Suzanne Strempek Shea

2008 Events

Teaching at the University of Southern Maine
January 4, 2008 to January 13, 2008
Teaching fiction and non-fiction at the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA program, Freeport, Maine
Workshop on memoir writing at Writers in Progress
March 8, 2008, 09:30 AM to 04:30 PM
Florence, Mass. Registration required. For fees and other information contact
Reading and signing at Broadside BOOKS
March 12, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
247 Main St., Northampton, Massachusetts
Signing at Edwards Books
March 13, 2008, 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Tower Square, 1500 Main St., Springfield, Massachusetts
Signing at Toadstool Bookstore
March 29, 2008 @ 02:00 PM
12 Depot Sq., Peterborough, New Hampshire
Reading and signing at Central Connecticut State University
March 31, 2008 @ 06:00 PM
New Britain, Conn., in the Marcus White Room, located in Davidson Hall, the central building on the campus facing Stanley Street
Reading and signing at Palmer Public Library
April 3, 2008 @ 06:30 PM
1455 Main St., Palmer, Massachusetts
Reading and signing at Hampden Public Library
April 5, 2008 @ 10:00 AM
625 Main St., Hampden, Massachusetts
Reading and signing at Odyssey Books
April 8, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
Village Commons, 9 College St South Hadley, Massachusetts
Reading and signing at King’s Chapel
April 10, 2008 @ 06:30 PM
58 Tremont St., Boston, Mass. 617-523-1749
King's Chapel is one of the churches visited in Sundays in America.
Reading and signing at Cape Cod Writers Center’s Breakfast With the Authors
April 11, 2008, 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Reading and signing at Volusia County Library Center at City Island
April 14, 2008 @ 06:30 PM
105 East Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach, Fla.
Reading and signing at UrbanThink! Bookstore
April 17, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
625 East Central Blvd., Orlando, Florida
Reading and signing at Inkwood Books
April 19, 2008 @ 02:00 PM
216 S Armenia Ave, Tampa, Florida
Reading and signing at Pam's Paperbacks
April 26, 2008 @ 10:00 AM
85 Post Office Park (Off Route 20), Wilbraham, Mass.
Reading and signing at Jeffrey Amherst Books
April 26, 2008 @ 01:00 PM
55 S. Pleasant St., Amherst, Mass.
Reading and signing at Baker Books
April 27, 2008 @ 11:00 AM
69 State Rd North Dartmouth, Mass.
508 -997-6700
A light brunch will be served. Pre-registration is required.
Reading and signing at The Coop at Harvard Square
April 29, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Mass.
Reading and signing at Cornerstone Books
May 2, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
45 Lafayette St., Salem, Mass.
Reading and signing at the University of Southern Maine bookstore
May 7, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
Portland Campus. Directions are available at
Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance
May 8, 2008 to May 13, 2008
Leading workshops at Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance retreat on Deer Isle, Maine
Reading and signing at York Public Library
May 16, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
15 Long Sands Road, York, Maine, 03909 207-363-2818
Reading and signing at Booklovers' Gourmet
May 17, 2008, 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
55 E Main Street 
Webster, Mass.
Reading and signing at Christ Church Cathedral
May 18, 2008 @ 11:30 AM
35 Chestnut St., Springfield, Mass. 413-736-2742
Reading and signing at the Rockville Public Library
May 20, 2008 @ 03:00 PM
52 Union St., Vernon, Conn.
Reading and signing at Belchertown United Church of Christ
May 22, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
Park Street, East side of town common, Belchertown, Massachusetts
Reading and signing at the Jacob Edwards Library
May 29, 2008 @ 06:30 PM
236 Main Street, Southbridge, Mass.
Reading and Signing at Holy Name of Jesus Polish National Catholic Church
May 31, 2008 @ 10:30 AM
15 Thayer St., South Deerfield, Massachusetts, 413-665-2129
Reading and signing at Forest Park Library
June 4, 2008 @ 06:00 PM
380 Belmont Ave., Springfield, Mass. 413-263-6843
Reading and signing at Holyoke Council on Aging
June 5, 2008 @ 01:00 PM
310 Appleton St., War Memorial Bldg.· Holyoke, Mass.
Reading and signing at Reeds Landing
June 12, 2008
Springfield, Massachusetts
Two events that day - 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Reading and signing at The Book Rack
June 14, 2008 @ 02:00 PM
52 State St., Newburyport, Mass. 978-462-8616
Reading and signing at Enfield Public Library
June 18, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
104 Middle  Road, Enfield, Conn.
Reading and Signing at Joshua Hyde Library
June 24, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
306 Main St., Sturbridge, Mass. 508-347-2512
Reading and signing at Hubbard Memorial Library
June 26, 2008 @ 06:00 PM
24 Center St., Ludlow, Mass. 413-583-3403
Reading and signing at Mamaroneck United Methodist Church
June 29, 2008 @ 12:00 PM
546 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, New York 914-698-4343
Leading workshops at the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program
July 5, 2008 to July 15, 2008
Reading and Signing at Agawam Public Library
July 22, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
750 Cooper St., Agawam, Mass.
Speaking at Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond
July 27, 2008 @ 10:45 AM
2501 Park Ave., Richmond, Va., 804-353-9477
MCC Richmond is one of the books featured in "Sundays in America." Please attend the 10:45 service, at which Suzanne will give a tiny talk. After the service she'll speak a bit more and a booksigning will be held.
Readings and signings on Cape Cod
July 30, 2008
Two events this day, locations TBA
Reading and signing at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Baltimore, Maryland
August 2, 2008 @ 06:00 PM
The church meets at First United Church of Christ, 1728 Eastern Avenue, in Fells Point. www.saintsebastiancacholic.eomI St. Sebastian is one of the churches featured in "Sundays in America." 
Reading and Signing at Sunderland Public Library
August 6, 2008 @ 06:30 PM
20 School Street, Sunderland, Massachusetts 413-665-2642
Leading a workshop at Curry College
August 11, 2008 to August 12, 2008
Leading a workshop on "Writing Around the Corner - Setting Stories in Your Hometown" through the Blue Hills Writing Institute at Curry College, Milton, Mass.
Blue Hills Writing Institute
Leading workshops at Cape Cod Writers Conference
August 18, 2008 to August 22, 2008
At Craigville Conference Center, across from Craigville Beach.
Speaking and signing at Elms College
August 23, 2008 @ 05:00 PM
Western Massachusetts authors will speak and sign at this Businesswomen's Partnership benefit to fund scholarships for women who are returning to school. Odyssey Book Shop of South Hadley will provide books for sale. Stay tuned for a list of authors other than Suzanne, andfor  info on how to purchase tickets for this event. Elms College is at 291 Springfield St., Chicopee, Massachusetts, 413-594-2761,

