Tim Ehrenberg has been named the new president of the Nantucket Book Foundation.
The Nantucket Book Foundation "celebrates the transformative power of words" by hosting the Nantucket Book Festival each June, working with students in Nantucket schools through its Visiting Author Program and Young Writer Awards, and connecting readers and writers on Nantucket and beyond. Ehrenberg will lead the organization beginning this month.
“Tim brings a constellation of talent to our organization; his passion and dedication to our mission of enlarging the world through the power of words makes him the right choice as we move forward," said co-founder and outgoing president Mary Haft. "Lucky us, is how I always feel.”
Ehrenberg is the creator of Tim Talks Books, a popular Instagram account and website where he recommends and features his favorite books and talks with his favorite authors. He is also the co-host of the new literary podcast Books, Beach, & Beyond, along with #1 New York Times best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand and produced by N Magazine. Season 1 has featured conversations with Ann Patchett, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Kristin Hannah, Jodi Picoult, Jenna Bush Hager, Maggie O’Farrell, Colleen Hoover, Fredrik Backman, and many more. At its peak, the podcast was ranked #2 in Apple Podcasts: Books Category and #4 in Apple Podcasts: Arts Category.
Ehrenberg is also the marketing and events director for Nantucket Book Partners, Nantucket's two island independent bookstores, Mitchell's Book Corner and Nantucket Bookworks. He is also in charge of marketing and PR for the Nantucket Book Foundation and Festival. He has been involved with the organization since 2013 and a board member since 2018. Ehrenberg writes a monthly column and is the resident bookworm for N Magazine and "Tim Talks Books" has been featured on Oprah's Book Club, including a special event with Oprah herself, The Today Show's Read with Jenna, CBS this Morning, Publisher's Weekly, and several other news sources and publications.
Originally from Wisconsin, Ehrenberg has been an avid reader and lover of all things books before he could even talk. Before he came to Nantucket in 2013, Tim was a song and dance man, traveling the world, most notably on a USO tour to Baghdad, Iraq in 2010.
“Connection is my favorite word when applied to the joy of reading,” Ehrenberg said. “There are several connections a person makes when they open a book. There is the one between the reader and writer, the reader and characters in the story, and two readers who adore and want to discuss the same book. I love connecting people with their next favorite read or introducing them to a new author. The Nantucket Book Foundation is in an exciting chapter of its story and I only hope to further our mission in new and exciting ways for all readers on Nantucket, from our youngest bookworms to our seasoned bibliophiles. We have such a new and activated energy behind us and I can’t wait to see how the Nantucket Book Foundation grows and reaches new readers on Nantucket and beyond.”