Edward Gorey’s Biographer at FPL!

Join us on Sunday, March 17th at 2:00 PM as we welcome Mark Dery, author of Born to Be Posthumous: the eccentric life and mysterious genius of Edward Gorey!

Critics never quite knew what to make of Edward Gorey (1925-2000), the author and illustrator whose darkly droll tales of murder, mayhem, and discreet depravity have influenced Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket, and Guillermo Del Toro, among others. His use of nonsense verse and the picture-book format, his mock-moralistic tone, and his densely crosshatched pen-and-ink style, reminiscent of 19th-century engravings, have led more than a few readers to mistake his books for Victorian children’s literature. Yet the camp-macabre wit and disquieting subject matter of titles like The Loathsome Couple (inspired by the true-crime exploits of a pair of child-killers) and The Gashlycrumb Tinies (an ABC book that reels off the deaths of 26 little dears in rhyming couplets) make it clear that Gorey’s books are the stuff of nursery nightmares. In this illustrated lecture, cultural critic Mark Dery, author of Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey, reveals the surprisingly serious themes woven through his oeuvre: death, sexuality, the human condition, the meaning (or meaninglessness?) of life. As well, he explores the obscure influences—and Freudian shadows—haunting Gorey’s whimsically sinister body of work. 

Many thanks to Eight Cousins, Palmer House Inn, and the Trustees of the Falmouth Public Library for making this program possible! You can register for this program online.

Irish Literature on The Point with Mindy Todd

This morning we decided to get an early start on St. Patrick’s Day by discussing books by Irish writers. It was our pleasure to welcome Nelson Ritschel to the book show this morning. Nelson is a Professor in the Department of Humanities at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Below are our lists of books, although it was a case of too many books, not enough time! We could easily do another show on Irish writers, with a completely different reading list. Many thanks to all the listeners who called or emailed their suggestions to the show. If you want to add a title to the list, send us a comment!

If you missed the show you can always listen to the show at 7:00 PM the day of the broadcast, or online, anytime.

Nelson’s Picks

The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats
Dubliners by James Joyce
Ulysses by James Joyce
John Bull’s Other Island by George Bernard Shaw
The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge
Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
The Aran Islands by J. M. Synge

Jill’s Picks

New Irish Poets: representative selections from the work of 37 contemporaries edited by Devin A. Garrity (Poem read was “Diamond Cut Diamond” by Ewart Milne
Milkman by Anna Burns
Spill simmer falter wither by Sara Baume
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney Her new novel Normal People will be out in April. There were two articles about her books in THE NEW YORKER. “A New Kind of Adultery Novel” and “Sally Rooney Gets In Your Head” … both well worth reading.
Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor (Also recommended by a listener.)

Listener Picks

The Trick of the Ga Bolga by Patrick McGinley
Tiernan’s Wake by Richard T. Rook
The Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor
The Ginger Man by J. P. Donleavy
A Singular Country by J. P. Donleavy
Sebastian Barry
The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien
A Pagan Place by Edna O’Brien
Colum McCann

Books About Fish & Fishing on The Point with Mindy Todd

This morning we had the great pleasure of having Dennis Minsky back in the studio to talk about books. Our topic was books about fish and fishing. Our apologies that the show could not be live this month, due to my schedule, but please leave us a comment with any fish book you love that you would like us to add to the list. If you missed the show, you can listen online via WCAI!

Mindy’s Pick

I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River: reflections of family, photography, and fly-fishing by Henry Winkler

Dennis’s Picks

Fishing Around Nantucket by J. Clinton Andrews

The Hungry Ocean: a swordboat captain’s journey by Linda Greenlaw

Four Fish: the future of the last wild food by Paul Greenberg

The Run by John Hay

The Most Important Fish in the Sea: menhaden and America by H. Bruce Franklin

The Provincetown Seafood Cookbook by Howard Mitcham

American Seafood: heritage, culture & cookery from sea to shining sea by Barton Seaver

Consider the Eel by Richard Schweid

The Founding Fish by John McPhee

Jill’s Picks

“The Fish” by Mary Oliver in New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

