Breakfast with the Authors a Resounding Success

by web editor on June 9, 2014

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 stepchristie 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!

chipNext 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).

susanOur 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.”

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It’s not too late to sign up for our Breakfast with the Authors—tomorrow, June 6, 9:30 AM at the Resort and Conference Center, 35 Scudder Avenue, Hyannis!

We have three great authors lined up to talk about their latest books: Christie Palmer Lowrance (Nature’s Ambassador: The Life and Legacy of Thornton Burgess), Susan Santangelo (Class Reunions Can Be Murder), and Chip Bishop (Quentin and Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War).

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The cost—which includes a continental breakfast, three book talks, Q&A, and a book signing—is just $12 for Cape Cod Writers Center members and $15 for non-members. Reservations are recommended: 508-420-0200 or writers@capecodwriterscenter.org.

In celebration of the imminent arrival of summer, a dozen Cape Cod Writers Center authors participated in the Town of Barnstable’s Artist Shanties program during the weekend of May 30 – June 1 to sell books to tourists exploring Hyannis Harbor.

 

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While the weather remained cool, CCWC participants enjoyed the opportunity to chat with tourists speak about their writing.

Here are some of their comments:

I would absolutely do it again next year as it was a fun, beautiful environment and a great outlet for making connections.  –Yvonne deSousa

I love the experience but… next year I  hope the CCWC will sign for a time later—in July or August when the traffic might be better, and sales would reflect that! –Shirley Vogel

I LOVED it. I’d do it again next weekend if I could. It’s so “Capey…..” I felt much a part of something bigger; a contributor. Yes, I only sold two books, but those two buyers connected not only with me but with the Cape, the CCWG, their memories of Hyannis, and the Shanties. Who could be blessed with more than that? –Jeannie Coco

In my opinion it was worth it, even on Friday when I did not have a sale. Of course Saturday was better…I sold 6 books! The weekend was filled with experience, exposure, and connections with the people that walked by. I would definitely do it next year. The writers center provides so many learning opportunities and general support for the writer. Thank you. –Barbara Struna

The Nantucket Book Festival returns for 2014!

by web editor on June 4, 2014

nbf logoThe Nantucket Book Festival is becoming the destination for book lovers in the summer, returning June 20-22, 2014 with a full weekend of free author readings and social events featuring a stellar list of authors.

Featured authors include Alice Hoffman, Daniel Menaker, Kevin Powers, Ben Bradlee, Jr., Jodi Picoult, Ben Mezrich, and more—all literary genres represented.  Events are within easy walking distance of the ferry, and Saturday will feature 44 local authors in the Exhibit Tent next to the Nantucket Atheneum signing and selling their books. For more information, visit www.nantucketbookfestival.org.

News from WNBA Boston

by web editor on June 4, 2014

wnba logoTake a look at these announcements and upcoming events from our friends at the Boston chapter of the Women’s National Book Association:

 

  • Last month we sent four of our member-authors to the Massachusetts Librarians Association Conference to discuss ways to connect writers with reading groups. Nearly seventy librarians heard our representatives discuss their books and how to best facilitate the author-book club connection. If you have a book out and would like to be on our list of authors available to meet or Skype with book groups, please contact Anne Ipsen: www.anneipsen.com/index.php?option=com_facileforms&Itemid=16 or www.facebook.com/Ipsen.books
  • Wednesday June 4th, 6:30pm we hope to see you at our final bash before the summer holiday: The Annual Open Meeting and Celebration of Summer Reading will be held at Newtonville Books in Newton Center, right near the Green Line T stop. Come let us know what you’ve been reading and writing–and hear about great new books from the Newtonville staff.  We’ll also be voting in our new Board members and presenting the inaugural Dorothy O’Connor Award to author Grace Talusan. Free and open to the public, with delicious food donated by Whole Foods–so bring a friend! www.facebook.com/events/276708909165793
  • Saturday June 14th the members-only Reading Group will meet to discuss The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro. For more information please contact Cynthia Biron at WNBAreads@gmail.com.
  • Saturday June 28th, 11a.m. please join us for A Conversation with Literary Agent Ann Collette. Co-sponsored by the National Writers Union, this event is free, open to the public, and will take place at the Coolidge Branch Library, 31 Pleasant St. Coolidge Corner, Brookline, convenient to the Green Line T stop: www.facebook.com/events/612622535487195/

