King

Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard rules the roost when it comes to talking about local food, and their next event is no exception. The Coop deVille Tour, in Celebration of the Local Egg, is an all-day egg event on August 4, starting with brunch at the Grey Barn and Farm in Chilmark and continuing with self-guided tours at other sites throughout the Vineyard.

Tickets and more information are available at coopdevilletour.com. To get in the egg spirit, here is a recipe by Gabrielle Redner.

Green Deviled Eggs

Makes 10 eggs, plus extra basil mayo.

• 1 cup of tightly packed basil leaves, washed and dried

• 10 eggs plus two egg yolks

• 2 teaspoons mustard

• Juice of 1/2 lemon

• 2/3 cup grape seed oil (or other neutral oil), plus a bit of extra salt to taste

• Salt as desired

Directions:

Hard boil 10 eggs and scoop the yolks out into a bowl.

Combine 2 raw egg yolks, mustard, and lemon juice in a bowl; whisk to combine.

In a slow steady stream, while whisking constantly, add the oil to the yolk mixture. It should thicken into a mayo texture (but will be looser than commercial mayonnaise).

Transfer the mayo to the blender or food processor and blend with the basil leaves on high speed until leaves are broken and the mayo turns green.

If too thin, add more oil slowly while blending, and at this point taste it and add desired amount of salt.

Combine about 2/3 of the mayo with the egg yolks and mash the mixture with a fork. If you want a really smooth texture, put the mixture in the food processor and blend until smooth.

Spoon the mixture back into the eggs, sprinkle with sea salt and serve.

You will have extra basil mayo. Use on burgers, with fries, on sandwiches, or in other delicious ways.

Fun colored eggs

To dye eggs beautiful colors such as purple and yellow, you need not use food coloring. Just a few natural ingredients, water and a little time will do.

Purple eggs:

Peel raw, red beets and cut into small cubes. Combine with water and puree in a blender until smooth. Using a mesh strainer, strain out the solids A bright red liquid remains. Soak hard-boiled, peeled eggs in this liquid overnight.

Yellow eggs:

Using a zester, zest a nub of turmeric into a pot of water. Let it simmer to extract color. Using a mesh strainer, strain out the turmeric bits and soak hard-boiled, peeled eggs in the yellow liquid overnight.

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Jabberwocky Jubilee

Camp Jabberwocky, the oldest sleepover camp for persons with disabilities in the U.S., celebrates its 60th Jubilee and silent auction this Tuesday, July 16, at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs. From 7 to 9:30 pm, enjoy music, dancing, and surprises all for the benefit of the nonprofit. Admission is $20; $10 with Our Island Club card; $5 for children. For more information, email jabberwockyjubilee@gmail.com.

Party for the pets

Spend an evening in a private garden in West Tisbury for the benefit of the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard this Sunday, July 14. From 5:30 to 7 pm, enjoy food and drinks, live and silent auctions, and live music by Mark Lovewell at Nina’s Garden located at 42 Look’s Pond Way in West Tisbury. Admission is a donation to the shelter. For more information, call Lisa Hayes at 508-627-8662.

Pizza night in Aquinnah

Orange Peel Bakery’s weekly Outdoor Brick Oven Pizza Party is not to be missed this summer. Every Wednesday from 5 to 8 pm, the bakery, located at 22 State Road in Aquinnah, provides all-you-can-eat dough, sauce, and cheese, and you bring your own toppings. Also enjoy live music by singer-songwriter Melanie Chaunce, and bring a lawn chair to enjoy the fire pit. Admission is $10 a person. For more information, call the bakery at 508-645-2025.

Local scholarship winner performs before Harlem Quartet

The highly praised and exciting Harlem Quartet will return to the Island on July 15 and 16 to kick off the 43rd consecutive season of concerts produced by the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society (MVCMS). The concerts will be in Edgartown’s Old Whaling Church on Monday, July 15, and Chilmark’s Community Center on Tuesday, the 16th. Both performances will start at 8 pm.

MVCMS president David Rhoderick along with artistic director Delores Stevens will present Olivia de Geofroy, recent scholarship winner and high school graduate, with her award at the beginning of Monday’s concert. Olivia will sing a song as a special treat.

For more information, visit mvcms.org or call 508-696-8055.

Jimmy Seas opening soon

Jimmy Seas Pan Pasta on Kennebec Avenue in Oak Bluffs reopens next week after a delay owner James Cipolla attributed to a break-in earlier this season.

Mr. Cipolla will host a pre-opening bash at Hooked in Oak Bluffs on Saturday night, according to a press release. Mike Martin and Los Rootsticks, along with special guest musicians will attend. All are welcome to join in on Saturday night. Music begins about 9 pm. For more information, call 508-696-8550.

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— File photo by Susan Safford

Feelin’ blue

The first ever Blueberry Fest, similar to the annual Strawberry Festival held in June, is this Saturday, July 13. Held at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury, the free fest is from 10 am to 2 pm. Enjoy pies, cobblers, scones, muffins, coffee cake, fruit parfaits, smoothies, and blueberry ice cream. For more information, call 508-693-2842.

