Congratulations to Faye Passanisi for her wildly successful book launch celebration for Port Bliss. The first time author’s party was held in Gloucester at the lovely home she shares with her husband Tony.

The Passanisi’s house was overflowing with loved ones and friends and all were there to wish Faye congratulations. The outpouring of community support for Faye as she launches her debut novel was heartwarming!

Gloucester sea Captains wishing Faye a successful journey with her debut novel Port Bliss! 

Left to right: Captain Russell Sherman (F.V. Lady Jane), Captain Michael Favazza (Old Timer), Captain Terry Greel (Fione A.), Faye Passanisi, Captain Vito Calamo (F.V. Italian Gold), and Captain Sam Novello (F.V. Capt. Novello)


Capt. Sandy Calamo (F.V. Josie), Capt. Russel Sherman, Capt. Michael Favazza, Tina Greel, Capt. Terry Greel, Faye, Capt. Vito Calamo, Marianne Pacquette, Capt. Sam Novello, and Tony Passanisi

Captain Sherman made a huge pot of steaming haddock chowder, with oodles of fresh fish from his boat. Christine Russell served up generous helpings of the delicious chowder to all the guests.

About Port Bliss, from the book’s website page:

Six months after her husband dies at sea, Brandy Rogers unexpectedly requests to join the crew of the Sea Quest ~ the same vessel that led her husband to his watery grave… With NO body nor any trace of him, Brandy seeks some sort of closure and relief from the pain of losing the love of her life. Mysteriously drawn to the docks, she convinces Captain Bill to let her join the crew as galley cook. But, what Brandy does not know is that this decision just sealed her fate.

Captain Bill is betting it all on this one trip to save his boat and livelihood. But, when he decides to change course for the shrimping trip, the Sea Quest comes face to face with Hurricane Faye… A decade later, aging old salt Cappy Dupree has lots of stories to tell about the past that include Dave Rogers’ demise and the fateful journey of the Sea Quest just six months later. ~ Whilst Cappy reveals his tales to Pastor Jackson Montgomery, shocking truths are unveiled about the lives of several men and one woman as they learn to trust God and embrace His blessings.

In this captivating novel, a group of characters, both on water and land, search for answers within a sea that holds her secrets deep within her soul.


Finally, they reached port. Cappy remembered the Sea Quest docking near the shrimp house, just down from his net shop. What a magnificent vessel. Fenders thrown out, he helped along with seven or eight other fishermen to meet her, catch the lines, and tie her to port. Much like mother nature and the ocean, the Sea Quest showed no bias. Dressed in all her regalia, she was huge and commanded the power of many men to rein her in.

Norris and Jim were first off the Sea Quest, like bats out of hell, as though they were trying to run away from a bad dream. Captain Bill shut down the main engines and joined the other crewmen on the dock.

No one said anything. Each just grabbed their gear and found their loved ones. Cappy knew something bad happened as he watched the crewmen give long silent hugs to those welcoming their return. No one knew what to say. Their expressions said it all. Family understood life at sea was rough and knew not to ask for details.

Then, out of nowhere, Cappy watched a petite lady walking down the dock. All the men froze and followed Captain Bill’s eyes. It was Brandy, Dave’s wife, walking slowly towards the Sea Quest. This was the moment everyone on the Sea Quest was dreading.

About the authors: 

Faye Passanisi grew up in the oldest seaport in America ~ Gloucester, MA. Because Bill Allen was drawn to her inspirational writing and love of the Lord, he invited her to co-write Port Bliss.

Captain Bill Allen was a commercial shrimper until a paralyzing injury at the age of 22 curtailed his career captain of a commercial shrimping vessel.

Port Bliss is the writing debut for both Faye Passanisi and Captain Bill Allen

Faye decided to go the self-publishing route with Archway Publishing. Port Bliss may be purchased here on Archway’s website and on Amazon.


Gail McCarthy features Diane Polley and Marion Hall “Celebrating a new illustrated children’s book” today’s paper

Great article about the new children’s book, Let’s Go: Animal Tracks in the Snow! by Diane Polley illustrated by Marion Hall, an award winning entry in the Cape Ann Reads contest.

Celebrating a new illustrated children’s book by Gail McCarthy, Gloucester Daily Times, September 6, 2018

Deborah French, Director of Essex’s TOHP Burnham Library says Diane Polley “is an excellent example of a hidden children’s writer that was brought together with Marion Hall, the illustrator, through the Cape Ann Reads initiative to create a wonderful picture book. I’m sure she has more to come for us all to enjoy.”

BOOK LAUNCH CELEBRATION: Saturday, Sept 8 11:30-1:30, Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, 21 Main Street, Gloucester. “This is a free family drop-in event with children’s activities. Meet Diane Polley of Essex, the author and Marion Hall of Manchester, the illustrator, who will be signing copies of their book.”

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Visually stunning and original, Let’s Go Animal Tracks in the Snow, is a gentle and clever story and non-fiction picture book that engenders shared experiences.  Vivid wintery scenes are intimate and expansive, and beautiful watercolors match and extend the text. Expressions of color notes pop from the pages like finding fresh tracks in new snow. This children’s book is an irresistible inside outside story: snuggle up for a good read and wondrous exploration.


“There is a great need for veterans and the families of veterans to tell their own stories to audiences who are receptive and willing to listen.” Dorothy Nelson, from the book’s introduction.

Today’s book launch of The Inner Voice and the Outer World was a resounding success. The book is a compilation of writings by veterans and their families from the Gloucester Writer’s Center “Cape Ann Veterans Writing Workshop” (2013 -2017), which was taught by the book’s editor, Dorothy Nelson. Many of the contributors were at the event to read excerpts of their poems and stories and to sign books. Shaped by the author’s experiences in 20th and 21st century wars, the stories shared were deeply moving. Readers and audience were in many instances moved to tears.

Virginia Frontiero McKinnon

The Gloucester House was packed, so much so, that Lenny opened up the adjoining second function room to accommodate the overflow of people.

Best wishes and congratulations to the Writer’s Center, Ms. Nelson, and the contributors for sharing the stories of our local veterans and their loved ones.

The contributors are:


















To purchase The Inner Voice and the Outer World, mail a check to the Gloucester Writers Center at 126 East Main Street, Gloucester MA 01930. Please make the check to the Gloucester Writers Center and at the bottom of the envelope write: re: Veterans Book. The book costs $15.00. plus mailing. 



Martin Ray’s new book! Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life

Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life, by Martin Ray

December 4, 2017 at Trident Gallery

“The book will be offered for sale at $30.00 during a SIGNING PARTY at Trident Gallery, 189 Main Street, Gloucester, 3:00-5:00 Sunday afternoon December 10. At 4:00 I will give remarks of acknowledgement to the profilees and to the team which coalesced to grace the printed book with elegance. I hope to see you there.” – Martin Ray

January 13, 2018 Cape Ann Museum reception and panel