Topics: Local authors

Local Hotspots Featured In 'Cape Cod Nights'

By: Debra Lawless

In his new book “Cape Cod Nights: Historic Bars, Clubs and Drinks” (History Press, 2019), Christopher Setterlund picks up where his 2017 book “Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod” left off. Both books lead the reader on a nostalgic trip of dining, clubbing and drinking across Cape Cod of yesteryear. “I began by asking my family, parents, grandparents, etc. where they had enjoyed going and amassed a huge list o...

Just In Time For Halloween, A Locally-set Horror Novel

By: Debra Lawless

Just in time for Halloween comes the pleasurably creepy debut novel “In the Midst of the Sea: A Novel of Paranormal Horror” (Pace Press, 2019), set on off-season Martha’s Vineyard. “Both the Cape and the Islands are so full of history, culture and time, that I almost feel like you can’t help but feel the ghosts around you,” author Sean Padraic McCarthy of South Plymouth said in an email interview last week. Mc...

Harwich Author Pens Love Letter To NYC Apartment

By: Debra Lawless

Recent books by local writers examine life in New York City, Cape Cod and during Neanderthal days. Skip Rozin of Harwich, who made a career as a freelance writer in publications as diverse as Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and Audubon, has now turned his considerable talents to memoir in “The View from Apartment Four: On Loving and Leaving New York” (77 Street Press, 2019). At the heart of the memoi...

Local Authors To Speak, Sign Books

By: Debra Lawless

Things that go bump in the night, reflections on the immigrant experience, a look at the meaning of home and a non-fictional survey of America’s Colonial pirates are the topics of four new books by authors who will be in Chatham in coming days. Donna M. Bevans, a graduate of Harwich High School who now lives in Fort Collins, Col., will sign her novel “The Captain’s House” (AuthorHouse, 2019) on Aug. 13. Bev...

If you enjoy novels set on Cape Cod, you will love the finely-crafted debut novel “Seeking Glory: A Novel About Relationships, Loss, and Finding Your Way Home” (Outskirts Press, Inc. 2018) by Patricia Hamilton Shook. Shook is a resident of Sharon with a timeshare in Yarmouth. But her Cape Cod roots run deep. She has known the Cape since she was a child staying in her grandmother’s cottage on a street that dead...

While on average four people each year are killed by sharks, over 100,000 sharks are killed by humans. In fact, 32 percent of open ocean sharks, including the scalloped hammerhead and the whale shark, have been hunted in such high numbers that they are now in danger of going extinct. These are some of the facts behind ocean conservationist William McKeever’s new book “Emperors of the Deep: Sharks—the Ocean’...

Bestselling author Anne D. LeClaire’s new novel “The Orchid Sister” (Lake Union Publishing, 2019) explores, in part, how things go wrong when people defy nature and seek the fountain of youth. “What kind of a culture have we become that we pursue anti-aging in such a fear-filled way?” LeClaire asked during a recent interview in her South Chatham home. Yet “the desire for eternal youth is eternal.” The germ ...

'The Burn Zone' Author To Speak In Chatham

By: Debra Lawless

How is it possible that an intelligent, educated, worldly woman can be brainwashed and inducted into a cult in the 21 st century? Author Renee Linnell, 45, tells her frightening story in “The Burn Zone: A Memoir” (She Writes Press, 2018). “When we’re young we hide what makes us different, to fit in,” Linnell said during a telephone interview last week. Linnell, who lives in Colorado, is on a book tour that...

Just in time for the fifth Independent Bookstore Day on April 27, three bookstores in Chatham, one in Harwich Port and two in Orleans have joined the new Cape and Islands Bookstore Trail, a brainchild of Caitlin Doggart-Bernal who, along with her mother Joanne Doggart, owns Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore and Children’s Annex in Chatham. “It should be a lot of fun for readers who love to seek out indie books...

The Chatham Band is a beloved 87-year-old Chatham summertime tradition.  Now, from Tom Jahnke, the band’s director since 2014, comes a children’s book about town bands. He has just published “Little Town Band: A Musical Tale,” a charming picture book illustrated by Deb Hart-Chase of Centerville. It must be said that “Little Town Band” both is and isn’t about the Chatham Band. ...

Noted Children's Book Expert Anita Silvey To Speak At EPL

By: Debra Lawless

CHATHAM – Whether you are a child, a teen or an adult who loves books, an extraordinary opportunity is coming to the Eldredge Public Library (EPL) on Nov. 18 when Anita Silvey, probably the nation’s premiere expert on children’s literature, speaks at the library. “The talk is for everyone with a love of literature and books,” says Tammy DePasquale, EPL’s assistant director and youth services librarian. “She’s ...

CHATHAM — Local author Elizabeth Rudnick Hessler has novelized countless films for Disney, one of the world’s largest entertainment conglomerates, including recent live-action remakes such as 2015’s “Cinderella” and 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Hessler’s latest Disney adaptation is of “Christopher Robin,” a film released in early August featuring classic characters such as Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. “I f...

Local Attorney Recalls Year In China In New Memoir

By: Debra Lawless

Andrew Singer of Yarmouth has just released his compelling new memoir “China Sings to Me: A Journey into the Middle Kingdom and Myself” (Station Square Media, 2018). Singer, 52, who practices law in Dennis, spent the 1986-1987 college year in China. In 1986 both China and Singer were very different, and one of the great pleasures of this well-written coming-of-age story lies in observing how Singer changes and...

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...