Join us in The Dreamland main theater on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:00 PM for a special evening with Benjamin Alire Saenz. Novelist, poet, and writer of children's books, Sáenz was named one of the "Fifty Most Inspiring Authors in the World" by Poets & Writers magazine.
His latest collection of short stories, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, is the winner of the prestigious 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (Saenz was the first Latino ever to win this award), as well as a Lambda Literary Finalist for Gay Fiction.
Member of the Book Festival committee; literary and PR subcommittees
Favorite Genre of Books:
I like a lot of different kinds of books, mostly fiction with a great narrative voice or narrative nonfiction (and true crime!).
Favorite Book Quote:
The entirety of Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
Favorite Nantucket Book:
Too many! But here are a few...
NANTUCKET, MA—Now in its sixth year, the Nantucket Book Festival has established itself as a major summer destination for booklovers with impressive and varied line-ups of award-winning authors. The three-day Festival, June 16-18, will offer author readings, panel discussions and social events in an informal atmosphere that encourages conversations between writers and readers. Most of the Festival events are free and held within walking distance of the Ferry.
Reading through Kevin Young’s Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems, 1995 to 2015, I found myself remembering my days as a music nerd--obsessively on the hunt for a rare bootleg released only in Japan or some soundboard recording of a band’s final concert. Blue Laws feels like an equally rare artifact, both a collection of greatest hits and B-sides, and a great exploration into the poet’s back catalog.
For readers who are not familiar with author Rob Cozuzzo’s debut book Tracking the Wild Coomba, a biography of one of the world’s greatest mountaineering extreme skiers, you also might not know he is the Managing Editor of N Magazine, a stunning seasonal publication featuring all the latest and greatest people, places and things on and about Nantucket. It’s more than a full-time job, and he manages it seamlessly year-round, twenty-four-seven. So, before I tell you about the awe-inspiring biography he recently wrote about the life and death of his skiing hero, Doug Coombs, which he will be presenting at this year’s Nantucket Book Festival, I must tell you a bit about the man behind the pen.