MEMBER NEWS – March/April 2019


Hugh Blair-Smith will give a keynote speech at the April 9 Integrated Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance global conference of aerospace technology engineers. He will discuss the Space Race (1957-1975), the subject of his 2015 historical memoir Left Brains for the Right Stuff: Computers, Space, and History.

Arlene Kay, her article “Dog Shows Are The Perfect Setting For Murder Mysteries” was recently published in CRIMEREADS magazine.

Christina Laurie of West Falmouth recently won a first prize in a contest by Mass. State Poetry Society, Inc called “GranPa.” Here it is – it’s short!


Wind flutters the page

of the old, gold-bound book

in GrandPa’s lap.

Gnarled hands rest as

cherry blossoms fall

onto the page,

while he snores.

David Noonan’s first novel, The Man from Misery, will be released by Five Star Publishing on March 20, 2019. For details, see

Barbara Eppich Struna author of The Old Cape Series, suspenseful historical fiction will participate in a Sisters In Crime NE panel on “The Modern Heroine” at the Mansfield Public Library 255 Hope Street, Mansfield, MA on March 28, – 6:30 p.m. Mystery authors, Leslie Wheeler and Deborah Ducette will join Barbara in a fun and informative evening of mystery and suspense.

Struna’s latest book will be released in mid-April, Family, Friends, and Faith – an inspirational memoir of how one woman made a difference in thousands of lives. This memoir was co-written by Barbara and her sister, Sister Mary Barbara Eppich.


Katrina Valenzuela (Khadija), author of River of Stars, Nights of Jasmine, will be performing “Nile Dreaming, Egyptian Dance” with Troupe Mirage and guest percussionist Fugan Dineen. The performance will be at the Chapel in the Pines, Samoset Rd., Eastham on Saturday, March 30, at 7 pm. Admission is $10 and includes refreshments and door prizes. For details, see