Summer Events


We love our author events and feel lucky that so many authors visit or live on beautiful Cape Cod. If you cannot make an event, but would like a personalized copy, just call the store and we will hold it for pickup after the event or ship it to you. All events are held at the store unless otherwise noted.


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Wednesday, July 23rd at 10am





 C is for Cape Cod

Story Time with Author

Christina Laurie


This beautiful alphabet book combines playful verse, informative text, and stunning photographs to introduce children to the wonders of Cape Cod.


For each letter, a short four-line verse gives younger readers a fun introduction to the subject, and the main text provides information that will appeal to both older children and adults alike. The stunning photographs, by award-winning Cape Cod Times photographer Steve Heaslip, tell stories unto themselves – from the doleful eyes of seals to children whirling on carousels, from a frog peeping out of a cranberry bog to the engineering marvel of the Cape Cod Canal. This is Cape Cod, replete with natural beauty, rich history, tourist attractions, and much more.    

Saturday, July 26th from 2-4pm





   Run to Me

Diane Hester



*This thriller is short-listed in this year's Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense!*


A woman and a child are on the run in the woods of northern Maine in this non-stop suspense thriller with a compelling emotional twist--Jodi Picoult meets Harlan Coben 


It's been two years since Shyler O'Neil's beloved son Jesse was killed, but his final moments are as vivid to her now as they were that dreadful day. Suffering from post-traumatic stress, and convinced she did not do enough to protect him, she retreats to an isolated cabin in the woods of northern Maine. Meanwhile, Zack Ballinger--a 10-year-old boy who has never known a mother's love--finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. He has seen too much and is now running for his life. Fleeing into the woods, Zack soon finds himself at Shyler's cabin. He'll take whatever help she can give--even though, for some reason, she keeps calling him Jesse. With the pursuers hot on their heels, "mother" and "son" go on the run. Protecting Zack may well be Shyler's one chance at redemption--either that, or she is the child's greatest threat.


Before commencing a career in writing, Diane was a professional

violinist. Born in New York, she attended the Eastman School of Music

and went on to play in the Rochester Philharmonic and the Adelaide

Symphony in South Australia. Diane has performed in Carnegie Hall, the

NY Metropolitan Opera House, Eastman Theatre, the Sydney Opera House,

Adelaide Festival Theatre and has worked with artists as diverse as

Isaac Stern, Chuck Mangioni, Katherine Hepburn, the Harlem Globe

Trotters and Australia’s Little River Band.


Diane currently lives with her family on a farm in Port Lincoln, South

Australia, an area known for its great white sharks and where the

underwater footage for Jaws was filmed. Run To Me, her debut thriller,

combines a love of Hitchcock-style suspense with memories of summer


Wednesday, July 30th at 10am





The Oh So Brave Dragon Wednesday Story Time with Author & Illustrator David Kirk


Dragon knows he is supposed to be brave--because that's what dragons do. He's so brave and valiant, he's ready to try out his fearsome roar! But when he hears something that scares him, he turns to his forest friends to find the noise, and to help him be brave. 


Young readers will relate to Dragon's fears, and delight in his quest to be brave. Bestselling author/artist David Kirk, creator of the popular Miss Spider series, has created another beautiful, meaningful picture book to follow Oh So Tiny Bunny. 


Saturday, August 2nd from 2-4pm  





"Blood of a Mermaid" Book Signing with

Katie O'Sullivan



Mermaid blood. When Shea MacNamara fell into the ocean for the first time, he found he could breathe underwater. The son of a mermaid, the sea is in his blood. Literally. The best part of Shea's new life? His girlfriend Kae, who also happens to be a beautiful mermaid. But darkness lurks under the sea. When evil mermen kidnap Kae, the king reminds Shea that having royal blood means making tough choices. An Arctic dungeon, a fiery plane crash, the legendary halls of Atlantis...and narwhals? Having mermaid blood just got a lot more complicated.


Follow-up to the popular

"Son of a Mermaid"


Shea MacNamara's life just got complicated. After a freak tornado devastates his Oklahoma farm, the fifteen-year-old orphan is whisked away to Cape Cod. Struggling to make sense of his new surroundings, he's trying hard to deal with feelings of abandonment... and the emotions stirred by a girl he meets along the shore. Kae belongs to an undersea world hidden from drylanders. The daughter of royal servants, she knows the planned marriage of her Princess to the foreign King should put an end to the war between the clans. But two things stand in the way of lasting peace: the ambitions of the foreign King's regent, and rumors of the Princess's bastard child. Sparks fly when she meets Shea, but could the cute drylander really be the Son of a Mermaid?





Sunday, August 3rd at 7pm






"The Tin Ticket" History and Music Event with Author Deborah Swiss & Musician Digney Fignus



Harwich resident and historian Deborah Swiss is the author of "The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women."  Her book will be of interest to history buffs, book clubs, and anyone who enjoys a compelling true story about the human spirit. It focuses on three remarkable survivors who were transported to Van Diemen’s Land -- ordinary women who lived extraordinary lives as they triumphed over tragedy, relying on their resiliency and strength alongside friendships with one another. It also tells the tale of Elizabeth Gurney Fry, a Quaker reformer who compassionately touched their lives. 


In the nineteenth century, 25,000 girls and women were transported to Australia from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The British government targeted them as “tamers and breeders” following their arrest for petty theft, for pilfering small items as the only means to survive, other than prostitution. After serving punishments that far exceeded the scope of their crimes, these pioneer heroines, through sheer force of will, became the heart and soul of a new nation.


After Deborah’s talk, Boston singer/songwriter Digney Fignus will perform "All for Love," a song he wrote to honor Australia’s convict maids and survivors everywhere.




Wednesday, August 6th at 10am





Bats in the Band!Wednesday Story Time with Author & Illustrator Brian Lies


The symphonious companion to Brian Lies's bestselling bat books series where the Bats take a break from the Beach, the Library, and the Ballgame to strike up the band, celebrate, and share music. A must-have addition to a child's first rhythmic and rhyming picture book library.


Young music lovers who are batty about books won’t want to miss a special family event at Where the Sidewalk Ends on Wednesday, August 6th at 10:00 AM for Bats in the Band, the latest children’s picture book by award-winning author/illustrator Brian Lies.  Bats in the Band, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is the highly anticipated fourth book in Lies’s bestselling bat book series including Bats at the Beach, Bats in the Library and Bats at the Ballgame. As the sun sets in this rhyming read-aloud, the bats flock to a summer theater for a one-of-a kind concert that celebrates the rhythm of the night, and the positive power of music.  Brian will arrive via Batwagon —a Nissan Cube wrapped in his illustrations and a hand-crafted sewer pipe organ —that attendees can play. He will read a giant copy of Bats in the Band, show some original artwork and autograph books. Other activities will include a musical petting zoo featuring percussion instruments and a piano mat that children can try out. A portion of the book proceeds will benefit Bat Conservation International, a non-profit organization that teaches people the value of bats.







Wednesday, August 13th at 10am



Clifford the Dog Visits for Wednesday Story Time!   



Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, the classic children's book character from Norman Bridwell's books! We'll read some of his stories at 10am while we wait for him to arrive, and after have some friendly photo opportunities with him on our covered deck!

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