PEN/Faulkner Award Winner Benjamin Alire Saenz Inspires Island Students

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PEN/Faulkner Award winner and critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Saenz visited our island as part of the Nantucket Book Foundation's work with our Nantucket students and our community. The continuing work--and mission--of the Foundation under which the Nantucket Book Festival falls, is to enlarge our world through the power of words, Work that is made possible with the support of generous grants from the Community Foundation for Nantucket and the Nantucket Golf Club. In a new partnership with the Dreamland, Tuesday night brought a conversation with Ben and Nantucket's own, Rob Cocuzzo, editor of N Magazine and author of Tracking the Wild Coomba.

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The Art and Illness of Robert Lowell

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“...The winds’ wings beat upon the stones,  

Cousin, and scream for you and the claws rush  

At the sea’s throat and wring it in the slush  

Of this old Quaker graveyard where the bones  

Cry out in the long night for the hurt beast  

Bobbing by Ahab’s whaleboats in the East.”

-Robert Lowell, The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket

Is there a link between mania and artistic creativity? In Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire, professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Kay Redfield Jamison seeks to explore this connection while uncovering a fuller picture of the great poet.

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2017 Event Schedule Posted; Tickets on Sale April 17

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The 6th annual Nantucket Book Festival, to be hosted June 16-18, has released its 2017 schedule, available now at

Recent additions to the Festival line-up include audience favorite Amor Towles, author of A Gentleman in Moscow; Megan Marshall, who will join Kay Redfield Jamison in conversation about two 20th century New England poets, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell; Francine Mathews (aka Stephanie Barron), author of the bestselling Nantucket Mysteries series, and Sarah Leah Chase, island culinary icon celebrating 30 years of her Nantucket Open-House Cookbook in print.

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Q&A with Laurie Halse Anderson

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Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Laurie was honored with the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the American Library Association for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” 

Despite her growing fame and insanely busy schedule, Laurie remains as friendly, funny, and down-to-earth as she was when she first started out writing. She tackled our questions with characteristic humor and enthusiasm. Read on!

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Meet a Nantucket Book (Festival) Worm: Bee Shay

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Bee Shay

Committee Role/Title:  

Local Authors Tent Coordinator

Favorite Genre of Books

Historical Fiction

Favorite Book Quote

“Is it not the case that many a life journey starts out in the opposite direction to its destiny?” 
                                                                         ― Sena Jeter Naslund

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