Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams – Press Release


 Best-selling author Susan Branch to embark on 25-city book tour celebrating the release of her new book

Vineyard Haven, MA Spring Street Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Susan Branch’s newest book, Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams, an illustrated memoir based on the personal diaries the author has kept all her life. In addition to the book’s highly anticipated May 2016 release, the title has attracted attention from Hollywood, and the rights have already been optioned for development into a film or television series.


According to Ms. Branch: “In addition to launching my new book, this tour will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the publication of my first book by re-visiting so many of the independent bookstores all around the country who have supported me all of these years, and I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to say thank you in person to so many wonderful booksellers from coast to coast.”


In Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams, Branch tells how, in the winter of 1982, when she was 34 and suffering with a broken heart, she ran away from her unhappy life in California to Martha’s Vineyard for what she thought would be a 3-month respite. Almost immediately, alone and slightly delirious, she “accidentally” bought a small cottage in the woods where she then started a new life for herself.


In this heartwarming tome, Branch interweaves reminiscences with hundreds of personal photographs as she takes readers back in time and reveals the charming island off the coast of Massachusetts as she experienced it. The author candidly shares her creative journey to self-discovery with laugh-out-loud honesty as she relates how she found her roots, started over, rebuilt her life, became a watercolor artist, then rose from the ashes to write, illustrate, and sell her first cookbook to a major publisher in 1985. In addition, Branch shares her personal journey of finding true love (against all odds and against her better judgment) in this inspiring fairy-tale-come-true.


Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams is the last in Branch’s long-awaited autobiographical trilogy, beginning with The Fairy Tale Girl (2015) and ending with A Fine Romance, Falling in Love with the English Countryside (2013). Like the other two books, her newest volume is hand-lettered and filled with Branch’s watercolor illustrations.


A prolific writer with over four million books sold, Branch is also the author of 12 Heart of the Home books and numerous calendars. Her body of work is consistently a reflection of the things Branch loves to celebrate, including the home-arts of cooking, gardening, homemaking, diary-keeping, family, best friends, entertaining, and the little things that make life sweet. She stays connected with her readers through her popular blog at: www.


Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams

by Susan Branch

Published by Spring Street Publishing

Hardcover, 368 pages, ribbon bookmark.

$28.95, ISBN13: 978-0996044028

Publication Date: May 1, 2016


During Susan Branch’s 9 week tour, the author will travel 8,000 miles, and all the while will be blogging about her journey on her website with travel photos and news regarding the following bookstore visits:


April 30–An Unlikely Story in Plainville MA  [Benefit for the Plainville Public Library]

May 1–R. J. Julia Booksellers in Madison CT

May 3–Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope PA [Benefit for The Free Library of New Hope and Solebury – SOLD OUT]

May 5–The Learned Owl in Hudson OH

May 7–Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati OH

May 10–The Book Stall in Winnetka IL  [Benefit for the Womens Exchange of Winnetka – SOLD OUT]

May 11–Baker & Taylor booth at Book Expo America in Chicago IL

May 15–Main Street Books in St. Charles MO

May 18–Rainy Day Books in Kansas City MO

May 21–The Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver CO

May 24–The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City UT

May 27–Rakestraw Books in Danville CA

May 2–Coalesce Books in Morro Bay CA  [Benefit for the Women’s Shelter of San Luis  Obispo CA]

June 4–Tecolote Bookshop in Montecito CA

June 8–Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena CA

June 1–Peregrine Books in Prescott AZ  [Benefit for The Prescott Public Library]

June 18—BookPeople in Austin TX

June 19–The British Emporium in Dallas/Grapevine TX

June 22–The Booksellers at Laurelwood in Memphis TN

June 25–FoxTale Book Shoppe in Atlanta/Woodstock GA

June 27–Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville NC

June 30—Bookends in Ridgewood NJ

July 2–Titcomb’s Bookshop in East Sandwich MA



For additional information or sales inquiries, contact:

Joseph Hall at (805)474-8767 or (805)704-6767

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