Book Signing with Laurie Robertson-Lorant
On Saturday December 8th, 2018 at from 2pm – 4pm, Poet Laurie Robertson-Lorant will be signing her book, The Man Who Lived Among the Cannibals, as a part of our Holiday Open House.
Please join us at the store to meet the author and learn more about this collection of poems written vibrantly the voice of Herman Melville.
Fusing fact and fiction, reality and imagination, gravitas and humor, poet Laure Robertson-Lorant, author of Melville: A Biography, creates a sequence of thirty-seven persona poems written, as mentioned above, in Herman Melville’s voice.
Imagine Melville talking with Frederick Douglass before going whaling, witness his erotic advnetures in the South Seas, and eavesdrop on gossip in the Berkshire Hills. These provocative and accessible poems portray Melville as he seeks answers in the Holy Land, faces family tragedies, and compares notes on politics with George Orwell in the belly of a whale.
Laurie Robertson-Lorant is the author of Melville: A Biography, the only up-to-date, full-length, fully annotated, complete, one-volume biography of Melville. After teaching at Berkshire Community College, St. Mark’s School, Southborough, School year Abroad, France, and MIT, Dr. Lorant is currently a Full-Time Visiting Lecturer at UMass Dartmouth. Her poems have appeared in the Atlanta Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Black Buzzard Review, Earth’s Daughters, and Igitur among others.
Book Signing with Anna Whitcomb
On Saturday December 8th, 2018 at from 12pm – 2pm, Anna Danzer will be signing her book, Riverrock: A New England Family Saga, as a part of our Holiday Open House.
Please join us at the store to meet the author and learn more about this vibrant novel, the writing process, and how this uniquely New England story came to be.
When Dane, a bright, young reporter from Maryland, jumps into a marriage with Andrew “Beck” Beckford, an aspiring doctor with old New England money, right before he joins the army during World War II, doubts set in. After giving up her career to move to Riverrock, his family’s estate in Massachusetts, and becoming entwined in their knotty private affairs, her concerns multiply. What kind of family did she marry into?
There’s Beck’s father, Andrew, a domineering patriarch and president of a Maine paper company who has a strange grip over his docile daughter, Eleanor, and Maud, the matriarch, who’s a master manipulator forever plotting against her husband. Randall, Beck’s older brother, is an enigma. And Beck? He’s like a lost child, crumbling after returning from war.
The more skeletons Dane uncovers — those involving deceit, forbidden love, even murder — the more determined she is to untangle herself from the Beckfords’ hold and leave the prison of Riverrock. But with all their wealth, power and vindictiveness toward anyone who crosses them, how will she become free?
This intriguing historical and psychological saga, which spans several decades, explores the complex relationships and interplay between the Beckfords and the outsider they let in.
Anna Danzer, the author, was raised in Hagerstown, Maryland, and graduated from Smith College with a BA in English and Wellesley College with a master’s in English. While at Smith, she was a copy-edito of the literary magazine. Anna started her career as a local reporter for her hometown newspaper and later became a research analyst for the House Special Committee on Un-American Activities. She continued writing and editing manuscripts and technical manuals for defense contractors, literary magazines, and consulting agencies. She resided in both Cambridge and Carlisle, Massachusetts. She died in 2003.
Anna Whitcomb, the editor and author’s daughter, was raised in Cambridge, attended Green Mountain College and received a BS from the University of Vermont. She additionally earned an MPA and CAGS in counseling from Suffolk University. She’s helping to fulfill her mother’s legacy by having Riverrock, a book more than 40 years in the making, finally published.
Holiday Luncheon with Author Ann Hood at the Sakonnet Point Club
Partners Village Store and Kitchen is pleased to welcome author Ann Hood for our holiday author luncheon at the Sakonnet Point Club (11 Bluff Head Avenue, Little Compton, RI) on Thursday, December 13th at 11:30am. Ms. Hood will speak about her latest book Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love and Food. This event is open to the public and tickets cost $25.00. The ticket includes lunch. Please call Partners Village Store (508) 636 – 2572 to reserve your spot for this unique event, space is limited! Tickets will be held at Partners Village Store and must be picked up beforehand.
“Eminently readable, Kitchen Yarns, Ann Hood’s tender, witty, and funny voyage through a life of food, reminds us that the visceral taste memories of our past are essential benchmarks of our life, and that the stories of a family are always best felt and expressed through those dishes.” — Jacques Pépin, world-renowned chef and author of Heart & Soul in the Kitchen.
In this warm collection of personal essays and recipes, best-selling author Ann Hood nourishes both our bodies and our souls.
From her Italian American childhood through singlehood, raising and feeding a growing family, divorce, and a new marriage to food writer Michael Ruhlman, Ann Hood has long appreciated the power of a good meal. Growing up, she tasted love in her grandmother’s tomato sauce and dreamed of her mother’s special-occasion Fancy Lady Sandwiches.
Later, the kitchen became the heart of Hood’s own home. She cooked pork roast to warm her first apartment, used two cups of dried basil for her first attempt at making pesto, taught her children how to make their favorite potatoes, found hope in her daughter’s omelet after a divorce, and fell in love again—with both her husband and his foolproof chicken stock.
Hood tracks her lifelong journey in the kitchen with twenty-seven heartfelt essays, each accompanied by a recipe (or a few). In “Carbonara Quest,” searching for the perfect spaghetti helped her cope with lonely nights as a flight attendant. In the award-winning essay “The Golden Silver Palate,” she recounts the history of her fail-safe dinner party recipe for Chicken Marbella—and how it did fail her when she was falling in love. Hood’s simple, comforting recipes also include her mother’s famous meatballs, hearty Italian Beef Stew, classic Indiana Fried Chicken, the perfect grilled cheese, and a deliciously summery peach pie.
With Hood’s signature humor and tenderness, Kitchen Yarns spills tales of loss and starting from scratch, family love and feasts with friends, and how the perfect meal is one that tastes like home.
Please call Partners Village Store at (508) 636-2572 or email [email protected] to reserve your seat for our holiday luncheon, there is limited space. Thank you!
Tea for Two for $25 beginning in January 2019
COMING IN JANUARY 2019
Have a personal tea party at Partners Village Store!
Call ahead any week day, from January 7th until the end of March to reserve your TEA FOR TWO table in our Cafe.
A variety of Partners Sweet and Savory Samples,
a Personal Pot of Tea for Each Guest with a
Variety of Tea Flavors to Choose From
Call 508.636.2572 to make a reservation.