Member News Roundup for March

by web editor on March 3, 2014

March is shaping up to be a busy month for our members. Here’s a roundup of their writing news:

Chip Bishop’s second book, Quentin and Flora – A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War will be published this spring in print and e-book formats. Chip will read and sign April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Barnstable Newcomers Club in the Barnstable Senior Center, April 28 at the East Providence, R.I. Historical Society, and April 29 in Theodore Roosevelt’s hometown of Oyster Bay, N.Y. See

Kyle Chirgwin’s first children’s book, Captain Recovery, My Big Tow, published by TT Publications, is available in several local Cape Cod bookstores, and also online via and also via Amazon. Background information on the characters and the author are available on line at

Rocks Through My Window was recently penned and published by member, Jeannie Coco of Plymouth. The novel focuses on family dysfunction, forgiveness, and hope. Jeannie can be reached at and her website is: All upcoming public engagements are posted on her website calendar page.

Join Marsha Therese Danzig, Yogi , Healer, Fierce Woman Life Coach , Author of Fierce Joy, and funny girl, for an afternoon of tea, talk, inspiration, and healing on Sunday , March 23 from 2-4 pm at The Sanctuary , Mashpee.  In a presentation called ” A Resurrected Life,” she will read from her book, tells her story, answers questions about living well, guide you in finding your joy, and offer a short healing session for one lucky participant.

CCWC Member Yvonne deSousa will be celebrating the release of MS Madness!  A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis with a benefit reading/signing on Thursday March 6th, at 6 PM at the Provincetown Public Library.  The proceeds from book sales at this event will go directly to Helping Our Women, Provincetown.

Recently, Audrey Elisa Kerr, Professor of English at Southern Connecticut State University, has published “Praise of Folly: The Problem of Motherhood” in CrossCurrents  (Spring 2014, forthcoming);  “The Desperately Dark, and the Faithful Fair: The Use and Abuse of Color Indicators in Lee Daniels’s film Precious in The Journal of Colorism Studies (Spring 2014, forthcoming);  and “Matchsticks : A Meditation on Harlem in the Wake of the Trayvon Martin Verdict” in CrossCurrents (Winter  2013).

On March 23, Titcomb’s bookshop in East Sandwich will host a book release party and signing for C is for Cape Cod, a beautiful and playful alphabet book by author Christina Laurie and photographer Steve Heaslip. Find out more at this link.

Debra Lawless’s latest book, Provincetown Since World War II: Carnival at Land’s End, will be released by The History Press on April 22. This is the sequel to Provincetown: A History of Artists and Renegades in a Fishing Village, published in 2011.

The Cape Cod Museum of Art will hold a staged reading of A Leg Up, co-authored by Elizabeth Mangan, Renda Beck Coughlan and Karen McGarr Goershel, on Saturday, March 22 at 3 pm. A Pilates studio on Cape Cod is the setting for this humorous play about women struggling to come to terms with their lives and their bodies.

This spring Quincy writer Thomas Mickey will present a talk based on his new book America’s Romance with the English Garden (Ohio University Press) at the Rhode Island Flower Show, the Boston Flower and Garden Show, and the Portland (ME) Flower Show.

Recently, Emmett Till’s cousin, Rev. Wheeler Parker, who was with Emmett when he was dragged from his Uncle’s house in Mississippi to be murdered, granted Pamela Chatterton-Purdy and David Purdy an interview for a book they are writing, called Icons of the Civil Rights Movement, Connecting the Dots. As well as their own story, it incorporates 23 accounts from people directly involved in the Civil Rights Movement.

New York Times bestselling author Nan Rossiter’s  new novel Under a Summer Sky transports readers back to Cape Cod with a warm, compelling story of family, new beginnings, and finding the courage to love honestly and well. Under a Summer Sky will be available on April 29, 2014. For more information, please visit

Jan Shapin, author of A Snug Life Somewhere and A Desire Path, has just posted information and advice to authors regarding  her current virtual book tour.  Here’s a link to her blog post. And here’s the TLC book tour link.

Maxim D. Shrayer, internationally acclaimed, award-winning author and Boston College professor will teach an intensive one-week nonfiction writing workshop in the village of South Chatham, July 14-18, 2014. Find out more at the South Chatham Writers’ Workshop Facebook page:

In March, Alice Plouchard Stelzer will be on a book tour for Female Adventurers: the Women Who Helped Colonize Massachusetts and Connecticut throughout Western Mass and Connecticut. For a list of Meet Mehetable events go to

Barbara Eppich Struna will give a presentation on the why and how of her historical novel The Old Cape House at the Brewster Ladies Library on March 4 at 7pm. On March 10 at the Jacob Sears Memorial Library, she will also give a short talk about her novel at 7pm. for ABITH. Looking forward to an interview at Cape Cod Media Center for the CCWC cable TV show Books and the World on March 28, broadcast date to be announced.

Saturday, March 15th, Kevin Symmons will be teaching Tomorrow’s Writers Today with Nancy Rubin Stuart at the Barnstable Intermediate School from 8:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, March 17th, Kevin will be a guest lecturer for two AP Creative Writing Classes at Pope John II High School in Hyannis, and Thursday, March 20th, he will be the guest speaker at the Falmouth Historical Society at 55 Palmer Ave in Falmouth. He will discussing his novels and the state of publishing.

Joan Walsh and Anne Session Barber will launch book 3 of their Cape Cod Memory Makers series, entitled Cape Cod Memory Makers Explores the Town of Chatham, on or before April 15, 2014.

CCWC Logo Quill onlyCurrent CCWC members are invited to submit their news to the next Member News Roundup, which will be posted to our blog and Facebook page on the first Monday in April. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than March 28. Write “Member News” in the subject line, and be sure the announcement includes your name exactly as you would like it to appear. We do not have room for longer articles or reviews, but you may include an email or website link so readers may contact you or find further information. If you have multiple events, signings, etc. coming up, the best way to publicize these is with a link to a calendar on your own blog or website. (Please note that we reserve the right to edit any announcement for length or for potentially offensive or controversial content.)

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