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Local Author Tom Hauck Reading from “The Body on the Rocks” at Toad Hall Bookstore

Author Tom Hauck ©kim Smith 2014Thanks so much to Joe and Meg for Tom’s reading at Toad Hall Bookstore!

Lisa Smith kindly writes that Cape Ann TV will be airing Tom’s reading during the week of July 28th. The following are the times and dates. Thanks so much Lisa and Steven!

Tues, July 29 at 9 pm
Thurs., July 31 at 9 am
Fri, Aug. 1 at 8 pm
Sat., Aug. 2 at 9 am and 9:30 pm
Sun., Aug 3 at 11 pm

Cape Ann TV ©Kim Smith 2014Cape Ann TV’s Steven Essery

Save the Date: Tom Hauck Reading at Toad Hall Bookstore for THE BODY ON THE ROCKS

Save the date for a reading by my husband Tom Hauck of his recently published thriller The Body on the Rocks at Toad Hall Bookstore, Rockport, on Wednesday, July 16th at 7pm.

I hope you can join us!

Body on the Rocks 300dpiExcerpt from The Body on the Rocks

The instant Chris Mark heard the scream he knew something was very wrong. At the edge of a narrow chasm a woman was backing away from something. Her dog strained at its leash. Mark took his hands from his pockets, broke into a run. The woman saw him and pointed. The dog pulled excitedly, trying to get close to whatever was down there. Mark approached the crevice and looked down. On the rocks ten feet below him a man lay on his back. He was clad in jeans and a sweatshirt. While the body was in bad shape – bloated and discolored – the waxy face still had its nose and ears, and the two bluish hands were at the ends of the arms. The limbs and small bits had not yet been devoured by predators. “I’m sorry that I screamed like that,” stuttered the woman. “I just looked down and there he was. What do you suppose happened?” Mark shrugged. “The ocean can take you any which way.” “The Body on the Rocks” presents twelve thrilling stories featuring detective Chris Mark. Set in the rugged port city of Gloucester, Massachusetts, each story offers human drama, passion, intrigue, and a glimpse into the complicated life of an Iraq War vet who only wants to help people solve their toughest problems. This fast-paced collection is perfect for a day at the beach or an evening by the fireplace, and will keep you turning the pages long past your bedtime.

Don’t Miss a Reading by Jamie Quatro at Toad Hall Bookstore!

From the Annisquam artist Rachel Perry Welty:
My friend Jamie Quatro will be stopping on the North Shore on her book tour for “I Want To Show You More” on Monday, March 11, at 7 pm, and will do a reading and signing at Toad Hall. She has won all kinds of advance praise for her first collection of short stories, and she has been called a “brilliant new voice in American fiction” and compared to other writers such as Alice Munro. She is reviewed in the March 11 issue (this week’s issue) of the New Yorker. It’s exciting for me personally to be a small part of her debut, as I made the art for the cover. You can read more about Jamie and her book here:
Monday March 11
7 pm
Toad Hall Bookstore
47 Main Street
Rockport Mass 01966

9780802120755

Excerpt from JoeAnn Hart’s Latest Novel FLOAT

float JoeAnn HartTen Bells’ doors opened at 5:30 a.m. so that dock workers could get a quick snort before work, or to offer amber consolation if there was none. In the past, and perhaps even into the present, the bar was known as a place where captains, short of men for some dangerous journey or another, would troll for crew, make them paralytic with drink, then carry them on board on stretchers and lay them out like corpses in the hold. And that was exactly how Duncan felt the next morning.

“Sassafras,” he croaked, without opening his eyes. Thanks to several more oyster shooters after dinner, Duncan had already reached his waterline by the time they left Slocum’s apartment, then he took more onboard at Ten Bells. Bottom shelf bourbon, $3.05 a shot. He’d ended up, somehow, fully clothed on the sofa in his office and woke to the sound of a rally outside his window. Annuncia’s basso profundo voice blared through a loudspeaker. “A clean sea is a profitable sea!” she shouted. It was 10 a.m.

He curled tighter into the ball he was already in and pulled his windbreaker over his head. He’d forgotten that he’d told her that she could launch her Boat Garbage Project from Seacrest’s loading dock today, but it was coming back to him loud and clear now.  He had assumed she meant at the end of the workday, but of course, she would want to do it early enough to catch that evening’s news cycle.

The crowd started to chant, and the steady noise bore through his eardrums like seaworms. “Bring the garbage back to shore! Bring the garbage back to shore!”

Annuncia quieted them down and continued speaking. “We complain about the crap from outfall pipes and pollution on our fish, and then we throw our own garbage overboard. What’s up with that?”

