ABOUT THE AUTHOR: UPDATES
I have been busy this year with author talks and books signings for THE HAUNTING OF CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS. It's a ghostly tour of over twenty four haunted historic site. From the Highfield House and Theatre to the Sandwich Glass Museum, from the Crocker Tavern to the Simmons Homestead to the Edward Gorey House - I even interviewed the man who discovered an authentic pirate ship wreck off the coast, and it was full of gold and ghosts! Thank you to everyone who came and to all the wonderful libraries and museums who invited me to speak.
The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands, along with my others, The Haunting of Louisiana, and The Haunting of Mississippi, is available on line through Amazon (please check LIKE or write a review, I'd really appreciate it), or on pelicanpub.com - or order through most bookstores - remember it's THE HAUNTING OF CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS by Barbara Sillery.
Follwing the success of my documentary, BILOXI MEMORIES & the BROADWATER BEACH HOTEL which was broadcast on PBS stations along the Gulf Coast, I am happy to annouce the release of Biloxi Memories, my newest book (Pelican Publishing). The book format allowed me to include many wonderful details and stories which due to time constraints did not make it into the documentary. Learn all about the journey of the Nydia, a sailing sloop, that has made it full circle from Biloxi to New Orleans, and now has a new home at the new Biloxi Maritime Museum. Read a few more intriguing personal tales about Elvis as a young man, who loved to hang out in Biloxi and how he acquired a Fortier High School belt buckle. "Visit" some of Biloxi's grand dames: the Edgewater, the Buena Vista, and of course, the Broadwater Beach. The Broadwater was a favorite of movie legend Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and their family-some delightful and funny incidents occured during their stay. Biloxi Memories has over 150 color photograhs and vintage postcoards. So enjoy!
My books: Biloxi Memories, The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands, The Haunting of Mississippi, The Haunting of Louisiana are all available through your local independent bookstores, as well as Barnes & Nobles and Books-A-Million. Online orders and e-books at Amazon.com
DVDS of the documentaries Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel and CITY PARK MEMORIES are available through wyes.org
DVDs of PLANTATION PORTRAITS and FADED LADIES are still available through Amazon.
DVDS of FADED LADIES & PLANTATION PORTRAITS are perfect for those who want to learn more about plantation architecture, historic preservationist, and especially about African-American heritage and the contributions of an enslaved people: their skills in cabinet making, building, and other crafts. Amazing slave narratives brought to life along with insights into plantation lifestyles in the big houses. Just order on Amazon and have them shipped direct.
Wishing you all the best,
More about Barbara Sillery:
Words are my passion. And the journey is awesome. Much of what I write about requires extensive background research,and occasional participation. I have danced at Powwows and traveled by boat to Native American burial grounds tucked deep into hidden bayous; climbed a less-than-adequate ladder to reach the belvedere of an abandoned plantation house, and descended into the rotting hull of a wooden oyster lugger.
I am also fortunate to work in both the print and broadcast fields. My work as a field producer for syndicated television shows like Extra, Strange Universe, Dangerous Destinations, and CBS News, The Early Show has resulted in some surprising assignments. I have interviewed celebrities on movie sets: Hilary Swank, Dakota Fanning, Forest Whitaker, Jamie Foxx and Rob Lowe are among my favorites. ther great interviews were with musicians Willie Nelson and Faith Hill, and the towering giant Shaquille O'Neal.
On the flip side, I've had to grit my teeth while asking the Why question to a peeping tom who created his own website as " . . . as a public service," and have had trouble maintaing a neutral expression while interviewing young girls as they bared all at a Girls Gone Wild Mardi Gras party on a Bourbon Street balcony.
I confess a certain fondness for legends, myths, and folklore. As the author of THE HAUNTING OF LOUISIANA, THE HAUNTING OF MISSISSIPPI, and now my newest, THE HAUNTING OF CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS, I have acquired a reputation as "the ghost writer." There is an undeniable appeal for tracking clues to uncover the past: Whose footsteps, eerie whispers, odd pranks, wispy illusions, and occasional startling appearances are these? Why does he/she choose to haunt his/her former home? What happened to keep this troubled spirit tethered to the earthly world? And how do the current occupants of the historic site deal with their resident ghost? I never tire of attempting to unravel the mystery.
After three books, countless magazine articles, a dozen plus documentaries, and twenty-plus years of television assignments, it continues to be an exciting life.
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