Celebrating 30 years of Cottagers Cottages

The Cottagers Inc. host its 30th annual house tour, dubbed Vineyard Pearls, on Thursday, July 18. From 10 am to 3 pm, take a self-guided tour of several homes in Oak Bluffs within walking distance from Cottagers Corner on Pequot Avenue. Pick up your tickets, $25, at Cottagers Corner, from 9 am to 2 pm that day. Tickets are also available at Cousen Rose Gallery and C’est La Vie. For more information, call Anita Christian at 508-693-4305 or email anita.christian@myqait.com.

Clambake for VNA

The Vineyard Nursing Association — a private, nonprofit, community-based home health care agency — hosts its annual fundraising clambake this Wednesday, July 17. Held at the M.V. Rod and Gun Club in Edgartown, the party features dinner, silent and live auctions, and live music, for $150. For more information, visit vineyardnursing.org or call 508-687-7214.

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Recommended by Edgartown Books

“Angela’s Ashes” by Frank McCourt – The best-selling memoir of McCourt, about his “miserable Irish Catholic childhood.” Born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland, he tells a story of survival in poverty — with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness.

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter leads a miserable life with his horrible aunt and uncle, but everything changes when he learns that he is a wizard and will attend school at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At school Harry makes loyal friends, discovers his unique family history, and encounters an evil enemy whose existence is tied to his own.

“Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton – An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now, creatures extinct for eons and roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery. All the world can visit them — for a price.

“Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer – In April 1992, a young man named Christopher McCandless hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is an unforgettable story.

“The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver – A story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it — from garden seeds to Scripture — is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

Recommended by Bunch of Grapes

“A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson – Returning to the United States after 20 years in England, Bryson decides to reconnect with his mother country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine with his buddy, Katz. Both are over 40, out of shape couch potatoes. Hiking through mud and bad weather, they encounter characters and calamities along the trail. This story of their misadventures is filled with both wonder and hilarity.

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling – This is the first of Rowling’s continually popular “Harry Potter” series. Harry has been brought up by his miserable aunt and uncle, who are terrified that he will discover that he is really a wizard. Harry is summoned to the school for wizards, where he discovers some of the clues about his true birthright from the unique curriculum and colorful faculty. As he is drawn deeper into the mystical world, he comes closer to his own noble destiny.

“The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver – Fiery preacher Nathan Price takes his wife and four daughters to the tumultuous Congo in 1959. A religious and sanctimonious fanatic, Price cannot comprehend the clashes that arise between his beliefs and the culture of the Congo natives. This story of misery, intolerance, and destruction is told through the eyes of his wife and children as they attempt to survive their tragic situation, dancing between human failings and hope, much like the country itself.

“Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story” by John Berendt – This book is unique because it is both travelogue and true crime story. Savannah, a hauntingly beautiful city, is the most Southern of Southern places, filled with magnificent mansions, fabulous food, and a colorful array of characters. It is also the site of the shooting death of a 21-year-old house helper by wealthy, international antiques dealer, Jim Williams. Williams is acquitted after four trials only to die before his time of a heart attack– brought on, many claim, by the ghost of his victim.

“The Shipping News” by Annie Proulx – When Quoyle, a third-rate newspaperman, finds his life shattered by his two-timing wife, his aunt convinces him to bring his two daughters to start a new life in their ancestral home in Newfoundland. He finds a job reporting the shipping news for a weekly paper. In the desolate landscape, through the cruel storms and harsh winters, he must face his own private demons and learn to survive in the world that is now his own.

Recommended by Book Den East — works from the last decades of various centuries

“The Sagas of Icelanders” preface by Jane Smiley and an introduction by Robert Kellogg – (990s) The age of the pagan Vikings of Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, and North America came to a close at the end of the first millennium. A body of literature known as the sagas of the Icelanders were stories initially meant to entertain the listener and reader with tales of human interaction and motives leading to often passionate and violent consequences – just as we read in the novels of the current age. ($12)

“The Canterbury Tales” by Geoffrey Chaucer – (1390s) The last decade of the 14th century gave Geoffrey Chaucer time to produce, if not finish, his masterwork. If not a novel in strictly modern view, this collection of tales told by pilgrims on their way to holy Canterbury certainly contains most of its requisites. So enjoy the rib-tickling garrulity of the Wife of Bath or the cynical observations of the Merchant’s Tale, among many others in this edition of 1934, illustrated famously by Rockwell Kent. ($30)

“A Little Geste of Robin Hode” by Wynkyn de Worde – (1490s) First reduced to writing and set in print circa 1495, this folk ballad thus became literary entertainment, after the fashion of a novel, and has been told and retold down through the ages. We offer a version, from about the turn of the last century, being The Gallant Achievements of Robin Hood, illustrated and ornamented by Harold Nelson (one of 3 famous English Romances). ($90)

“Dracula” by Bram Stoker – (1890s) Fast forward a few hundred years more to 1897, which saw the publication of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” This Gothic novel has given our culture a lasting taste for blood-sucking eroticism. Or define it as you will. We offer a very early 1901 edition. ($250)

“The Moor’s Last Sigh” by Salman Rushdie – (1990s) Finally, our selection for the last decade of the 20th century, from 1995, is a love story in a setting of modern India by an author of international prominence. Rushdie enjoys the play of words and invites the reader to join him in a world most unlike our own. This copy is a first American edition, autographed by the author. ($50)