September 2016

We'll look forward to seeing you at our annual awards meeting Sept 27, 11am-2pm, Commonwealth Room, Boston Public Library Central, 700 Boylston, followed by a light lunch (our treat).

New Member:

June Fabre joins us from Exeter,  New Hampshire. She is the author of"Smart Nursing--Nurse Retention and Patient Safety Improvement Strategies" (2nd Edition 2009) and promises to come to our big Sept meeting.

About Us

Sy Montgomery will accept the New England Independent Booksellers Association's NonfictionBook of the year award for "The Soul of an Octopus" at a banquet at its annual meeting, Sept 21. Ellen Wittlinger reads from her new book "Local Girl Swept Away," on September 27 at 6:30pmat the Odyssey Bookstore in South Hadley, MA. Joining her will be Jeannine Atkins and Jo Knowles, also reading from newly published novels. B.A. Shapiro will be promoting the paperback release of "The Muralist": Sept 12 Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord MA; Sept 22 Brookbreeze Festival 7pm, Duxbury MA; Sept 27 6:30pm, Ames Free Library, Easton MA.  Ballpark Mysteries Super Edition,  “The World Series Curse”  features a world series between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs (it’s fiction!) by David Kelly. Another book in his Most Valuable Players (MVP) series. “The Football Fumble” comes out this month. Stephen Puleo's "American Treasures: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address" (St. Martin"s Press) was published Aug 31. Christine Ammer's "Unsung: A History of Women in American Music" will appear in a new edition available as en e-book and POD. Sharon White 's collection of short fiction "Boiling Lake (On Voyage)" is out from Jaded Ibis Press. Whitney Stewart and Denis Havel have just released "FELDPOST: The War Letters of Friedrich Reiner Niemann," which recounts Stewart's search for her husband's German uncle who went missing on WWII's Russian Front. Two large pastel paintings by Pat Lowery Collins have recently been accepted into the permanent collection of the Cape Ann Museum. “Into the Grey,” a new book by Clea Simon will be published Sept 1 by Severn House. An essay by Lisa Braxton, “Short Distance Romance,” has been chosen for a second place prize and publication in Finding Mr. Right, an anthology featuring the true stories of 20 authors about love lost, gained, and hoped for. The prize included a monetary award. The new season of his access television show, "The Writer's Block with John Ronan," begins this month on Cape Ann TV.  This is the 27th consecutive year, making the series one of the longest running in New England.  David McCann gave a reading in July from his new book of poems, "Same Bird" (Moon Pie Press) at Longfellow Books in Portland Maine, and a reading and then a haiku/sijo workshop at the Scarborough Public Library in Aug. JWH winner Nancy Rappaportwill present a one woman show "Regeneration"  3pm Sat & Sun Oct 1 and 2Story Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. $20 ticket  proceeds benefit the Friends of Mount Auburn. Science writer Lyle Miller died last month in Cambridge.


Sept 5 - Labor Day (as in work hard on your next book)

Sept 5 - 2-5pm, Plymouth, VT 12th annual folk & blues festival, Coolidge Historic Site. Free.

Sept 8 - 6pm Dinner & discussion, The College Club of Boston, 44 Commonwealth, Reserve 617-536-9510

Sept 13 - 6pm Authors Talk Series begins at BPL with former JWH winner Michael Patrick MacDonald

Sept 15 -  6pm-8:30pm Speaker Series at College Club of Boston, The Art of Jackson Pollock, 44 Commonwealth, Reserve 617-536-9510
Sept 20 - 12:30 Lunch and Literature, College Club of Boston; reserve 617-536-9510

The 2016 RELEVANT READS Story of the Year Contest by the Story Shares Literacy Hub aims to provide struggling readers in middle school, high school and beyond with readable stories. The contest has 5 distinct categories and runs from August 23rd to December 31, 2016. Winners will be announced March 1st, 2016. Prizes $1,000-$3,000. Details from

Our of Our Past: Charles Gibson (1874-1954), poet, travel writer and bon-vivant Bostonian (he wore a full length fur coat to the Ritz for tea) lived in the Gibson House, 137 Beacon Street, now a National Historic Landmark and Museum of Victoriana. From the brochure: “Charles also served as the chairman of the Boston Authors Club of which he was a charter member.” [Actually, he joined in 1903.],