Also this month, we’re delighted to be sending members Nancy Rubin Stuart and Jessica Keener to represent us at the annual WNBA National Meeting. To participate on a national level, consider volunteering for our chapter and taking advantage of travel perks such as this one; our current Treasurer is overdue to be replaced and will gladly show the ropes to a new volunteer–and those who prefer job-sharing are welcome. Participation on the board is fun and rewarding! Contact WNBAboston@gmail.com

For more up-to-the-minute WNBA/Boston news, please visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/686026201409180. You can also follow us on Twitter and direct message our @WNBABoston account to publicize your articles, announcements, activities, and accomplishments!

Wishing you a relaxing and productive summer,

Daphne and Jenny, Co-Presidents

wnbaboston@gmail.com         www.wnbaboston.org

south chatham writers workshopCCWC member Maxim Shrayer—Boston College professor and author of more than ten books of nonfiction, biography and criticism, fiction, translations, and poetry—is happy to report that his new initiative, the South Chatham Writers’ Workshop, offers fellowships to local authors.

The application deadline for the South Chatham Writers’ Workshop is 15 June 2014. If you’re interested in applying for the July 14-18 or July 21-25 sessions, please email Maxim D. Shrayer, Artistic Director, maximdshrayer@gmail.com.

Among Shrayer’s works are Waiting for America: A Story of Emigration and Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story, as well as the story collection Yom Kippur in Amsterdam .

Member news Roundup for June

by web editor on June 2, 2014

CCWC members are a productive bunch. Here’s a roundup of our members’ latest writing news:

One of Gustaf Berger’s short stories was recently accepted for publication in Taj Mahal Journal from India. This will be his second published story.

Jeannie Coco will be signing her novel, Rocks Through My Window, at Books By The Sea in Osterville on Saturday, June 21 from 2:00-4:00. She is also pleased to announce that she will be the guest speaker at the Willowbend Country Club on Tuesday, June 24 at 4:00.

Rick Cochran has completed his 17th short story memoir.  The stories are being published in the Wellfleetian Wick Local News blog.  When the series is completed it will be compiled into a book, The Last Principal of Wellfleet High—A Cape Cod Memoir.

Linda Conti, co-author of The Billy Best Story: Beating Cancer with Alternative Medicine, is very proud to announce that the book has been picked up by German publisher, Jim Humble Verlag. The translated version is available on Kindle and in hardcover.

K.R. Conway will be signing her YA novel Undertow on June 7th from 6-9pm at the famed Four Seas Ice Cream shop in Centerville. Grab a scoop and book! The novel is now on the Sandwich High School summer reading list.

Marsha Therese Danzig, author of Fierce Joy, will be giving a talk entitled “The Other Side of Trauma” on Wednesday, June 25, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Centerville Library. www.FierceJoy.net. Here is a link to an interview about Fierce Joy that just got replayed from PWR radio:
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Marie S. David author of Sacred Heart Songs will be speaking at West Dennis Library on Friday, June 27 at 2:00pm about the healing power of Reiki upon chronic pain and fatigue.

Barbara Gleason recently won a Silver Mom’s Choice Award for her latest book, animal esCAPEs. For more information, please visit her website at:  www.myhometownbooks.com.

Diane Hester’s debut thriller, Run to Me, has been short-listed in the Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in mystery/suspense. For details of Diane’s summer author events visit her website at: www.dianehester.com.

Evan Howard’s new inspirational romantic thriller, Take Back the Morning, was published in April. The book is garnering 5-star reviews on Amazon.com and has made the Top 100 in several categories. www.evanhowardauthor.com.

