On Friday, June 6, an enthusiastic group of CCWC members and supporters met at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis for the latest in our Breakfast with the Authors series of talks and book signings.
The first author to step up to the podium was Christie Palmer Lowrance, who discussed the research and writing of her book Nature’s Ambassador: The Life and Legacy of Thornton W. Burgess, an engaging and lavishly illustrated biography of the beloved children’s author, ardent conservationist, and long-time Cape resident. During the Question and Answer session, it came out that Christie now lives in the house in Sandwich where Burgess was born!
Next up was Chip Bishop, who is always a hit with CCWC’s members. Chip’s latest book is Quentin and Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War. As part of his research, Chip was able to read many of the letters written between Teddy Roosevelt’s youngest son and his secret fiancé, Flora Vanderbilt. He told a touching story for D-Day about visiting the American cemetery in Normandy, where he stood at the side-by-side graves of Quentin (who died in WW I) and his brother Theodore, Jr. (who died in WW II).
Our final author of the day, Susan Santangelo, gave an entertaining and funny presentation about her Baby Boomer Mystery series, including the latest title, Class Reunions Can Be Murder. (Funerals Can Be Murder is coming in October.) In addition to a delicious mystery, each book also contains mouth-watering recipes for the food that makes an appearance in the story. Susan had the audience laughing when she told a story about how classmates from her high school claimed (wrongly!) to “know” who characters in the latest book are based on.
A book signing followed the three presentations, and the assembled guests had a wonderful time chatting with the three authors. Said one attendee: “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world! I came with three other people…and, we all said it was the best experience we have had…books and subjects so interesting, and authors quite entertaining and helpful.”