The Shining Tides by Win Brooks

A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean

The Compleat Angler or The Contemplative Man’s Recreation by Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton

My Moby Dick by William Humphrey

A Jerk on One End: reflections of a mediocre fisherman by Robert Hughes

Blues by John Hersey

Listener Picks

Even though we weren’t live for the fishing show, we got lots of books suggestions after the show! Here’s the list …

The Finest Kind : the fishermen of Gloucester by Kim Bartlett

Vermont River by WD Wetherell

Cod: a biography of the fish that changed the world by Mark Kurlansky

Beautiful Swimmers : watermen, crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay by William Warner

The River Why by David James Duncan

The Longest Silence: a life in fishing by Thomas McGuane

Reading the Water: adventures in surf fishing on Martha’s Vineyard by Bob Post

Men’s Lives: the surfman and baymen of the South Fork by Peter Matthiessen

2019 Town Wide Read … THE LITTLE PRINCE



Falmouth Reads Together, a library sponsored community committee, has chosen for 2019 a book that can be read, enjoyed and shared by young and old: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.  The book is fewer than 90 pages! This brief, but extraordinary work explores the importance of friendship, love, and the quest for truth. Written in 1943, Saint-Exupery was serving as a French air force pilot. He died prematurely in a 1944 airplane accident, leaving this work as a legacy for the world. The library has scheduled a number of events including a complete read-aloud of the book in both English and French. All are welcome to attend.


Thurs, Jan 16th @ 7:00 pm – Library Fiction Book Club to discuss the Little Prince

Fri, Feb 8th @ 2:00  – Screening of the 1974 Little Prince film directed by Stanley Donen

Fri, Feb 22 @ 2:00 – Screening of the 2016 Little Prince film directed by Mark Osborne

Sat, March 2nd @ 2:00 pm – A discussion of the Little Prince as literature by David Buskey

Sat., March 16th @ 11:00 am – Come and enjoy a complete reading of the book in both French and English. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.


Please join us for any or all of these events which will be held in the Hermann Meeting Room! There will also be a book discussion group held at the East Falmouth Branch Library on Tuesday, February 12th at 10:00 am.

This Year I Will … Resolutions for the New Year

On The Point with Mindy Todd this morning we discussed books that might inspire you to set a few resolutions for the New Year, or make you decide that there was no need to make a resolution. As Virginia Woolf wrote in her diary on Friday, January 2nd, 1931: “Then — well the chief resolution is the most important — not to make resolutions. Sometimes to read, sometimes not to read. To go out yes — but stay at home instead of being asked. As for clothes, I think to buy good ones.” Vicky Titcomb, of Titcomb’s Bookshop joined us for this show. The show was pre-recorded, so if you would like to share any of your favorite books on New Year’s Resolutions, please leave a comment and we will add it to the list!

Vicky’s Picks

The Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Make Your Bed: little things that can change your life … and maybe the world by Admiral William H. McRaven

George Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior

Forks Over Knives — the cookbook: over 300 recipes for plant-based eating all through the year by Del Sroufe

Gmorning, gnight!: little pep talks for you and me by Lin-Manuel Miranda; illustrations by Johnny Sun

Wherever You Go, There You Are: mindfulness meditation in everyday life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 minutes a day to less stress, more peace by Dr. Patrizia Collard

TBC30: 6 steps to a stronger, healthier you by Michael Wood

The Yoga Deck by Olivia H. Miller

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: a life-changing list by James Mustich

What Good Should I Do This Day?: a journal inspired by Benjamin Franklin

Jill’s Picks

The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Volume Four, 1931 – 1935. Letter from Friday, January 2nd, 1931.

How to Be a Better Person by Kate Hanley

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamont, particularly chapter eleven, “Food.”

Food & Life by Joël Robuchon and Dr. Nadia Volf

Letters of Wallace Stevens selected and edited by Holly Stevens. See journal entry for December 31, 1900.

The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker

The Year of Reading Dangerously: how fifty great books (and two not-so-great ones) saved my life by Andy Miller

A Calendar of Wisdom: daily thoughts to nourish the soul Written and selected from the world’s sacred texts by Leo Tolstoy

This Year I Will: how to finally change a habit, keep a resolution, or make a dream come true by M. J. Ryan

Selected Letters of Dylan Thomas, edited and with commentary by Constantine Fitzgibbon.  See the letter of 25 December 1933.