On June 14th, Arlene Kay and Kevin Symmons will join author Lane Stone at Molon Lave Winery in Virginia horse country for an evening of murder, mystery & merlot. On June 17th, Virginia Young, Kevin Symmons and Arlene Kay will lead an evening of literary fun at the Abington Ale House.

Christina Laurie, author of the photographic alphabet book C is for Cape Cod, will be signing her enjoyable and educational books during the month of June in Dennis, Sandwich, Falmouth, Osterville, and Mashpee. For dates and details, visit: http://christinacapewriter.com/bio/speaking.

Debra Lawless will be signing copies of her new book Provincetown Since World War II: Carnival at Land’s End, at Booksmith/Musicsmith, 9 West Road, Orleans, on Sat., June 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. and at Where the Sidewalk Ends Books, 432 Main St., Chatham, on Sat., July 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.

MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis was voted the May book of the month by the website MSstation.org. Hear author/member Yvonne deSousa talk about MS Madness! on June 17th at 6PM at Snow Library in Orleans.

Diane McDonough’s poem Lost in Thought” has been chosen to be on exhibit in the Wickford Art Association’s Poetry & Art Show, July 25- August 17, 2014, Wickford, Rhode Island.

National League of American Pen Women, Cape Cod Branch, will be hosting a “Vanity Fair Night.” Have your picture taken and learn how and why to use it on social media. Held at Miller White Fine Arts Gallery, 708 RT. 134 S. Dennis, Thursday, June 26, 4:30 to 7:30. Email NLAPWCapeCod@gmail.com to RSVP.

Judith Partelow (judithpartelow@gmail.com) has created a first chapbook of her poetry entitled, A Woman’s Heart, available at her website: http://judithpartelow.com/. The Provincetown Public Press will publish an iBook of her manuscript, Until Now, later in 2014 and is presently spotlighting her poetry in their on-line magazine, Sustenance.

Velia Pola’s family memoir A Bridge Between: Northern Italy Come Hell or High Water was recently awarded the 2014 Senior Living People’s Choice Award for best book on aging and caregiving.

Kathy Salzberg will have two books published in September by Barkleigh Productions of Mechanicsburg, PA . Entitled Confessions of a Mad Groomer and Love Bites and Tail Twitches—More Musings from a Mad Groomer, both are collections of her previously published, award-winning humor columns written for a pet industry publication.

Susan Santangelo has signed a contract with Suspense Publishing for her fifth Baby Boomer Mystery, Funerals Can Be Murder. The book will be released October 7.

Ray Schumack recently re-published his book, News Dispatches from the Korean War, with Create Space.

Maxim D. Shrayer has edited and co-translated Dinner with Stalin and Other Stories, a new collection of short stories by his father, the Russian-American writer David Shrayer-Petrov. The father-and-son team are launching the book in Boston at the Brookline Booksmith on 16 June 2014. For more information, visit www.shrayer.com.

Robin Smith-Johnson’s poem, “Sky Meets Water,” has come out in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of The Aurorean.

Barbara E. Struna’s historical fiction, The Old Cape House, is now available on the shelves in the stores at these B&N locations: Middleton, RI; Warwick, RI; Smithfield, RI; Portsmouth/Newington, NH; Manchester, NH; Holyoke, MA; Hadley, MA; and Hyannis, MA.

A series of extremely short short stories by Bob Surrette will be included in a forthcoming anthology to be published by the Rising Tide Writers of Cape Cod.

Virginia Young’s Nocturnal, a young adult novel, is now available through Double Dragon Publishing in ebook or paperback. It is the story of a teen girl who sleep-walks and finds mystery and a deep friendship with a Barred Owl.

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 writers@capecodwriterscenter.org 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.)

The Cape Cod Writers Center’s Writers Night Out on Wednesday, May 21 at Uno’s Chicago Grille in Hyannis was an event to remember.

