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The Boardwalk is here! The eagerly anticipated second volume in the Rehoboth Beach Reads series is now in stock. The book contains winning stories from the 2014 Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest. The first volume of the series, The Beach House, was the top-selling book at Browseabout this summer.

The Boardwalk contains twenty-five never-been-published stories (each by a different author) that are all set in Rehoboth and fit the theme “The Boardwalk.” The stories mention many local streets, restaurants, hotels, and activities. “People love to read about places they are familiar with,” says Cat & Mouse Press publisher Nancy Sakaduski. “These stories, which are entertaining, well-written, and amazingly diverse, are perfect for beach reading, but just as enjoyable for fireside reading during the winter.”

“These are more than just “they went down to the beach and had a picnic” stories, says Sakaduski. The stories deal with such wide-ranging premises as a romantic boardwalk scavenger hunt, a ghost creating havoc in a boardwalk hotel, a seagull’s view of Rehoboth, and a famous rock star visiting a local restaurant. There is even a Sherlock Holmes story in this year’s collection: “The Case of the Artist’s Stain,” a clever tale that earned author Joseph Crossen the $500 cash first-place prize provided by Browseabout. NPR personality Liane Hansen was one of the first to read the book. “I love these stories,” she said. “Now when I sit on a white bench and people-watch, I’m reminded that there is more to the Rehoboth boardwalk than meets the eye.”

The official launch party for The Boardwalk will be held on Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 PM. If you can't make it to the store, order your copy now!

Robin Black will be appearing at Browseabout to discuss her debut novel, Life Drawing.

Black is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, a finalist for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including O: The Oprah Magazine and The New York Times Magazine.

In Life Drawing, Augusta and Owen have moved to the country to live a quiet life, Gus as a painter, Owen as a writer. They have left behind the city, and its associations to a troubled past, devoting their days to each other and their art. But beneath the surface of this tranquil existence lies the heavy truth of Gus’s past betrayal, an affair that ended, but that quietly haunts Owen, Gus and their marriage.

When Alison Hemmings, a beautiful British divorcée, moves in next door, Gus, feeling lonely and isolated, finds herself drawn to Alison, and as their relationship deepens, the lives of the three neighbors become more and more tightly intertwined. With the arrival of Alison’s daughter Nora, the emotions among them grow so intense that even the slightest misstep has the potential to do irrevocable harm to them all.

Black will be reading a piece from Life Drawing, as well as discussing the writing process and how her career began. Questions from the audience are encouraged. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 23rd at 5:00 PM. It is free and open to the public; no registration is required. As always, if you are unable to attend, we are happy to hold a signed copy for you. For more information, call 302-226-2665.