Our high-achieving members continue to inspire! Check out the latest below:
Hugh Blair-Smith reports that sales of Left Brains for the Right Stuff have definitely passed the 100 mark since publication in November, even after deducting copies sent free to family and potential reviewers. The good notice in the Cape Cod Times book page (Sunday, April 17) is starting to take effect.
Rick Cochran’s book, Wellfleet Tales, was one of two books selected for a Barnstable Patriot article on Cape Cod memoirs. Rick is finishing his second book, Wellfleet Tales II: Confessions of a Wash-Ashore, and plans to have it ready for a book signing at Books-by-the-Sea in Osterville on Friday, June 17th.
On Monday evening, May 9 @7 pm, Debi Graham-Leard will share the ins and outs of writing her debut mystery The Uninvited Guest during Elizabeth Moison’s monthly program ‘A Book in the Hand’ at the Jacob Sears Memorial Library, 23 Center Street, East Dennis, MA.
The Cape Cod Branch, National League of American Pen Women, headed by Christina Laurie, has completed the decision for its 2016 haiku contest. Nearly 20 people submitted over 150 haiku, enabling the Branch to send scholarships for two young people to attend this summer’s CCWC Young Writer’s Workshop.
Antoinette Libro’s new poetry chapbook, The Carpenter’s Lament in Winter, was published by Finishing Line Press in February, 2016, and is now available from the Finishing Line Press website or from Amazon.com.
Judith Manchester, known to our members as Judy Bougas, has published her first novel, Sisters of the Stone. For more about the novel, check out on her website: www.judithmanchester.com.
Steven P. Marini will be at the Jacob Sears Memorial Library for A Book in the Hand on Monday, May 9th, seven o’clock, talking about his latest mystery, Schmuel’s Journey. A Holocaust survivor tries to live a quiet life thirty years after Auschwitz. But a stunning revelation from an old friend steers him in a different direction, putting him and people near him in danger.
On 4/30, the Cape Cod Times, Spring Times 2016 Magazine insert, did an article on “Where Writers Write.” Debbie McNaughton was one of five writers interviewed by Mary Ann Bragg. She is a short story and creative nonfiction writer who writes in her spare bedroom closet, behind two louver doors. The space is 5 feet wide and 2 feet deep. The CCT printed a photo and interview.
Dwight Ritter is using a unique style of marketing his new book, Growin’ Up White, by using it as the basis for giving a sermon at a racially diverse church. He is also writing a lesson plan to be used in High School literature classes studying his book.
Maxim D. Shrayer contributed “Memories of Our Lost Soviet Youth” to Tablet Magazine: http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/200954/memories-of-our-lost-soviet-youth. He also published “Last Seder in Moscow” in Jewish Journal: http://www.jewishjournal.com/passover/article/last_seder_in_moscow_1987. The South Chatham Writers’ Workshop is accepting applications for its summer 2016 nonfiction and fiction sessions: http://shrayer.com/scww-index.html.
Serena Lo Piccolo Smith, MD, and Joel Smith, PhD, launched a new website and web app made by writers, for writers, called 272 (tagline: Read. Write. Discover). Build your personal brand and discover new readers by signing up and writing your first 272 at https://discover272.com.
Barbara Eppich Struna has a busy month ahead of her. On May 14 at 2 p.m., she will be part of a mystery author panel with two other Sisters In Crime authors at the Marstons Mills Library –Making the historical mystery compelling for the modern reader. Then on to Eldridge Library in Chatham on May 19 at 2 p.m. to talk about The Old Cape House and finally on May 24 at 5 p.m. Barbara will talk about the legends of Cape Cod at the Osterville Village Library through their historical lecture series. For the future, she has been accepted as a panel member during International Thriller Writers Thrillerfest, held in New York at the Grand Hyatt on July 9. Details at barbarastruna.blogspot.com.
Bob Surrette expects to be published in Prime Time Magazine’s June issue with articles on John Fulone of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod and Dr. Paul Houle, neurosurgeon at Cape Cod Hospital.
Following eight years of writing, Nicole Waybright recently completed her nonfiction work, Long Way Out – A young woman’s journey of self-discovery and how she survived the Navy’s modern cruelty at sea scandal, in which she tells the true story of her coming-of-age struggles while deployed as an officer on a U.S. Navy destroyer. Nicole chronicles the despair and psychological crisis that she experienced when she discovered she was ill-suited – and philosophically opposed – to Navy life. Available on Amazon and ecrater.com.
Current 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 Friday in June. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday, June 2nd. 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.)