Welcome John D’Agata!

We’re pleased to welcome talented essayist John D’Agata for a writing workshop on Saturday, November 18 at 3:30 pm.

A creative nonfiction writing workshop that intentionally combines different forms of the genre—personal essays, travelogues, biographies—will encourage exploration in essay-writing. Participants will examine and discuss short 1-page essays, as well as receiving feedback on their personal essays. There will be also be some discussion on finding an agent and publisher, giving a reading, and surviving as a writer in the world.

There may be spaces available at the time of the workshop. Please stop by the Hermann Room at 3:30 pm if you are interested.


Reviews

“D’Agata . . . has spent the last 15 years trying to use the essay as Defoe used the novel: to get out of the impasse over what’s real and what’s not, and to solve the anxiety over the veracity of the media we consume, this time by foregrounding that anxiety itself, and asking us to confront it head on. His trilogy, A New History of the Essay, is a thoughtful alternative road map to how we might think of the essay and its role in the current moment.”—Los Angeles Times

“John D’Agata is a champion of the essay, a crusader for lost forms, a defender of nonfiction as an art. . . His project—that of reshaping the genre of creative nonfiction—is a bold one, and in these anthologies, the [essay] becomes a spiritual vessel, a portal to deeper truths.”—Iowa Review

“Quixotic … ambitious….What D’Agata has in mind, on one level, is to push the conversation, to throw a thought-bomb into the center of the room.”—Lit Hub

“John D’Agata is a groundbreaking literary activist. It is due to him and these anthologies that the most exciting writing today is happening in the realm of nonfiction, in particularly the realm of the essay, which he has, near-single-handedly, rescued from the literary dustbin and turned into a vital contemporary art form. A New History of the Essay is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of nonfiction.”—Heidi Julavits


John D’Agata is an innovative essayist (Halls of Fame, 2001) and dynamic anthologist, (The Lost Origins of the Essay, 2009). He is the author of Halls of Fame, About a Mountain, and The Lifespan of a Fact, as well as the editor of the 3-volume series, A New History of the Essay, which includes the anthologies The Next American Essay, The Making of the American Essay, and The Lost Origins of the Essay. His work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship. He holds a B.A. from Hobart College and two M.F.A.s from the University of Iowa, and recently his essays have appeared in The Believer, Harper’s, Gulf Coast, and Conjunctions. John D’Agata lives in Iowa City with a dog named Boeing, and he teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa where he directs the graduate Nonfiction Writing Program.


The Making of the American Essay

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The Making of the American Essay is the final volume in John D’Agata’s landmark series, A New History of the Essay.

For two decades, John D’Agata has been exploring the contours of the essay through a series of innovative, informative, and expansive anthologies that have become foundational texts in the study of the genre. The breakthrough first volume, The Next American Essay, highlighted major work from 1974 to 2003, while the second,The Lost Origins of the Essay, showcased the essay’s ancient and international forebears. Now, with The Making of the American Essay, D’Agata concludes his monumental tour of this inexhaustible form, with selections ranging from Anne Bradstreet’s secular prayers to Washington Irving’s satires, Emily Dickinson’s love letters to Kenneth Goldsmith’s catalogues, Gertrude Stein’s portraits to James Baldwin’s and Norman Mailer’s meditations on boxing.

Across the anthologies, D’Agata’s introductions to each selection-intimate and brilliantly provocative throughout-serve as an extended treatise, collectively forming the backbone of the trilogy. He uncovers new stories in the American essay’s past, and shows us that some of the most fiercely daring writers in the American literary canon have turned to the essay in order to produce our culture’s most exhilarating art.

The Making of the American Essay offers the essay at its most varied, unique, and imaginative best, proving that the impulse to make essays in America is as old and as original as the nation itself.

 

Welcome Jessica Keener!

We’re pleased to welcome authors Jessica Keener and Anne LeClaire on Thursday, November 16 at 3:30 pm for a celebration and discussion about Jessica’s new novel, Strangers in Budapest. Jessica’s new novel will be released on November 14, 2017.

Anne LeClaire is a bestselling author and acclaimed writing workshop instructor. She will interview Jessica about her new book and both authors will take questions from the audience at the end of their conversation. Strangers in Budapest and The Halo Effect will both be on sale from Eight Cousins and signings will follow the event.

Register for this event to receive an email reminder. Registration is not required.


