Monday, September 16, 2013

Past Events

Listening Below the NoiseFebruary 2009
Author Event
Anne D. LeClaire
Listening Below the Noise
Author talk, wine & cheese, Q&A, book signing.
When Anne D. LeClaire decided to turn an ordinary Monday into a day of silence, she viewed her experiment as a one-time occurrence. Little did she realize she had begun an inner voyage that would transform her life. In the seventeen years since, LeClaire has practiced total silence on the first and third Monday of each month. By detaching herself from the bustle of her hectic lifestyle and learning to listen to her deepest self, she has found a center from which to live—one that tests, strengthens, and heals her. In practicing silence, she has discovered her own secret garden—a cloistered, sacred, private place where true personal growth is possible. In this eloquent book—part memoir, part philosophical inquiry—LeClaire reflects on how silence can help us attend to the world around us, expand our awareness, and achieve inner peace.
The Given Day by Dennis LehaneOctober 2009 - SOLD OUT!
Author Event
Dennis Lehane
The Given Day
The Inkwell is thrilled to be hosting New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane at Historic Highfield Hall as part of the Inkwell Literary Series. Mr. Lehane has earned outstanding critical praise and a legion of fans for his award-winning novels including Mystic River, Shutter Island, and Gone, Baby, Gone. Lehane’s gift for creating character-driven, emotionally powerful novels allows him to explore issues such as lost idealism, the dark recesses of the soul, and human frailty with great clarity and often incomparable scope.    
Lehane presents his most ambitious and powerful work to date with The Given Day. A spectacular and grand family epic set at the end of the First World War, the novel unflinchingly captures the political unrest of a nation dangling between a chaotic past and an unpredictable future. Touching on two families—one black, one white—as they are swept up in the maelstrom of history, Lehane transports readers to 1918 Boston, where fiercely held convictions about work and freedom underwent enormous change at great cost to human life and relationships.  As his characters—more richly drawn than any he has ever created—struggle to define themselves and their lives in an increasingly turbulent America, they gradually find family in each other, and together confront the rising storm of a new world order.

New England Soup Factory CookbookJanuary 2008 - SOLD OUT!
Author Event & Cooking Demonstration
Marjorie Dru
The New England Soup Factory Cookbook
Hosted by the Inkwell at Highfield Hall.
The cooking demonstration starts at 6:30 PM in the Highfield Hall kitchen. The doors will open for General Admission at 7:00 PM. Socialize while sampling soups and participate in a wine tasting. Lecture begins at 7:30 PM. Chef Druker will then tell stories of her years as a Chef, and share some of her favorite meals and memories, followed by a Q&A. Marjorie Druker is passionate about soups. After attending Johnson & Wales, Marjorie created the menu for popular Boston restaurants, and soups were always her favorite. “My niche is taking what people like to eat and turning it into a soup,” she says. The New England Soup Factory Restaurant has won four Best of Boston awards. Marjorie has appeared twice on the Food Network and Martha Stewart Living. She currently cohosts All Fired Up, a local cooking show in Boston. The New England Soup Factory Cookbook contains 100 of Boston’s best-tasting traditional and creative soup recipes. The book also includes a chapter on sandwiches and salads to accompany such soups. It’s the perfect gift for soup-lovers.

Stalking Irish MadnessJune 2009

Author Event
Patrick Tracey
Stalking Irish Madness
2009 winner of the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award
Author talk, Q&A, book signing, and complimentary refreshments.
"...intense and haunting memoir. . . While Tracey searches the Ireland of his ancestors for clues, he also struggles with demons of his own in a prose that's as lyrical as it is honest." - PEN Judge Joe Mackall
For most Irish Americans, a trip to Ireland is often an occasion to revisit their family's roots. But for Patrick Tracey, the lure of his ancestral home is a much more powerful need: part pilgrimage, part investigation to confront the genealogical mystery of schizophrenia–a disease that had claimed a great-great-great-grandmother, a grandmother, an uncle, and, most recently, two sisters.
Filled with history, science, and lore, Stalking Irish Madness is an unforgettable chronicle of one man's attempt to make sense of his family's past and to find hope for the future of schizophrenic patients.
"Touching and of the best books of 2008" -  Slate magazine
Patrick Tracey, a former contributing writer for the Washington City Paper and Regardie’s in Washington, D.C., has also written for Ms. magazine and the Washington Post. He is the author of two nonfiction collections of biographical essays for the American Profiles series. Explore more about Patrick Tracey & his memoir by clicking here to visit his website.

