“Book” it to Nantucket

March 29th, 2013

Writers have long drawn inspiration from Nantucket’s peaceful setting, from classic authors like James Fenimore Cooper and Edgar Allen Poe to authors of today like Nathaniel Philbrick. Taking place this June 21-23, the second annual Nantucket Book Festival will connect readers and authors, bringing books to life and encouraging a love for reading and writing while celebrating Nantucket as a haven for the literary arts. Scheduled events include lively panel discussions, interactive readings for adults and children, and special experiences like the Authors in Bars evening that will give festival goers the chance to raise a glass and rub elbows with their favorite authors.

A roster of over 20 notable American writers, many of them Nantucket natives, are participating, including:

  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Philbrick is a New York Times bestselling author of seagoing books including In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex.
  • Paul Hendrickson: Having worked in journalism for over 30 years, Paul is the author of a number of distinguished books, including his most recent, Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life and Lost.
  • Louis Lowry: Author of more than 30 children’s books, Lowry is known for her popular classroom-read, The Giver.

Stay at Nantucket’s iconic hotel, the White Elephant, the official host hotel for the literary event. The hotel’s Brant Point Grill, will host the weekend’s closing brunch on Sunday, June 23, with author, Alice Hoffman, who has written over 20 novels including Here on Earth, an Oprah’s Book Club choice. Other events will feature breakfast receptions with famed authors, Ann Leary and Amy Brill, and a pig roast at the island’s popular Cisco Brewery.

For a complete weekend schedule of festivities, click here. Most of the events are complimentary and open to the public, however, some events do require tickets. Tickets will go on sale April 15 and can be purchased here.

Other participating Nantucket Island Resorts’ hotels include the White Elephant Village, the newest addition to the collection. The Cottages & Lofts at The Boat Basin are over-water accommodations that offer all the romance of boat life with all the comforts of home – no sea legs required. Jared Coffin House is a landmark inn right in the heart of town, just steps away from many Book Festival locations. For a reader’s retreat like no other, head to The Wauwinet; the inn’s two beaches and lush bayside garden are perfect venues for dipping into a good read.

To book reservations with Nantucket Island Resorts click here. Rates start at $275 per night.


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