A Fatal Obsession

Thursday, October 3
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

We hope you’ll join us for a chat with best-selling author James Haymen. A native New Yorker, James Hayman worked in advertising for over 30 years before moving to Portland, Maine to continue his writing career. His first thriller, The Cutting, features Portland detectives Mike McCabe and Maggie Savage. Five more McCabe/Savage thrillers followed landing Hayman on the NY Times, WSJ and USA Today best seller lists. His latest, A Fatal Obsession, is now available in hardcopy and e-book form.

This promises to be a fun evening of storytelling and discussion.

Meet Victoria Falls’ author James Hornor

Tuesday, October 15
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Author James Hornor joins us this month to talk about his exciting new novel, Victoria Falls.

“James Monroe is a sophisticated American professional on mission for The World Bank in Africa during the early 1990’s. Despite his worldliness, his actions betray a late twentieth century innocent abroad who embodies both the bravado and the debilitating insecurities of the modern American male.

Set in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Bombay, India, Mr. Monroe’s journey into authenticity results in a series of failed relationships that reveal the dark, enigmatic recesses of his complex personality and eventually land him in a hellhole prison in Bombay. His tragedy unfolds into an ending that no one, especially Monroe, could have possibly predicted or imagined.”

We can’t wait to hear more!

Cheapo’s Guide to Paris!

Thursday, October 17
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

In this talk, Jayne Boisvert will introduce her easy-to-use travel guide to Paris, Pilgrimage to Paris; the Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and the Americans Who Lived There. Jayne’s talk will include travel tips and free or nearly-free places to visit in Paris. An ardent traveler, Dr. Boisvert has visited many different areas of France and the Francophone world over the years. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale.

“I used the guide to create my own tour to see where Hemingway worked, loved, and lived; to visit wehre mary Cassatt the artist lived; and where Josephine Baker performed. This unusual guide is a gem!”

 ~ review on Amazon.com

Living in a Mad World – with author Lee Rutty

Thursday, October 24
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Picture this:

“Four weeks after a plague has swept the world  – a virus that unlocks the genetic insanities that lurk in all of us. A world gone mad…

The epidemic affected everyone, the entire human race has gone insane. Now the incapable mad – the catatonic, depressed, schizophrenic – are dead. The only ones left are the functional insane. Megalomaniacs, psychotics, those whose insanities are adaptive in this new world, roam the land, preying on the weak.

A small band who believe themselves still sane fight for survival and the chance to build a better life. But are they really sane, or are they just deluding themselves?”

We hope you’ll join us to meet Cape Elizabeth author Lee Rutty and hear more.

Here’s more about Lee Rutty
Born in 1963, Lee Rutty had one ambition: to write compelling science-fiction stories and novels. He even put down on his first apartment lease, under Profession: Writer. Real life intervened. He wasn’t seasoned enough as a human being or writer to make that happen, so instead he spent 30 years building a family and a career in IT. From code monkey to manager, he clawed his way up the ladder. He hasn’t quit his day job, but finally he has re-started his first and dearest dream, and has taken up writing again – hopefully more seasoned, both as a person and a writer.

Storywriting Puzzle — How Mysteries Are Made

Tuesday, October 29
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Do you have what it takes to solve a good mystery? If so, you don’t want to miss working with a panel of mystery writers, headed up by Cape’s own mystery writer Richard Cass, to help solve a mystery on the fly. Our esteemed panel of authors will draw audience-generated facts for a mystery to be solved, then, with your help, they’ll open up about how they make decisions when they create their stories.

When this panel was here last October, it was fascinating – and hilarious!  

Meet the panel!

Kate Flora 

Brenda Buchanan grew up in Western Massachusetts and studied journalism at Northeastern University. She worked as a reporter trainee at the Boston Globe and studied creative writing with Robert Parker, creator of the Spenser series, among others. After Northeastern, she moved to Maine to work as a journalist at the York County Coast Star in Kennebunk, then went to law school in the late eighties. About ten years ago, she moved from Peaks Island to America and got serious about her fiction writing. She is the author of three Joe Gale mysteries: Quick Pivot, Cover Story, and Truth Beat.

Richard Cass grew up in Boston, lived through the bussing years, and graduated from Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the United States. He is the author of the Elder Darrow jazz mystery series, set in Boston, which is the story of an alcoholic who walks into a dive bar and decides to buy it. Solo Act was published in 2016 and was a finalist for a 2017 Maine Literary Award in the Crime Fiction category. The prequel to Solo ActIn Solo Time, was published in 2017 and won the 2018 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. The third book in the series, Burton’s Solo, will be published in 2018. Dick serves on the board of Mystery Writers of America’s New England Chapter and lives in Cape Elizabeth.