In the era of alternative facts, George Orwell’s dystopian novel, written in 1949, and set in 1984 is more relevant than ever. Here are some cover designs through the years, beginning with the green first edition novel.


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Oct. 21

1984 by George Orwell

Moderators: Maggie Dietz & Todd Hearon return to Book Club to co-lead this discussion. Maggie is the author ofThat Kind of Happy (University of Chicago Press, 2016) and Perennial Fall (University of Chicago, 2006), which won the 2007 Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry and a Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award for Outstanding Achievement. With Robert Pinsky  she co-edited three anthologies related to the Favorite Poem Project: Americans’ Favorite Poems (W.W. Norton & Co., 1999), Poems to Read (Norton, 2002), and An Invitation to Poetry (Norton, 2004), for which Dietz co-authored the classroom guide. Todd’s poetry collectionStrange Land (2010) was selected by poet Natasha Trethewey as a winner of the Crab Orchard Poetry Series in Poetry Open Competition Award. He is the recipient of a PEN New England Discovery Award and a Friends of Literature Prize from Poetry magazine. His second collection of poems, No Other Gods (Salmon Poetry, 2015), was a finalist for the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award, the May Swenson Poetry Award, and the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize.

The Lit House Book Club @ Duckworth’s is the opportunity to hear writers talk about a book they love from a writer’s perspective while enjoying dinner at one of Gloucester’s finest restaurants. Participants are expected to be familiar with the feature book, as there will be open discussion during the event.

Lit House founders Jenn Monroe and Chris Anderson’s hospitality, along with Chef Ken Duckworth’s sublime dinners, the Duckworth’s welcoming staff, and thoughtful conversation, make for a fabulous evening!


Unbelievably, several folks have cancelled their reservations for tonight’s beautiful New Year’s Eve dinner. There are openings at both the 5:30 and 9:00 times. Chef Ken Duckworth and staff have prepared a most elegant and delicious menu for your New Year’s celebration. Call Duckworths asap if you would like to make a reservation at 978-282-4426.

GloucesterCast 12/26/14 With Toby Pett, Kim Smith, Nichole Schrafft and Host Joey Ciaramitaro #GloucesterMA


GloucesterCast 12/26/14 With Toby Pett, Kim Smith, Nichole Schrafft and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Taping with The Blue Yeti, Guests Toby Pett, Kim Smith, Nichole Schrafft, Host Joey Ciaramitaro, Hockey Moms, D Small and His Kwanza Bowtie, Food Coma At Sista Felicias, Middle Street Is A Cool Place To Live, Christmas Rundown, Shout Out To Joe Marcantonio For Holiday Seafood, 7lb Banza In Three Days, Turkey For Christmas?,  Canada Goose Arctic Program Jackets, Relative Bargains, Restoration Hardware Robe, Ray Borque Wears His Canada Goose Jacket, Grit Pod Hockey Bag, Marmot Outerwear, Kim’s Camera, Rocky Neck Plunge Oakes Cove Beach, Bertha’s, Open Door Food Pantry, Joey’s Problem With Ugly Sweater Contests, The Phrase “Jump The Shark”, Giblees, Coogi Sweaters, North Shore Shopping Center and Liberty Tree Mall For The Holidays In The Old Days, Nichole Schrafft Holiday Vacation To-Do Picks, Joey Is A Grumpy Hungry Bear, Talbot Rink, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, North Shore Kid, Check Out The Clam Post- Texting An Elf, Do You Think The Clamistas Use Online Collaborative Tools?, Joey’s Zero Success Rate In  Getting GMG Contributors To Use Online Collaborative Tools, Global Shark Tracker, Ukulele Christmas Sin-A-Long, Foreign Affairs Is Closed Til Some Time In February, Dinner Dealer Deck, Duckworth Bistrot Closed For January, New Year’s Plans, Rockport Rockin New Year’s Eve, Don’t Forget To Subscribe To The Podcast Here For A Chance To With the Cape Pond Ice Mug Generously Donated By Donna Ardizzoni

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GloucesterCast With Guest Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/25/14


GloucesterCast With Guest Kim Smith and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/25/14

