Now in its 14th year, One Book One Island is a community reading project with a mission to connect Nantucket readers through the written word and ten days of free programs.

This year’s selection is The Overstory, by Richard Powers. Free copies were distributed in January and February.

2020 Calendar of Events

All events are free.

Gallery Opening
Fri., March 6 
5 – 7 pm Artists Association of Nantucket
24 Amelia Drive

Saturday, March 7

Stories & Crafts  (ages birth to 5 years old)
10:30 am
Community School Early Childhood Team
56 Centre Street
Book Discussion & Video
5:30 pm
Nantucket Atheneum
1 India Street

Video: Our Planet – Forests and Jungles
Sunday, March 8
4 pm
Dreamland Theater
South Water St.

Lecture: Matt Largess, Forester and Tree Hugger
Tuesday, March 10
1 pm
Maria Mitchell Assoc. Hinchman House
7 Milk St.

Wednesday, March 11

Bird Walk with Ginger Andrews
8 am
Carpool from town parking lot

Wishes From Nantucket Flag Project (Ages 12 and up)
1 pm
Nantucket Atheneum
1 India Street

Status Report on Nantucket Trees with Town Arborist and Tree Committee.
5:30 pm
Nantucket Atheneum
1 India Street

Thursday, March 12

Book Discussion and Richard Powers video
1:30 pm
Saltmarsh Senior Center
Washington Street Ext.
3D Craft Project (for ages 5 – 10)
3 – 4 pm
Nantucket Atheneum
NCF Botanist Kelly Omand offers a Virtual Walk Through Squam Forest
5:30 pm
Whaling Museum
15 Broad Street

EVENT CANCELED “Wood, Sound – The Art of Crafting A Violin.”
Friday, March 13
5:30 pm
Nantucket Community Music Center
56 Center Street
Presentation and brief performance.

Saturday, March 14

EVENT CANCELED Nature Walk With Rachel Freeman
9:45 am
Nantucket Land Bank Reyes Property
231 Polpis Road.
Children’s Plant-Based Cooking Class
10 am
Nantucket Culinary Center
22 Federal St.
(registration required, contact the culinary center).
Nature Field Trip With Peter Brace
10 am
Meet at the Atheneum, 1 India Street.
Register by emailing

EVENT CANCELED Finale Celebration: Music, Food and Conversation
Sunday, March 15
2 – 4 pm
Whaling Museum
15 Broad Street

Past selections include:

The Monk of Mokha (Eggers)

TransAtlantic (McCann)

Elephant Company (Constantine Croke)

The Invention of Wings (Monk Kidd)

Enrique’s Journey (Nazario)

To Kill A Mockingbird (Lee)

The Red Garden (Hoffman)

The Maltese Falcon (Hammett)

The Postmistress (Blake)

Coal Black Horse (Olmstead)

American Chica (Arana)
Seedfolks (Fleischman)
Abuela (Dorros)

The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)
The Young Man and the Sea (Philbrick)
Island Boy (Cooney)

The Kiterunner (Hosseini)
The Breadwinner (Ellis)
The Librarian of Basra (Winter)

Support for One Book One Island

The program is made possible by funding from the Tupancy-Harris Foundation and the Hale Family Foundation together with financial and staff support from:

* Founding sponsors

Please consider supporting the One Book One Island Program. A $100 gift provides 10 additional free books for the community. To donate, or for more information, please contact Molly Anderson, Nantucket Atheneum, 508-228-1110.