Fans, friends, colleagues, and teachers enjoyed a free public program at Sawyer Free Library to hear more about the making of the Narrow Edge by Deborah Cramer. The talk was sponsored by the library, Kestrel, The Gloucester Writers Center, and Eastern Point Lit House (Deborah will be leading one of the upcoming book discussions at Duckworth’s). It was a treat to hear more about the long friendship and collaboration of Deborah Cramer and Susan Quateman (learn more about Susan’s art here) Patty Hanlon’s Cedar Tree Gallery at Walker Creek Furniture in Essex held the inaugural exhibit for this series.
Cramer read quotes from her book that also inspired Janet Essley’s art; Quateman, Essley and works by Michael DiGiorgio and George Textor were exhibited at the Matz Gallery in the Library. Martin Ray’s sculpture seen to the right and behind Deborah during her talk is part of the library’s art collection.
“Unbeknownst to most people horseshoe crab blood safeguards human health.”
Avery from The Bookstore of Gloucester helped with the crush at book signing time.
Heidi Wakeman, a Gloucester O’Maley teacher, was excited to visit with her first grade teacher, and Barbara Kelley who we learned accompanied Cramer on a research trip for The Narrow Edge.
More scenes from this wonderful evening
Plus a current Gloucester vintage store guide below the photographs
ADRIFT ON MAIN, 284 Main Street, Gloucester, MA (978) 515-7888
Adrift on Main, a new second-hand and collectibles destination, opened December 2016 on the east end of Main Street. Owners Ryan and Sarah Goyette reside in Byfield and chose Gloucester over their home town, Essex, and other north shore communities for their new store. Coaster sets are made by Sarah. Welcome to the neighborhood!
Gloucester MA vintage shopping guide
2016-17. Most are a mix of then and now objects, clothing, and collectibles; some with work by contemporary artists and artisans. Three mainstays:
BANANAS 78 Main Street
MAIN STREET ART AND ANTIQUES 124 Main Street
VINTAGE 211 East Main Street
Adrift on Main 284 Main Street
Alexandra’s Bakery and shop 265 Main Street, (978)281-0364
Alma’s Art and Antiques, 214 Eastern Avenue (formerly on Rocky Neck) now located in “The Commons Gloucester” marketplace
Annisquam Exchange (for the the historic buildings of the village, open seasonally) 32 Leonard Street
Cape Ann Auction 82 Main Street (formerly Fred Bodin’s Historic Photo)
Cape Ann Thrift Shop Trinity Congregational Church 70 Middle Street
DIVA 161 Main Street
Dogtown Book Shop 132 Main Street
The Dress Code 159 Main Street
Eastern Point Lit House 261 Main Street
Fireflies Boutique 100 Main Street
Gloucester estate buyers, 45 Main Street
goodlinens, 130 Main Street (featuring some reissued classics)
Lynzariums flowers and … 186 East Main Street
Mystery Train Records 21 Main Street
Past Present Shoppe, 30 Railroad Avenue
Pop Shop 67 Main Street (vintage nod and inspiration)
RAD estate Jewelers, 45 Main Street
St. John’s Episcopal Church Thrift Shop 48 Middle Street
St.Vincent de Paul Society of Gloucester and Cape Ann (donations for charity ‘Clothes Closet’ and food pantry at St. Anne’s)
The Urchin Exchange 214 Eastern Avenue, Unit 8, located in “The Commons Glocuester” just after Pond Road
CHRIS ANDERSON WRITES, “Eastern Point Lit House is now over three years old, essentially beginning with our first Lit House Book Club at Duckworth’s Bistrot. We started The Lit House from scratch–no loans, not much money, totally from the ground up with a lot of help from our friends. We just launched out very first fundraiser via Indiegogo that we hope will help secure our future, help us expand our educational offerings, and help us re-launch our press, this time as a artisanal publisher housed within our space in Gloucester. We know quite a few people who value having a space like ours right downtown, and we hope to reach out to let other people know what we are all about. Our mission? Fun with words. It’s pretty simple. From our book club events, to writing groups, editorial services, open mic and literary readings, we’ve got a lot going on, and we hope more people will join in the fun. To find out more and to donate, please visit our Indiegogo page here.”
good neighbors – Alexandra’s Bread bakery and Eastern Point Lit House
Last night Jim Dowd led a fascinating discussion on Neal Stephenson’s book Snow Crash, considered to be one of the best in the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction writing.
