Topics: Local authors

Murder In Chatham: Town, Monomoy Inspire New Mystery Novel

By: Debra Lawless

“Into the Realm” (BooxAI, 2022), Todd Forrest Sherman’s debut novel, serves up plenty of Cape Cod atmosphere with just the right dose of Monomoy creepiness. Sherman, 56, a seventh-generation Cape Codder who lives in his hometown of Hyannis, sets his novel in Chatham. Sherman has taken the pseudonym Todd Forrest, dropping his surname. Complicating matters further, his character’s name is Caleb Forrest. So is...

'From the Heart Of The Wreck' Premieres On Cape Rep Stage

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

      A pirate. A witch. A shipwreck. A love story. What more could anyone possibly want?       How about all of that and more in a world premiere on the Cape Rep stage?       “From the Heart of the Wreck,” conceived and written by Cape Rep's Nick Nudler and Kirsten Peacock, explores the fascinating local tale, part history and part folklore, of 18 th century English sailor turned notorious pirate Samuel “B...

Author Darby Hobbs Signs At Three Local Bookstores

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

     Chatham author Darby Hobbs will appear at three local bookstores over the next few weeks to sign and read from her new book for young readers, “Hockey Island.” During her signing events Hobbs would like to enlist the talent of any young bookstore visitors who might be interested in lending a hand to contribute to a future book.      “ At each book signing I am inviting children to participate in my next ...

Jon Vaughan, founder of Yankee Ingenuity on Chatham’s Main Street, has just published his second book of stunning photographs and essays called “Cape Cod: Dawn to Dusk.” He calls the book his “tribute to this incredible sandcastle created by a glacier and preserved by humanity.” Due to the forced pandemic closing of Yankee Ingenuity for 92 days beginning in March 2020, Vaughan finally had time to assemble his ...

In the 19 th century, 25,000 women convicted of petty crimes such as stealing a bucket of milk were transported to Tasmania, then known as Van Deimen’s Land, with “tin tickets” stamped with their convict numbers hung around their necks. Harwich author Deborah J. Swiss’s 2010 acclaimed non-fiction book, “The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women,” is about to be made into a television ser...

The Brewster Book Store and Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters will co-host a book launch for New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard’s latest novel “The Good Son” (MIRA, 2022) on Jan. 20. Mitchard, a resident of Brewster, came to prominence when her first novel, “Deep End of the Ocean,” was named the opening selection for Oprah’s Book Club in 1996. A native of Chicago, Mitchard has had a long acquainta...

Cape Noir Rings In The Holidays With 'Gift Of The Magi'

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

          If you're looking for a way to celebrate the holidays but you also want to cuddle up at home with a warm beverage, maybe some loved ones or pets and a blanket rather than going out in the cold, look no further. Our talented friends at Cape Noir Radio Theater have cooked up an audio treat brimming with Christmas cheer, and all you'll need is an internet connection or a radio.     ...

This book, “A Bronx Boy’s Christmas Story: When I Believed in Santa Claus…” comes with a spoiler alert from author Sebastian Mudry of Harwich. If you plan to read the book aloud to someone age seven or under, do not share the book’s subtitle. The subtitle, of course, gives away the spoiler that Santa may not exist. Those seven and under will say, “Well, doesn’t everyone believe in Santa Claus?” Mudry said d...

When Joel Esten, now of South Orleans, was growing up in Woonsocket, R.I., he “experienced the magic of Christmas” most vividly through music. Musician Esten, 78, has written improvisations for 13 familiar Christmas carols ranging from “Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel” to “Jingle Bells.” And now, just in time for Christmas, Esten has collected his improvisations in a spiral-bound volume called “Christmas Piano Varia...

Harwich Author's Latest Novel Wins Fiction Award

By: Debra Lawless

Author Joanne C. Parsons of Harwich has just won a 2021 Genre Fiction Award given by the Independent Publishers of New England for her novel “Predator in the House” (Bowker, 2020). With the novel, Parsons aims to raise awareness of the signs of child trafficking. “The book is especially timely during this pandemic with so many kids spending hours on social media, messaging apps, and playing online games,” she ...

CHATHAM – Even though it's been 15 years since author Bernard Cornwell's last book featuring British rifleman Richard Sharpe, taking up the character's story again was as easy as slipping on a familiar and comfortable piece of clothing. “He's been in my head forever,” said Cornwell, a Chatham resident. His first Sharpe novel, “Sharpe's Eagle,” came out in 1981, “so I know him quite well.” “Sharpe's Assassin...

Orleans Author Pens Second 'Cape Cod Foodie Mystery'

By: Debra Lawless

Author Amy Pershing, a summer resident of Orleans, has just released her second fun Cape Cod Foodie mystery, “An Eggnog to Die For” (Berkley, 2021). This follows on the heels of “A Side of Murder,” released last February. Local readers will delight in the town Pershing calls Fair Harbor — a reimagined Orleans with pieces of Chatham and Wellfleet mixed in, Pershing said in an email interview last week. “I...

Local Author, Studio Big Winners In Regional Dance Competition

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Some of the best stories sometimes seem to be heading in one direction, and then, without warning, they spin and swoop you off into another direction with all the grace of a dancer on a gleaming dance floor. That's exactly what recently happened to one of our very own local storytellers, bestselling author Anne D. LeClaire, and it came close to sweeping her off her feet. LeClaire recently competed in the Common...

HARWICH PORT — Here’s a fact that may surprise you: As of 2020, only 219 women had ever been elected to the Massachusetts House, as opposed to over 20,000 men. Kathleen Teahan, a Harwich Port resident for the past 13 years and one of those 219 women, has written a memoir, “For the People, Against the Tide: A Democratic Woman’s Ten Years in the Massachusetts Legislature” (2021). The book offers a fascinating in...

Twin Brothers Team Up To Create Audio Drama

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Just in time for Halloween, Cape Noir Radio Theater is back for a second season with another original audio drama. This time it's a family affair. Cape Noir creator J Hagenbuckle has joined forces with twin brother Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle, a writer living in New York City, to create “Ick-A-Body,” an adaptation based on a longer work by Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle. Hagenbuckle describes the work as a dark c...

An illustrated cookbook by a Chatham artist and a modern-day thriller, both by nonagenarian authors, prove that it’s never too late to paint, write and publish. Oil painter Nancy Whalen Rude, 92, has created a charming cookbook, “Cooking and Dining with Friends: The Art and Favorite Recipes of Nancy Whalen Rude” that is both a showcase for her own beautiful oil paintings and a tribute to 50-years of friendship...