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Nantucket Book Festival 2016

Diane Rehm Event Cancellation

Mark Doty
Geraldine Brooks

Due to illness, Diane Rehm will not be able to appear at the 2016 Nantucket Book Festival. She was scheduled to present on Friday June 17 at 7:00 PM, and Saturday June 18 at 4:00 PM.
Ms. Rehm sends her deepest regrets to her fans. All of us at the Book Festival send Ms. Rehm our wishes for a speedy recovery, and we hope to have her join us at a future event. (Stay tuned - we're already working on it!)
Despite her absence, Ms. Rehm's extraordinary new memoir, On My Own, is a book you will treasure reading. Diane's interview on WCAI with Mindy Todd was so moving that we hope you will listen, and then want to learn more.

In the place of Ms. Rehm, Mark Doty, winner of the National Book Award and one of the most accomplished poets in America, will be joining Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate, in conversation at the Opening Ceremony on Friday, June 17 at 7:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House. Their conversation promises to be both thought provoking and lively, and they are looking forward to questions from the audience!

Ms. Rehm's event on Saturday, June 18 at 4:00 PM in the Unitarian Meeting House will now feature Geraldine Brooks. Ms. Brooks has earned internatonal acclaim, first as an award-winning journalist for her coverage of the Gulf War, then as a best-selling author. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March; her current work, The Secret Chord, is a reimagining of the life of King David. Brooks will be joined in conversation with Mindy Todd, the host and producer of WCAI's The Point. 

Our Festival team sincerely thanks Mark Doty and Geraldine Brooks for their willingness, on short notice, to step in and help us. Thanks also to Billy Collins and Mindy Todd for their flexibilty and can-do attitude! All of us wish Diane were here (including Diane!), but we are delighted to have the opportunity to hear Mark and Geraldine tell us more about their works. Both the Opening Celebration and the Saturday afternoon events in the Unitarian Meeting House are free, so we encourage our Festival audience to come out and cheer on these exceptional authors. For more information, visit