Member News Roundup for May

by web editor on May 5, 2014

Here’s a roundup of our members’ latest writing news:

Bill Burbank has published his second book and has begun distribution of Reflections from the Cape Cod Canal. The book will soon be available in area bookshops, and Bill will have a book signing at Titcomb’s Bookshop in Sandwich on May 17 from 2-3 PM.

Anita Ann Caruso has two author events coming up in May: Tuesday, May 20th at Chase Library, Rt.28, West Harwich, Ma. at 2PM and Wednesday May 28th at Brewster Library, Rt 6A, Brewster, Ma. at 2PM to talk about her memoir: “As Ever, Pudd”- A Love Story That Never Ends Told in Letters.

Jeannie Coco is happy to announce her novel Rocks Through My Window is now available at 3 local stores: Titcomb’s Bookshop, Books by the Sea, and West Winds Bookshop. She will be featured on the Books And The World television program and will make local appearances May 13 at the Brewster Ladies Library and May 15 at the Canton Public Library. For more info visit

Author/Journalist K.R. Conway taught a wild, 3-day Fiction Craft class to 80 Sturgis West students and has been invited back in the fall to roll her class into the award-winning high school’s curriculum. Her debut novel, Undertow, was awarded a coveted spot on Sandwich High School’s summer reading list. She will be teaching story boarding at Marstons Mills library on May 18th (please register as spots fill quickly). She blogs at

Marie S. David, author of Sacred Heart Songs, will be hosting a Labyrinth Meditation Walk on Sunday, May 18 at 1;00pm,  at Evensong Retreat & Spirituality Center, 326 Lower County Rd, Harwichport. Marie will introduce the walk with the experience of releasing stress to make room for balance and peace. More info at or 508-737-2883.

Gina Fava announces the upcoming publication date of May 21 for her new novel, The Sculptor, about Mara Silvestri, an American graduate student stalked by Rome’s most notorious serial killer, The Sculptor. She must uncover the family secrets that draw him to her before he claims her as his most prized masterpiece in his collection.

Jan Krause Greene will be the featured storyteller at Zen Mothra in Hopkinton, MA on May 30th. On June 14th, she will participate in a panel discussion “From Inspiration to Publication” at Burgundy Books in Westbrook, CT.

Debra Lawless is the author of Provincetown: A History of Artists and Renegades in a Fishing Village. The sequel, Provincetown Since World War II: Carnival at Land’s End, has just been released from The History Press and is now available in local bookstores and online.

Christine Lajewski has been posting a blog on her web site. An excerpt from her novel Jhator is available under “Conversation with a Doe” at

David Litwack’s second novel, Along the Watchtower, has won the 2014 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Literary Fiction. Find out more about David and his work at his website:

Steven P. Marini will be talking about his current award-winning novel, Aberration, and his newest mystery, Calculation, on May 10th at the Yarmouthport Library or Rte. 6A. Calculation is the third book in the Detective Jack Contino crime stories, Like Aberration, it is set on Cape Cod in the 1970s.

Diane McDonough’s poem, “After Reading Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard,” has been published in the Spring 2014 issue of The Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poetry.

Olivia O’Neill has just completed her (as yet unpublished) first novel with the second well on its way. She is in the process of finding a literary agent to represent her work.

Robert M. Reece, MD, along with co-editors Rochelle F. Hanson, PhD and John Sargent MD, have published a second edition of their textbook, Treatment of Child Abuse: Common Ground for Mental Health, Medical and Legal Practitioners, with the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Nan Rossiter’s new novel, Under a Summer Sky, is now available: It’s set on the Cape and it’s a lovely summer beach book!

Maxim D. Shrayer is pleased to share that a review of his book I Saw It appeared in Times Literary Supplement: Shrayer will be reading from his new book Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story at the Eldredge Library in Chatham on May 31 at 2PM:

The South Chatham Writers’ Workshop is accepting applications for the July 2014 week-long intensive sessions, to be led by the award-winning author, BC professor and Brookline/Chatham resident Maxim D. Shrayer. For information visit or query

On the following May dates, Alice Plouchard Stelzer can be seen in costume as Mehetable talking about her book, Female Adventurers: 10th, 1-3 p.m., Books by the Sea; 13th, 2 p.m., Barnstable Senior Center; 14th, 7 p.m., Enfield, CT Public Library; 15th, 6:30 p.m., East Hampton, CT Public Library; and on the 16th, at 10 a.m. will present a 2-hour workshop on “Writing Family Histories” at Brewster Ladies Library.

The Falmouth Fiction group announces a reception for Alta Mae Stevens, author of And then what happened? Harold Harris and the Early Development of Aviation. Sunday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m. at Denise Terry’s house: 17 Meadow Lane, Falmouth 02540 (for more info, The book is a biography of Alta Mae’s father who was the first pilot to save his life using a parachute (1922).

Barbara Eppich Struna’s novel, The Old Cape House is now available across the Cape at over 15 independent bookstores and fine shops. For listings visit: It’s also available on the west coast at the famous Small World Books, Venice Beach…one of the locations in her third historical novel. Barbara hopes to see you on May 30, and 31 11–2 at the Hyannis Shanties, where she’ll be selling and signing her book along with fellow authors: Anita Caruso and Yvonne deSousa.

After the WinePress Publishing fiasco in mid-January (Google WinePress for info), when Shirley Pieters Vogel suddenly had no publisher – she is delighted to announce her new publisher, Principia Media where Publishing Director is Dirk Wierenga

Joan Walsh and Anne Sessions Barber have a book signing Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore in Chatham for the book entitled Cape Cod Memory Makers Explore the Town of Chatham.

Ric Wasley’s recent book talk and signing for Candle in the Wind at the South Yarmouth Library was a big success; according to the library director the nearly full-house crowd was larger than usual.

The Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth will feature children’s author Linda E. Williams’s latest work, her memoir, Through The Widow’s Window. The book-launch celebration will take place on Sunday, May 18 from 3-5. All are welcomed.

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 June. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than May 30. 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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