Topics: Local authors

“It's sad to lose Uhtred,” author Bernard Cornwell said of the hero of his Last Kingdom series of books, the 13th and final volume of which, “War Lord,” was released this week. The prolific Chatham novelist began writing about Uhtred of Beddanburg, the warlord of the book's title, 17 years ago in “The Last Kingdom,” the first book in the series, the arc of which follows the character from his youth to his old ...

You know that folding table decorated with a fishnet where authors sign their new work outside Yellow Umbrella Books? Weather permitting, Yellow Umbrella owner Eric Linder will sit at that table on Nov. 21 signing his own new book, “The Blue in the Eye of the Girl at La Jolla: New and Selected Poems” (Loom Press, 2020). The signing and the sale of a Bob Staake giclée print are a part of the store’s fun 40th an...

While we all wish we were not living in a state of semi-quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic, the time spent at home has been good to a certain group of people: Writers. “The pandemic also turned out to be kind of a plus,” says author Kat Szmit, whose first novel “The Sugar House” (Wicked Whale Publishing, 2020) has just been released. Working her day job from home, Szmit found she had more time on her h...

Author Andrew R. “Bob” Black did a bit of preliminary research on the steps of the Boston Public Library before embarking upon his new book “Buried Dreams: The Hoosac Tunnel and the Demise of the Railroad Age” (Louisiana State University Press, 2020). He had been researching another topic when “this Hoosac Tunnel kept popping up. It was a political football,” he recalled during a telephone interview last week....

William Nickerson Walker’s third spy novel, “Target Switzerland,” will be released later this month. In retirement, Walker, 82, is a prolific writer, an indefatigable golfer and an energetic vice president of the Nickerson Family Association, Inc. (NFA). In the past he was an international businessman and financier, diplomat, government official and partner in a large Wall Street law firm. Two years ago, Wa...

New Coloring Book Focuses On Chatham Restaurants

By: Debra Lawless

Have you ever wondered what the venerable gray shingle and red brick Chatham Bars Inn might look like if it were painted, say, hot fuchsia? Or what the pristine-white Chatham Wayside Inn might look like in purple with green instead of black shutters? And why should the Red Nun building be red with white trim, anyway? It might be pretty in pink. Now is your chance to find out how these colors would look on C...

Who doesn’t love a thriller set in the often-paranoid world of spies, where nothing is quite as it seems to be? Author Keith Yocum’s “Valley of Spies” (Time Tunnel Media, 2019) has been named to Kirkus Review’s 2019 prestigious list of Best Indie Mysteries, Crime Stories and Thrillers. “Valley of Spies” is the third book in the trilogy that began with “Color of Blood,” and continued with “A Dark Place.” All...

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...