Cape Cod Writers Center

November Member News Roundup

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

Hugh Blair-Smith ( has just turned pro, writing-wise, at 78. His paper presented at the 2012 Digital Avionics Systems Conference, an imaginative look at how air travel might be different a century from now, was awarded a handsome trophy and stipend for Best Paper in Conference.

Kate Conway (K.R. Conway) will be signing copies of her new YA novel, Undertow, at Barnes and Noble in the Cape Cod Mall on Friday, November 22 from 4-6. She will also be at the Cotuit Library on November 16th and Titcomb’s Bookshop in Sandwich on the 24th. For a full calendar of events, classes and news, please check her blog:

Jim Coogan has just published his fourth children’s book. Cecelia the Seal Gets a Meal tells the story of a very smart little harbor seal who found her way into the Sandwich Fish Hatchery in January of 2009. Brightly illustrated, the 32 page book is aimed at children from ages 4-9.  Published by Harvest Home Books, East Dennis, MA. 02641.

Bob Danzig signed an agreement with an LA producer for his “Angel Threads” TV series. Check out his website at

On Saturday, November 9th at 2 PM, yoga & wellness expert, Marsha Therese Danzig will talk about her new book, Fierce Joy; How to Choose Joy No Matter What at the Yarmouth Port Library 297 Main Street Yarmouth Port, MA.

Author Gina Fava has rolled out her debut novel, The Race: A HELL Ranger Thriller, available in eBook and print. She’s signing at Plymouth Public Library on November 18 at 7pm, and readers can visit to learn more.

In addition to being an author, member C.L. Fornari is also a local radio host. As the daily recipient of press releases and pitches, she recently wrote some advice for other writers who are promoting books. Read it here:

Clint Hull’s second novel, Occupying Powers, has been published by BookLocker.Inc and is available on Kindle, Nook, and through book dealers. The novel deals with the final months of World War II and the occupation of Japan.

Two of Diane McDonough’s photographs and her ekphrastic poem, “This is What I Remember,” are in the Cape Pen Women Garden Inspirations exhibit at the Green Briar Nature Center, Sandwich, until November 10, 2013. Her poem “Sailing Under the Waning Harvest Moon” was recently published in the Fall/Winter issue of the online literary journal, The Write Place at the Write Time, and her poem “Furious, Too is currently on exhibit in the National Watermedia Competition at the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Pawtucket, RI.

Steven P. Marini will be talking about and signing his books, Connections and Aberration, at the Barnstable Senior Center on Tuesday, November 12th at 2 P.M. He’ll also do a book talk at the Osterville Library on December 7th at 2 P.M.

Author, lecturer and newspaper columnist Tom O’Connell will shares his new memoir, Upward & Downward Mobility: A Work Memoir (A writer’s zigzag journey) at the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, Tuesday November 12, 2013 at 7 pm.

Books, Etcetera with Tom O’Connell airs on Cape Cod Community Media Center Channel 99 Monday at 10:30pm, Wednesday at 1:00pm, and Saturday at 6:00 pm. The program provides a showcase of Tom’s writings over more than 20 years, including 11 books and his website, with over 200 essays and lectures on such subjects as “Being Irish.”

Desiree Spinner is the Editor in Chief at La Petite Peach. You can see her most recent articles here: Fall Fashion, Fairies in the Woods, Baby CZ, and Sunset Maternity.

Shirley Pieters Vogel’s second inspirational book, Faith, Favorites, Fun, and Fotos was released six weeks ago! Included are eighty beautiful, full-colored “fotos” of Cape Cod.

Joan Walsh and illustrator Anne Barber will publish book 3 in their interactive picture book Memory Maker’s series, entitled Cape Cod Memory Makers Explore the Town of Chatham, which will be featured by Where The Sidewalk Ends in Chatham in 2014. Cape Cod Memory Makers Explore the Town of Falmouth may be purchased at Eight Cousins Books in Falmouth, and Cape Cod Memory Makers Explore the Town of Sandwich may be purchased at Titcomb’s Bookshop in Sandwich.

CCWC Logo Quill onlyCurrent CCWC members are invited to submit their news to the next Member News Roundup, which will be posted on the first Monday in December. To have your news included, please email a one or two sentence announcement to no later than November 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.)