Just call SouthCoast “BookLovers Country.”

Yes, my friends, I wrote a few weeks back about the incredible authors coming to SouthCoast, and, in addition to Linda Greenlaw and the other authors reading and signing at the Waterfront Fest on Saturday, and David Sedaris next month, we’ve got more — yes more! — authors headed this way, one for every genre in the book store.

SouthCoast is truly becoming a Literary Destination, and I am over the moon.

It’s time to #GetYourCopySigned, BookLovers. Mark your calendars…

 

TRAVEL

You just might discover your next vacation at this one.

Radio talk show host and award-winning travel writer Pauline Frommer will talk all things travel at a discussion and book-signing at UMass-Dartmouth Oct. 2. at 7 p.m. in the main auditorium. The event, presented by the Boivin Center for French Language and Culture, is free and open to the public.

The Frommer name is synonymous with travel. Pauline’s father, Arthur Frommer, founded “Frommer’s” a series of award-winning guide books in 1957. Pauline grew up with wanderlust, traveling with her parents since she was just months old.

Today, she and her dad co-host the nationally syndicated radio show, “The Travel Show.” “Pauline Frommer's London” was recognized as the Best Guidebook in 2007 by the North American Travel Journalists Association; “Pauline Frommer’s New York City” was named "Best Guidebook of the Year" in 2006 and 2008 by the North American Travel Journalists Association.

Former has also appeared on TV shows including “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” and “The Early Show” and on CNN, FOX, MSNBC as well as many other news stations. The founding editor of frommers.com, Former was at the site’s helm when it won a People’s Choice Webby Award.

Parking is available on campus in lot 4. For more information, e-mail msanguinetti@umassd.edu or call 508-991-5096.

 

COOKING

Want to learn to make authentic Portuguese kale soup? Littleneck clams with garlic and wine sauce, or pork cutlet sandwiches? What about Portuguese sweet rice and meringue soufflé, or pineapple mousse?

Don’t miss the free book launch of “For The Love of Portuguese Food,” by Milena Rodrigues at the Casa da Saudade Library in New Bedford on Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. According to the publisher’s synopsis:

Rodrigues grew up in a Portuguese household, eating on hearty, homemade meals “prepared with love.” In her collection of traditional recipes, she shares simple dishes for anyone who enjoys Portuguese food— especially Luso descendants interested in recreating the food that their grandmothers once cooked. Rodrigues tells us a little about her family, in addition to her recipes for appetizers, soups, main dishes, desserts and breads.

58 Crapo St., New Bedford. 508-991-6218.

 

FICTION

This one covers fiction, gardening and a dash of fantasy.

Novelist Ellen Herrick will discuss her latest novel, “The Forbidden Garden” at Partners Village Store Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.

As she did with her first novel, “The Sparrows Sisters,” Herrick — who divides her time between Cape Cod and Cambridge — again combines that spark of magic with the ordinary. And fans of that novel will recognize Sorrel Sparrow and her sisters back in this new tale. According to the publisher’s synopsis:

At the nursery she runs with her sisters on the New England coast, Sorrel Sparrow has honed her rare gift for nurturing plants and flowers. Now that reputation has landed Sorrel an unexpected opportunity: reviving a long-dormant Shakespearean garden on an English country estate.

Arriving at Kirkwood Hall, Sorrel is shocked by the desolate state of the walled garden. Generations have tried and failed to bring it back to glory. Sorrel senses heartbreak and betrayal here— perhaps even enchantment. Intrigued by the house's history, Sorrel sets to work. And though she knows her true home is across the sea with her sisters, instinct tells her that the English garden's destiny is entwined with her own, if she can only unravel its secrets...

Call 508-636-2572 or email liz@partnersvillagestore.com to reserve your seat. 865 Main Road, Westport.

 

YA

You’re never too O for YA.

Middle schoolers, teens and adults are invited to the free meet-the-author events at Partners Village Store in Westport to meet YA author Virginia MacGregor on Oct. 8 at 4pm to celebrate the release of her latest novel “Wishbones.”

MacGregor, of Concord, NH, is currently Head of Creative Writing at Wellington College and is the author of two other YA books.

I’d recommend this book for 7th grade and up, just because of the subject matter. Think “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” for teens. The synopsis:

“Fourteen-year-old Feather Tucker has the best mom in the world-funny, clever, loving, movie-star beautiful—and the fact that she weighs 500 pounds and never leaves the house? Feather can't imagine life any other way. But when she comes home on New Year's Eve to find her mother in a life-threatening diabetic coma, she's determined to nurse her mother back to health-and fast.

“Meanwhile, Feather's crushing hard on the new boy in town, training for the swimming championships, and navigating her life-long friendship with lovable Jake...all while attempting to keep her pet goat Houdini from running away-again. Feather begins to learn that we all bear the weight of our pasts in different ways.”

Call 508-636-2572 or email liz@partnersvillagestore.com to reserve your seat. 865 Main Road, Westport.

 

Lauren Daley is a freelance writer and book columnist. Contact her at ldaley33@gmail.com. She tweets @laurendaley1. Read more at https://www.facebook.com/daley.writer.