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Book Festival Now Accepting Items for Silent Auction

The Nantucket Book Festival, now on the cusp of presenting its 7th annual event, is seeking donations of goods and experiences for its Silent Auction to be held from June 15 to 17.

Items donated for the Silent Auction will be displayed in the Atheneum Garden on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16. On Sunday, June 17, the items will be moved to the Festival’s “Cisco Send-Off Party” on Sunday, June 17 at Cisco Brewers from 12 noon to 3 pm, where the final bids will be tallied and the winners announced. The Cisco event is open to the public, where last-minute bids are sure to be fast and furious.

Although any donation is appreciated, the most popular items have proven to be “experiences”: catered dinners, tours of Nantucket landmarks, tickets to events, and gift certificates.

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Maddie Hjulstrom, Executive Director of the Nantucket Book Foundation (the nonprofit that produces the Festival), is quick to give credit to the local businesses and individual donors who contribute. “Without a doubt, there would be no Book Festival without our sponsors and donors. Whether it’s rooms for our authors, or someone underwriting a lunch or dinner, or Young’s Bicycle Shop giving free bike rentals to the authors and their families – or cash to use wherever it’s needed most – I am constantly overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and generosity of our island’s business owners and residents who give whatever they can to keep us going.”

To donate a tax-deductible item or experience to the Nantucket Book Festival, please email Chris Vineis at

The Nantucket Book Festival operates under the Nantucket Book Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to celebrate and promote the joys and rewards of reading, writing, and literacy. The organization seeks to present an annual quality program that honors national, regional, and local authors and the rich culture of the written word, ideas, and the imagination.

Find Nantucket Hotels at The Nantucket Book Foundation, working together with our island educators, produces a program in the schools which includes the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools program, the Nantucket Book Festival Young Writers Award, and the Visiting Authors program. These programs encourage our students to find a platform of words and a love of reading to understand that while they may live on an island, there is no limit to their imaginations.

For details and the complete schedule for the 2018 Nantucket Book Festival, visit

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