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Sears Point is Jim Coogan’s first novel. Set in Brewster on Cape Cod, Sears Point is the story of how a small community is affected by inevitable change. A century of history is covered in Sears Point beginning in 1907. Follow Washington Foster Sears as he lives through the challenges of economic, social, and political changes in the town of his birth. Available in bookshops and stores across Cape Cod after November 12, 2016.

Traveling Man

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Clarence and Anna

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake.  The great affair is to move.”   Robert Louis Stevenson
In a few days I’m headed off on a trip that will take me across the country. Fifty years ago I made the same trip in a Volkswagen bug.  At the time I’d never been further west than Worcester.  Since then, I’ve crossed the country several times but always with deadlines and obligations that really didn’t let me look with any detail at the places that I was passing through.  This time I’m going with no set schedule.  If I want to stop and get a closer look at something, I’ll do it.  I’ll be on secondary routes, “blue roads” as some have called them.  Small towns and rural communities will be the focus as  I “dipstick” the people in various parts of the country.  I want to hear what they are thinking as to where we are heading as a people.  Mom and Pop breakfast places will be regular stops. If there’s a ham and bean supper in a community on a Saturday night, I’ll be there–maybe even some Karaoke singing in some small town bar room.  It will be a blend of Jack Kerouac and Charles Kuralt.
No VW bug this time.  I’ve got a 26 ft. motor home for comfort.  I’ll be blogging the trip and you can access it by going to the Harvest Home Books  website (www.harvesthomebooks.com) and hitting the “blog” button. It should also show up on the Clarence the Cranberry Facebook account.  I’ll be off the grid in some places so the blogs will be when I can get a connection.

Moving on

After seventeen years as a Cape Cod Times columnist, I’ve decided to step away from the weekly routine of deadline writing.  It’s been a good run and I’ve enjoyed having the latit…

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Moving on

After seventeen years as a Cape Cod Times columnist, I’ve decided to step away from the weekly routine of deadline writing.  It’s been a good run and I’ve enjoyed having the latitude to write on just about any topic of my choice. I’ve been lucky.  The only requirement given to me by the Times was to be concise and accurate.  Along the way, I’ve met and corresponded with a number of people–some who agreed with me and some that did not.  It’s all part of being someone who is willing to publicly take a position on an issue.  I never minded the criticism because it often made me take a closer look at where I stood.  I took it as a means of growth. As for the friends I’ve made among readers, I will miss them.  I’ve got some adventures in mind and a few dreams still unfulfilled.  Beginning tomorrow, the next phase will begin. I don’t plan to sit in a rocking chair and as I travel and move in new directions, I’ll use this blog to let you know what I’m doing.  Thanks for being out there!!Winter storm 2015 007

Children’s Writing Program

On Tuesday, February 16, 2016, Jim Coogan and Dean Coe will be offering a children’s writing workshop at the Sandwich Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Young writers will explore weaving characters into plots and illustrating their stories.  A professional artist will assist the two authors in helping the children to write a short story with pictures.  The workshop is currently fully subscribed but there will be a second one on Tuesday, March 1st.  Contact the Sandwich Library to sign up.   Dean Coe is the author of the popular Chesterton the weasel series.  Jim Coogan is the author of Clarence the Cranberry who Couldn’t Bounce and Cecelia the Seal Gets a Meal.

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New Awards

We just learned that both of our submissions to the 2015 New England Book Festival competition, Cecelia the Seal Gets a Meal, and Cape Cod Collected, received Honorable Mention awards.  It’s unusual for an independent publisher to compete with the wide number of established publishing houses that enter this annual contest.  We are pleased and proud to have been recognized by the festival judges.