Lawrence Penson, editor of Nova Express describes cyberpunk, “Classic cyberpunk characters were marginalized, alienated loners who lived on the edge of society in generally dystopic futures where daily life was impacted by rapid technological change, an ubiquitous datasphere of computerized information, and invasive modification of the human body.”
Stevens Brosnihan explains how to use Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display, on loan from Ocean’s Alliance. Read more about Oculus Rift at The Gloucester Clam here.
I’ve been meaning to send this your way, but we’ve been busy, busy, busy. I was wondering if you could help spread the word about The Gloucester Haiku Project. We’re asking folks–residents and visitors–to write a haiku or two about Gloucester. The subject matter can be anything, from the beauty of the back shore to our glorious pothole riddled streets. Anything, as long as it has to do with Gloucester. We’re looking for small poems from everyone, not just poets. We’ve been getting quite a few from kids, which is fantastic.
We’ll be collecting haiku until August 31, after which we will choose the best and publish them in a poetry chapbook this fall via Lit House Press. We’ve even set up a little box outside our shop at 261 Main St. for folks to drop their haiku off, maybe while they’re picking up bread at Alexandra’s or pet supplies from Animal Krackers. We’re also taking submissions online at: The Eastern Point Lit House Gloucester Haiku Project.
Thank you for all you do to bring this community together! And we’ll be expecting haiku from the two of you for sure!
This past Sunday’s Writer’s Book Club Event, held at Duckworth’s Bistrot, was well-attended. Chris Anderson, the editor and co-founder of Eastern Point Lit House, led a very interesting discussion about the book The Things They Carried, written by Tim O’Brien. The Things They Carried is a collection of short stories about a platoon of soldiers in the Vietnam War and is semi-autobigraphical. O’Brien was Chris’s professor in grad school!
From wiki ~ The book is critically acclaimed and O’Brien has expressed surprise at how the book has become a staple in middle schools and high schools, stating that he “certainly hadn’t imagined fourteen year-old kids, eighteen year-olds, those even in their early twenties reading the book.”
Chef Ken Duckworth prepared a beautiful spread. I only stopped in for a brief period of time as I was on my way to film the Groppo’s Sunday evening Saint Joseph mass and was unable to stay to enjoy the very tasty-looking appetizers and entrees. Thank you Chris, Michelle, Jenn, and Ken for inviting me. Next time I look forward to staying longer!
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Thank you note to GMG from Chris Anderson, Founder and Editor of Eastern Point Lit House ~
Thank you for helping to get the word out about our first Second Sunday reading and open mic at The Hive! We really appreciate all GMG does for the community. The Second Sunday event was fantastic, with visiting writer Elizabeth Hilts blowing everyone away with her incredible work. I’ve attached a few pics of the fun. Hope to see some folks out at the book club @ Duckworth’s this coming Sunday. Onward!
Thank you Chris. It is always a joy to post for Eastern Point Lit House, especially as you and Jenn without fail take the time to thank us!
The Writer’s Book Club @ Duckworth’s Bistrot
Great food, fine wine, and in-depth discussion about the books we love.
Eastern Point Lit House Fall Book Club Calendar
October 20: Tim Horvath leads a disscusion of Subtle Bodies by Norman Rush.
November 17: Ken Duckworth leads a discussion of The Book by Alan Watts.
About our Visiting Writers:
Tim Horvath is the author of Understories, (Bellevue Literary Press) and Circulation (sunnyoutside). His stories have appeared in journals such as Conjunctions, Fiction, The Normal School, and elsewhere. His story “The Understory” was selected by Bill Henderson, founder and president of the Pushcart Press, as the winner of the Raymond Carver Short Story Award. He teaches creative writing in the BFA and low-residency MFA programs at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and has previously worked as a counselor in a psychiatric hospital, primarily with adolescents and children and young adults with autism. He received his MFA from the University of New Hampshire, where he won the Thomas Williams Prize. He is the recipient of a Yaddo Fellowship, occasionally blogs for BIG OTHER, and is an assistant prose editor for Camera Obscura.
Ken Duckworth is the award-winning executive chef of Duckworth’s Bistro, where he focuses on local, seasonal ingredients that supports local industry. Following his passion for all things food, he honed his culinary skills at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa and The Cloister in Georgia. He has been our gracious host for this series and we are so pleased to have him leading our last discussion of the year.