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Local Author Debuts First Novel

Very excited for FOB Carla Dellporta, she is releasing her first novel on August 31st.   Congratulations Carla..

For Immediate Release

 Press Contact:             Carla Dellaporta




Penelope Door, the pen name of Gloucester resident and writer, is releasing her first novel, Wounds of the Past.

This work of fiction is set in a small New England city and focuses on Matilda Dante, a complex woman struggling with hazy childhood memories – the most haunting of which is the spontaneous appearance of crosses on her wrists. Matti’s stigmata, and the bizarre death of her mother, were both chronicled in the local newspapers but get her no closer to bringing to light hidden family secrets. Guided by a gilded talisman and unsullied love, Matti begins to unearth the wounds of the past, discovering a most unexpected path to her future.

“I am thrilled to be among the group of amazingly talented writers on Cape Ann and am eager to see the public’s reaction to my debut novel”, Penelope stated.

On Wednesday, August 31st, Wounds of the Past will be available on Amazon, at the Bookstore of Gloucester on Main Street and several copies will be donated to the Sawyer Free Library by the author.

Penelope Door will also be featured at the Eastern Point Lit House’s Third Thursday Open Mic night on September 15th at 261 Main Street, Gloucester at 7:30PM. No fee. No RSVP. Please stop by to hear a reading and to learn the true identity of “Penelope Door”.

About the Author:

Penelope Door, a proud Brooklyn NYC native, now calls Cape Ann home. When her loyal puppy, Benjamin, is not demanding all of her time she is hard at work on completing her next novel, Conviction, her memoir and a series of children’s books.


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

Discovering a local author

A while ago, Joey posted about a book “Confessions of a Gourmand, or How to Cook a Dragon” published by Gloucester author Tom Bruno. It looked interesting; I am a big fan of fantasy and science fiction, and the description of the book made it sound like an unlikely and original entry in the fantasy genre. However, I forgot about it after I downloaded it to my Kindle…

Then, a few months later (back in April), Joey posted about another short story by the same author, this time in the realm of scifi: “Bibliophile (L is for librarian)” I dutifully clicked over to Amazon.com and downloaded the Kindle edition… and only got around to reading it over the past week or so! But I’m glad I did. The story’s protagonist is a librarian on a rural colony on a far distant planet, where he has taken on the personal mission to provide good books and to kindle an enthusiasm for literature in the local population. His endeavors are impeded by local culture and by galactic politics, but he is not easily daunted. It’s a well-crafted and fun read, with likable characters and a satisfying conclusion. He promises a sequel, so I’ll have to keep my eye out for it!

So, now have started to read the longer book I downloaded earlier in the year. A word to the squeamish: you might not want to read the beginning of the book, which is a detailed explanation of how to butcher and cook a dragon, while you eat lunch, as I did (fortunately I’m not very squeamish). I’ll post a full review when I finish! Thanks to Joey for sharing the links to these stories; otherwise I would not have discovered them.

Kat Valentine’s Local Author Publishing Series

Kat Valentine is putting together a series of talks with authors who offer advice on writing and publishing.  here is the first in the series-

For/From Indie Authors: Daniel Arenson

Daniel Arenson is an author of fantasy fiction, from epic to dark and surreal. Like many writers, he began his career writing short stories. He sold his first story, "Worms Believe in God", in 1998. Since then, dozens of his stories and poems have appeared in various magazines, among them Flesh & Blood, Chizine, and Orson Scott Card’s Strong Verse. Five Star Publishing, an imprint of Gale, published Daniel’s fantasy novel Firefly Island in 2007. His second novel, the dark fantasy Flaming Dove, was released in 2010. The Gods of Dream, an epic Advice, is Daniel’s third novel.

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For/From Indie Authors: Daniel Arenson


Food & Writing & Walking

Gloucester’s own Denise Frame Harlan has been included in a book of collected essays called “The Spirit of Food”.  Denise is many things: mother, teacher, fabric artist and of course, writer – which makes her fit in perfectly on Cape Ann, with its community of creative people skilled in crafting both things and words.

Denise will be at Common Crow tomorrow, December 11th, from 11:30 to 1:30 pm to sign copies of “The Spirit of Food” or just chat with you about the life of a mother/teacher/fabric artist/writer.  This is a perfect complement to the Middle Street Walk going on just around the corner from Common Crow, so stop in and say hello, no purchase necessary (according to the writer herself).  You can take in a holiday walk on Middle Street, pick up your organic groceries and chat up a Gloucester writer all in one fell swoop.  Where else but on Cape Ann could you squeeze in so much good food and culture in the course of an ordinary Saturday?