Reviews & Interviews

BU Today said of Jessica Keener“Jessica Keener has had a rich and varied literary life, including stints as a freelance journalist for the Boston Globe, a literature and writing teacher, and author of numerous short stories that have appeared in such publications as Wilderness House Literary Review and Night Train. Her debut novel, Night Swim (Fiction Studio Books), comes after a nearly two-decade-long gestation. Over that period, several excerpts were published as stories, to critical acclaim.” Read the full review here.

“Full of seduction and intrigue, this thrilling novel is a perfect homage to a city in transition.”
Real Simple

“With chills lurking around each corner, this second novel by author Jessica Keener is the perfect page-turner for late autumn.”
Boston Magazine

“A slow burn of an international psychological thriller. Recommended for fans of Chris Pavone.”
Library Journal

“Keener immerses the reader in Budapest’s post-communist period in all its tumultuous glory . . . the author combines strong characters and a riveting plot to craft a memorable novel.”
Publishers Weekly

“Keener’s second psychological novel, set in modern Hungary, dramatizes both national and personal outcomes of harrowing past events. Budapest becomes a powerful symbol of past horrors, lush culture, and an uncertain future. Reminiscent of Hilary Mantel’s Eight Months on Ghazzah Street . . . and similar in tone and theme to Kim Brooks’ historical novel, The Houseguest.”
Booklist

“In Keener’s Strangers in Budapest, the city is as much a character as any, and as Annie and others begin to cave under its crumbling weight, what’s revealed where East meets West is a story about the implacability of the past—present, progress, and denials notwithstanding.”
Foreword Reviews

“Annie and Will, a young American couple with a new child, repair to Budapest to forge their future and escape their past. What they find is a city smothered by heat and tangled in history. When their paths cross with a mysterious elderly man named Edward Weiss, Annie discovers that she’s caught up in a life of tragedy that forces her to confront the losses in her own past. Strangers in Budapest is a beautifully written mystery propelled by well-crafted and fully imagined characters. Atmospheric and ominous, this novel asks us what we’re willing to do to start over in a new world when the old world won’t let us go.”
Wiley Cash, bestselling author of The Last Ballad 

“From the first pages of Strangers in Budapest, the words ‘You must not tell anyone’ made me feel as if a hand had reached out from the shadows to pull me under, and I was swept away inexorably by this hypnotic plot, these dark scenes, and the relentless tension. Budapest is a riveting, beautiful book that throbs with plot and sparkles with excellent prose.”
Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine

“A provocative novel about the power of the past–and our interpretations and misinterpretations of it–to haunt the present. An unlikely alliance between an elderly man and a young mother, both American ex-pats living in Budapest in the 1990s, brings this dilemma to life as the two struggle with their demons in a city unable to shake its own. A wonderful book.”
B. A. Shapiro, author of The Muralist

“Jessica Keener has written a gorgeous, lyrical and sweeping novel about the tangled web of past and present. Set in a richly detailed Budapest, an American couple and their newly adopted son, there for the promise of building a business, become entangled with an irritable WWII vet hoping to settle a score. A story of confronting truths, acknowledging old wounds, and stepping into the present. Suspenseful, perceptive, fast-paced, and ultimately restorative.”
Susan Henderson, author of Up from the Blue

“What do we run away from? And what do we run toward? Two American expatriates in Budapest, a lonely young mother with a devastating secret, and an old man desperate to discover the truth about his daughter’s death, forge a shattering connection. Gorgeously told and deeply moving, Keener’s brilliant new novel is a bold, brave and dazzlingly original tale about home, loss and the persistence of love.”
Caroline Leavitt, author of Cruel Beautiful World

“In the Budapest of Jessica Keener’s gripping new novel, menace lurks down every street and infuses every interaction, until the city itself becomes a brooding, sinister presence. With lyrical prose, Keener examines grief and guilt, deception and hatred, and the search for an elusive redemption. Strangers in Budapest is a remarkable novel that continues to haunt me, weeks after I reached its powerful, unexpected conclusion.”
Lauren Belfer, New York Times bestselling author of City of Light, A Fierce Radiance, and And After the Fire

“A mesmerizing story of love and loss. Keener probes the depths to which grief and disappointment can drive a person away from those who only wish to love them.”
Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter

