Topics: Local authors

Chatham resident Elizabeth Rudnick Hessler recently published a new novel, “Pete's Dragon: The Lost Years,” a kind of prequel to Disney's 2016 remake of “Pete's Dragon,” which will be released in theaters, including the Chatham Orpheum Theater, this Friday. On Saturday, Aug. 13, Hessler will be at the Orpheum at 6 p.m. to sign copies of the new novel. We recently spoke with the author at the Lazy Lobster, whic...

Chatham summer resident Lisa Brown’s captivating “The Airport Book” (Roaring Brook Press, 2016), is a handsome, large format picture book about a family of four that goes on a trip. And the more time you spend with book's beautiful illustrations, the more they give you. One airplane’s pilot is a woman—a great message for very young girls. And then there are mysteries. What’s in the weirdly-shaped package wrapp...

Andrew “Bob” Black spent one year as a student in Chatham in the eighth grade. And back in that 1958/1959 school year, when he studied at the Eldredge Public Library, it would no doubt have been impossible for Black to conceive that about 50 years later he would return to the same library to work on his book “ John Pendleton Kennedy: Early American Novelist, Whig Statesman and Ardent Nationalist.” “While we...

Readers often wonder how novelists find ideas for their tales—for one author, her plot came to her in nature. “I was on a walk on Wellfleet's Great Island, on a path out to where the Smith Tavern once stood,” Judith Manchester of Eastham, author of “Sisters of the Stone,” recalled in an email interview. “I started thinking, ‘imagine the history this path has seen. Imagine the people who have walked it. Imagine...

Bestselling children’s book author and illustrator Brian Lies’s new book “Gator Dad” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) exudes charm from each of its scale-filled pages. “Gator Dad” tells the story of a stay-at-home alligator dad who has charge of three rambunctious young gators. Led by Dad, the group explores the world, then returns home safe and sound. Lies says “Gator Dad” reflects an era in his own life. When Lie...

CHATHAM – Growing up the youngest of seven children in the Bronx, Chatham resident Tom Baldwin knew very little about his father Walter’s service in World War I. “I cannot recall my Dad ever talking about his wartime experiences in our home,” Baldwin said. Walter Baldwin passed away in 1965. It wasn’t until 2012 that Tom and his sister discovered a typed manuscript while going through some of their father’s...

Local author Sara Pennypacker recently published “Pax,” a novel following the stories of a pet fox, forcibly abandoned by his boy’s grandfather, and the boy, Peter, who runs away from home to find his fox. The film rights have been bought by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, who plan to make a movie in the coming years. Pennypacker, a former artist, has written some 20 books, ranging from picture books for young re...

Artist and author John Hutchinson of Chatham has just published his first children’s book, “Bertie’s Adventure at the Beach” (Hummingbird Publishing, 2016), a charming story illustrated by Hutchinson’s daughter Scout. Hutchinson dedicates the book to his mother, Harriet Jaqueth Fitz Hutchinson, who shared the genesis of this story with Hutchinson. He says his mother, who died in 1983, “taught me so much about ...