Member News

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Author and playwright Michael Solomowitz‘s debut novel, BEHIND THE FOURTH WALL, won 2nd place for literary excellence in the General Fiction category, 2022 PenCraft Book Awards.

Heroines, Rescuers, Rabbis, Spies: Unsung Women of the Holocaust by member Sarah Silberstein Swartz has just been published. This is a YA book published by Second Story Press which has received a starred review by Kirkus. It narrates the true stories of nine ordinary young women who took extraordinary measures to save lives during the Holocaust.

The original Cape Cod Critters book by Lorri Devlin has sold over 15,000 copies and is a bookstore favorite here on Cape Cod. Now, it’s part of a series. MORE Cape Cod Critters, published this summer, gives kids a close up look into the lives of turtles, butterflies, Snowy owls, Minke whales and more. Top local sellers: Kid & Kaboodle in Orleans, and Titcomb’s Bookshop in Sandwich.

Cape Cod Writer member, Ray Anderson, is happy to announce that his first Sci-Fi novel, LIFT, has been accepted by Turner Publishing and will release next year. Anderson says, “This one was a long time coming” and that “perseverance paid off.”

Kathleen Teahan, former Massachusetts legislator (1997-2007), has recently published a political memoir, For the People, Against the Tide. Through stories of her personal experiences, Teahan pulls back the curtain on aspects of law-making and gaining a voice in governing. She hopes this book will inspire others, especially women, to become more involved in politics and bring our democracy closer to its ideals.

Susan Santangelo, Cape Cod Author of  “Mistletoe Can Be Murder,” Book 10 in the humorous Baby Boomer Mystery Series will be released by Suspense Publishing on June 21.

Ted Dieffenbacher and co-author, Bernadette Colicchio Dawson have published, Lake Effect: Coming of Age in Ashtabula County.  The two largest ethnic communities in Ashtabula, Ohio are Finns (Ted) and Italians (co-author Bernadette) and much of their writing reflects those sub-cultures. A third character, however, is Ashtabula itself, a blue-collar town of 20,000 that often handled more Great Lakes coal and iron ore than Cleveland, Chicago, or Buffalo. 

CCWC Executive Director, Nancy Rubin Stuart, is proud to announce her latest historical biography, POOR RICHARD’S WOMEN; Deborah Read Franklin and the Other Women Behind the Founding Father  A vivid portrait of the women who loved, nurtured, and defended America’s famous scientist and founding father. The book reveals a very different Franklin than the founding father described in history books.

After eight years of mind-stretching writing, the memoir Love Never Leaves’ by Deborah Huse Blanchard is finally published. When racism destroys her family, a mother vows to find her sons.

Diane Finney is thrilled to announce that her mystery play titled ’38 Minutes’ is a semi-finalist in the 2022 Stage It! 10-Minute Play Festival.  Diane’s play is a suspenseful tale about what Hawaiians experienced and feared would happen during the 38 minutes they expected an incoming missile to descend on them.

USA Bestselling author Pamela Kelley’s THE BEACHSIDE BOOKSHOP, has been sold to Alexandra Sehulster at Griffin at auction, in a three-book deal, for publication in spring/summer 2023 by Christina Hogrebe at Jane Rotrosen Agency.

Mary Beth Hines’s debut poetry collection, Winter at a Summer House, was published by Kelsay Books in November 2021 and is currently their best-seller. It has received many excellent reviews, including one from Kirkus which you can read here. To learn more, contact Mary Beth at or visit

Roger Smith is pleased to announce that Book 1 of Rian Krieger’s Journey: The Conductor will be published by Sunbury Press in 2022. Philadelphia, 1835: 11-year-old Rian Krieger demonstrates unfeminine aptitudes in her father’s factories. She is swept into the city’s racial and economic turmoil when mentors introduce her to the Underground Railroad, the seamy world of fire brigades, and the abolition movement.

Karl Trautman’s  Sweet Dreams Are Made of This, the second book of the Manfred Schmidt series, has been published in paperback. It follows the protagonist as he returns to New Hampshire and throws himself back into college, travels out west, enters manhood fitfully and rekindles his romance with the Democratic Party.

Ralph Sawyer’s latest nonfiction work on early Chinese history, Lust and Assassination in Early China, was just published.

Debi  Graham-Leard is pleased to share that her 5th story, titled The Life She Left Behind  is making it’s way through the final publishing processes at Riverhaven Books. The story should be available on before Christmas. Not an addition to the Gwen Andrews Mysteries, this standalone is a contemporary novel.

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