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SPEAKEASY: Author Richard North Patterson speaks about his Vineyard-based book, Loss of Innocence. Thursday October 3, 2013

Richard North Patterson

Richard North Patterson. Photo by Peter Simon.

New York Times best-selling author Richard North Patterson will speak about his newly released, Vineyard-based book, Loss of Innocence, on Thursday, October 3 in a collaborative event offered by the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc. and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society. Poet and journalist Laura Roosevelt will add her perspective in an interview format. The event is being billed as “1968:  America’s Loss of Innocence.

LOSS OF INNOCENCEWhen: Thursday, October 3, 7:30 p.m.

Where: At the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, Tisbury Marketplace,
78 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven.
Light refreshments will be served and signed books will be sold.

$25 ($20 for Film Society members). Space is limited, so early booking is advised. Tickets at the box office or in advance at www.mvfilmsociety.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1968: America’s Loss of Innocence

On Thursday, October 3rd, bestselling author Richard North Patterson will speak about his new book, which centers on one of America’s most defining years.

1968 was the year it all cracked open, a spectacle at once shocking, horrifying, hopeful, and enthralling that one could not turn away. The Tet Offensive tore the lid off of official lying about Vietnam. Gene McCarthy came from nowhere to challenge Lyndon Johnson for the Democratic nomination. Bobby Kennedy jumped into the race, and Johnson dropped out. A white racist murdered Martin Luther King; American inner cities exploded in violence. A second shattering murder—the assassination of Robert Kennedy—felt like the death of hope. The Democratic convention turned to Hubert Humphrey amidst massive police violence against anti-establishment protestors. And then Richard Nixon rose like a phoenix from the ashes to grasp the presidency.

Richard North Patterson graduated from college that year and sets his new book, Loss of Innocence, a coming-of-age story set in Martha’s Vineyard, during that fiery time. The book’s protagonist is a twenty-one-year-old woman from an affluent family fresh out of Wheaton College and about to get married and follow a traditional path.  But when Whitney meets a young man from a working class Vineyard family who campaigned for Bobby Kennedy and stands in sharp contrast to her fiancé and her father, she begins to question everything.  Loss of Innocence  is a vivid chronicle of an unforgettable moment in American history, and Patterson deftly parallels the news headlines with the seismic changes that befall this fictional American family during the summer of 1968.

“1968: America’s Loss of Innocence” with Richard North Patterson begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, 78 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven. Light refreshments will be served and signed books will be sold. The price per ticket is $25 per person ($20 for Film Society members). Space is limited, so early booking is advised. Tickets at the box office or in advance at www.mvfilmsociety.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Richard North Patterson graduated in 1968 from Ohio Wesleyan University and in 1971 from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law. In 1993, he retired from the practice of law to devote himself to writing, but continue to serves on the board of many law schools and other social action and rights groups.

Mr. Patterson is a prolific and award-winning author. Loss of Innocence is his twenty-first book and the prequel to Fall From Grace (2012) which was his sixteenth New York Times bestseller. It is the second part of a trilogy, to be followed by Eden In Winter (2014). Other acclaimed works include, but are not limited to, Balance of Power (2003), The Race (2007), In the Name of Honor (2010), and The Devil’s Light (2011). A frequent speaker on political, geopolitical, legal, and social issues, Patterson is frequently interviewed by national newspapers and morning shows.

Mr. Patterson lives on Martha’s Vineyard, San Francisco and Cabo San Lucas with his wife, Dr. Nancy Clair.

“1968:  America’s Loss of Innocence” with Richard North Patterson begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, 78 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven. Light refreshments will be served and signed books will be sold. The price per ticket is $25 per person ($20 for Film Society members). Space is limited, so early booking is advised. Tickets at the box office or in advance at www.mvfilmsociety.com.

 

Tuesdays @ Twilight – August 27, 2013

Sally and Ben Taylor

Sally and Ben Taylor

Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 8 p.m.
At the West Tisbury Grange, State Road, West Tisbury: Vineyard singer-songwriters Ben and Sally Taylor and Friends will fill the old Grange Hall with homegrown music.

The Art Cliff Diner Food Truck will serve dinner beforehand from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Grange grounds.

Admission: $20. Tickets on sale at the door ONLY, starting at 6 p.m.

Information: Lynne Whiting, 508-693-4691.

