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One Book – One Island 2011 events




The first of the One Book – One Island 2011 series of events were held at the libary: Wednesday we had a discussion of Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” led by Dawn Braasch, owner of the Bunch of Grapes bookstore, followed by “Local” lunch prepared by Jan Buhrman of Kitchen Porch and sponsored by Library Friends of Oak Bluffs. Thursday evening we hosted a panel discusion “Local&Sustainable”, moderated by Nis Kildegaard, Reference Librarian, Edgartown Free Public Library, with Jim Athearn (Morning Glory Farm), Ali Berlow (edible Vineyard), Jan Buhrman (Kitchen Porch), Rebecca Gilbert (Native Earth Teaching Farm), Sidney Morris (Farm Institute, Thalia Scanlan (COMSOG) and others in the audience participating. Healthy tasty refreshments were prepared by Jan, and sponsored by Library Friends of OB. Thank you to all who participated!
More events are scheduled:
May 5, at 5p.m. at the Chilmark Library ~ Book discussion of Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”
May 7, 4p.m. at the West Tisbury Library ~ Book discussion and signing, “Book of Duck Cookery”, with Rebecca Randall Gilbert of Native Earth Teaching Farm.
May 19, 6:30 p.m. ~ Screening of documentary film, Farming the Future: Farm Life on Long Island.
A cheese making workshop at the Oak Bluffs Library is being planned for June 14th (check for the exact time and sign up at the library later).
The kids have not been forgotten: on May 7, children 3 years old and older are invited to a story time with Sondra, with a theme of “slow food” followed by seed planting to seed pods that the kids will be able to take home with them.

Book Discussion Group: "Their Eyes Were Watching God"


This book was also chosen as the One Book One Island adult book for 2007. Their Eyes Were Watching God is the unforgettable story of Janie Crawford, an articulate African-American woman in the 1930s, and her quest for identity and independence through three marriages and many interesting adventures. Much of our discussion was about the life of the author, Zora Neale Hurston, who was born in Eatonville, Florida — an all-black community in the late 1800’s. She studied anthropology at Barnard College and did field work in Harlem and Haiti. The group was particularly keen on attending the talk by Hurston scholar, Glenda Carpio, on Friday, April 27th at the Oak Bluffs Library.

For those of you who enjoyed this book, we would like to suggest the following further reading:

Gloria Naylor, Mama Day (1988)
Toni Morrison, Sula (1973)
Randall Kenan, A Visitation of Spirits (1989)
Alice Walker, Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992)