More than 25 visiting and 30 local authors – many award-winning – will gather on Nantucket this weekend for three days of literary events at the seventh annual Nantucket Book Festival.
Guest authors will include Louise Penny (“Glass Houses,” featuring her series hero Chief Inspector Gamache), Min Jin Lee (“Free Food for Millionaires”), Joe Hagan (“Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine”), Andrew Solomon (“Far and Away: How Travel Can Change the World”), Claire Messud (“The Burning Girl”) and Imbolo Mbue (“Behold the Dreamers”).
A common thread running through the book choices seems to be “the difference that unites us,” organizers say, but authors and their work and genres and topics vary widely -- including mystery, science, memoir, history, poetry, biography, economics, cooking and conservation.
The Friday-through-Sunday festival will also feature several regulars – Nathaniel Philbrick (“Valiant Ambition,”) Diane Ackerman (“The Zookeeper’s Wife”), Elin Hilderbrand (“The Perfect Couple”) and Alice Hoffman (“The Rules of Magic”). Hoffman not only makes the festival part of her annual schedule, but serves on the festival's writers board.
Philbrick and Hilderbrand are Nantucket residents, and to highlight the island’s active literary community, there will be an outdoor tent in the Nantucket Atheneum garden for local authors to sell and sign their books. The Typewriter Rodeo, a group of Austin-based poets, will write free poems on any subject for patrons (and will be presenting their new book).
Other events include a Friday evening authors’ dinner, and the annual Cisco Brewers Send Off event on Sunday afternoon.
Most events are free to the public and will be held at various locations downtown, within walking distance from ferries, including the Nantucket Atheneum, Whaling Museum, churches and Nantucket Dreamland. For a complete list of events: nantucketbookfestival.org.