First, Charles Coe, distinguished poet and program officer of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, met with members of the CCWC, then stayed for the evening’s presentation. With thanks to the Massachusetts Cultural Council for their annual grant which enables the CCWC to provide programs like Writers Night Out.

photoIs Writer’s Block s’ a myth or a malady? Four CCWC authors debated the issue and shared their experiences with the 30 member audience. Moderated by Executive Director Nancy Rubin Stuart, the panel included CCWC’s business/marketing manager Janet Gardner, members Dwight Ritter, Eva Shegulla, and Arlene Kay.

Unanimously, the four authors concluded that the creative affliction known as writer’s block is not only a myth but one often used as an excuse to avoid writing.

After their presentations, the discussion was opened to the membership for a q & a session.

Now there’s no excuse…back to our desks!

 

Join us for Breakfast with the Authors

by web editor on May 23, 2014

breakfastCCWC is pleased to present our next
Breakfast with the Authors
Friday, June 6, 2014, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
at the Resort and Conference Center
35 Scudder Ave., Hyannis.

The $15 cost of this event ($12 for Cape Cod Writers Center members) includes a continental breakfast, book talks by three authors, Q and A, and a book signing.

 

nature's ambassadorThoroughly researched, beautifully written, and rich with historical illustrations, Nature’s Ambassador: The Life and Legacy of Thornton Burgess by Christie Palmer Lowrance is an enchanting overview of the life and writing of the children’s author and ardent conservationist. A long-time resident of Sandwich on Cape Cod, Burgess entertained generations of children with his stories and illustrations of animals and the natural world in which they lived. But he was also far ahead of his time, understanding the fragility and beauty of our planet decades before the modern environmental movement made his ideas mainstream.

class reunionsIt’s the night before Carol Andrews’s fortieth high school reunion at Mount Saint Francis Academy, and preparations for the big party are going well…until the dead body of a classmate is discovered in Carol’s hotel room. The title of Susan Santangelo’s latest novel says it all: Class Reunions Can Be Murder. Midwest Book Review calls the novel, “an especially well-crafted and entertaining mystery that plays fair with the reader every step of the way.” This is the fourth in Santangello’s Baby Boomer Mystery Series.

CB_Q&F Cvr v8.inddNew York Times bestselling author Chip Bishop’s latest book is Quentin and Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War, the charismatic true story of Quentin Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest son, and his secret fiancée, Flora Payne Whitney. Told in rich and absorbing detail by an expert storyteller, it is a moving tale of courage, heroism and young love, set against the backdrop of Theodore Roosevelt’s lofty expectations for his sons and his own tragic demise.

Reserve your space at Breakfast with the Authors by e-mailing writers@capecodwriterscenter.org or calling 508-420-0200.

Eleven talented writing students from the public schools of Cape Cod participated in the Cape Cod Writers Center’s Tomorrow’s Writers Today program on Saturday, May 17th at the Barnstable Intermediate School.

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James Kershner, a former editor at the Cape Cod Times and a professor at the Cape Cod Community College, instructed the students on writing nonfiction. Candy Hammond, a journalist and novelist, tuaght the students about the rudiments and challeges of writing fiction.

Here’s a  sampling of student comments about the day’s program:

“I liked that all the activities were hands on. I had a chance to share and improve my writing with others who shared my same passion. I loved it!”

“I learned new ways to write. The teachers were very kind.”

“I really loved both of my teachers. James made me like writing nonfiction when I usually only liked fiction. He inspired me with his outside walks and rustic videos.”

“I liked the diversity of what we learned. The instructors covered everything I needed and wanted to know about both fiction and nonfiction.”

“I liked the freedom it gave for creativity.”

“They taught me how to be a better writer.”

“Everything was great ! I liked meeting kids like me who like to write. I liked learning how to be better in creative nonfiction and nonfiction.”

This tuition-free program was funded through a  grant from Sovereign (now Santander) Bank.

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