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Book talk and signing with Bill Eville
We're very excited to host a talk and signing with Bill Eville, editor of the Vineyard Gazette, where he also writes a popular column. These poignant essays - and others - are collected in his debut book Washed Ashore: Family, Fatherhood, and Finding Home on Martha's Vineyard.
The story of a man coming into his own by coming home.
Since he was a boy, Bill Eville knew he wanted two things in life: to be a writer and a father. Being a minister's husband had not been on this list, having left the church as a teenager as soon as his parents stopped making him go each Sunday.
In Washed Ashore, Eville's life changes when his wife Cathlin takes a job as the first female pastor of a 350-year-old church on Martha's Vineyard, the island that was once home to generations of his ancestors. With their two small children in tow, the couple begins a new life eight miles out at sea.
Readers follow Eville's journey from stay-at-home-dad to newspaper editor as he discovers what it means to be a writer, a father, and--after his wife's devastating breast cancer diagnosis--what it truly means to be a minister's husband. Washed Ashore, told in a series of linked essays, is poignant and funny, filled with faith, struggle, and light.
"Here is life: rich, raw, glorious and complicated. Bill Eville's experiences are at once singular--married to a minister, living on an island--but also universal. In this memoir, he writes about his ordinary, extraordinary existence with warmth, wit, elegance and heart."
--Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winning author of March
Bill Eville is the editor of the Vineyard Gazette, where his work has garnered numerous awards from the New England Newspaper & Press Association. He is a graduate of Princeton University and holds an MFA from Florida State University. His essays have appeared in print and on-air at venues such as The New York Times, This American Life, The Moth, and WBUR's Cognoscenti. He lives on Martha's Vineyard with his wife and two children.