Speak Low by Carl PhillipsJuly 2009
Author Event and Poetry Reading
Inkwell Literary Series at Highfield Hall
Carl Phillips
Speak Low: Poems
The Inkwell is thrilled to be hosting Carl Phillips at Highfield Hall on a lovely summer evening filled with words and wine. Tickets are $5.00 at the Inkwell Bookstore; the Inkwell donates the proceeds to the preservation of Highfield Hall.
Speak Low is the tenth book from one of America’s most distinctive - and one of poetry’s most essential - contemporary voices. Phillips has long been hailed for work provocative in its candor, uncompromising in its inquiry, and at once rigorous and innovative in its attention to craft.
Phillips' honors include the 2006 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Pushcart Prize, the Academy of American Poets Prize, induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Library of Congress.
According to the Judges' Citation for the 1998 National Book Awards, "Carl Phillips' passionate and lyrical poems read like prayers, with a prayer's hesitations, its desire to be utterly accurate, its occasional flowing outbursts."
Phillips is Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also teaches in the Creative Writing Program. He was elected an Academy Chancellor in 2006.

January 2009
Writing Workshop
Suzette Martinez Standring
The Art of Column Writing
The Inkwell is most pleased to welcome newspaper columnist Suzette Martinez Standring for a workshop teaching the secrets of column writing from her book, The Art of Column Writing. The book was the 2008 First Place Royal Palm Literary Award winner. The Art of Column Writing features some of the most famous columnists in the business, and the guide reveals the secrets to becoming a syndicated newspaper columnist, through both the author’s own experiences and anecdotes from the respected writers who excel in their craft. From finding topics to digging up information, and ultimately writing a column that makes people think, laugh, or cry, all the wisdom necessary to write opinion, humor, and insight columns is clearly presented in this in-depth manual. After concluding the workshop, Suzette will sign copies of her book which are available for purchase. The workshop is a ticketed event. Please purchase your $5.00 entry ticket at the Inkwell prior to attending the workshop.

The Body in the GalleryMay 2008 - SOLD OUT!
Author Event
Merlot & Murder at the Mansion
The Inkwell Bookstore Literary Series
Presents an Evening at Historic Highfield Hall with Bestselling Authors
Katherine Hall Page, Peter Abrahams, Cynthia Riggs, and William Dougherty
Tickets for the off-site Inkwell Bookstore event are $5. Tickets may be purchased at the Inkwell Bookstore, or over the phone at 508-540-0039. Doors open at Highfield Hall at 7:00 PM. Pianist Gary Girouard will perform original compositions on the Hall's grand piano. Socialize while nibbling on hors d’oeuvres and participate in a wine tasting. Panel discussion begins at 7:30 PM, followed by a Q&A. The Edgar award-winning authors will talk about writing and publishing mysteries. Featuring: The Body in the Gallery by Katherine Hall Page, Delusion by Peter Abrahams, Double Murder on Martha's Vineyard by Cynthia Riggs, and Murder of an Irish Song by William Dougherty. Get $5 off your entire purchase of the event books at the time of your ticket purchase!

Media Shaping the Image of a People.jpgJuly 2008
Author Event
Bill Overton
The Media: Shaping the Image of a People
Held at the Lillie Auditorium in Woods Hole.
Free and open to the public.
Bill Overton, Author, Activist, Athlete, and Actor will give a stimulating talk and Power Point presentation at Lillie Auditorium in Woods Hole about the influences of the media - a current hot topic of conversation. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Overton has amassed over one hundred historical illustrations which helped promote both positive and negative images of many ethnic groups. The images clearly illustrate the social, racial and political climate of the time. Mr. Overton’s objective is to educate through the illustrations about how ethnic groups were and are represented in the media. A positive image can make a career and a negative image can destroy a career, embarrass and or anger corporate sponsors and fans. Mr. Overton presents a stimulating and interactive forum for exploring the effects of these images on our psyche and the impact that they continue to have today.

