Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Literary Arts

Love and mystery

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Jean Stone's newest edition in her Vineyard series, “A Vineyard Wedding,” welcomes us back into famous mystery writer and inn owner Annie Sutton’s life with the wry wit of the opening lines: “It was...

On the shelf

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Islanders Write brings together writers and publishing professionals with ties to the Vineyard to speak about various genres and aspects of writing and the writing life. Since the first Islanders Write in 2014, the...

Fully booked

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The Martha’s Vineyard Author Series is back this year with a slew of talented writers with various literary focuses, debuting their new works at the Chilmark Community Center (CCC) and the Performing Arts Center...

Flying high

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“Are You a Bird Like Me?” is a delightful children’s book aimed for pre-K to grade 2. By Noel Foy and Nicholas Roberto, with fabulously appealing illustrations by Colleen Sgroi, this book is about...

Poet’s Corner

When I almost left By Valerie Sonnenthal I arrived home taking it in every manicured moment a secret garden just a rock off the mainland drive down Middle Road in the green sweet green of summer relish every honeysuckle whiff in the lap...

Around the Writers’ Table: Writing about yourself

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Last week, Professor Dame Sally Mapstone, the principal and vice chancellor of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, gave a commencement address to the class of 2020, who had returned to the small...

Poet’s Corner

The Flying Horses Carousel (For "Children Young at Heart”) By Robert Ferriman The Flying Horses Carousel still today is found In Oak Bluffs Massachusetts going round and round, Children of all ages once having sat astride A painted faithful steed theirs alone to ride, An...

Poet’s Corner

Forgetting to Remember By Peter Ledermann Speak not casually ever As there is no drop of rain that is insignificant Nor any look that we give to one another Impermanent Look to the passage of every moment as precious as The splitting of...

Lost time

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Donna Gordon’s beautifully crafted “What Ben Franklin Would Have Told Me” abounds with unusual characters and an engrossing story. We immediately are thrust into the mind of the protagonist Lee, a precocious adolescent suffering...

Around the Writers’ Table

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While the Taste of the Vineyard was going on in Edgartown, I was tasting tapas in London with several Vineyard friends. One of them was Joshua Hammer, who was in London doing research for...

Poet’s Corner

A Walk In The Park By Michael Oliveira So was gonna start with my morning walk and the sapphire blue pond echoing the sky a dart of yellow finch elide to a smoldering Ukrainian flag on an urban street to the...

A new you

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How do you go through life-altering trauma and come out the other side? Michele Neff Hernandez’s book “Different After You: Rediscovering Yourself and Healing after Grief and Trauma” is a beautiful, supportive, and clear...

Life on Chappy

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The tagline to Rob Kagan’s stunningly written memoir “Noah’s Rejects” is “a cautionary tale about life on an island paradise.” And while sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, it is simultaneously deeply provocative about the serious class...

Out of the gate

What do an enslaved Black male born in the 1800s, a Thoroughbred racehorse sired in Kentucky in the same era, a struggling artist commissioned for an opportunity that consumes his life, a sleuthing scientist,...

Around the Writers’ Table

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In 2019, roving grammar guru Ellen Jovin set up her grammar table at Islanders Write and greeted the grammar-minded on their way into the event. Jovin recently sent me an advance copy of her...

Corruption defined

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Charles Benjamin Schudson’s book, “Independence Corrupted: How America’s Judges Make Their Decisions,” is a far cry from a dry, clinical text, but rather a book that brings us into the heart of the judicial...

Around the Writers’ Table

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Back in April, before we started sneezing and dusting the pollen off our cars, I wrote about the upcoming pitch panel at Islanders Write. The pitch panel is much like a mini-master class in...

Poet’s Corner

An Afternoon in May By Christine Burke I have ice cream in the car but I can’t resist the urge to visit Owen Park on this last day in May with white sailboats perched on the so very blue water and matching seagulls (white not blue) flirt with the...

Natural-born teacher

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A good teacher gets you thinking as soon as possible, whether in a lecture, seminar, or in person. Good teachers also challenge students, rather than spoon-feed them a smorgasbord of information, then wait for...

Around the Writers’ Table

Last Thursday morning I emailed Nancy Slonim Aronie and told her I wanted to interview her about processing grief through writing. Aronie is a wise friend, whose inspirational new book, “Memoir as Medicine,” is...