Westporters write books on a wide variety of subjects in all sorts of genres. Authors Gabi Coatsworth and Ted Aldrich will share their new books - a memoir and a history with our community. Saugatuck Scribes is a series that showcases Westport writers and their newest books.
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In her memoir Love's Journey Home, Gabi Coatsworth never meant to fall for the handsome American. And after walking away because he was married, the British single mother thought she'd go forever without seeing him again. But her move to Chicago five years later for a career opportunity led to their reunion, a rekindled romance, and a wedding. Forging a thirty-year life together through ups and downs, Gabi finally gave up when her husband's alcoholism became more than she could bear. But not long after, he received a devastating medical diagnosis. Knowing she would regret it if she stayed away, she returned home to care for him. And unexpectedly learned it's never too late for a second chance…
The Partnership: George Marshall, Henry Stimson, and the Extraordinary Collaboration that Won World War II tells the story of how these two men worked together to win World War II and reshape not only the United States, but the world. The dual biography focuses on their sharply contrasting paths to power and how they transformed an outdated, poorly equipped army into a well-equipped modern fighting force of millions.
Award-winning writer Gabi Coatsworth was born in Britain and work brought her and her two children to America. She lives in Connecticut in a cottage that’s American on the outside, and English inside. If she’s not reading, writing, or traveling, she’ll be in her flower garden, wondering whether to weed, and holding a cup of her preferred beverage, strong English tea. The rest of the time she’s working on her next novel.
Edward “Ted” Aldrich’s love of history goes back to his early childhood in Rowayton, CT. After attending Colgate University and Boston College (MBA), he began a long career in banking working in New York, Zurich, and London (he currently works for Auramet Trading). The Partnership is his first book. Like Gabi Coatsworth, Aldrich is also an avid tea drinker and enthusiastic gardener.
Westport author Lisa Cloherty shares the journey of her two new picture books with fellow author Michaela MacColl. Find out who Katie Spector the Art Collector and Terrance the Hothead are and how they came to be. These two stories may inspire you to write our next Saugatuck Scribes book.
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Lisa Cloherty is an author of children's books and a pediatric speech-language pathologist. While other kids were out playing soccer or acting in the school play, Lisa was dreaming up stories and poems. Her grandfather was never without a pencil and slip of paper. He fostered her love of books and writing. When he came as an honored author to Lisa's third grade class, her dream of becoming a writer was solidified. Most of Lisa's stories revolve around community, family and self-acceptance.
Michaela MacColl grew up in upstate New York. She studied Russian and Soviet history at Vassar College and Yale University. She lived in the south of France for several years before settling in Connecticut. Her first book, Prisoners in the Palace was published in 2010. View from Pagoda Hill is her 10th novel and the first about her family. She has two daughters and four enormous black cats who are very hard to tell apart from each other (the cats not the girls).
Two Westport authors share their ways to for coping with stress. Stephanie Bass turned to humor during the pandemic and Denise Zack provides proven ways to move around negativity and both will discuss their books with Kerstin Rao.
Ripple Affect is an 8-step workbook filled with readings, reflections, activities and meditations Denise uses to help clients gain insights into negative thought patterns to make lasting changes. Her therapeutic approach helps her clients to identify their damaging patterns and then positively alter them to improve emotional balance and decrease stress.
DRIVEWAY SHOWCASE: My Blackboard Diary: A Comedian's Year in Lockdown shares some of the inspirational sayings, funny observations and uplifting statements collected on a chalkboard Stephanie wrote during the pandemic for her neighbors to read.
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Kerstin Rao's mission is to spread creativity and joy, whether through her art and stationery business, CuppaCards, or through her coaching service, Curate Your Mate. For 22 years, Kerstin was a teacher with the Westport Schools and is forever proud of all her former students. She and her husband Vijay live in a cozy cape in Westport, nurturing a garden of native plants and loads of local friendships.
Denise Zack, MS, RYT is a Certified Life Coach, Meditation Instructor, and yoga teacher, who worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor for Southern Connecticut State University for 20 years, as a clinical therapist. She’s also done private, wellness-based consulting, meditation, mindfulness and yoga for individuals and businesses alike.
Diagnosed with ADD at age 47, Stephanie Bass had breezed through many professions: publishing; marketing; teaching; cashier; corporate wife – secretly feeling she was the only one who hadn’t been issued an owner’s manual. At 70, Stephanie embarked on one more career: taking her greatest strength – making people laugh – she started formal training in standup comedy. She was just getting warmed up when a plague closed all the clubs. Undaunted, she invented a new venue: blackboard postings in her driveway, and her first book was born.