September 27 (Tuesday) is the date of our awards this year -- The Commonwealth Room, Boston Public Library Central is the place and the time is 11am followed by a light lunch. So when you get back from your summer jaunts around the world you can put it on your calendar.
New Members: Peter Brannen is an award-winning science journalist with a book on major mass extinctions in earth's history coming out in 2017 (Ecco) and a current feature in the Atlantic on the prospect for a major earthquake in the middle of the country. Dick Pirozzolo, international public relations exec and co-author of a novel, "Escape from Saigon" (to be published next year), has also written 4 nonfiction books on home design and numerous newspaper articles.
About Us: Ellen Wittlinger will be reading and signing her new book "Local Girl Swept Away" Aug 5 at 6pm at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA. Sy Montgomery returned from he second trip to Africa in as many months of Jul 7, having spent time with spotted hyenas in Kenya's Masai Mara and in Serengeti following the wildebeest migration for 2 new books. Her "The Soul of an Octopus" was a finalist for the New England Independent Bookseller Association's Nonfiction Award. Robert Kuttner's latest book is "Debtors Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versis Possibility." Stephen Puleo's newest book "American Treasures" (St Martin's Press) will be out Aug 30. Nathaniel Philbrick's latest novel is "Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution." A Kevin Young short story and poem appeared in The New Yorker.
Shirley Moskow's article on the Hess Art Collection in Napa, California, is featured in the autumn issue of Antiques and Fine Arts, which will be launched at the Newport Antiques Show. Paula Bonnell "Canoe Trip" is online in The Poetry Porch, and her "The Poet, Drinking from a Cup" is in the 2016 issue of Spillway. A short story in Coast to Coast: Murder from Sea to Shining Sea, co-edited by Andrew McAleer, has received a Shamus Award nomination from the Private Eye Writers of America. Darlene Arden has an article on sleeping with your pets in the summer issue of Animal Wellness. She continues to do numerous radio interviews and to write her blog perPETuallySpeaking. “For Better, For Worse,” an essay by Lisa Braxton, has been published in Soul Survivors: From Trauma to Triumph an anthology of inspirational and uplifting stories, published this summer. Susan Lynn Meyer's second novel, ”Skating with the Statue of Liberty" (Random House) is out.
Concerts in the Courtyard: Boston Public Library in Copley Square, at noon and 6 pm through the summer. Free. Afternoon tea from 11:30am to 3:30pm Mon through Sat. $35 (sandwiches & sweets included)
Aug 18-21 - Blessing of the Fishing Waters at Christopher Columbus Park. 6pm Fri; feast from noon Sat and Sun; Grand procession Sun 1pm.
Aug 26-28 - St. Anthony's Feast Sun noon parade; feast opens 7pm Fri; noon Sat & Sun. Pushcarts. Endicott, Thatcher and N. Margin Streets.
Aug 31 - 12:30-1pm Congregational Library & Archives, "A History of Slavery in Massachusetts." Free.
Boston Authors shelves in the BLP's Rare Books Dept. hold copies of your books. Send them to the attention of Beth Pringle.
Midyear Reminder for those who still owe their dues. You can pay with a credit card online at www.bostonauthorsClub@aol.com or send a check for $50 (made out to Boston Authors Club) to Boston Authors, 79 Moore Road, Wayland MA 01778.
OUT OF OUR PAST
Albert Payson Terhune (1872-1942) wrote books about animals—especially collies—and joined BAC in 1910, the same year as his mother Mary Hawes Terhune (pseudonym Marion Harland). His early books were written in collaboration with his mother, but only his name appeared as author. His first book "Lad: a Dog" was credited with raising popular demand for the breed, and readers wrote asking for a collie in every story. ‘Sunnybank,’ the family home in northern New Jersey known as ‘The Place’ in his books, is now Terhune Sunnybank Memorial Park.