Thank you Peter Kramer

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Thank you Peter Kramer and Sherm and Susie Goldstein for a delightful and informative Speakeasy.

The WTLF began this season’s Speakeasy Series last night at the lovely home of Susie and Sherm Goldstein.  Thirty five guests listened to Dr Peter Kramer discussing his latest book, “Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants“.  It was an evening of intelligent discourse and delicious food, prepared by Kate Suval and the Goldsteins.

Peter D. Kramer is the author of seven books, including “Against Depression, Should You Leave?”, the novel “Spectacular Happiness”, and the international and New York Times bestseller “Listening to Prozac”. He has appeared on news and talk shows, including Today, Good Morning America, Oprah, Charlie Rose, and Fresh Air. His essays, op-eds, and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Slate, Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. Dr. Kramer lives and practices psychiatry in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is a professor at Brown University. Peter has been associated with the Vineyard since the 1970’s, when he had medical school placements with Russ Hoxsie and Milton Mazer. His novel “Spectacular Happiness” was a nominee for One Book, One Island.

 

 

Thank you Geraldine Brooks

West Tisbury Library Foundation presents an Evening with Geraldine Brooks from West Tisbury Library Foundation on Vimeo.

Scenes from the first Speakeasy of the season, an evening with Geraldine Brooks. Ms Brooks read from her soon to be published “The Secret Chord.” This was Ms. Brooks  first public reading of the compelling story of the life of King David (from shepherd to soldier, from beloved king to despot) as seen through the eyes of Nathan, the royal counselor who dares to criticize his king. Before and after the reading, Ms Brooks told several funny and interesting anecdotes from her research for “The Secret Chord.” An engaging conversationalist and a bright and joyful personality, the audience thoroughly enjoyed the evening with Geraldine Brooks.

Many thanks to Mary and Jackson Kenworth, owners of State Road Restaurant, for providing the venue, delicious food and wine for this delightful evening.

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An evening with Geraldine Brooks

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Author and West Tisbury resident, Geraldine Brooks, will participate in a Speakeasy Series on Wednesday, April 8th at State Road Restaurant to benefit the West Tisbury Library Foundation. Brooks will provide a sneak preview of her forthcoming novel, The Secret Chord, to be launched by Viking in September with an 18-city US tour. The Pulitzer Prize winning novelist has plunged further back into the past than ever before, imagining the life of King David in the Second Iron Age in Israel as seen through the eyes of Nathan, the royal counsellor who dares to criticize his king. Brooks will read from her new book and invite a discussion about historical fiction, and how you research a subject like David, who shimmers between myth and history.

 

 

Last Speakeasy of the year…

 John Hough Jr's talk

Thank you John Hough, Jr. for a wonderful book talk on “Little Bighorn” at last night’s West Tisbury Library Foundation’s last Speakeasy of the season. To Mary and Jackson Kenworth (owners of State Road Restaurant) for providing a beautiful venue, lovely appetizers and wine, our gratitude for your ongoing support of the West Tisbury Free Library.

SPEAKEASY: The West Tisbury Library Foundation presents an evening with author John Hough Jr.

John Hough

John Hough, Jr. will participate in a Speakeasy series evening on Tuesday, Oct. 28th, at State Road Restaurant to benefit the West Tisbury Library Foundation.

Hough’s books include, The Last Summer, and Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg, which won the American Library Association’s 2010 W.Y. Boyd Award.  His latest novel, Little Big Horn, was recently released to critical acclaim:

Little Bighorn is every bit as remarkable as Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove. The characters are vivid, the tension palpable and the dialogue unfeigned. Jon Hough, Jr. is one of the great American novelists alongside Cormac McCarthy and Jonathan Franzen.” -Robert Dugoni, bestselling author of Jury Master, Damage Control and others.

Hough grew up in Falmouth and now lives on Martha’s Vineyard. He comes from a family of newspapermen: his grandfather and his father edited the Falmouth Enterprise and his great-uncle was for many years the editor of the Vineyard Gazette.

Hough is a graduate of Haverford College and a former VISTA volunteer. He was also a speechwriter for Senator Charles Mathias of Maryland and an assistant to James Reston at the Washington Bureau of the New York Times.

The October 28th  Speakeasy with John Hough, Jr. begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at State Road Restaurant, 688 State Road, West Tisbury. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be provided by State Road. The price per ticket is $35. Space is limited, so early booking is advised. To make reservations, call Carol Brush: 508-693-3489.

For more information go to www.wtlibraryfoundation.org. or www.facebook.com/wtlibraryfoundation

 

The West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit serving the West Tisbury Free Public Library.

 

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Fact Meets Fiction at State Road Speakeasy

by Bill Eville,  Monday, May 19, 2014

The sign outside State Road Restaurant last Wednesday night said Go Bruins. The parking lot was overflowing and yet upon entering there was no hockey to be found. Instead, there was a crowd of people talking about writing and literature. There was also a large blueprint of the new West Tisbury library balanced on one of the tables, the headline of which read Phase 1, Spring 2014. A wish list of plants covered the left side of the blueprint — bluestem grass, Joe Pye weed, goldenrod, native ferns, fall asters and swamp milkweed.

Hunter Mormon, chairman of the West Tisbury Library Foundation, addressed the crowd, assuring everyone that the plants had been ordered and would soon be going into the ground. “They just haven’t been paid for yet,” he said. – MORE

Thank you to one and all for a successful evening!

Ward Just and Paul Schneider

Ward Just and Paul Schneider

Many thanks to novelist Ward Just ( author of 18 novels, his latest book is “American Romantic,” and  historian Paul Schneider (author of five books including most recently “Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History”) for an delightful and informative evening.

Thank you to everyone especially Mary and Jackson Kenworth, owners of State Road Restaurant, for hosting a wonderful evening on behalf of the West Tisbury Library Foundation.

The next Speakeasy session is scheduled for October 28.

Wednesday’s Speakeasy series featured Schneider and Just

by Tony Omer 

A duet of Island authors performed to a full house at State Road Restaurant Wednesday, May 14, as a benefit for the West Tisbury Library. Ward Just of Vineyard Haven, author of 18 novels, whose latest book, “American Romantic,” was published in April, spoke as a novelist. Paul Schneider of West Tisbury, author of five books including the critically acclaimed “Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History” published last fall, spoke as a historian.

Mr. Just was asked to present his ideas about the life of a writer. Mr. Schneider got a big laugh from the full house when he claimed to be left with explaining “the nature of truth and beauty and truth and justice and goodness.”  – MORE –

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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.

 

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.