“A taut, elegantly written, magnificent novel. I can touch, taste, smell, hear Budapest. Even the car alarms are rendered with beauty and precision. Jessica Keener turns pain and redemption into a masterful work of art.”
Risa Miller, author of Welcome to Heavenly Heights

“In Strangers in Budapest, Jessica Keener’s riveting novel of conscience and suspense, multiple strands of fate and guilt, cultural memory and private trauma overlap and tighten into an ethical knot of compelling, hypnotic design. An enthralling read!”
Melissa Pritchard, award-winning author of Palermo

“This exquisite novel draws the reader in from the very first pages and refuses to let go. Not only did I feel like I was in the exotic, beautiful city of Budapest, but every emotion felt by the young mother at the center of this ominous tale became my own. In Strangers in Budapest, Jessica Keener proves once again that she is a brilliant, lyrical writer with a true understanding of the human heart.”
Ellen Marie Wiseman, internationally bestselling author of The Plum Tree, What She Left Behind, Coal River and The Life She Was Given

Strangers in Budapest is both lyrical and propulsive, capacious and rich in detail. The characters will stay with you forever. A courageous, compassionate and deeply wise novel.”
Patry Francis, author of The Orphans of Race Point


Jessica Keener is the author of the national bestselling novel Night Swim and a collection of award-winning short stories, Women in Bed. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, the Boston Globe, Agni, and other publications, and she has taught English literature and writing at Brown University, Boston University, the University of Miami, and GrubStreet. She lives in the Boston area. Learn more at www.jessicakeener.com

Anne LeClaire: A former actor, print journalist and radio broadcaster, Anne LeClaire is a memoirist and the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of eight novels published in twenty-four countries. She is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities, public and private schools, women’s groups, men’s groups, religious retreats, churches, hospitals, libraries, corporate events, literary festivals and conferences. She has been a keynote speaker for The Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association, The Association of American University Women ad the Cape Cod Writers Conference, among others, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Ragdale Foundation. You can find more information about Anne on her website: www.anneleclaire.com


Strangers in Budapest

Budapest: gorgeous city of secrets, with ties to a shadowy, bloody past.  It is to this enigmatic European capital that a young American couple, Annie and Will, move from Boston with their infant son shortly after the fall of the Communist regime. For Annie, it is an effort to escape the ghosts that haunt her past, and Will wants simply to seize the chance to build a new future for his family.

Eight months after their move, their efforts to assimilate are thrown into turmoil when they receive a message from friends in the US asking that they check up on an elderly man, a fiercely independent Jewish American WWII veteran who helped free Hungarian Jews from a Nazi prison camp. They soon learn that the man, Edward Weiss, has come to Hungary to exact revenge on someone he is convinced seduced, married, and then murdered his daughter.

Annie, unable to resist anyone’s call for help, recklessly joins in the old man’s plan to track down his former son-in-law and confront him, while Will, pragmatic and cautious by nature, insists they have nothing to do with Weiss and his vendetta. What Annie does not anticipate is that in helping Edward she will become enmeshed in a dark and deadly conflict that will end in tragedy and a stunning loss of innocence.

Atmospheric and surprising, Strangers in Budapest is, as bestselling novelist Caroline Leavitt says, a “dazzlingly original tale about home, loss, and the persistence of love.”

New November Fiction

These new releases are all focused on relationships. Read about relationships with friends, strangers and even enemies in this mix of heartwarming, heart-pounding and lighthearted fiction. You can request a copy from the CLAMS catalog by clicking on the title or contact us for more suggestions!

1. The Story of Arthur Truluv  by Elizabeth Berg

Here’s an uplifting story of unlikely friendship. At one of his daily visits to his wife’s grave, Arthur meets a troubled teen who’s skipping school, Maddy. She nicknames Authur “Truluv” because of his kindness and devotion. Arthur’s neighbor Lucille joins the mix and through small acts of compassion they create a bond and find happiness.

“I dare you to read this novel and not fall in love with Arthur Truluv. His story will make you laugh and cry, and will show you a love that never ends, and what it means to be truly human.”—Fannie Flagg, author of The Whole Town’s Talking

2. The Library at the Edge of the World  by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

In this U.S. debut a local librarian must find a way to rebuild her community and her own life. Driving her mobile library between villages of Ireland’s West Coast, Hanna Casey tries not to think about her past and her problems. Like finding her husband in bed with another woman, that she’s living in her overbearing mother’s retirement bungalow or her fear that she’s a focus of local gossip.