Listener Picks (We weren’t live, but we still have some listener suggestions!)

You Are a Bad Ass: how to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life by Jen Sincero



Self-Help Dewey Numbers  To Use When In Your Public Library …

Aging and Longevity 155.6719
Anger 152.47
Anxiety 152.46
Assertiveness 158
Codependency 155.9
Empathy 152.41
Emotions 152.4
Fear 152.46
Forgiveness 155.92; 179.9
Grief 155.937
Habit Breaking 158.1
Left and Right Handedness 152.335
Meditation 158.12
Memory 153.12
Perfectionism 158.1
Rejection 158.2
Relationships 158.24
Relaxation Exercises 155.9042, 158.12
Self-Acceptance 158
Self-Esteem 158.1
Self-Help Techniques 155.264
Self-Hypnosis 154.7
Stress Management 155.9042
Time Management 158.1
Worry 158.1

The American West on The Point

This morning on WCAI we talked books about the American West. Clearly we could do an entire year of books about the American West! So many books, so little time, as they say. Author Peter Abrahams joined us and Kathryn Eident sat in for Mindy Todd. If you missed the show, you can listen online anytime!

Kathryn’s Pick

The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Peter’s Picks

Chet and Bernie mystery series by Spencer Quinn (aka Peter Abrahams!)

The Journals of Lewis and Clark edited by Bernard DeVoto

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Money and the Power: the making of Las Vegas and its hold on America by Sally Denton and Roger Morris

My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown

Print the Legend: the life and times of John Ford by Scott Eyman


Jill’s Picks

The Frontier in American History by Frederick Jackson Turner

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

When Women Were Birds: fifty-four variations on voice by Terry Tempest Williams

River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the technological wild west by Rebecca Solnit

My Faraway One: selected letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz

Sorrow of the Earth: Buffalo Bill, Sitting Bull and the Tragedy of Show Business by Éric Vuillard

The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather

When Esther Morris Headed West, Women, Wyoming, and the Right to Vote by Connie Nordhielm Wooldrige, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Where I Was From by Joan Didion

“John Wayne: a love song” in Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

No time for, but you should really read! The Meadow by James Glavin, West by Carys Davies, and Cowboys Are My Weakness: stories by Pam Houston.

Listener Picks

News of the World by Paulette Jiles (Recommended by Steve Junker before we went on the air!)

Old Jules by Mari Sandoz

O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

This House of Sky by Ivan Doig

Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig


Our Book Bike Has Arrived!

You may recall, back in March, we won a book bike at the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia. We have been patiently waiting since March for our specially made for us book bike to arrive. And now it has! You can stop by the main library and see it in person if you would like, and before you know it, we expect it will be appearing at events around town! Watch our social media for more updates! #LibrariansOnARoll



Scary Stories for Halloween as Heard on The Point

If you missed today’s Halloween scary story edition of the book show on THE POINT, have no fear … you can listen online! And if you enjoyed Dan Tritle’s choice of spooky sounds, you too can have spooky sounds by checking out Martha Stewart’s CD Spooky Scary Sounds for Halloween!

Mindy’s Pick

Communion: a true story by Whitley Streiber


Mary Fran’s Picks

The Shining by Stephen King

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

The Taker of Morrows by Stephen Sayers

Scream and Scream Again presented by R. L. Stine

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Quicksand by Malin Giolito

Not Enough Time For:

The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands by Barbara Sillery

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson



Jill’s Picks

Collected Stories by Roald Dahl. Particularly “Taste”, “Lamb to the Slaughter”, and “Pig”.

The So Blue Marble by Dorothy B. Hughes

American Fantastic Tales: terror and the uncanny from Poe to the Pulps, edited by Peter Straub

American Fantastic Tales: terror and the uncanny from the 1940s to now, edited by Peter Straub. And Dan Tritle’s favorite story from this collection is “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” by Harlan Ellison.