 

 

SPEAKEASY: Tuesday, July 30, 2013: Jill Shaw Ruddock

Jill Shaw Ruddock

Jill Shaw Ruddock

Author Jill Shaw Ruddock will speak
at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center

Jill Shaw Ruddock, author of The Second Half of Your Life, will speak on Tuesday, July 30th at 7:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. Ms. Ruddock’s bestselling book is based on the science of hormones and why women are biologically programmed to make life after menopause the best half of life. Special guest Rose Styron will join the conversation. Light refreshments will be served, generously donated by Our Market, Oak Bluffs. Herring Creek Kitchens will cater light hors d’oeuvres. Books will also be available for sale.
The joint event benefits the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc., which is spearheading the capital campaign for the West Tisbury Free Public Library, and the MV Film Society with Richard Paradise, Director,  hosting in the new MV Film Center located at the Tisbury Marketplace.
In February of 2011, Shaw Ruddock’s book about successful aging, The Second Half of Your Life, was published by Random House and became an overnight bestseller. The research for this book has equipped Shaw Ruddock with the knowledge and understanding about aging, using her philosophy about ageing and what she refers to as her “Five A Day” to establish The Second Half Centre.  The Second Half Foundation was created by the author in May, 2011 and the Second Half Centre opened its doors to the community on October 29th 2012.
The Second Half Foundation has been established with the purpose of tackling isolation for both men and women who are aged 50 plus to ensure that our growing aging population will continue to learn and have a place to develop more meaningful connections. The Foundation formed an initial partnershipwith The Inner North West London Primary Care Trust.  The Second Half Centre currently has over 1000 members and deliver 57 hours of activities weekly to The Second Half Centre.
Jill Shaw Ruddock comes from a long and successful career in finance. She was Managing Director of the London office of the investment bank Alex Brown and Sons until 1999, managing their $60 million dollar European Equity business and supervising the mergers with Bankers Trust (1997) and Deutsche Bank(1999). After retiring from finance, she joined the main board of The Donmar Warehouse (2002) and The Mousetrap Theatre Projects (2005) chairing their fundraising efforts (work she continues to do).
Jill Shaw Ruddock author talk and all sales of her book will go to benefit the West Tisbury Library’s much-needed expansion and renovation. Upcoming summer library events include Amor Towles, author of the bestselling novel Rules of Civility, at the Granary gallery. Tickets for the Shaw Ruddock event are $25 ($20 for Film Center members) and can be purchased online at the MV film Center’s website, TicketsMV, or at the door. Doors open at 7 pm. For more information,

When: Tuesday, July 30, 7:30 p.m.
Where: At the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center, Tisbury Marketplace, Beach Road, Vineyard Haven

A joint benefit for the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc. and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society. $25 ($20 for Film Society members).

Further information: Visit wtlibraryfoundation.org or contact Cathy Brannen at 508-939-1350.

 

Tuesdays @ Twilight – July 23, 2013 – Dana Banana

Danna Banana

Danna Banana

 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 7 p.m.
Tuesdays at Twilight presents Danna Banana. Dubbed “best party entertainer” by New York Magazine, Dan Cohen (Danna Banana) is a singer by training and a kid at heart. Fun for the whole family.

Tisberry Fro Yo will be for sale after the show.

Admission: $5 kids, $10 adults, with free admission for grandparents.

Information: Lynne Whiting, 508-693-4691.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013: Library Night at Flatbread Company


Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 5 to 9 p.m.

West Tisbury Library Night at Flatbread Company, at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport! Great pizza and entertainment, with a portion of the food proceeds to benefit the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc.’s capital campaign.

Information: Catherine Brannen, 508-939-1350.

SPEAKEASY: July 10, 2013 – Local author, Nicole Galland, to speak at Grange Hall

Nicole Galland speaks at the Grange, West Tisbury, July 10, 2013

Historical novelist Nicole Galland will speak about her new book Godiva, on July 10th at the West Tisbury Grange Hall. The event is part of the Speakeasy Series and hosted by the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc. to benefit the West Tisbury Library construction project.

Lady Godiva is famous for riding bareback through Coventry almost a thousand years ago in order to relieve her people from unfair taxation. But how much is known about her life and the reasons a lady of the court would want to take it all off and risk everything —husband, home and reputation — just to save her peasants some money?

Godiva (William Morrow Paperback Original; 978-006202688-0; $15.99) explores just this question, and proves to be a meticulously researched retelling of a classic story. Set in Anglo-Saxon England, it offers a glimpse into Godiva’s relationships and the underlying motives behind heroic decisions females. In this richly imagined story, Galland introduces us to a smart and cunning Lady Godiva, who embarks on an adventure and stirs up trouble along the way, with her close friend the Abbess Egdiva or “Edey” and husband Leofric, Earl of Mercia. Full of courtly intrigue, deceit, back-stabbing, and romance, Godiva is a fabulous and delightful read that fans of historical fiction and Downton Abbey will clamor for this summer.