Hanna is determined to reclaim her independence by restoring a cottage she inherited from her great-aunt. When the threatened closure of the Lissbeg Library jeopardizes her plans, Hanna leads a battle to restore the heart and soul of the community.

“An appealing novel that will delight Maeve Binchy fans. There are plenty of good discussion points about the nature of community for book clubs and thoughtful readers.” —Library Journal

3. Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner

“Weiner’s award-winning writing and producing of such renowned television shows as The Sopranos and Mad Men is neatly evident in his quietly thrilling debut novel. Written in descriptive and illuminating scene-like snippets-though nearly free of dialogue-this one-sitting read concerns the eerily shared delusions of a privileged Manhattan family and a man who stalks the periphery of their lives…The sense of doom is sharply rendered, characters are well developed, and their motivations are finely wrought. Readers will hope for more book-form fiction from Weiner.”―Booklist

4. Not Now, Not Ever  by Lily Anderson

“Ellie Gabaroche desperately wants to attend Rayevich College, the only school that offers a major in science fiction literature. But her divorced parents have conflicting expectations: her mom wants her to follow the family’s military tradition, while her lawyer father envisions a college near home. Ellie, however, finds her own opportunity: a summer camp that holds an academic competition that awards winners a full Rayevich scholarship. When she’s accepted, Ellie pulls a Bunbury, the ruse employed in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and heads for camp under an assumed name. The story mainly focuses on life at a supernerdy summer camp, replete with friendships, rivalries, and romance. Yet, as in Wilde’s play, complicated twists of identity ensue. Ellie also has personal identity issues to navigate as an African American in a racially mixed family and as an intellectual pulled toward military culture. Fans of Anderson’s debut novel, The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You, will recognize some characters and delight in the steady flow of witty banter and sci-fi references.”—Booklist

5. Now is Everything  by Amy Giles

“From the outside, 17-year-old Hadley’s life seems perfect. She’s the disciplined captain of the lacrosse team, in the running for salutatorian, and applying to the same Ivy League university that her dad attended. What nobody knows is that between her dad’s brutal and uncompromising expectations and her mom’s neglect, Hadley is barely keeping it together. The only good thing about her family is her vivacious little sister, Lila, whom Hadley will do anything to protect. Enter Charlie, Hadley’s longtime crush. Without meaning to, the protagonist falls deeply in love, but leaning on her secret new boyfriend means leaning away from the sister who so desperately needs her protection from the violence of their family. Months later, Hadley is in the psychiatric ward of the hospital, the sole survivor of a plane crash that has destroyed her family. While she is tormented by the past and unsure how to live with her mistakes, a police investigation is circling ever closer to the truth. Unusual for angsty YA, the caring adults in Hadley’s life sense there is something amiss and repeatedly reach out to offer her support.”—Library Journal

 

Friday Reads: Eye of the Beholder

Friday Reads: Eye of the Beholder: Masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Edited by Alan Chong, Richard Linger and Carl Zahn

One of the great treasures of the city of Boston with its many colleges and universities is the number of museums in the metropolitan Boston area. From the majestic Museum of Fine Arts to the eclectic Institute of Contemporary Art on the waterfront, the city is brimming with art and sculpture. My personal favorite is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the Back Bay/Fenway section of the city. Originally the home of Mrs. Jack, as Isabella was sometimes called, the museum is the very picture of a Venetian palazzo.  After inheriting a sizable fortune from her father, she went on to become a world class collector.

“Isabella Stewart Gardner collected and carefully displayed a collection comprised of more than 15,000 objects-paintings, sculpture, furniture, textiles, drawings, silver, ceramics, illuminated manuscripts, rare books, photographs, and letters-from ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Italy, Asia, the Islamic world and 19th-century France and America.

The palazzo at Fenway became a salon where “artists and thinkers gathered at Fenway Court around works by Giotto, Fra Angelico, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, and Vermeer.”

In addition to a very comprehensive art education, this book would serve as a wonderful guide as you roam through the collections in this marvelous building.

Have you ever been really impressed by a painting? One that you can remember the art but not the artist? There is a painting at the museum of a young boy with haunting eyes, an image that has stayed with me for a long time. I remembered it was in the Blue Room as you first entered the museum on the left.

