See the 2016 Cape Ann Reads selection panel
After a year of monthly programming by the libraries and community partners, the Cape Ann Reads original picture book contest is in full swing and has moved into the jury processing stage. The contest is hosted by the 4 public libraries of Cape Ann. They will publish the first edition printing for one book from entries that were submitted by December 15, 2016. The jury selection panel includes representatives from each of the public libraries: Justine Vitale Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Carol Bender, Children’s and Teen Librarian, Rockport Public Library; Kate Strong Stadt, Head of Youth Services, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; Anne Cowman, Young Adult Librarian, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; and April Wanner, Assistant Librarian at the TOHP Burnham Library, Essex. Joining these talented library participants are three artists and award winning children’s picture book authors and illustrators: Pat Lowery Collins; Giles Laroche; and Anna Vojtech. Bob Ritchie proprietor of Dogtown Book Shop will provide another crucial area of book world expertise. Cape Ann Reads is grateful for their time and considerable talents to help the participants and the process. A second jury of children will select their favorites and is chaired by Liza Browning from the Cape Ann Museum, a Cape Ann Reads partner.
About the Cape Ann creates for Cape Ann Reads Children’s Picture Book Contest:
The 4 public libraries hosted a one of a kind call for entry seeking new and original children’s picture books showcasing local artists and writers.
Cape Ann residents of all ages, students attending school on Cape Ann, and people who work on Cape Ann were invited to create part or all of a picture book for consideration to be published, and to submit their entries by December 15th, 2016. A first edition printing of one of these submissions will be published in 2017 by the 4 public libraries and with the support of various sponsors. The copyright is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of a Caldecott award for the children’s book, “Little House”, by Virginia Lee Burton, eminent Gloucester artist, author and illustrator.
Small business Saturday – how about an original newspaper story about Gloucester’s sea serpent? Dogtown Books will have that, rare and used books, work by local artists, and more.
Dogtown Books participates annually in the Boston Book print and Ephemera show. Bob was unpacking boxes from the fair the day I stopped by.
Unique and special children’s picture books and young adult chapter books. Plenty of Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl the day I was there.
My dad, Bob Ritchie (of Dogtown Books) gave us a GMG Sticka for Christmas. We brought it along on our trip to SE Asia this month. Here are some photos, hope you like them! Here are Evelyn, Daniel and Edward with The Sticka in:
Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Phuket Butterfly Garden in Phuket Thailand (no Monarchs here!)
and on Gloucester Road in Hong Kong
Joey, I believe the Mystery Fish is a Shortspine Boarfish (Antigonia combatia); "body shape varies from ovate to roughly diamond-shaped. Head and body reddish pink above, becoming silvery below. 9 spines in first dorsal fin, 26-30 soft rays in 2nd dorsal fin; 23-28 soft rays in anal fin. Size: up to 5 in. Range: NJ and south to Brazil, at depth 400-2000 ft., generally on or near bottom on the deeper continental shelf and the upper slope, especially near ledges and rocky outcroppings." Source: C. Richard Robins, A Field Guide to Atlantic Coast Fishes of North America, Houghton Mifflin 1986. Available at Dogtown Book Shop (books, used and unusual) $8.00
Dogtown Book Shop
Bob’s email was in reference to this curious fish that Tony Gross brought up in his trap last week.
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Tony brought it down the dock for me to photograph and all our lobstermen passed it around the office (there was probably 500 years of lobstering experience in the office at the time) and not one of our lobstermen had caught one in their traps before. Tony caught this one just off of Lanesville. Rare indeed.
Available today at Dogtown Book shop
Bob Ritchie of Dogtown Book Shop at the Cedar Cafe in Corn Hill, New Brunswick, Canada.
Melinda left Gloucester yesterday to drive back cross country to Seattle making stops along the way with her Irish companion whose name escapes me (I get a pass on forgetting her name as she called me Bob a couple times).
Here she poses with a couple of her pieces made from actual sails. When speaking with Melinda she told me how helpful and supportive Freida Grotjahn from Again and Again had been during her stay as well as Bob Ritchie from Dogtown Book Store.