Atlanta journalist’s book on public hospitals collects national honors

A Spirit of Charity: Restoring the Bond Between America and Its Public Hospitals, by veteran Atlanta journalist Mike King, has been recognized with two national awards by leading organizations of independent publishers. King’s study of venerable – and vulnerable — public safety net hospitals in Atlanta and four other American cities was awarded a silver medal in the 2017 IPPY Awards competition, as well as a silver Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association. The book will be exhibited along with other IPPY and IBPA award winners at BookExpo, the nation’s largest trade publishing convention, to be held May 31-June 2 at the Javits Center in New York City. Both awards collected by A Spirit of Charity were in the current events category, where it faced spirited competition from well-known university presses. This year, the IPPY Awards bestowed gold, silver and bronze medallions to winners in 83 national, …

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Secant Publishing author event at Barnes & Noble

Five outstanding Eastern Shore authors whose books have been published by Secant Publishing will meet and greet their readers and sign books at the Salisbury Barnes & Noble, Sunday, March 5, 2-4 pm. The authors are Ann Hymes, from St. Michaels (Shadow of Whimsy), Karen Huston Karydes, from Easton (Hard-Boiled Anxiety), Barbara Lockhart, from Rhodesdale (The Night Is Young), Don Parks, from St. Michaels (Chesapeake People), and William Peak, from Easton (The Oblate’s Confession). See you there! For more information see:

Why we should care about our great public hospitals

Two weeks ahead of the book’s public launch at The Carter Center in Atlanta, veteran journalist and debut author Mike King discusses “A Spirit of Charity: Restoring the Bond between America and Its Public Hospitals,” on WABE FM – Atlanta’s NPR affiliate. Click on      

New book shows how to live off the land and enjoy a healthy lifestyle

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Award-winning outdoor writer Bruce Ingram and his wife Elaine have authored a new book explaining how they have enjoyed a healthy diet and lifestyle for many years by hunting, fishing, raising heritage chickens, growing fruits and vegetables, and foraging in the forests around their Southwest Virginia home. The word “Locavore” combines the Latin roots for local and devour, referring to a lifestyle choice in which people obtain as much of their diet from local sources as possible. The Ingrams live on 38 acres near Troutville, in Botetourt County. They write wild game food columns jointly, and Bruce is the author of fishing and paddling guides to several major Virginia rivers, including the James, the New, the Potomac, and the Rappahannock and Shenandoah. In a series of 25 explanatory chapters, the Ingrams explain how to hunt, field-dress, and prepare wild game, ranging from deer to wild turkeys to squirrels and rabbits; …

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Maryland librarian’s book is a ‘hot new release’ on Amazon

An eye-opening analysis of three famous mystery novelists and the way they used their fictional detectives to grapple with personal traumas and conflicts has been named a #1 “hot new release” in the mystery & detective literary criticism category on Amazon. The book is the debut publication of Eastern Shore author Karen Huston Karydes, acquisitions librarian in the Talbot County Free Library in Easton. See . Karydes’s book is based on her PhD thesis in English literature at the University of Maryland, College Park, which she wrote after the age of 60 to take advantage of a free tuition program offered to senior citizens by the state of Maryland. “Hard-Boiled Anxiety: The Freudian Desires of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald and Their Detectives,” has attracted rave reviews from early readers and reviewers. For fans of these three iconic novelists, Karydes provides a new and unsettling reading of the …

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“Hard-Boiled Anxiety” to launch March 3

On Thursday, March 3, at 6:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will host the official launch of Karen Karydes’ new book, “Hard-Boiled Anxiety: The Freudian Desires of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, and Their Detectives.” “Hard-Boiled Anxiety” offers a new and provocative take on the classic pairings of Dashiell Hammett and his successive shamuses, the Continental Op, Sam Spade, and Nick Charles; Raymond Chandler and his brooding knight errant, Philip Marlowe; and Ross Macdonald and his 1960s sleuth, Lew Archer. Before moving to the Eastern Shore, Karydes worked for the Arlington County Department of Libraries and, for five years, ran a library for inmates in the Arlington County Detention Center. She is the holder of two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in English language and literature.  After receiving her doctorate in 2010, she returned to full-time public library work and is now the acquisitions librarian …

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“The Oblate’s Confession” named one of Best Indie Books of 2015

“Kirkus Reviews” has named William Peak’s debut novel, “The Oblate’s Confession,” to its Best Indie Books of 2015 list – and more particularly, as one of the best Indie Historical Novels of 2015. Peak said of this national recognition, “Needless to say, I am pleased.  I wanted to try, in my storytelling, to bring an entirely different time and place back to life.  Trust me, the so-called “Dark Ages” weren’t entirely dark; we know a great deal about them.  Much of that known history informs—and I hope enriches—my story.  That all my work, all my research, has now been recognized and honored … well, it is gratifying to say the least.” “Kirkus Reviews” is a trade publication used by book stores, libraries, and the like to make their annual purchasing decisions. These are the most recent honors “The Oblate’s Confession” has received.  In April, the book took silver in the …

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Posthumously published novel by Gilbert Byron tells story of early Spanish exploration

A 49-year-old novel stored in the archives of Chesapeake College will be published on December 1, marking yet the latest book to issue from the fertile imagination of Eastern Shore author Gilbert Byron. Byron, who died in 1991 at the age of 87, was sometimes called the “Voice of the Chesapeake” because of his lifelong commitment to writing about the history and heritage of the Bay and those who worked its waters. Byron’s previously unpublished book, Mission Boy, tells the story of a Spanish Jesuit missionary expedition to the Chesapeake Bay (called by the Spanish, the Bay of Santa Maria) in 1570. The doomed mission was guided by a Native American convert to Christianity whom the Spanish knew as Don Luis. Soon after the missionaries’ landing, believed to be on the same Virginia Peninsula where Jamestown was to be founded 37 years later by the English, Don Luis slipped away …

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Eastern Shore mystery for young readers is honored by Mom’s Choice Awards®

The Mom’s Choice Awards® has named The Great Snapping Turtle Adventure: A Mystery Story for Young Teens, by Susan Yaruta-Young, as among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. The MCA evaluation process uses a proprietary methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost. “We are thrilled to earn the Mom’s Choice Awards Honoring Excellence Seal of Approval,” says Ron Sauder, publisher. “This is well deserved recognition for a beautifully written novel that has been acclaimed for its positive portrayal of stepfathers and family relationships, as well as the lyrical way it depicts the Chesapeake Bay and its wildlife.” To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five (5) identical samples for testing. Entries are matched to evaluators in the MCA database. Evaluators are bound by a strict code of ethics not only …

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Award-winning novel is now out in paperback

Easton author William Peak spent years diving into the history of seventh century Northumbria. Bill’s immersion in that distant time paid off with a thought-provoking novel about how a remote community of faith – and one lonely boy, the oblate – subsisted during the Dark Ages. Since its hardcover publication in December 2014, The Oblate’s Confession has been recognized by the Catholic Press Association (in two separate categories )…, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the National Indie Excellence Book Award competitions. And now, we are releasing the paperback edition in time for the holidays this year. This beautifully printed paperback, with an eye-catching cover and medieval graphic elements reinforcing its ecclesiastical theme, can be ordered for $18.95 directly from our distributor, Seattle Book Company, at, or from Amazon at