Reading ‘Dear Rachel Maddow’

All-Island teen read brings young people together.


The M.V. Film Center hosts a special event on Saturday, April 27, at 2 pm, featuring author Adrienne Kisner speaking about her new book, “Dear Rachel Maddow.” The talk is part of the Spectrum Film Festival, and the culmination of an all-Island teen read. It’s Kisner’s debut novel.

Teens are encouraged to pick up Kisner’s book from any of the Island libraries, or purchase the book at Bunch of Grapes bookstore. Leading up to the book talk, kids can read the book and develop their own opinions and questions to ask Kisner.

“Dear Rachel Maddow” is an epistolary novel about Brynn Harper, a high school girl dealing with school politics, a tough home life, and her brother’s death. Despite it being called a teen read, former teenagers are encouraged to read the book and attend.

Kisner will discuss her book, share her thoughts about life as an adolescent, and answer questions from the audience.

Copies of “Dear Rachel Maddow” in hardcover are available to borrow at all local libraries, or to purchase at Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven, where buyers will get an immediate $5 discount, courtesy of Spectrum Film Festival sponsors.

Theater manager for the M.V. Film Center Bob Dutton said he wanted to make this year’s Spectrum festival more dynamic and connected. He decided to incorporate other libraries and organizations into the mix.

“The goal was to inspire [the libraries] to come up with their own ideas. And they did,” Dutton said in an email to The Times.

Thanks to some detective work from Jennifer Rapuano, the young adult librarian at the Vineyard Haven Public Library, Dutton said, Kisner was contacted, and was willing to come to the Island to talk to young people about her book.

Dutton said he believes the teen read will be a good way to discuss the LGBTQ community, and bring teens from all orientations and backgrounds together in one group.

The book will be discussed following a screening of the film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” as part of the Spectrum Festival’s youth event.


Questions about the teen read can be addressed to local librarians. Advance tickets to

events at the M.V. Film Center will be made available at the beginning of April at