“The Blue Room is a gallery brimming with objects that reflect Gardner’s personal relationships. In the early days of the Museum the Blue Room welcomed concert goers, serving as the ladies’ reception area. It displays the work of artists in Gardner’s closest circle of friends. With its low ceilings, fabric covered walls, and well-lit alcoves showcasing paintings, furniture, books, and cases, the Blue Room invites visitors to explore the collection at close range and in an intimate space.” – from the museum’s website.

While browsing through Eye of the Beholder, I was delighted to find on page 217, “The Standard Bearer of the Harvest Festival” by Antonio Mancini, the very painting of the boy with the haunting eyes and angelic face!

Provenance

Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from Antonio Mancini for 1,000 francs in 1884, with the assistance of the American painter and collector Ralph W. Curtis (1854-1922).

Marks

Signed (?) with red crayon (lower right): A Mancini Roma
Undated label (on back of frame) with Isabella Stewart Gardner’s address at 152 Beacon Street, Boston.

I do hope that viewing the masterpieces in Eye of the Beholder will entice you to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in person. As an extra incentive, the Falmouth Public library offers reduced admission passes to the museum. You can request the passes online here.

Please note: The Museum is closed on Tuesdays.

Welcome Tess Gerritsen!

We’re pleased to welcome Tess Gerritsen on Thursday, October 5 at 12:00pm!

Tess will talk about her new novel I Know a Secret and sign copies of her book following the event. I Know a Secret will be available for purchase from Eight Cousins Bookstore.

The event will be filmed live by FCTV.

Ticket Information

Pick up your free ticket at the Main Library beginning on Saturday, September 30 at 10:00 am. No library card required. Tickets will be available at the Info Desk on the main level in the Reference Room. There are 125 tickets available. Tickets are strongly encouraged, but not required. The general public will be invited to find their seats in the Hermann Meeting Room beginning at 11:45 am on the day of the event. Ticket-holders are strongly encouraged to arrive before 11:30 am on the day of the event to find their seat. Seats will not be held for ticket-holders if they arrive after 11:45 am.

If you pick up a ticket and can no longer attend the event, please contact us and let us know. You will not be asked to return your ticket.

What else do I need to know?

  • Tickets cannot be held at the library. You must pick up your ticket on or after Saturday, September 30 if you wish to have a ticket. If you cannot pick up a ticket on September 30, please feel free to contact us to see if there are any tickets left on Monday, October 2.
  • Ticket-holders are strongly encouraged to find their seats by 11:30 am. Seats will not be reserved for them.
  • If you have a ticket, you will be able to access to the Hermann Meeting Room between 11:00 am – 11:45 am. After that time, the general public will be able to gain admission. Entrance to the room will not be allowed before 11:00 am.
  • Limit of 2 tickets per person.
  • Overflow seating will be available in the Bay Meeting Room for those who cannot find seats at the time of the event. A live broadcast of the event will be shown in the room.
  • The event will begin promptly at Noon. Please arrive on time.

Tess Gerritsen: Tess’s first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), The Bone Garden (2007), The Keepsake (2008; UK title: Keeping the Dead), Ice Cold (2010; UK title: The Killing Place), The Silent Girl (2011), Last To Die (August 2012), Die Again (January 2015) and Playing With Fire (2015). Her books have been published in forty countries, and more than 30 million copies have been sold around the world. Follow her on Twitter @tessgerritsen and on Facebook.


I Know a Secret

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Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles–the inspiration for the smash hit TNT series–continue their bestselling crime-solving streak, as they pursue a shadowy psychopath keeping secrets and taking lives. Two separate homicides, at different locations, with unrelated victims, have more in common than just being investigated by Boston PD detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles. In both cases, the bodies bear startling wounds–yet the actual cause of death is unknown. It’s a doubly challenging case for the cop and the coroner to be taking on, at a fraught time for both of them. As Jane struggles to save her mother from the crumbling marriage that threatens to bury her, Maura grapples with the imminent death of her own mother–infamous serial killer Amalthea Lank. While Jane tends to her mother, there’s nothing Maura can do for Amalthea, except endure one final battle of wills with the woman whose shadow has haunted her all her life. Though succumbing to cancer, Amalthea hasn’t lost her taste for manipulating her estranged daughter–this time by dangling a cryptic clue about the two bizarre murders Maura and Jane are desperately trying to solve. But whatever the dying convict knows is only a piece of the puzzle. Soon the investigation leads to a secretive young woman who survived a shocking abuse scandal, an independent horror film that may be rooted in reality, and a slew of martyred saints who died cruel and unusual deaths.

