Celebrating the New Book!

Easy_Walks_and_Paddl_Cover_for_KindleAfter all the hard work of writing a book (or in this case, writing portions and editing the whole), many might think the work is done. But no, if you want a book to be read, used, and enjoyed, people have to know it exists. And as they say, “It takes a village.”

book tour 1 Debbie and Bill

Supporters Debbie Block and Bill Harley with Watershed council president Keith Gonsalves, my Book Tour buddy

And so the past several days we have taken the time to visit area supporters and other folks at organizations that are interested and ready to help us get out the word of the latest publication, “Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed.”

Book tour 2

Jennifer Miller, Seekonk Conservation agent, another early supporter

We received several grants that enabled us to have books we could share, as part of the grant, with various groups.

Book tour 3

Suzanne Rave, of the Newman YMCA in Seekonk, was happy to learn more about the watershed council

In many ways it felt a little like Christmas as the watershed president, Keith Gonsalves and I drove from location to location to meet with folks and present them with copies of “The Book.”

Book tour 4

At the start of the Telford Park Trail in Plainville with Conservation agent Chris Yarworth and some members of the Conservation commission. Chris helped create trail maps, organized a group of folks, including conservation commission members, who helped mark the Telford Park trail, and he has been a huge supporter of the book project from the beginning.

We renewed acquaintances, made some new friends, and worked out details for future events together.

Book tour 4c

Part of the Ten Mile River near its headwaters in Plainville

The official Book Launch will be on National Trails day, June 2nd, at 65 Hunts MIlls Road, Rumford, (E.Providence) RI from 1-3PM. DSC04589.JPGIf you come that morning there will be a trail cleanup going on prior to the book launch.

Book tour 8

We look forward to planning an event in the fall with the Plainville Library, thanks to director Melissa Campbell’s enthusiasm for this project. Thanks, Melissa!

We will offer some refreshments, then guided walks along the river, with a chance to get your own copy of the book! For more info, contact the watershed council, info@tenmileriverwatershed.net

Book tour 5a

We stopped by and met Library Director Peter Fuller, and made plans for participating in future events with the library, which is adjacent to the Seekonk Meadows open space (hint–it’s in the book!)

Many thanks to everyone who had anything to do with the creation of this book, from back when it was simply an idea, to the middle phase when we had so much field work to do, to its completion (and all the agonizing details and combing through manuscripts to try to catch every mistake.) Eternal gratitude goes to Suzanne Stephenson, who masterfully transformed my amateur maps into masterful works of art, and corralled our manuscript into a workable document that sailed through the self-publishing process like a breeze. Co-writers Ernie Germani (Trails and Walks Rhode Island) and Bill Luther made this project a joy.

Book tour 6

North Attleboro’s conservation agent Shannon Palmer helped make sure some canoe put ins were included in the book, and checked over other details in the North attleboro section. Thanks, Shannon!

Full disclosure–there is already one known typo. I suspect there will be more when eagle eyed readers begin getting their hands on the book.

Book tour 7

Stopping by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Fish Hatchery for a chat with director Shane Hanlon. And yup, there’s a trail at the fish hatchery (and in the book!). Thanks for all your hard work, Shane, and all your crew.

Regardless, the information is out there, the maps will get you to trail heads, and you’ll have a better idea of what is right around the corner from where you live, especially if you happen to live in Plainville, North Attleboro, Attleboro, Seekonk, East Providence, or Pawtucket.

Book tour 9

North Attleboro’s director Maggie Holmes has invited us to offer a slide presentation this coming June 14th, 7 PM at the North Attleboro Library. Thanks for welcoming us and offering your enthusiasm and encouragement, Maggie

You say you don’t live in those towns? Well, we’ve still got you covered if you live in the Blackstone Valley, at least 16 of those towns in Massachusetts, and another 15 towns in Metro west area, more or less. It’s become a scavenger hunt of sorts for me these past several years, and has been a lot more fun to partner with the watershed organization. Many, many thanks to everyone who had anything to do with creating this book. It’s out, and in the world. Please help us spread the good news!

And of course, many thanks for those who awarded us grants–This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Attleboro, Plainville and Seekonk Cultural councils,  local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”


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Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are.

She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress.


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7 responses to “Celebrating the New Book!

  1. Wonderful!!!!

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  2. Mary Chitty

    exciting! didn’t realize you had paddles in this one. doing a great job of promoting and marketing. talk to you soon .love mb

    Mary Chitty MSLS Library Director & Taxonomist cell 617 861 7410 work 781 972 5416 Cambridge Healthtech, Needham MA http://www.genomicglossaries.com http://www.healthtech.com

    On Thu, May 24, 2018 at 4:09 PM, Marjorie Turner Hollman wrote:

    > marjorie561 posted: “After all the hard work of writing a book (or in this > case, writing portions and editing the whole), many might think the work is > done. But no, if you want a book to be read, used, and enjoyed, people have > to know it exists. And as they say, “It takes a v” >

    • marjorie561

      Thanks–yes, the focus is the river, which brinds the 6 towns together. The group does river clean ups, group paddles as well as walks. So they wanted to be sure to include information about how to access the river.

  3. some truly prime content on this site, bookmarked.

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