Addison Art Gallery 200dpiOrleans, MA — Known for bringing visual artists and collectors together, the Addison Art Gallery is now planning a special event to bring authors and book lovers together for a fun and intriguing afternoon to benefit the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. This first “Cape Cod Book Signing Affair” will be held Saturday, December 19 from 3 to 5 pm at the Addison Art Gallery, 43 South Orleans Road (Route 28), Orleans, MA.

According to Helen Addison, “Authors and publishers often ask the Gallery to hold book signings. We thought it would be most fun for the community — and the authors — if we had a bunch of authors at one event. Making the festivities a benefit for the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod certainly fits into the season of gratitude.” The Addison Art Gallery will forego any and all income from the sale of books, instead asking each of the authors to make donations from what would have been the Gallery’s share of sales.

Julie Wake, Executive Director of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, said, “We are so honored to be the beneficiaries of this fun and creative event. The Addison Gallery really understands the connection between art, community and business. They are wonderful advocates for the arts!”

Authors participating and the books they will be signing (please note this list continues to expand):
David Burns, MD Take a Deep Breath
Rob Conery Winterland
Jeannette de Beauvoir Asylum
Yvonne DeSousa MS Madness
Stephanie Foster Snacks for the Brain and Farms of Cape Cod
Richard Gifford MacMillan Wharf
Sarah Johnson The Lightkeeper’s Wife
Douglas Karlson Sleeper Cell
Greg O’Brien On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s

Wendy Shreve Shadowwater
Don Wilding Henry Beston’s Cape Cod
David Wright The Famous Beds of Wellfeet, A Shellfishing History
Jeff Wolf Zinn The Existential Actor: Life and Death, Onstage and Off

Take a Deep Breath presents vignettes in the life of David Burns. While working the  500 acres of a generational farm in upstate New York, he became inspired to become a physician. This memoir describes that journey into professional life and his return home to a local hospital to care for those in need. The doctor, in his writings, recounts many clinical interactions; some clinically gritty. Dr. Burns describes many front-line clinical settings — one that includes his own mother, critically illl, as he advances a pacing wire into her failing heart. He relates a sad lakeside drowning, others are acute ER settings of crushing auto injuries. Each story, every description takes the reader close to the doctor’s experience.

A resident of Chatham, MA, Dr. Burns is also an accomplished watercolorist.
Jeanette de Beauvoir is an award-winning novelist and poet whose work has been translated into 12 languages and has appeared in 15 countries. She finds that the past always has some hold on the present, and writes mysteries and historical fiction that reflect that resonance. More information at www.jeannetteauthor.com. About the book: Martine LeDuc is the PR director for Montreal, where four women have been murdered. Working with police lieutenant Julian Fletcher, she discovers that all the women were looking into Montreal’s past, when orphans were transferred to a psychiatric hospital and made the subjects of experimentation (drugs, electroshock, lobotomies) in collusion with the CIA’s MK-Ultra program. “De Beauvoir has delivered a harrowing, addictive read that will keep you up late into the night and your mind lingering long after you’ve closed the book. Asylum is riveting and disturbing, and charming amateur sleuth Martine LeDuc is an indomitable and courageous heroine you’ll be rooting for from page one.” — Linda Castillo, New York Times-bestselling author
 
Yvonne deSousa is a native of lower Cape Cod who started writing to keep her sanity while she dealt with the insanity of life with MS.  She has been published in Something on Our Minds Volumes 1-3, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith, Cape Women Online, the Provincetown Banner and the Cape Cod Times. MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis details the bizarre adventures of one woman’s life following a chronic illness diagnosis.  While you read about how she became a secret agent, got married in a grocery store, and ‘accidentally’ kicked an annoying male doctor in the crotch during a mammogram, you will learn that with a sense of humor you can survive anything.

Rob Conery is the weekly fishing columnist in the Cape Cod Times. His work has appeared in Cigar Aficionado, Islands, Powder, Fly Rod & Reel and The Drake. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, he splits time between a hobo camp in western Maine and his native Cape Cod, where he has spent 44 consecutive summers walking distance to Lewis Bay. Winterland is his first novel. About the book: The last few years have been one long party for Easy Ed Stallings. Now the former trust fund kid is flat broke and living in the Florida Keys. But when he’s out fishing, he runs into some smugglers who give him a load of marijuana for a tip and he sets out on a wild road trip.  He ends up as owner of Trappers, a bar in ramshackle Winterland, Colorado. The town teeters on the edge of bankruptcy, and the ski area isn’t far behind. But Ed finds the town agreeable, as do the many ski bums, artists, freaks and outlaws who have started to move there for low rents and the ample snow. But Texas oil magnate Nut Richards wants to change all that. He tries to buy up half the town at distress sale prices. A collision is imminent.

Life is full of beauty. We capture it with our eyes and ears. Writing and photography have been an important part of Stephanie Foster‘s life. They are tools of communication that enable her to share the best of her discoveries both as a photo journalist and artist. Snacks for the Brain is a book of essays about the humor in everyday life, from walking the dog to stepping on a scale. Farms of Cape Cod reveals the lives of farmers in photographs and words and is a guide to another world on the Cape.