The crowd emitted a low boo, and he could hear Wade’s voice leading the pack.  Even though Annuncia was at the microphone, this project was really his baby. On Earth Day that spring, instead of cleaning beaches with the other volunteers, he decided to motor from boat to boat asking for garbage. When they saw how successful he’d been, a group of kids started making the rounds every weekend in a pedal-driven barge built from plastic water bottles, and it wasn’t long before some of the fishermen and pleasure boaters started to bring it in on their own.  The problem was, as always, that there was no place to put it.  Often the bags were just left on the docks at the mercy of the gulls and crows, and that meant debris scattered everywhere, on land and water. Annuncia hadn’t realized the extent to which everyone had been throwing their trash overboard before that.  It was against the law, but they had to catch you first, and the ocean was a mighty big place.

Visit JoeAnn’s website to purchase your copy of Float.

JoeAnn Hart

What Just Happened? Sculpture Event at Toad Hall Bookstore!

Toad Hall Bookstore is celebrating their 40th birthday this year with several special events, one of which took place on Earth Day, April 22nd. As many of you know, Toad Hall’s profits go toward supporting environmental causes, so in keeping with that theme, sculptor Nina Samoiloff brought 40 pieces of (GREEN!) beach trash scavenged from Rockport’s beaches to create a sculpture in a live event in front of the store on Earth Day. And don’t say Rockport isn’t a wild and crazy place for street art, because just like in the big cities, the cops came by and made her move along. Vive les arts! Vive Toad Hall Bookstore! 

For more on Toad Hall Bookstore, click HERE. Nina Samoiloff has a website coming soon, and in the meantime check out her blog documenting her beach trash finds HERE.

The man keeping a close eye on things in downtown Rockport. 'Cause things are liable to get out of control when it comes to beach trash and art!

 ITEMS THAT MAKE UP 40

1 plastic  water gun

1 plastic toy toilet

1 24 Hour Protection deordorant 2.6 oz plastic package

1 Habitat for Humanity AMERICORPS pen plastic

1 Blistex Medicated Lip Balm 1.4 oz plastic

1 Mentos Chewing Gum plastic package

4 green plastic soda bottles

1 plastic Dasani water bottle

2 Mountain Dew bottles

1 Gatorade Tiger Plastic beverage bottle

1 Sprite can

1 Bud Lime can

1 Rolling Rock glass bottle

2 plastic SOLO cup

2  Newport cigarette boxes

1 Smoke Friendly 100’s cigarette box

4 Bic lighters

1 plastic disposable floss utensil

1 plastic childs rake

1 plastic castle mold for child

1 Juicy Pop plastic container

1 Green Giant Broccoili and Carrots with Garlic & Herbs Bag 19oz

1 GoGo SqueeZ Apple Strawberry 3.2oz plastic package

4 childs  beach shovel plastic

1 rubber super ball

1 plastic childs starfish mold

1 plastic childs block

1 Playtex sippy cup top plastic

1 plastic/silicone/latex baby pacifier 

2 plastic childs toy pieces

1 plastic childs beach toy sifter

2 mylar  Birthday balloons

2 bunches of mylar ribbons for balloons

1 child flip flop rubber

1 adult flip flop rubber

1 plastic tampon

1 plastic pill bottle

1 glass light bulb for Christmas tree light

1 squeeze top plastic

13 beverage tops plastic

1 plastic spray top

1 heavy duty glove plastic

1 latex glove

1 plastic chair part

1 hand wipe plastic top

1 plastic earth ball

1 plastic funnel

1 plastic part of container

1 part of plastic container bottom

1 piece of nylon netting

2 small nylon bait bags

2 plastic beverage caps

1 plastic cigar case

2 plastic parts of container

1 plastic part plant pot

2 metal parts of lobster traps

1 pleather wristlet

1 plastic shopping bag

1 styrofoam buoy

1 plastic buoy

3 pieces of plastic buoy rod

1 broken styrofoam buoy

5 1/4  plastic lobster trap part

1 Maine lobster tag plastic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop Local Initiative

Dear Joey,

I thought you might want to hear about a funny coincidence and just one example of how GMG shop local initiative is impacting small businesses.

I found intriguing Paul Morrison’s recent review about the book Moby Duck, written by Donovan Hohn, and thought it would make a great gift for a friend. I placed an order at Toad Hall and stopped in yesterday afternoon to pick up my copy of Moby Duck.  While browsing the books at Toad Hall a woman coincidentally stopped in (Debbie I believe is here name) and asked if they had a copy of Moby Duck. She is a regular reader of GMG and had read about Moby Duck on GMG. Because Paul mentioned in his review that both Toad Hall and The Bookstore of Gloucester had been given a heads up about stocking Moby Duck, she was hoping Toad Hall had a copy. They did have a copy in stock and she purchased a book on the spot!

Shopping local is especially meaningful to booksellers. I know from speaking with my publisher and local booksellers that booksellers are having a very challenging time competing against mail order giants such as Amazon. Some people actually browse a book in a bookshop and then scan the bar code and purchase elsewhere. I am thankful that here on Cape Ann we have not one, but three book shops (including Dogtown Book Shop), and unlike many communities, we have a genuine Main Street. Thanks Joey for all that GMG is doing to help local Cape Ann businesses and artists!