Held on Thursday and some Sunday evenings throughout the summer, the Martha’s Vineyard Author Series features discussions with some of the country’s leading authors. The series is held every other summer; in the alternating years we hold the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival.
2016 MV Author Series
All events at 7:30 pm at the Chilmark Community Center unless otherwise noted.
Thursday, July 21, 7:30 pm: Geraldine Brooks, The Secret Chord
Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Geraldine Brooks discusses her absorbing novel about the life of King David. Brooks has an uncanny ability to hear and transform characters from history, and this beautifully written, unvarnished saga will enthrall her many fans.
Sunday, July 24, 7:30 pm: Matthew Desmond, Evicted
Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius,” Matthew Desmond discusses his acclaimed and heartbreaking book Evicted, a landmark work on the housing crisis affecting the poor in America.
Thursday, July 28, 7:30 pm: Richard Russo, Everybody’s Fool
One of America’s most compelling and compassionate storytellers, Richard Russo discusses his eagerly awaited new novel, Everybody’s Fool. Russo is author of the Pulitzer Prize winning, Empire Falls, and That Old Cape Magic and Bridge of Sighs.
Thursday, August 4, 7:30 pm: Carly Simon, Boys in the Trees
Musical legend Carly Simon discusses her acclaimed memoir Boys in the Trees. Simon insightfully recalls a childhood enriched by music and culture, but also one shrouded in secrets, as well as her meteoric career, her relationships, her marriage to James Taylor and her enchantment with Martha’s Vineyard. WMVY Radio host Barbara Dacey interviews Carly Simon.
Sunday, August 7, 7:30 pm: Margo Jefferson, Negroland
Margo Jefferson discusses her bestselling memoir on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of her rarefied upbringing and education among a Black elite in Chicago. Winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.
Thursday, August 11, 7:30 pm: Diane Rehm, On My Own
Beloved NPR radio host Diane Rehm discusses her deeply personal and moving book, On My Own, examining the death of her husband of fifty-four years and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him.
Sunday, August 14, 7:30 pm: Jane Mayer, Dark Money
New Yorker writer Jane Mayer examines the origins, rise and dominance of the influence on money in conservative politics. Dark Money, a New York Times bestseller, is an essential book for understanding politics today. Tony Horwitz interviews Jane Mayer.
Tickets for events will also be available at the door if not otherwise sold out. Authors will be available to sign their books at the end of each event. However, they will only sign books purchased at the event. Authors’ books will be available for sale at all events by Bunch of Grapes, our bookseller and partner for the series. Ticket prices with the book provide a significant discount on the admissions price. The MV Author Series is presented under the auspices of the Chilmark Town Affairs Council. Sponsors include the Vineyard Gazette and WBUR-FM Radio. For full details go to www.mvbookfestival.com