Past Events

First Patient by Michael PalmerJune 2008 - SOLD OUT!
Author Event
Michael Palmer
The First Patient
Please join us in welcoming New York Times bestselling author Michael Palmer who will give a talk about his new book, The First Patient. This exclusive event is part of the Inkwell Literary Lecture Series hosted at Historic Highfield Hall,
a beautifully restored 1878 mansion.
Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Inkwell Bookstore in person or by phone. No reservations. The Inkwell donates the net proceeds from the ticket price to benefit the preservation of Highfield Hall.

Still AliceAugust 2009 - SOLD OUT!
Author Event
Inkwell Literary Series at Highfield Hall
Lisa Genova
Still Alice

The Inkwell is excited to welcome Lisa Genova to Highfield Hall for an author talk, Q&A, and book signing. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and a wine tasting while listening to live music preceding the talk. Tickets are $7.00 at the Inkwell Bookstore; the Inkwell donates the ticket proceeds to the preservation of Highfield Hall.
Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University.
Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. She has done research on the molecular etiology of depression, Parkinson's Disease, drug addiction, and memory loss following stroke. She is a proud and active member of the Dementia Advocacy & Support Network International and DementiaUSA and is an online columnist for the National Alzheimer’s Association. She spends a considerable amount of time acting on stage in Boston and in local independent films. She is currently working on her next novel, Left Neglected.

Joan AndersonApril 2006
Buffet Luncheon and Author Talk
Joan Anderson
A Weekend to Change Your Life
Hosted by the Inkwell Bookstore at the Sea Crest Resort
Featuring a mini-workshop during a buffet lunch.
"New York Times" bestselling author Anderson gives women practical advice and inspiration for building creative, independent, and fulfilling lives through discovering who they truly are and who they can be.

LeviathanJuly 2008
Author Event
Eric Jay Dolin
Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America
The Inkwell is most pleased to welcome bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin to Cape Cod. His book Leviathan is an absorbing history that demonstrates that few things capture the sheer danger and desperation of men on the deep sea as dramatically as whaling. Leviathan was selected as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and The Providence Journal. To learn more about the author and his book, please visit his website by clicking here. The Inkwell Literary Series held at Highfield Hall includes a wine tasting, and tickets are available only at the Inkwell Bookstore in person or by phone at 508-540-0039. Doors open at Highfield Hall at 7:00 PM to a wine and cheese social. Lecture begins at 7:30 PM, followed by a Q&A. Tickets for the off-site event are $5. Net proceeds benefit the preservation of Highfield Hall.

Life Without SummerJune 2009
Author Event
Lynne Griffin
Life Without Summer
Author talk, Q&A session, complimentary wine & cheese, and book signing.
Life Without Summer tells the story of Tessa, a mother who has just lost her four-year-old daughter in an accident and the grief counselor, Celia, who tries to help her to put her life back together. When their lives begin to intersect in powerful and unexpected ways, they discover that the answers one needs might be the other’s only chance for peace. Each woman’s intensely personal journey reverberates with universal themes about the connections between love, marriage, truth, and forgiveness that no reader will forget.
“There are many deep satisfactions in this absorbing and deftly plotted novel, but what I most admired was Lynne Griffin’s wonderfully complex characterization of her two heroines...A sparkling debut.”- Margot Livesey, Eva Moves the Furniture
The multi-talented Ms. Griffin is the parenting contributor for Boston’s Fox 25 Morning News, a registered nurse with a masters degree in education, and a nationally recognized behavior management expert. Click here to visit Lynne's website.

French Women Don't Sleep AloneJune 2009
Author Event
Jamie Cat Callan
French Women Don't Sleep Alone
Author talk, complimentary wine & cheese, and book signing.
French Women Don't Sleep Alone is a feel-good book about relationships that will dramatically change women's approach to men and dating. What Mireille Guiliano's French Women Don't Get Fat did for dieting, Jamie Cat Callan’s book does for romance and love. Her witty and insightful look at the love lives of French women encourages women everywhere to stop torturing themselves with fad relationship advice and learn to cultivate and enjoy the pleasures of love, romance and marriage. “Adorable!” --Erica Jong, New York Times bestselling author of Fear of Flying and Fear of Fifty
Jamie Cat Callan grew up under the tutelage of her French grandmother who taught her the secrets to how French women find and keep love. Jamie has traveled to France many times and interviewed hundreds of French women—and more than a few men.
Click here to visit Jamie's website.

