August 2nd Author Literary Luncheon

Held at the Wequassett Resort in the Grand Pavilion

Check-in Begins at 11:30 / Luncheon Begins at noon

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The Jersey Brothers by Sally Mott Freeman


This extraordinary adventure of three brothers at the center of the most dramatic turning points of World War II is "liable to break the hearts of Unbroken fans, and it's all true" ( The New York Times).

They are three brothers, all Navy men, who end up coincidentally and extraordinarily at the epicenter of three of the war's most crucial moments. Bill, a naval intelligence officer, is tapped by FDR to set up and run his secret map room in the White House basement. Benny is the gunnery and antiaircraft officer on USS Enterprise, one of the few ships to escape Pearl Harbor and, by the end of 1942, the only aircraft carrier left in the Pacific to defend against the Japanese. Barton, the youngest, gets a plum commission in the Navy Supply Corps because his mother wants him out of harm's way. But this protection plan backfires when Barton is sent to Manila and listed as wounded and missing after a Japanese attack. Now it is up to Bill and Benny to find and rescue him...

Based on a decade of research drawn from archives around the world, interviews with fellow shipmates and POWs, and half-forgotten letters stashed away in attics, The Jersey Brothers is "a captivating tour-de-force" ( San Antonio Express-News) that whisks readers from America's front porches to Roosevelt's White House to the battlefronts of the Pacific. But at its heart The Jersey Brothers is a family story, written by one of its own in intimate, novelistic detail. It is a remarkable tale of agony and triumph; of an ordinary young man who shows extraordinary courage as the enemy does everything short of killing him; and of brotherly love tested under the tortures of war.

"The Jersey Brothers shines in singularity. A blend of history, family saga and family questions, Freeman's book [is] a winning and moving success, and adds an authoritative entry to the... vast canon of war literature."

Sally Mott Freeman was a speechwriter and media and public relations executive for twenty-five years. She is currently Board Chair Emerita of The Writer's Center, the premier independent literary center in the mid-Atlantic.

The Lincoln and Speed Mystery Series

by Jonathan Putnam

On a Spring day in 1837, two young men encountered each other on the American frontier.  While coming from very different backgrounds and holding very different views on the issues of the day, the two men were to become roommates, confidantes, and lifelong friends.  Their friendship changed each of them and, in some respects, changed the course of American history.

Joshua Fry Speed grew up on a large plantation in Louisville, Kentucky, the second son of a wealthy landowner and judge who raised hemp through the forced labor of some sixty African-American slaves.  After a prosperous upbringing and several years of college Speed struck off for the frontier, hoping to make his own fortune.  He soon ended up running a general store in Springfield, Illinois.

On April 15, 1837, an awkward young man named Abraham Lincoln ducked into Speed's store, seeking bedding for his new residence.  Lincoln was in many ways Speed's polar opposite: he had grown up in a simple log cabin; he came from a broken family (his mother had died when he was young); and he was self-taught.  He had bounced around quite a bit trying to find an occupation that fit his unique temperament and talents: he'd already been a flatboatman, surveyor, postman, and store clerk.  The very day that he met Speed, Lincoln had formally begun his latest profession, as he had been sworn in as a newly minted trial lawyer.

Rather than selling Lincoln bedding Speed invited him to share his room above Speed's general store.  The rest is, literally, history.  Lincoln and Speed were roommates for three years, and the two men remained lifelong friends.  Speed ended up with a front-row seat as Lincoln became a famous trial lawyer and politician, the President who saved the Union, and perhaps the seminal figure in U.S. history.

The Lincoln and Speed Mystery Series uses this slice of American history and lore as the basis for a series of historical mystery stories and courtroom thrillers.  Inspired by the actual cases handled by Lincoln during his long and varied legal career, the series reimagines Lincoln and Speed as a sort of Holmes and Watson, with young Lincoln playing the role of the great man, seeking justice in the courtroom, while Speed plays the role of his right-hand man, occasional sparring partner, and the chronicler of their shared adventures.

Jonathan F. Putnam is a writer and attorney. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he is a nationally renowned trial lawyer and avid amateur Lincoln scholar. He currently lives with his family in London, England. This is his third Lincoln and Speed mystery.

Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World

by Eileen McNamara



A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist examines the life and times of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, arguing she left behind the Kennedy family’s most profound political legacy.

While Joe Kennedy was grooming his sons for the White House and the Senate, his Stanford-educated daughter Eunice was tapping her father’s fortune and her brothers’ political power to engineer one of the great civil rights movements of our time on behalf of millions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Now, in Eunice, Pulitzer Prize winner Eileen McNamara finally brings Eunice Kennedy Shriver out from her brothers’ shadow to show an officious, cigar-smoking, indefatigable woman of unladylike determination and deep compassion born of rage: at the medical establishment that had no answers for her sister Rosemary; at the revered but dismissive father whose vision for his family did not extend beyond his sons; and at the government that failed to deliver on America’s promise of equality.

Granted access to never-before-seen private papers—from the scrapbooks Eunice kept as a schoolgirl in prewar London to her thoughts on motherhood and feminism—McNamara paints a vivid portrait of a woman both ahead of her time and out of step with it: the visionary founder of the Special Olympics, a devout Catholic in a secular age, and a formidable woman whose impact on American society was longer lasting than that of any of the Kennedy men.

Eileen McNamara spent nearly thirty years as a journalist at The Boston Globe, where she won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and was among the first to raise the alarm about clergy sexual abuse. She is now the director of the journalism program at Brandeis University. She is the author of EuniceBreakdown, and The Parting Glass (with Eric Roth)