Tess Gerritsen’s clever plotting and medical knowledge give her thrillers that extra edge. Expect a white-knuckle ride to very dark places
—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

“Suspense doesn’t get smarter than this.” – New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

“Gerritsen has a knack for creating great characters and mysterious plots that seem straightforward but also dazzle with complexity and twists.” – The Associated Press

“One of the most versatile voices in thriller fiction today.” – The Providence Journal

Holly Fitzgerald

We’re pleased to welcome Holly Fitzgerald on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30pm to celebrate her new memoir Ruthless River.

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Holly and her husband, Fitz—married less than two years—set out on a yearlong honeymoon adventure of a lifetime, backpacking around the world. Five months into the trip their plane crash lands in Peru at a penal colony walled in by jungle, and their blissfully romantic journey turned into a terrifying nonstop labyrinth of escape and survival.


Excerpt

The only explicit advice Juan had actually given us was “Don’t ever swim in the water.”

“Why?” I had asked, taken aback. We’d watched the children splashing in the harbor, enjoying it with high squeals. “I thought the caiman are dormant during the rainy season.”

“They are. It’s the candiru you have to watch out for,” he’d said solemnly.

“The who?” Fitz had asked.

“A minuscule saw-toothed fish, downriver. They’ll swim up your butt and latch on to your intestines, suck your blood until you die.”

Fitz and I had stared at each other and then at him.

“You’re kidding?” I’d gasped. We’d seen piranha and knew that when in a frenzy they could strip prey to the bone within minutes, but mainly if the prey were already bleeding.

“You don’t have to be bleeding. Candiru are parasitic. They’ll find you if you’re swimming.”

“Okay, we definitely won’t be swimming,” Fitz had agreed.


Advance Praise

“Both travel memoir and shocking adventure story, like a real-life Survivor or Naked and Afraid . . . A powerful story about survival, love, and faith in the face of impossible odds . . . Unputdownable . . . absolutely fascinating.”
—Katie Lawrence, Library Journal

“Vivid and consistently compelling . . . An absorbing tale of survival, love, and the generosity of people who helped save their lives.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“A detailed, high-stakes debut memoir . . . FitzGerald weaves in the stories from their past with palpable, evocative details of their daily struggles with starvation, strong currents, and despair, all while the couple’s love, self-knowledge, and faith deepen . . . Recommended for fans of survival narratives, coming-of-maturity stories, and travelogues from off the beaten path.”
—Louisa Whitfield-Smith, Booklist


Holly Fitzgerald was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. She graduated from Lake Erie College and received a master’s degree in counseling from Suffolk University. She lives in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

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Event Information

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Time: 6:30-7:30pm (Book purchases and signings beginning at 7:30pm)

Location: Main Library (300 Main Street, Falmouth)

Room: Hermann Meeting Room

 

 

No advance registration required. To receive a reminder a few days before the event, please sign up for our Books & Authors Events Newsletter.

Upcoming Fall Authors

The summer is nearly over, but things are going to be heating up soon with an exciting round of authors visiting the library this Fall. Free tickets are encouraged for Tess Gerritsen on Thursday, October 5. Registration is required for Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Publishing Your Essay with John D’Agata on Saturday, November 18.

Subscribe to the Books & Authors Newsletter to receive reminders and updates about upcoming author events. We look forward to having you!

Fall 2017 Schedule

Falmouth Reads Together Presents Atul Gawande

Date: Monday, September 25, 5:00pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Bestselling and acclaimed author Atul Gawande will talk to us about the importance of community as we age. Join us on Monday, September 25 at 5:00pm for a live simulcast with the author of Being Mortal. The author will not be visiting the library in-person; this will be a live simulcast event.

Request your copy of Being Mortal


Ruthless River with Holly Fitzgerald

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 6:30pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Holly Fitzgerald and her husband were on their honeymoon when their plane crashed in the Peru jungle. Hear about their adventure-turned-survival saga on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30pm.

Request your copy of Ruthless River


I Know A Secret with Tess Gerritsen

Date: Thursday, October 5, 12:00pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen recently released the 12th book in her Rizzoli & Isles series. Don’t miss Tess’s talk on Thursday, October 5 at noon. Pick up your free ticket at the Info Desk at the Main Library beginning on Saturday, September 30 at 10am. Limit of two tickets per person.

