Nantucket Book Festival

Noted author Nancy Thayer is among the many participants in this year's Nantucket Book Festival. (Photo courtesy of Betty Fulton)
Noted author Nancy Thayer is among the many participants in this year’s Nantucket Book Festival. (Photo courtesy of Betty Fulton)

The 5th Annual Nantucket Book Festival, scheduled for Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19, features a stellar line-up of authors and events.

Readers will gather in historic Nantucket venues for author readings, panel discussions, and social events that will provide unique opportunities to engage with their favorite authors, a hallmark of the Festival.

Most events are free with the exception of the ticketed social events.

Among the author participants this year are Marlon James; legendary broadcaster Diane Rehm talking about her new book, On My Own; U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins; food blogger Michael Ruhlman, celebrated author of 20+ cooking related works; and Nantucket-based bestselling authors Nathaniel Philbrick, Nancy Thayer, and Elin Hilderbrand, to name but a few.

Sebastian Junger will be a part of panel discussion of journalists and war heroes.

“Typewriter Rodeo,” a quartet of Austin Texas-based poets, will appear throughout the weekend, composing and typing free poems on demand on vintage typewriters on any subject requested.

Children’s programming includes breakfast with Newbery Medal winner Jack Gantos on Saturday morning at the Dreamland Theater (free for children, $10 for adults) and storytimes in the Atheneum Garden on Saturday morning.

Poetry lovers will have plenty of choices with appearances by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins, National Book Award winner Mark Doty, Belarusian rising star Valzhyna Mort, and Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA, Richard Michelson.

Festival goers will have an opportunity to mingle with some of the authors on Saturday evening at 10 p.m. at the Breeze Bar at the Nantucket Hotel for a reprise of the popular “Authors in Bars” event.

Tickets are now on sale for author-hosted social events, which include breakfasts, luncheons and for the first time, Meet the Authors Dinner, a fundraiser for the Festival.

For a complete listing of participating authors and a schedule of events as well as prices for ticketed events, visit For more information, call 508-919-6230.