There's no "downtime" for our Festival literary committee, who researches and reaches out to hundreds of authors each year in order to build a great Festival for you to enjoy. We were all disappointed that Diane Rehm was unable to join us this past June due to illness, but the good news is that she's looking forward to meeting you all at the 2017 Festival! So save the dates (June 16-18) and keep an eye open for our newsletters, where we'll continue to update you on the authors who have accepted our invitation.
The first thing I notice when walking into Century House are the books. Thousands of them, spilling into every corner, packed into every bedroom, of every conceivable genre. Innkeeper Gerry Connick was kind enough to give me a tour of the property just before the 2016 Nantucket Book Festival, during which he welcomed author Michael Patrick O’Neill to stay, compliments of the Inn.
The Nantucket Book Foundation will hold its annual meeting for members and the Board of Directors on August 22 at 9:30 AM in the Second Story Loft above Nantucket Bookworks, 25 Broad Street, Nantucket MA. The board will present a review of the 2016 Nantucket Book Festival, PEN/Faulkner Program, visiting authors and other business.
One of our proudest moments at the Nantucket Book Festival is when we recognize the winners of the Young Writer Award at our Opening Celebration on Friday night. We are pleased to present the 2016 winner of the Young Writer Award, Jenna Genther, and the four finalists!
Due to illness, Diane Rehm will not be able to appear at the 2016 Nantucket Book Festival. She was scheduled to present on Friday June 17 at 7:00 PM, and Saturday June 18 at 4:00 PM.
Ms. Rehm sends her deepest regrets to her fans. All of us at the Book Festival send Ms. Rehm our wishes for a speedy recovery, and we hope to have her join us at a future event.
In her place, Mark Doty, winner of the National Book Award and one of the most accomplished poets in America, will be joining Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate, in conversation at the Opening Ceremony on Friday, June 17 at 7:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House. This event is free and all are welcome.
The event with Ms. Rehm on Saturday June 18 at 4:00 PM in the Unitarian Meeting House will now feature Geraldine Brooks in conversation with Mindy Todd. Ms. Brooks has earned internatonal acclaim, first as an award-winning journalist for her coverage of the Gulf War, then as a best-selling author. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March; her current work, The Secret Chord, is a reimagining of the life of King David. Brooks will be joined in conversation with Mindy Todd, the host and producer of WCAI's The Point.