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Request your copy of I Know a Secret


Using What You Know to Write a Mystery with Sisters in Crime: Frances McNamara, Barbara Struna & Lea Wait

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 6:30pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Three sisters in crime, Frances McNamara (Death at the Paris Exposition), Barbara Struna (Old Cape Hollywood Secret), and Lea Wait (Tightening the Threads) will visit the library on Wednesday, October 11 at 6:30pm to help you find the clues to a novel only you can write. Been a housewife? Single parent? Lived in a creepy old house? You think your life’s been boring–but exciting plots are buried in your own expertise.


In Conversation with Hank Phillippi Ryan & Hallie Ephron

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 7:00pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Hank Phillippi Ryan (Say No More) and Hallie Ephron’s anticipated return to the library is on Tuesday, October 17 at 7pm. Hank will interview Hallie on her new book, You’ll Never Know Dear, and answer questions from the audience.

Request your copy of You’ll Never Know Dear


New England’s General Stores with Ted Reinstein

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 7:00pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Explore the fabric of America over hot coffee and penny candy. Step through the wooden doors of a New England general store and step back in time, into a Norman Rockwell painting and into the heart of America with Ted Reinstein on Wednesday, November 1 at 7pm.

Request your copy of New England’s General Stores: Exploring an American Classic


In Conversation with Jessica Keener and Anne LeClair

Date: Thursday, November 16, 3:30pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Jessica Keener, the author of Night Swim and a new historical thriller, Strangers in Budapest, visits the library on Thursday, November 16 at 3:30pm. She will be interviewed by Anne LeClair (The Halo Effect)

Request your copy of Strangers in Budapest


Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Publishing Your Essay with John D’Agata

Date: Saturday, November 18, 3:30-5:00pm   Location: Main Library, Hermann Meeting Room

Join John D’Agata for a creative nonfiction workshop that intentionally combines different forms of the genre—personal essays, travelogues, biographies—and encourages exploration in the genre. Participants will examine and discuss short 1-page essays, as well as receiving feedback on their personal essays. There will be also be some discussion on finding an agent and publisher, giving a reading, and surviving as a writer in the world.

An innovative essayist (Halls of Fame, 2001) and dynamic anthologist, (The Lost Origins of the Essay, 2009) John D’Agata is the author of Halls of Fame, About a Mountain, and The Lifespan of a Fact, as well as the editor of the 3-volume series, A New History of the Essay, which includes the anthologies The Next American Essay, The Making of the American Essay, and The Lost Origins of the Essay.

Registration is strongly encouraged; 15 seats available. Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 18.

Movies & Popcorn

Need a break from the heat? Come by and join us for a matinee movie beginning this month in the Hermann Meeting Room! The Page to Screen Film Series will continue through the end of the year and will held on select Thursdays at 2:30pm.

2017 Showing Soon Schedule

DateTimeMovie
Thursday, September 72:30pmThe Sense of an Ending (2017)
Thursday, September 142:30pmArrival (2016)
Thursday, September 212:30pmThe Martian (2015)
Thursday, September 282:30pmSilence (2016)
Thursday, October 192:30pmLive by Night (2016)
Thursday, October 262:30pmMy Cousin Rachel (2017)
Thursday, November 22:30pmThe Girl on the Train (2016)
Thursday, November 92:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 72:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 142:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 212:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 282:30pmTBA

Our New Friend Libby

It’s no secret how much I love e-audiobooks. I’ve been known to chat to anyone about them at the library and in my book clubs (and at the grocery store, the coffee shop, the laundromat…) They are just so easy to download and I’m a bit of a give-upper when it comes to confusing technological processes. That’s why I was excited when I heard that Overdrive released a brand new user-friendly app to use! Meet my new friend, Libby. Not only does Libby offer amazing audiobooks and ebooks for free with your library card, but it does it with a much more visually appealing and easy-to-navigate interface than before. Libby gives you the option of previewing audiobooks, whether or not they are immediately available, which is great for those of us who judge a book pretty quickly by its narrator.

If you’re tech savvier than I am, feel free to just head to your preferred app store and get going on Libby. If you think you might need more help, stop by the Info Desk in the Reference Room at the Main Library to ask us for help.

We are working hard to learn all about Libby and how it works. If you have any questions, please ask us and we will look for the answer together!