Friday, April 27, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Washington Post said that the plot of Sarah’s book, The Manny, is “worthy of Jane Austen,” and Booklist called her Arthurian novel, The Dragon’s Son, “a spellbinding tale of love, intrigue, and betrayal.” Her biography of Abraham Lincoln, What Lincoln Said, was reviewed in People magazine, her fantasy novel, Dragon’s Egg, was the winner of the Maine Lupine Award, and her most recent YA novel, Mercy, was selected as one of Barnes and Noble’s top ten YA books of 2011.
Sarah worked for nine years as a children’s book editor for HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster before leaving New York to devote herself full time to her own writing. She now lives in Portland, Maine, with her daughter and her two cats. Her daughter helps with inspiration, and her cats help by lying on the piece of paper she needs most.
Learn more about Sarah’s work at www.sarahlthomson.com.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Severely impaired by the inability to think inside the box, Kate and her husband, Steve (both of whom knew squat about chocolate) dreamed up a business making gourmet truffles out of their home kitchen, with a café in the middle of nowhere from which to sell them. With the inception of now iconic Black Dinah Chocolatiers, Kate and Steve set out to make a living—and, almost in spite of themselves, ended up making a life. In November, Kate was named one of North America’s Top Ten Chocolatiers by Dessert Professional Magazine.
Desserted: Recipes and Tales from an Island Chocolatier (Down East, $29.95) tells the story of Kate unlikely career and shares her tips and recipes for chocolate confections and other popular items served at the couple's seasonal cafe. Lavishly illustrated with 50 color photographs, the book includes detailed instructions not only for making chocolates, but for incorporating chocolate into a variety of sweet and savory dishes. From building a successful business on a remote island to creating fabulous gourmet chocolates, Desserted removes the mystery but keeps all of the magic.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Born in New Jersey, she grew up in a family where books were an important part of life. Her family summered in Maine. She did her undergraduate work at Chatham College - now Chatham University - in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and her graduate work at New York University, completing all requirements for a doctorate except for the dissertation, a 'DWD', and joining AT&T as a manager. Her grandmother was an antiques dealer, and in 1976 she started an antique print business, and decided she should become a writer. She also, as a single parent, adopted four “older” girls born in Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong and India.
It was in 1998 that she left the corporate life and moved to live in Edgecomb, Maine. She now divides her time between her writing and her antique print business.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
With this shift toward local food sources, shoppers are finding a wide variety of items not available in large supermarkets. Many wonder how to prepare them. Thanks to Lisa Turner, whose Laughing Stock Farm supplies Maine’s best kitchens, preparing great dishes from these local foods is fast, easy and delicious. As past president of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country), Lisa has a deep appreciation for the value of foods grown close to home. Her new book, Eat Local (Down East, $27.50) is a collection of over one hundred recipes from Maine’s top chefs, farmers, home cooks, and Lisa’s own kitchen.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Her first book, Well Out to Sea—Year -round on Matinicus Island, published by Tilbury House in 2010, is a collection of essays about how things really work in a tiny, isolated community. Island Schoolhouse-one room for all: the 21st century one-room schools of Maine, also published by Tilbury House, should be out in August of 2012.
Eva bakes bread in a wood stove, spins wool, digs potatoes, collects useful herbs, cuts hay with a scythe and swings a blacksmith’s hammer. She sometimes writes her articles with pencil and paper.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Recognizing that Portland would make an almost perfect setting for a thriller series, Hayman started writing his first Mike McCabe thriller, The Cutting. The Cutting was published by St. Martin’s/Minotaur in 2009.
The second McCabe novel, The Chill of Night, came out last year.
Both books have been published all over the world and have been translated into half a dozen languages. Hayman has just finished writing his third thriller, Darkness First, which takes place in Downeast Maine and features McCabe’s partner, Detective Maggie Savage.