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft edited with a foreword and notes by Leslie S. Klinger, and it includes the character Cthulhu, who made his first appearance in “The Call of Cthulhu” … also a favorite of Dan Tritle!

Scream: chilling adventures in the science of fear by Margee Kerr

Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” the authorized graphic adaptation by Miles Hyman

The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton (and you can pair this with Edith Wharton A to Z, in which there are many mentions of her ghost stories.)

Listener Picks

“The Colour out of Space” a story by H. P. Lovecraft, which can be found in The Classic Horror Stories by H. P. Lovecraft, Necronomicon: the best weird tales of H. P. Lovecraft, and Tales by H. P. Lovecraft. And, of course, The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, if you want all the annotations.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

A Rose for Emily … a story in Collected Stories by William Faulkner

Lanny McDowell – exhibiting “Flights” at FPL

My creative energy, paintings and avian photographs, expresses my awe and respect for powerful natural cycles:  in my paintings, the patterns of wind and water that drive waves to our shores, that guide clouds across the sky; in my photographs, it’s the wondrous life cycles of the birds that share the planet with us and inspire us.”

Lanny McDowell – exhibiting “Flights”, a collection of paintings and photographs at the Falmouth Public Library Art Walk

October 2nd – 30th, 2018


There is much precedent of artistic talent in Lanny’s family, including his mother’s great sculpture and his father’s designs for both traditional colonial and innovative modern homes; and there are the fine landscape oils of Nelson Augustus Moore (1824 – 1902) and his son, Edwin (1858 – 1928).

Lanny grew up outside the small town of Kent, in the northwest corner of Connecticut, attended Hotchkiss School, and earned a BA in Art History at Yale. He moved to Martha’s Vineyard full-time in 1970 and lived on Tisbury Great Pond in the first house he built. After about a dozen years back in Kent, he resumed the Island life in West Tisbury for over a decade; and now in his home near the head of Lake Tashmoo in Vineyard Haven.

Mr. McDowell has been very fortunate to have travelled to destinations scattered about the globe and is an avid birder. His photographs of birds appear frequently at the Facebook group called Martha’s Vineyard Bird Alert, and in newspapers, periodicals, nonprofits’ publications and videos; and he is very happy that they adorn people’s homes from here to Miami to Scottsdale to Oahu. His fine art paintings have been shown in a number of Vineyard galleries.


“I believe in paying attention to the marvels that surround us.  My creative energy, paintings and avian photographs, expresses my awe and respect for powerful natural cycles:  in my paintings, the patterns of wind and water that drive waves to our shores, that guide clouds across the sky; in my photographs, it’s the wondrous life cycles of the birds that share the planet with us and inspire us.”


Food Glorious Food on The Point with Mindy Todd

This morning on The Point our book topic was food. Here are our picks.


Kellie’s Picks

Dinner in an Instant by Melissa Clark
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher
Jill’s Picks
The Popcorn Astronauts and Other Biteable Rhymes by Deborah Ruddell, illustrated by Joan Rankin

Scrambled Eggs Super! by Dr. Seuss

Adventures in Slow Cooking by Sarah DiGregorio

Homer Price by Robert McCloskey “The Doughnuts” chapter

The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book with a foreword by M. F. K. Fisher

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder & Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, which includes the character Thurston, the cook

Stories From the Kitchen edited by Diana Secker Tesdell

Cod by Mark Kurlansky

Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue: a novel of pastry, guilt, and music by Mark Kurlansky

Voracious: a hungry reader cooks her way through great books by Cara Nicoletti

The Food Activist Handbook by Ali Berlow

Not Enough Time For

Much Depends on Dinner by Margaret Visser

The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten

Cake by Maira Kalman with recipes by Barbara Scott-Goodman

The Kitchen Book/The Cook Book by Nicolas Freeling

Blood, Bones & Butter: the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef by Gabrielle Hamilton


Listener Picks

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

On Rue Tatin: living and cooking in a French town by SusanHerrmann

La Cucina: a novel of rapture by Lily Prior

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Guns, Germs and Steel: the fates of human societies by Jared Diamond

Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman

Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl

Babette’s Feast, which is both a film and a short story by Isak Dinesen