"A Day of Words, Wit and Wisdom" with WE CAN

Liz Walker

WE CAN's 8th annual celebration of "Words, Wit and Wisdom" provides sponsors and attendees with a unique opportunity to meet and speak with a panel of award-winning authors, as well as Liz Walker, 2012's Woman of the Year.

It's also the perfect chance to contribute to the mission of WE CAN, an exceptionally effective Cape non-profit.

The theme of this year's event is "The Power of Community," and will be held Thursday, June 7, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, at the Wychmere Beach Club, 23 Snow Inn Road in Harwich Port. Reservations are required, and the $150 tickets sell out fast every year.

Anne LeClaire, WE CAN Special Advisor and distinguished author will emcee the event.

This year's featured panelists are internationally acclaimed authors Marianne Leone, Gregory Maguire, and Gail Tsukiyama. The authors, including LeClaire, will be available to sign their books at the event.


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Award Winning Poetry

PEN Woman and Cape Women Online contributor Christina Laurie received third prize in the Massachusetts State Poetry Society Inc. December poetry contest for her poem "Winter Night."

Her haiku book, Seasons Rising, also brought praise from the 19th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Comments included praise for the "clear sense of motifs ... especially the seasons and nature... The extensive use of alliteration is also effective."

The book, which makes a beautiful gift, is available directly from the poet.

Contact her at PreacherPoet@comcast.net or 508-540-0762.

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The Road to Publication:
One Woman's Journey of Persistence

by Carol Smilgin

Carol Smilgin

My path to publication began with a horoscope.

I was working as the Building Manager of a private girls' school in Manhattan when word filtered down through the administration that a psychology professor at a women's college on Fifth Avenue was conducting a study on character traits.


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by Carol Smilgin

iUniverse, 2011

Review by Katie O'Sullivan

Rebecca Lawler lost her husband Jeffrey three years prior, in a suspicious hit and run accident in Madrid.

A former gallery manager, the beautiful Rebecca and her rich husband owned an extensive art collection. Rebecca fears that Jeffrey was killed because of some of their paintings, which may have been originally stolen during World War II.


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Lisa Genova to Speak at WDYC Luncheon June 15

Tickets: $25 to benefit WE CAN

Lisa Genova, award-winning author of best-selling novels Still Alice and Left Neglected, is the featured speaker at the West Dennis Yacht Club Book Club's annual Author's Lunch on Friday, June 15th. The event is open to the public, but sells out quickly. Deadline for reservations is June 5.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak with Lisa. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience from Harvard University and travels the world speaking about the causes, treatments, ways to prevent, and what it feels like to live with Alzheimer's Disease. A Cape resident, Lisa is currently writing her third novel, Love Anthony, about a boy with autism.

Proceeds will benefit WE CAN, the non-profit that for more than 10 years has empowered Cape Cod women of all ages undergoing challenging life transitions by providing services that bring increased opportunity, self-sufficiency, stability, and lasting positive change for themselves, their families and, ultimately, our entire community.

For reservations, e-mail manager@wdyc.org. Make check payable to West Dennis Yacht Club and mail to West Dennis Yacht Club Luncheon, PO Box 422, West Dennis, MA 02670. For more information, call 508-398-9757.

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Patricia B. Bertschy Reviews:

Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo
Published By Alfred A. Knopf, 2007

Every so often, you read a novel that you want to tell your friends to read, but when they ask "What is it about?" all you can say is "people, family, falling in love, and watching life unfold."


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