This I Believe
October 2007
Author Talk & Wine Tasting
Jay Allison
This I Believe
The Inkwell is pleased to host award winning NPR Broadcast Journalist and author Jay Allison at historic Highfield Hall as part of the Inkwell Lecture Series. This I Believe features essays by 80 Americans, from the famous to the unknown. This series of insightful observations completes the thought that the books title introduces. Each piece compels readers to rethink not only how they arrive at their own personal beliefs, but also how they share them with others. Jay Allison,  the host and curator of This I Believe, is an independent broadcast journalist. His work appears often on NPR and has earned him five Peabody Awards. He is the founder of the public radio stations that serve Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod, where he lives.
Tickets for this exclusive event include:
Author talk, Q&A, Booksigning, and Wine Tasting (compliments of Murphy’s Fine Wines & Cigars) $5 General Admission, $3 Student Admission. All ticket proceeds benefit Highfield Hall.

White HeatAugust 2008
Author Event

Brenda Wineapple
White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The Inkwell is most pleased to welcome bestselling author and historian Brenda Wineapple to the Inkwell Literary Series. This event will take place at the Inkwell, and Ms. Wineapple will present a stimulating lecture on her newly released biography White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Ms. Wineapple’s book White Heat was reviewed and received high praise in the August 2, 2008 edition of The New Yorker Magazine.
Brenda Wineapple is the author of the award-winning Hawthorne: A Life, Genêt: A Biography of Janet Flanner, and Sister Brother: Gertrude and Leo Stein. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in many publications, among them The American Scholar, The New York Times Book Review, Parnassus, Poetry, and The Nation. A Guggenheim fellow, a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, and twice of the National Endowment for the Humanities, she teaches in the MFA programs at Columbia University and The New School and lives in New York City.

DelusionApril 2008
Book Release Party for Author Peter Abrahams
The Inkwell Bookstore is most pleased to welcome Cape Cod novelist and psychological suspense king, Peter Abrahams, upon the release of his latest novels: Delusion and Into the Dark. Enjoy complimentary cake, coffee, hors d’oeuvres, and wine while having a chance to talk with the author. Come celebrate the release of Peter's new book!
Peter Abrahams is the author of eighteen previous novels, including: End of Story, Crying Wolf, A Perfect Crime, The Fan, and his award-winning Echo Falls mystery series for children.
He lives on Cape Cod with his wife and four children.
Visit his Web site at

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Author Roll
See below for the list of writers that we've hosted at the Inkwell:

  • Peter Abrahams
  • Jay Allison
  • Joan Anderson
  • Linda Barnes
  • Jamie Callan
  • Tom Cathcart
  • Neil Connolly
  • Rose Connors
  • Claire Cook
  • Phillip Craig
  • Margo Datz
  • Carlo D'Este
  • Eric Jay Dolin
  • William Dougherty
  • John Dowling
  • Thomas Dresser
  • Marjorie Druker
  • Linda Fairstein
  • Flick Ford
  • Patry Francis
  • Lisa Genova
  • Gillian Gill
  • Lynne Reeves Griffin
  • Gwendolen Gross
  • George Hagen
  • Ann Hood
  • Rebecca Kohn
  • Anne D. LeClaire
  • Dennis Lehane
  • Lynn Margulis
  • William Martin
  • James L. Nelson
  • Bill Overton
  • Katherine Hall Page
  • Michael Palmer
  • Robert B. Parker
  • Carl Phillips
  • Cynthia Riggs
  • Greg Skomal
  • Craig B. Smith
  • Suzette Martinez Standring
  • William Tapply
  • Nancy Thayer
  • Patrick Tracey
  • Anne Treistman
  • Amanda Eyre Ward
  • Wendy Williams
  • Brenda Wineapple