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Nat Lawson performs feats of mentalism

By Brittany Bowker – Jun 29, 2016

“We’re going to play a game over the phone,” 16-year-old Nat Lawson of Rockport, Maine, said as he prepared to read my mind. And without giving anything away: He did just that. Using a series of psychological techniques and voice analysis, from 300 miles away, the young entertainer carried out a feat of mentalism.

Mentalism is defined as the use of psychological, hypnotic, and intuitive principles to read minds and influence decisions. Mr. Lawson will bring his newest show, “Perceptions,” to the Grange Hall in West Tisbury on Tuesday, July 5, at 7:30 pm, presented by the West Tisbury Library Foundation. -MORE-

David McCullough Helps Make History Soar

By Alex Elvin Friday, July 17, 2015

More than 100 people gathered in the West Tisbury Grange Hall on Wednesday to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough talk about his new book, The Wright Brothers. Tickets sold for $100, with all profits going to the West Tisbury Library.

At around 7 p.m., with overhead fans providing some relief to the evening heat, Mr. McCullough emerged from behind a black curtain on the stage, wearing a blazer, khakis and a bow tie. He carried a copy of his book, which tells the story of the two bicycle mechanics from Ohio who changed the world with their achievement of mechanical flight.

Since the book’s release in May, Mr. McCullough has spoken to thousands of people around the country about the project. “Rarely have we ever known anyone,” he said Wednesday, to a standing-room-only crowd that included friends and family.

“Surely one of the most obvious lessons in history is that almost nothing is ever done alone,” he said, speaking deliberately and without notes. “It’s a joint effort.” He noted the many people who made the book possible, including his wife Rosalee, who was also in attendance. Mr. and Mrs. McCullough lived in West Tisbury since the 1960s.  – MORE –

An Evening with Historian David McCullough

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Pulitzer-Prize winning historian and author David McCullough, a longtime West Tisbury resident, will be speaking at the Grange Hall in July for his only public event on the Vineyard this summer.

Mr. McCullough will be talking about his new book The Wright Brothers on Tuesday, July 14 at 7 p.m. The evening is a fundraiser for the West Tisbury Library Foundation.

Mr. McCullough and his wife, Rosalee, have long been supporters of the West Tisbury Free Public Library. In July 2014, the community room at the newly-renovated library was dedicated to the McCulloughs.

The Wright Brothers tells the behind-the-scenes story of flight pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright. Mr. McCullough will talk about the book and also about the research that went into it.

Tickets for the July event are $100 for general seating; reservations are required. A limited number of premium seats are available for $500, and those ticket holders will be invited to a reception with Mr. McCullough. Call 508-696-9539 for tickets. – MORE –

An Evening with David McCullough

By Juliana da Silva – Jun 5, 2015

David McCullough will speak to benefit the West Tisbury Library Foundation. Mr. McCullough will talk about his newly published well-reviewed biography, The Wright Brothers, and the research behind it.

Tickets for the event are $100 for General Seating and reservations are required. There are also a limited amount of Premium Seats still available for $500. These ticket holders will be invited to a reception with Mr. McCullough. Call (508) 696-9539 to reserve tickets.

This will be the only event David McCullough will hold on the Island this summer so it’s suggested that tickets be reserved early. – MORE –

David McCullough celebrates another all-American story

By Whit Griswold on May 19, 2015

I first met David McCullough around 1970, when he picked me up hitchhiking on Old County Road after my truck had broken down, again. Driving a nondescript, not-new sedan, maybe a Plymouth, he was heading home to Music Street in West Tisbury, where he and his wife, Rosalee, lived with their five children. After introductions, we got to talking about The Johnstown Flood, his first book, which was published in 1968. I bought the book that week, and was quickly drawn into it, a compelling story well told.

Last week I read his latest book, The Wright Brothers (Simon & Schuster, New York, 2015), which had a similar effect on me. The Johnstown Flood runs 268 pages and costs $6.95; at 262 pages, The Wright Brothers costs $30. Between these two bookends, Mr. McCullough has had a fertile and broad career, principally as a writer, but also as a narrator and lecturer who has devoted his life to keeping important people and events in American history alive and relevant. – MORE –

David McCullough Flies Deep into Wright Brothers’ Story

By Alex Elvin – April 30, 2015

On May 30, 1899, Wilbur Wright sat down at a small desk in the house that he shared with his brother, sister and father and wrote one of the most important letters of his life. “Indeed, given all it set in motion, it was one of the most important letters in history,” David McCullough writes in his newest book, The Wright Brothers, to be released Tuesday by Simon and Schuster. In the letter, addressed to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., Wilbur noted his lifelong interest in flight and his firm conviction that “human flight is possible and practicable.” He announced his plans to begin a “systematic study” and asked the Smithsonian for any material they had published on the subject, along with a list of related works in print. – MORE –

An evening with Geraldine Brooks

By Joyce Wagner – Apr 15, 2015

Geraldine Brooks’ appearance belies her power. She’s petite, with a valentine of a face, and a voice that neighbors girlish. Yet the dainty Australian effortlessly held 60-plus attendees at State Road Restaurant in the delicate palm of her hand last Wednesday.

The event, part of the “Speakeasy” series of authors’ talks that benefits the West Tisbury library, brought out Islanders hungry enough for culture after a long winter and brave enough to risk the event’s parking lot.

It was, Ms. Brooks admitted apologetically, her first sojourn into the promotion of her new historical novel, The Secret Chord. – MORE –

Author Geraldine Brooks Fills Out the Story of Biblical Giant Slayer

By Bill Eville, April 9, 2015

The moment of inspiration for Geraldine Brooks’s new novel, The Secret Chord, occurred about 10 years ago, when her son Nathaniel told his parents he wanted to learn to play the harp.

“This was unexpected,” the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author told a standing-room-only crowd on Wednesday night at State Road Restaurant. Nine-year-old boys don’t usually suddenly decide to play the harp. But it was while watching her son play, during those early lessons, that something shifted in her mind and “threw me into a reverie about that other boy harpist, David.”

Ms. Brooks realized she knew nothing really about the character of David from the Bible, other than perhaps his fight with Goliath. So she read the Bible and discovered, “everything happened to him. Every good thing. Every terrible thing. He’s the first man we know from soup to nuts — from child to terrible father and then redeemed in old age.” – MORE –

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McCulloughs honored for contributions to the West Tisbury library

by Tony Omer,  

The West Tisbury library board of trustees and the library foundation Sunday dedicated the new community program room of the newly renovated and enlarged West Tisbury public library to David and Rosalee McCullough. Hunter Moorman, chairman of the West Tisbury library foundation, thanked the McCulloughs and, in particular, Mr. McCullough for his four years as honorary chairman of the library foundation. A full presidential term, he noted, to laughs from the full house.

The McCulloughs, West Tisbury residents, were instrumental in raising funds to help pay for the $6 million dollar project. They were early donors to the project and in his role as honorary chairman of the foundation, Mr. McCullough, an acclaimed historian and author, drummed up support and funds; the library foundation ultimately raised over a quarter of the construction costs. The town picked up almost a quarter and almost half of the project’s cost was funded by matching funds from the state. The old 5,640-square-foot library was enlarged to 13,000 square feet and opened on March 22, after a 14-month construction period.  –MORE –