Saturday, September 28th
William Martin is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, a PBS documentary, book reviews, magazine articles, and a cult-classic horror movie, too. His first Peter Fallon novel, Back Bay, established him as “a master storyteller.” He has been following the lives of the great and anonymous in American history ever since and has taken readers from the Pilgrims to 9/ 11. He was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious New England Book Award, given to an author “whose body of work stands as a significant contribution to the culture of the region.” He lives near Boston with his wife and has three grown children. http://www.williammartinbooks.com
Stephen Puleo is an author, historian, university teacher, public speaker, and communications professional. His books includeThe Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War; A City So Grand: The Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850-1900; The Boston Italians: A Story of Pride, Perseverance and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day; Due to Enemy Action: The True World War II Story of the USS Eagle 56; and Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919.
In 2008, Steve was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, presented by the Appian Club, an Italian-American organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Italian culture in Massachusetts. In 2007, he received the prestigious i migliori award, presented by the Pirandello Lyceum to Italian-Americans who have excelled in their fields of endeavor and made important contributions to society.
A former award-winning newspaper reporter and contributor of feature stories and book reviews to American Historymagazine and the Boston Globe, Puleo holds a master’s degree in history (From Italy to Boston’s North End: Italian Immigration and Settlement, 1890-1910, UMass-Boston, 1994), for which he received the Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement, and was the Graduate Convocation keynote speaker. He teaches at Suffolk University in Boston. http://www.stephenpuleo.com
Casey Sherman is an award winning journalist and bestselling author of six books including Animal, Bad Blood, The Finest Hours and Search for the Strangler.Sherman’s book The Finest Hours was a 2010 finalist forMassachusetts Book of the Year honors and is now in development as a major motion picture for Walt Disney Studios. Both Animal and Search for the Strangler are also in development for network television.Sherman has been the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Journalistic Excellence and the prestigious Truth & Justice Award presented by the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute in Atlanta, Ga. Sherman has also been nominated for an Emmy Award.Sherman is also considered one of the best storytellers in America today and has captivated audiences around the country speaking at venues including The National Press Club, The US Coast Guard Command Center, The Historic Somerville Theatre, The Wilbur Theatre and the Boston Public Library. He has also been a featured guest on dozens of television programs including The Today Show, The CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, The History Channel, The Travel Channel, Discovery and The View.
Michelle Marchetti Coughlin is an independent scholar and former editor who holds graduate degrees in history and English and American Literature. She is the author of One Colonial Woman’s World: The Life and Writings of Mehetabel Chandler Coit, a biography of the woman who authored what may be the earliest surviving diary by an American woman. More information can be found at her website: www.onecolonialwomansworld.com
Ursula DeYoung grew up in a small seaside town north of Boston. She studied History and Literature at Harvard and received a Ph.D. in History from Oxford. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA, where she divides her time between writing fiction and continuing her research on nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century culture, science, and literature.
Gina Fava is a Buffalo, New York native and lives with her family in New England. A University of Buffalo graduate, she also holds a law degree, and has studied both art history and counter-terrorism in Rome.
She’s the author of award-winning short stories, and is a member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. The Race, her debut novel, is the first in her series featuring the HELL Rangers, a car-racing special operations force. www.ginafava.com