Richard Gifford is a native Cape Codder who draws his inspiration from the people and stories that make this special place unique. MacMillan Wharf is an action-packed crime novel that takes place over a hectic Fourth of July weekend in Provincetown. Interweaving the diverse culture found at the Cape’s tip with the fragile natural ecosystems surrounding it, MacMillan Wharf is a fast paced story that transports the reader into the heart of the action.
Sarah Johnson is the author of The Lightkeeper’s Wife (Sourcebooks), The Very Telling, The Art of the Author Interview, and Conversations with American Women Writers, all published by the University Press of New England. Sarah salty debut novel is everything historical fiction should be: an ode to a simpler period and place (in this case, 19th century Cape Cod), while complicating issues that are relevant today – making and breaking gender and sexual norms.
Doug Karlson is a thriller writer who lives in Harwich Port. His first novel was Devil’s Reef, and he is currently writing the sequel to that. Originally from New York City, he is a graduate of Northwestern and NYU. In Sleeper Cell, Pazhman Khan, a ruthless member of a secret radical sect called Pachaas Talwaray, is sent to New York to activate a deadly sleeper cell. He has a brilliant plan, but he hasn’t anticipated one thing: FBI special agent Kim Conrad. Kim is soon in a very personal battle with this psychotic killer. She finds an ally in Sgt. Lance Dennehy, formerly of the elite 75th Rangers, who is rebuilding a life shattered by war and terror. Together, they connect the dots to confront this fanatical terrorist.

On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s, written by Greg O’Brien of Brewster and a bestseller in its genre on Amazon, is the first book written by an award-winning investigative reporter embedded inside the mind of Alzheimer’s, chronicling the progression of his own disease. On Pluto is a blueprint of strategies, faith, hope, and humor, a day-to-day focus on living with Alzheimer’s, not dying with it—a hope that all is not lost when it appears to be. O’Brien’s journey has been the subject of nine installments on NPR: All Things considered, and the subject of several documentaries, films and interviews, including WCVB-TV’s Chronicle in Boston, WGBH-TV PBS/Boston, Fox News national report, and PBS/NOVA, in additional to regional and national publications such as US News & World Report, Newsday, Readers Digest, Runner’s World, Huffington Post and Psychology Today. On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s is winner of 2015 Beverly Hills International Book Award for Medicine, winner of 2015 International Book Award for Health, finalist in USA Best Books Awards, and finalist in Eric Hoffer International Book Awards.Wendy Shreve, a native New Yorker, grew up in the wilds of the Lower Hudson Valley, climbing trees; connecting with nature. With New York City at her doorstep, she found a launching pad to new horizons. Whether teaching ESL in Singapore during the Persian Gulf War, taking a school group across ravines in the jungles of Belize, going solo in Bali, or drinking a toast to Picasso with a taxi driver in Provence, Wendy has never settled for the ordinary. Wendy brings to her novels a unique and memorable lifetime of adventure and magic. About the book: Lili Ribault, a successful writer of supernatural stories, has settled on Cape Cod where she’s found her soulmate, Cal “Sitting Crow” Green. Ignoring friends’ warnings about interfering with ancient rituals, Lili chooses to walk into the fire, unwittingly jeopardizing her sanity to learn the truth. Don Wilding, author of Henry Beston’s Cape Cod, is a co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Henry Beston Society of Cape Cod. He is the producer for a feature-length documentary film, now in production, based on his book, and regularly presents lectures about The Outermost House across Cape Cod and New England. Henry Beston’s Cape Cod tells the story behind Beston’s timeless nature classic, The Outermost House. It chronicles how Beston’s trail to Cape Cod began at the Battle of Verdun in World War I, and reveals how The Outermost House inspired legislators in Washington to establish the Cape Cod National Seashore.D.B. Wright was born in Troy, New York and came to Wellfleet as a child in the summers. Wellfleet has been his permanent home since 1982. A graduate of Beloit College, he has lived in Boston, London and New York. An art teacher and jazz singer, he released the CD “Croon, Cry & Testify.” The Famous Beds of Wellfleet is an illustrated socio-history. Readers will learn about historic spots and types of shellfishing while the emphasis is on the human element, the heroes, the cultural trends and a good story.Jeff Zinn has been acting, directing, teaching, and writing about theater for than 30 years. He is best known as the artistic director of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) where he produced and/or directed more than 150 productions. As an actor he made his Equity debut as Danny in the original off-Broadway production of David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago and appeared on Broadway with Derek Jacobi in The Suicide. He was recently appointed Managing Director at Gloucester Stage Company.

D.B. Wright was born in Troy, New York and came to Wellfleet as a child in the summers. Wellfleet has been his permanent home since 1982. A graduate of Beloit College, he has lived in Boston, London and New York. An art teacher and jazz singer, he released the CD “Croon, Cry & Testify.” The Famous Beds of Wellfleet is an illustrated socio-history. Readers will learn about historic spots and types of shellfishing while the emphasis is on the human element, the heroes, the cultural trends and a good story.

Jeff Zinn has been acting, directing, teaching, and writing about theater for than 30 years. He is best known as the artistic director of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT) where he produced and/or directed more than 150 productions. As an actor he made his Equity debut as Danny in the original off-Broadway production of David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago and appeared on Broadway with Derek Jacobi in The Suicide. He was recently appointed Managing Director at Gloucester Stage Company.

The Existential Actor: Life and Death, Onstage and Off, released earlier this year, is a taut survey of the craft of acting: where it came from, where it’s going and how it can be improved… Over the years, the book’s larger concepts revealed themselves to [Zinn]. It’s part of why The Existential Actor feels so fully fleshed out. No proverbial stones are left unturned. Zinn tackles nearly the entire history of acting technique, beginning with the Greeks and ending somewhere around prestige TV dramas. Moreover, Zinn explores the psychology of acting, which takes him — historically speaking — even farther back in time.

“Here is a wildly incomplete list of subjects Zinn manages to touch upon: Aristotle, Diderot, Delsarte, Stanislavski, Brecht, Anne Bogart, Jean Paul Sartre, Oscar Wilde, Susan Sontag, Woody Allen, Louis C.K., Cindy Sherman, Tina Fey, Meryl Streep, Walter White and Don Draper.” — Matt Mullen, WBUR

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