May Author Visits
“Daughters of Long Reach”
by Irene Drago
Saturday, May 11
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Maine author, Irene Drago, will talk about how Maine's maritime history inspired her debut novel--a seafaring, shipbuilding, family love story.
Drawn to its rich maritime history, Ellie and Ty Malone purchase a grand home in Bath, Maine, and discover the story of a prominent shipbuilding family who lived there in the 1800s. "Daughters of Long Reach"? explores love and loss through the lens of two families who are separated by time but connected by the rolling tides of the Kennebec River.
Anna Malone, a modern-day daughter, arrives in Bath to heal and to begin to write again after losing her heart and her work to a charming, but a duplicitous filmmaker. Stella Rose leaves Bath in the 1940s to nurse wounded sailors, but finds love in the middle of the war and may never go home again. Captain Thomas Goss comes back to Bath to save his soul but almost loses it completely.
Across three centuries, Long Reach’s dramatic history ties three lives together with a sailor’s knot.
"Daughters of Long Reach" won the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the first category.
Much like Ellie of "Daughters of Long Reach", Irene M. Drago fell in love with Bath's maritime history in 2013 and has quickly cultivated deep ties to the Kennebec River. Irene lives there with her husband and has kept her writing flowing by maintaining Bath Time Society, a blog that speaks to Mainers both native and new.
Born in the shadow of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Irene’s father and brother both served on destroyers, which inspired a fascination with ships and boats of all kinds. Life has taken her from Brooklyn to Long Island, Worcester, Washington, D.C., Wichita, Chicago, and now to Bath, Maine, her city of choice.
Mystery Writers Panel
Richard Cass, Brenda Buchanan,
and Vaughn Hardacker
Tuesday, May 14
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Do you have what it takes to solve a good mystery?
If so, you don’t want to miss working with mystery writers Vaugh Hardacker, Brenda Buchanan, and Richard Cass to help solve a mystery on the fly. This esteemed panel of authors will draw facts for a mystery to be solved, then, with intense help from the audience, they’ll open up about how they make decisions when they create their books.
Richard Cass is the author of the Elder Darrow jazz mystery series: Solo Act and was a finalist for the 2017 Maine Literary Awards in Crime Fiction. Its prequel, In Solo Time, won the 2018 Maine Literary Award in Crime Fiction. The third book in the series, Burton’s Solo, was released November 1, 2018. Cass serves on the board of Mystery Writers of America’s New England Chapter and volunteers with the Maine Crime Writers. Cass lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine with his wife Anne and a Maine Coon Cat named Tinker.
Vaughn C. Hardacker is a member of the New England Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. Three of his novels, Sniper, The Fisherman, and Wendigo finalists in the Crime Fiction category of the 2015, 2016, and 2018 Maine Literary Awards. His fifth novel, My Brother’s Keeper, is scheduled for a July 2019 release.
Vaughn is a veteran of the U. S. Marines and served in Vietnam. He holds degrees from Northern Maine Technical College, the University of Maine and Southern New Hampshire University. He lives in Stockholm, Maine where he is working on his next crime thriller.
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.
Visit Brenda's website for more information.