Thomas Shanklin is a New Hampshire author with roots in Queens County. Since his birth, he spends his vacations in New Brunswick. For many years he stayed at the cabins owned by Martha and Ernie Sypher. His relatives included Zena Akerley, the Akerleys at Big Cove, Mildred Belyea and the Spraggs at Hatfield Point.
Thomas has just published a 290 page book of stories and information relating to Hatfield Point, Cambridge Narrows, the Spraggs, Akerleys and other relatives. There’s a story about Walter Akerley, Zena Akerley, Aunt Ella Maude Akerley, Willard Akerley and more. It’s called “Downeast-Up Country — a Place, A Family, a Time”
On his vacation here this August, Queens County Heritage and the Cambridge-Narrows Regional Library will host him at several Book Readings & Sales at which time he will read some of his stories and sign books. He will have books available – in two versions – a full color version that shows the documents and photographs and letters as they appear in reality. That book is more expensive. Then a printed a book in Sepia and Black and white which is less expensive but no less impressive.
The events planned are:
Thomas Shanklin – Meet the Author- at the Jemseg Farmers Market, Saturday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m.
Book reading & Signing at Cambridge-Narrows Regional Library, Thursday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m.
Book reading & Signing at Queens County Heritage Book Fair, the Book Place, Lower Jemseg, Saturday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m.