New England Poetry Club

Nantucket Book Festival, June 16-18



May 2017


The 6th Annual Nantucket Book Festival is coming up from June 16th-18th! Please join us for author-hosted social events, 40+ local authors, and the popular Typewriter Rodeo!
Poetry will play a big part–the festival will be featuring two authors who have written books about Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, respectively:
Megan Marshall, Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast;
Kay Redfield Jamison, Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire Saturday, June 17 at the Nantucket Atheneum at 12:00 pm (free)
In addition, there are three other poets who will be doing readings during the festival– Andrea Cohen, Kevin Young, and Robert Pinsky:
Friday, June 16 – Andrea Cohen: Assorted Cameos of the Mysterious – 2:00 pm, Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall (free)
Andrea is the director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge.
Saturday, June 17 – Kevin Young: Back Catalog – 10:00 am, Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall (free)
Kevin Young will become poetry editor of The New Yorker in November 2017.
Saturday, June 17 – Robert Pinsky: The Exquisite Oddity of our Lives – 1:00 pm, Unitarian Meeting House Sanctuary
NANTUCKET, MA— The Nantucket Book Festival, a summer destination for book-lovers, features a stellar line-up of authors and events for its upcoming Festival, June 16-18. Readers will gather in historic Nantucket venues for author readings, panel discussions, and social events that provide unique opportunities to engage with their favorite authors—a hallmark of the Festival. Most events are free with the exception of ticketed social events.
The Nantucket Book Festival operates under the Nantucket Book Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to celebrate and promote the joys and rewards of reading, writing, and literacy. The organization seeks to present an annual quality program that honors national, regional, and local authors and the rich culture of the written word, ideas, and the imagination.
The Nantucket Book Foundation also administers an education program in the Nantucket schools that includes the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools program, the Nantucket Book Festival Young Writers Award, and the Visiting Authors program. PEN/Faulkner author Benjamin Alire Saenz visited Nantucket in April under these auspices.