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Topics Include: The NasalCast, Kim Smith Theme Music, Does Kim Smith Sound Sound Like Julia Child?, Kim Smith Shot Girl, Kim’s Garden Design Work, Creative Work, Specializing In Butterfly and Habitat Gardens, Monarchs in Danger, Cape Ann Milkweed Project, When Do The Milkweed Plants Come In?, Joe Virgillio Witnessed The Monarch Migration, Butterfly Counters, Lovable Dogs, The Dog Whisperer, Scottish Terrier, Cosmo and Rosie, Kitty Alzheimers, Crooked Faced Cat, Bringing Your Partner, Gay Culture Acceptance Has Come A Long Way But It Has A Long Way To Go, Kim Throws The South Under The Bus, Kim Is An iPhone Person, Backing Up Your Computer, Rick Moore Computer Repair, Carbonite, Vine App, Instagram,  Shazaam, Duckworth Bistrot, Lobster Risotto, Best Era For Fashion, Gail Huff, Clark Quinn, Marilyn Monroe, High-Waisted Jean Battle Royale

Celebrate Gloucester Video Documentary

This is the documentary we made to Celebrate Gloucester at Latitude 43.  It features interviews with Mark McDonough , Fisherman Peter Libro , Nicole Duckworth- from Duckworth Bistrot, Debbie Clarke- artist, Dave Anderson from The Black Swan, Ashley From Lat 43, Lobsterman Joe Mondello, Joe and Mary Ellen Borge from The Lone Gull, Lobsterman Mark Ring, Chef Zach Sears, Cape Ann Community Cinema’s Rob Newton, Stephanie From Lat 43, Lobsterwoman Renee, Real Estate Tycoon Ruth Pino, Ryan and Wood Distiller Bobby Ryan.

I hope you enjoy it.  there are some pretty touching moments in here.

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Ken Duckworth at Duckworth’s Bistrot

Here is Ken Duckworth, Chef extrodinaire at his namesake restaurant Duckworth’s Bistrot-

Look for my video interview from the kitchen at Duckworth’s Bistrot or as I call it “The Duck” at 2:00PM today

Ken is a pretty modest guy especially after taking into consideration all of his accomplishments and the critical acclaim he has received.

Ken Duckworth’s love of eating began while he was a child growing up in Chicago. The only son born to a Cuban mother and American father, he was fortunate to have his maternal Grandparents, Great-Grandparents and aunts all living on the same street as him. During elementary school lunch break he would hurry to his Great-Grandmothers table to find a home cooked lunch waiting for him. Young Ken loved to eat and Mama (Great Grandmother) loved to cook for him. Later the entire family moved to Tampa/Clearwater Florida and Ken continued his love of eating.

Ken’s love of cooking began at the age of 16 when he took his first restaurant job; he has been cooking ever since. At the age of 19, with a deep passion for food, Ken decided to make a career in the restaurant business.

While honing his skills at for five years at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Ken met his future wife Nicole and the two began their culinary journey. From Tampa, Ken and Nicole headed to Saint Simons Island, Georgia where Ken went work at the world- renowned 5 star-five diamond resort The Cloister. Ken began at the Cloister as a lead cook at one of the Cloisters outlets specializing in world cuisine with a southern flair. He went on to become a butcher for the resort; practicing what he considers a lost art. Finally, he helped lead the resort’s Garde Manger in the Main Dining Room.

In 1998 Ken’s desire to work in a city with a great restaurant reputation and Nicole’s New England roots led the couple to Boston. There Jacky Robert took Ken on as sous chef at nationally acclaimed Maison Robert. At Maison Robert Ken built on his knowledge of French Classics and learned the nuances of working in a family run business. Ann, Lucien, and Andree Robert sent Ken to Paris to work at Le Relais De Auteuil, a two star Michelin restaurant.

In 2000, the Robert family gave Ken the opportunity to head up the kitchen as Executive Chef, where Ken truly came into his own. While running the two kitchens at Maison Robert, Ken developed menus according to the seasons, learned the business side of running a restaurant and developed an understanding of balance. The bittersweet closing of Maison Robert in 2004 led Ken and Nicole to a small restaurant with a rich history in the beautiful port city of Gloucester, Massachusetts.

In October of 2004 Ken and Nicole opened Duckworth’s Bistrot. Duckworth’s Bistrot quickly caught the attention of local and national diners. In 2005 Duckworth’s Bistrot earned a rating of three stars (excellent) from Alison Arnett of The Boston Globe and Best of the New in The Boston Globe Magazine. In 2006 Duckworth’s Bistrot received a Best of Boston, Best Restaurant North award from Boston Magazine. Duckworth’s Bistrot is Zagat rated and has been mentioned in Yankee Magazine as well as Food and Wine magazine.