Nicole Galland is the author of four previous novels: The Fool’s Tale; Revenge of the Rose; Crossed: A Tale of the Fourth Crusade; and I, Iago. She is also a coauthor of the three-volume epic The Mongoliad. After growing up on Martha’s Vineyard and graduating with honors from Harvard, she divided most of the next 16 years between California and New York City before returning to the Vineyard to stay. During those 16 years she variously made her living in theatre, screenwriting, magazine publishing, grad-schooling, teaching, temping, and random other enterprises. She is the co-founder of Shakespeare for the Masses, a project that irreverently makes the Bard accessible to the Bardophobics of the world. She is married to actor Billy Meleady.

The July 10th Speakeasy with Nicole Galland begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall, 1067 State Road, West Tisbury. As at all Speakeasy events, light refreshments will be served and there will be a chance to meet and speak personally with the author. The price per ticket is $25 per person. Early booking is advised. For more information, or to make reservations, please call Carol Brush: 508-693-3489.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

Future Speakeasy dates include July 30, 7:30 p.m., with Jill Shaw Ruddock, author of The Second Half of Your Life, speaking at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. On August 7 at 5:30 p.m, Amor Towles, author of the best selling novel Rules of Civility, will speak at the Granary Gallery in West Tisbury. For more information, please visit wtlibraryfoundation.org.

SPEAKEASY: May 22, 2013 – Judith Hannan, author of Motherhood Exaggerated speaks at State Road Restaurant

Judith Hannan

Judith Hannan

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
at State Road Restaurant, State Road, West Tisbury: Judith Hannan, author of the noted memoir Motherhood Exaggerated, will speak about her life and work. $35 admission includes hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments. Space is limited.

For reservations call Carol Brush, 508-693-3489.

The Speakeasy Series offers intimate evenings with noted authors to benefit the capital campaign to expand our library.

 

 

SPEAKEASY: Amor Towles, author of the bestselling novel Rules of Civility, speaks August 7, 2013

Amor Towles

Amor Towles

 

Wednesday, August 7, 5:30 p.m.
At the Granary Gallery, Old County Road, West Tisbury: Amor Towles, author of the bestselling novel Rules of Civility, will speak about his work. $35 admission. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served courtesy of State Road Restaurant. Space is limited.

For reservations call Carol Brush, 508-693-3489.

The Speakeasy Series offers intimate evenings with noted authors to benefit the capital campaign to expand our library.

 

 

Jill Iscol, author of "Hearts on Fire"

SPEAKEASY: August 8, 2012 – Jill Iscol, author of “Hearts on Fire” speaks at the Granary Gallery, West Tisbury

Jill Iscol

Jill Iscol

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Author Jill Iscol will speak at Granary Gallery

Author Jill Iscol will headline the Speakeasy series on Wednesday, August 8th as the Granary Gallery and State Road Restaurant, in collaboration with the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc., continue the series of intimate evenings with noted authors to benefit the library’s capital campaign. In addition to hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments, each Speakeasy offers an unparalleled chance to mingle and speak with an author in person.

Ms. Iscol will discuss her book Hearts on Fire: Twelve Stories of Today’s Visionaries Igniting Idealism into Action, which was recently acquired by Random House and will be available as a Random House Trade Paperback in January 2013. President Bill Clinton, who wrote the foreword, calls the book “Clear and compelling” and said, “I know you will be inspired by the visionaries in Hearts on Fire.”

In this innovative collection Jill Iscol, along with Peter Cookson, weave together the stories of fourteen visionary world leaders. They tell their stories directly, honestly and passionately in a series of interviews. Their stories share their fears, hopes and dreams for the future and how they are changing the world one step at a time.

Hearts on Fire by Jill W. Iscol with Peter W. Cookson Jr.

“Hearts on Fire” – Twelve stories of today’s visionaries igniting idealism into action. Foreword by president Bill Clinton

A lifelong educator and activist, Jill Iscol, Ed.D, is President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established in 1989 to support domestic and international efforts to strengthen democracy and reduce the social, economic, and educational inequalities that threaten it. For the past two decades Jill has supported and participated in numerous organizations and has developed an expertise in identifying visionary leaders and programs at early stages of their development. She fosters their advancement by providing seed capital and guidance, enabling them to become stable, sustainable and successful organizations, impacting lives around the globe.

After 25 years of finding and supporting inspiring social activists, her children Zach and Kiva encouraged her to write Hearts on Fire. Jill is married to Ken Iscol and is a born and bred New Yorker. Hearts on Fire is her first book.

The Speakeasy Series will continue on Wednesday, September 19th, at State Road Restaurant with noted journalist and author Charlayne Hunter-Gault.

The August 8th speakeasy with Jill Iscol begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Granary Gallery, Old County Road, West Tisbury. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served. The price per ticket is $75 per person. Space is limited, so early booking is advised. For more information, or to make reservations, call Carol Brush: 508-693-3489.