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When pictures speak

By Kelly DuMar Photographs fill boxes in our attics, and cover our walls and furniture in frames. We store them on our computers and cellphones, and share them instantly on social media. We're taking and...

‘Debut Authors: A Survival Guide’

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My debut novel, “The Moon Always Rising,” (a work-in-progress for decades) launched in April 2020. It wasn’t much of a launch, given COVID lockdown; it was more like a sprinkling of saltwater and a...

Pitch perfect

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I don’t know if the ability to shape and present a pitch should be considered an art form, but there is an artistry and craft to doing it well. Pitching your book to agents,...

Island writers on writing

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Jennifer Smith Turner’s debut novel, “Child Bride,” was published in April 2020. It’s generally not advised to launch a literary career a month into a global pandemic, but even with the country’s focus on...

Yes, Islanders Write 2021 is canceled

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Islanders Write, the MV Times-sponsored event that brings writers with ties to the Vineyard together to speak about topics related to writing, has for the second time in as many years been canceled. The...

‘From Caldecott to Coretta Scott’

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Since the upcoming show of Black illustrators of children’s books at Featherstone Center for the Arts is being called “From Caldecott to Coretta Scott: Award Winning Black Illustrators,” I am somewhat reluctantly beginning this...

Writers and their dogs

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  Our dog Henry, an Australian shepherd, was the inspiration for my second children’s book, “Henry the Dog with No Tail.” For years Henry and I walked a few times a week at Trade Wind...

Summer reads

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As we lurch toward a return to “normalcy,” let us remember that the most normal thing to do during a Vineyard summer is to read a book. This summer, with attendance on the Island...

Every book counts

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When I was a child, I surely read books in school, although I don’t remember any of them. It’s the books I read during the summer that have stayed with me. It was in...

Writing his truth

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“Greyboy: Finding Blackness in a White World” isn’t exactly a memoir. As Cole Brown explains it, “What it is is a scrapbook, a collection of stories — some mine, some not.”  In his award winning...

Telling other people’s stories

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James Dale tells other people’s stories. It’s not that he’s a biographer; his books tend more toward memoir — only he’s not writing his own story. During the past two decades, Dale has collaborated...

Sense of place

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Bestselling authors like Judy Blume, Richard Russo, Richard North Patterson, Geraldine Brooks, Linda Fairstein, and Elin Hilderbrand have done it. The list continues with Jill Nelson, Nicole Galland, John Hough Jr., and Stephen L....

For writers, from writers

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The MV Times is pleased to announce the return of Islanders Write at Featherstone Center for the Arts during the weekend of Sept. 17 to 19. While planning for this year’s event is still...

Vineyard creative writing conference goes virtual

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The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing’s summer conference will be virtual again this summer, giving it a degree of outreach that is already generating global attention to what may be one of the...

Finding Lucy Stone

Since reading an advance copy of Katherine Sherbrooke’s “Leaving Coy’s Hill,” I haven’t stopped talking about about the abolitionist, suffragist, and orator Lucy Stone. I hadn’t heard of Lucy Stone before reading the book....

Write on

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An expanded Islanders Write will be returning to Featherstone Center for the Arts on Sunday, August 2, and Monday, August 3. For the first time, Islanders Write will kick off with a half day...

Gifts for the bibliophile in your life

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The holiday shopping season quickly accelerates into high gear, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast fading in the rearview mirror, we suggest it’s time to refocus your attention, if you have any...

Writing advice from the pros

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If you weren’t among the 600 to 700 people on Monday who trooped to the sixth annual Islanders Write conference at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs, here's a short list of...

Fans fill Featherstone for Horwitz, McCullough

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If you showed up at 6:30 Sunday night you were late. The line of people to hear David McCullough and Nathaniel Horwitz speak at 7:30 snaked two-abreast down the 100-foot walkway from the Featherstone...

Sex, spiders, and symphonies, oh my!

Every year leading up to Islanders Write, we ask four questions to the writers taking part. We actually have a lot more questions for them, but we’ll save those for the event. Three of...