Author’s Panel at Unlikely Story Bookstore

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Author lineup at The Unlikely Story Bookstore, Plainville, MA

Date: 18-8-22

At the end of the summer, an impressive crowd of folks surged into the upstairs function space at The Unlikely Story Bookstore, an independent bookstore in Plainville Massachusetts. The draw? Eleven local, or sort of local authors who write in various genres, were there to talk about the books they’ve written, why they wanted to write, and the publishing process of getting books into print.

Several authors have published the conventional route, some have agents, others have worked with very small presses, and others of us have stuck to the self-publishing route. Each person’s story was different, but each of the speakers, including me, has ended up writing about what we love.

What a joy to look out into the audience and see so many folks who have helped me on this strange trip I have been on.


Two of my co-authors, Bill Luther and Ernie Germani, at an event earlier this summer

Co-authors of my latest, Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed book,


Cindy helps keep the money straight for book purchases that benefit the Ten Mile River Watershed (along with a volunteer helper 🙂

along with other watershed members who helped with the publishing and marketing challenges, smiled broadly throughout the program.


Keith stuck with me through the self-publishing process, to create the book that opens up some of the wonders of the watershed, while raising needed funds to aid in preservation and cleanup efforts to benefit the river.

What a joy to have them all stand at the end of my presentation, reminding the audience that none of us does this work alone.

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I got to go first–then sat back to listen as the other authors took their turn

The writing group that Amy Bartelloni and I started over a year ago had a whole row of members sitting in the audience. Each member of this writing group brings their own gifts, hopes, fears and passion to the group. They beamed at Amy and me like proud parents at a school concert, as if to say, “Those are our girls!”


Oh yes, the books!

Besides the book sales, which are always nice, the best part of an event like this is the connections made. I found people who are ready to help with the upcoming plans for next years’ Massachusetts Walking Tour.

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From the 2017 Massachusetts Walking tour–they’re coming back!

Don’t look now, but if you live in the towns the tour will be visiting next summer, I will be tracking you down to write letters of support for grants we will be writing this fall, to help fund the free concerts coming to your towns next June.

It’s all part of the challenge, and the fun, of getting the word out about books we’ve worked so hard to create. For what good is a book if no one reads and/or uses it?

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Thanks to Mark Paine for attending the talk, and sharing these photos, taken during the presentation

Special thanks to nature photographer Mark Paine, who spends lots of time outdoors, hiking and tracking down interesting wildlife to photograph. Mark gave an afternoon of his time to attend the author’s panel, and took some really nice photos, which I’ve shared here. Thanks, Mark, for your practiced eye, skill in using the correct filters in challenging lighting conditions, and for sharing the pictures with me. And now, I share them with everyone else.


beech cliffs 2018Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed three guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,”  “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts,”  and edited “Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! Marjorie is a Certified Legacy Planner with, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project.


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2 responses to “Author’s Panel at Unlikely Story Bookstore

  1. Mary Chitty

    wonderful blog post! talk to you soon. love mg

    Mary Chitty MSLS Library Director & Taxonomist cell 617 861 7410 work 781 972 5416 Cambridge Healthtech, Needham MA

    On Wed, Aug 22, 2018 at 3:06 PM Marjorie Turner Hollman wrote:

    > marjorie561 posted: ” Date: 18-8-22 At the end of the summer, an > impressive crowd of folks surged into the upstairs function space at The > Unlikely Story Bookstore, an independent bookstore in Plainville > Massachusetts. The draw? Eleven local, or sort of local authors who wri” >

    • marjorie561

      Thanks! It was a little crazy, but fun, and has spawned the idea to have another panel like this for the Blackstone valley probably this winter–good stuff!

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