SAA Authors falling

Author Alison McLennan was inspired by true life gangster James (Whitey) Bulger to write “Falling for Johnny,” her first novel. Works by Ms. McLennan and Christina Laurie will be featured at the Sandwich Arts Alliance Wednesday as part of the SAA’s “Meet the Alliance Authors” series.

The seventh and penultimate session of the Sandwich Arts Alliance’s eight-week “Meet the Alliance Authors” series will feature books by local writers Christina Laurie and Alison McLennan. The series is free to the public and will take place Wednesday, November 13, from 11 AM to noon at the Sandwich Arts Alliance Center. Donations are welcome.

The series is an opportunity to hear excerpts and learn more about the book-writing process. Guests are invited to relax and enjoy coffee while authors read, discuss and sign their books.

Christina Laurie, a West Falmouth resident since 1999, is a prize-winning poet and the author of two poetry books (“Seasons Rising: A Collection of Haiku” and “Song of the Dancer”). Her children’s books include “C is for Cape Cod” and “The Lobsters’ Night Before Christmas,” which was published this year. She has authored a middle grade fantasy story and a ghost story, plus several other children’s books seeking publishers.

Alison McLennan’s books will be introduced by her mother, Paulette Boudrot. Ms. McLennan was born and raised in Quincy and moved to Utah in 1989 to earn her undergraduate degree at the University of Utah. One of the main characters in her debut novel, “Falling for Johnny,” was inspired by the infamous James (Whitey) Bulger. The novel won an honorable mention in the 2012 Inkubate Literary Blockbuster Challenge. Ms. McLennan earned a master of fine arts degree from the Solstice Program, where she was awarded the Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction. Her novel “Ophelia’s War” was first written as her creative thesis. The sequel, “Ophelia’s War: Dangerous Mercy” was released October 19.

A pre-holiday book sale at the center will take place Wednesday, November 20, from 11 AM to noon as the final event in the eight-week series.

The center is at 124 Route 6A in Sandwich.

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