Topics: Local authors

CHATHAM — Two of Chatham’s long-time summer residents will sign their new books, an allergy-free cookbook and a young adult novel, this week. At the age of 14, Catherine Walker has published a cookbook, “Cook It Up: Delicious Recipes for Healthy Cooking” (Bookbaby, 2018) made up of about 75 recipes that she wrote. Walker, who lives in Hudson, Ohio, also cooked the food, plated it, staged it and photograph...

CHATHAM – The Cape Cod Chronicle gained its first comic strip in 1977 when local author/illustrator Rosemary de Ganahl published The Gullibles, a single-panel cartoon following a group of seagulls than ran for nearly 25 years. In the late '80s, Chronicle editor Tim Wood wrote a strip called “Woodchucks” illustrated by then-production manager Chuck Stanko that ran for a short time, but after the Gullibles ended...

An apparent shark attack death. A conspiracy to steal oysters from a shellfish grant. A movie being filmed about a Cape Cod legend that's beset by a multitude of problems. An international war criminal's thugs threatening a reporter. A land speculation scam. Sounds like a perfect summer read. “Shark Bait” by Paul Kemprecos has all this and more. In his eighth mystery featuring retired Boston-cop-turned-charter...

Photographer Christopher Seufert of Chatham says he considers the drone he uses to photograph the beautiful landscapes of Cape Cod to function like a very tall ladder or flexible tripod. Seufert has just released his seventh book of photographs, “Cape Cod and the Islands: A Drone’s Eye View” (Schiffer Publishing, 2018). Thumb through the book and what will strike you immediately are the gorgeous greens and blu...

CHATHAM – The town is certainly blessed with more than its share of literary luminaries, from New York Times best-selling authors to award-winning children's book illustrators. Three local authors will give readers some insight into the creative process in a series of talks this month as part of the Eldredge Public Library's Learning Series. Children's book writer/illustrator and New Yorker cover artist Bob St...

'Wolf Hollow' Premieres At Cape Cod Theatre Company/HJT

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Courage, friendship and standing up to intimidation are the powerful themes in “Wolf Hollow,” a haunting tale of a young girl, a bully and a veteran which will premiere on Friday, April 13 at The Cape Cod Theatre Comapany/Harwich Junior Theatre ( CCTC/HJT) . “Wolf Hollow” is truly a local production in every sense of the word, adapted for the stage by local playwright Susan Kosoff from the Newber...

Lisa Genova of Chatham hopes her new novel, “Every Note Played,” about a concert pianist who has recently been diagnosed with ALS, will help people empathize with those suffering from the disease. “ Story is such a powerful vehicle for empathy,” Genova said in an email interview last week. ALS is short for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and is sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s Disease after the famous New Yor...

Wilderness Sarchild Takes A Poetic Approach To Aging

By: Debra Lawless

Wilderness Sarchild, who will turn 70 in a few days, has found her own way of coping with aging: Embarking on a new career as a poet and a playwright. Her book “Old Women Talking” (Passager Books, 2017) begins with the words of an anonymous poet who writes that she doesn’t want people to think of her as “a sweet old lady.” Rather, she wants them to think “What’s she up to now?” The same can be said for Sarchil...

In First Novel, Graham-Pye Finds Magic In Everyday Life

By: Debra Lawless

Susanna Graham-Pye, a learning specialist at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Harwich who also teaches creative writing, has just published her debut novel, “There Is A Season” (Hound Hill Press, 2017). “I believe there is magic in the natural world if we pay attention, and that it is a part of our stories,” Graham-Pye said in an email interview last week. “I like to think there are glimpses of that m...

Tide Comes In Again For 'Riptide' And Its Author

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Dogs love the beach, and no dog ever loved Nauset Beach more than Riptide Windjammer. The golden retriever, who lived with the Fancy family, passed away almost 40 years ago. But his legend lives on in “Riptide,” a book by Orleans author Frances Ward Weller. First out in 1990, it's back in a new edition courtesy of publisher David R. Godine. Fran and Frank Weller were seasonal visitors in Orleans...

'A Year By The Sea' Makes Its Local Debut

By: Debra Lawless

“Year by the Sea,” the long-anticipated film of Harwich resident Joan Anderson’s bestselling memoir, will open at the Chatham Orpheum Theater this Friday, May 26, with meet-and-greet reception, book signing and a Q&A with the author after the film. “I smile a lot,” Anderson said during a telephone interview last week. “It all came together beautifully in the end.” The film, shot in just 22 days in Chath...

Photographer Kim Roderiques of Chatham teamed up with a writer and an illustrator to create a children’s book with a message: You’re never too young to give back. The beautifully illustrated book “Max and Charlie Help a Hero” tells the story of a young Chatham boy, who with his newly-adopted dog, raises money to buy a wounded veteran on Nantucket a service dog. A portion of the proceeds of the book, which is f...

SOUTH CHATHAM – Author Anne D. LeClaire's first novel in 11 years begins with a line that any writer would be happy to call their own: “Every day is ordinary. Until it isn't.” It's such a good line that fellow Chatham author Bernard Cornwell asked LeClaire if he could use it. At first, she declined. But when Cornwell suggested they both dedicate the book that the line appears in to each other, she relented....

Newbery Honor Book Author To Speak At Eldredge Library

By: Debra Lawless

Here’s the thing about “Wolf Hollow,” the new novel by Lauren Wolk of Centerville: the story is so compelling that when you finish it, you’ll be thrilled to know that another novel by Wolk will soon be released. “Beyond the Bright Sea,” set in the Elizabeth Islands off Falmouth, is due out in May. “Wolf Hollow” is for ages 10 and up and was named a 2017 Newbery Honor Book and won the New England Book Award....

In Daniel Handler's view, stories with happy endings are just no fun. A prime example is the series of novels Handler wrote under the pen name Lemony Snicket. In “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” bad things happen to three orphans over and over and over again. “It's hard for me to think of a story that doesn't have a threat involved,” Handler, a Chatham summer resident, said last week in a telephone intervi...

Chatham Author Recounts The Devastation Of AIDS

By: Debra Lawless

Thirty-five years have passed since 1981, the year we all first heard of a terrible new disease: AIDS. Today, books and memoirs are being written about the early dark days of the epidemic before advances in drugs changed a diagnosis from a sure death sentence to a controllable condition. “When people write about gay history they write about Stonewall or gay marriage,” says Michael H. Ward of Chatham, author...