Cartoonist Will Henry Wilson kicks off ‘Authors on Main’ series

Cartoonist Will Henry Wilson kicks off ‘Authors on Main’ series

WAKEFIELD — The 2018 season of Authors on Main — a Sunday evening author series organized by a volunteer committee that includes Betty J. Cotter, Timothy J. Cotter, and Marc Archambault of Wakefield, and Joanne Lynch of Narragansett — will include a nationally syndicated cartoonist, a popular author of women’s fiction and an award-winning nonfiction writer.

The series, held each summer at Wakefield’s Contemporary Theater, showcases prominent writers who discuss their work and answer questions from the audience.

This year’s program will kick off on Sunday with Will Henry Wilson of South Kingstown, whose “Wallace the Brave” comic strip is carried in more than 100 papers, including the Houston Chronicle and the Providence Journal. “Wallace the Brave,” whose adventures are collected in a book of the same title published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, has been compared to Calvin of “Calvin and Hobbes.”

With his saucy friend Amelia and best friend Spud, Wallace enjoys a world of simple childhood pleasures, from sledding to bug-catching.

He attends Moonstone Elementary School and lives with his little brother, Sterling, and parents in a house on stilts in a fictional imagining of Snug Harbor.

On Aug. 12, the series will continue with Massachusetts writer Holly Robinson, the author of six novels and a memoir. Her novels, family sagas that often center on sisters living near the sea, include “Chance Harbor,” set in her second home of Prince Edward Island, and “Folly Cove,” set in Rockport, Mass. According to Booklist, “Robinson specializes in emotionally potent ensemble fiction, featuring realistic characters in dramatic situations.”

The series will conclude on Sept. 16 with George Michelsen Foy, an award-winning novelist, nonfiction writer and essayist who will discuss his latest book, “Run the Storm: A Savage Hurricane, A Brave Crew, and the Wreck of the SS El Faro.” The freighter El Faro was lost in the Bermuda Triangle in 2015, taking with it 33 lives. Kirkus Reviews calls Foy’s account “a fact-filled, exciting tale.”

A July author will be announced at a later date.

All events will begin at 6 p.m. at the theater, 327 Main St. Books for purchase and signing will be made available courtesy Wakefield Books. Admission is free.


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