Reading and signing at First Congregational Church
September 4, 2008 @ 01:00 PM
18 Broad Street (on the common), Westfield, Mass., 413-568-2833
Workshop on Book Promotion.
September 6, 2008 @ 09:00 AM
To be held through Writers in Progress, Florence, Massachusetts. Fee and pre-registration are required. Please first visit for details.
Reading and Signing at Church of the Good Shepherd
September 14, 2008 @ 09:15 AM
This is an Episcopal Church located at 214 Elm Street, West Springfield, Massachusetts 413-734-1976
Reading and signing at First Church of Monson
September 17, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
Beginning at 7 p.m. at the church at 3 High Street, Monson, Massachusetts 413-267-3312
Leading workshops at Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance retreat
September 19, 2008 to September 21, 2008
This will be held at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle in Maine (
Information on the retreat is available from
Reading and signing at Andover Bookstore
September 25, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
89R Main St., Andover, Mass.
978-475-0143 or 800-491-0143
Reading and signing at Royalston Library
September 26, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
19 On the Common, Royalston, Mass.
Speaking and signing at Second Congregational Church
September 28, 2008 @ 10:00 AM
A talk on Sundays in America will be given during the sermon time at the 10 a.m. service at Second Congregational Church, 1080 Pleasant St., Palmer, Massachusetts 413-283-5206. Books will be sold and signed during a coffee hour following the service.
Reading and Signing at Westfield Atheneum
October 1, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
6 Elm St., Westfield, Mass., 413-568-7833
Reading and Signing at Burgundy Books
October 4, 2008 @ 02:00 PM
4 Norwich Road, East Haddam, Connecticut 860-873-9312
Leading workshop at Writers Week in Ireland, Fall 2008
October 15, 2008 to October 22, 2008
My friends Ted and Annie Deppe are hosting a conference 15-22 October 2008 in Howth, a beautiful seaside village just north of Dublin. SEVERAL VACANCIES REMAIN! We will have a week of workshops, seminars, readings, and field trips to literary sites in Dublin (including the James Joyce Tower and the incredible W.B. Yeats exhibition at the National Library).

This week is meant to be a chance for serious writers to take their work to the next level. Visiting will be major Irish writers Claire Keegan, Paula Meehan and Theo Dorgan. I'll be there as the visiting writer from America.

For those who want to explore Ireland, we hope that you will leave yourself a week before or after the conference to travel and get to know this wonderful country. However, since this conference does not offer academic credit, we will be able to schedule in a little more free time. This time may be used to generate new writing (exercises will be offered) or to explore on your own this area of outstanding natural beauty--there are, for example, spectacular cliff walks on Howth Head (where Leopold Bloom proposed to Molly and she gave him literature's most memorable "Yes"), boat trips to an island with monastic ruins, bird walks on Bull's Island, or a trip to the megalithic ruins at Newgrange (older than the pyramids.)

Ideally, this is a week to focus on your own writing, so we recommend that if you want to travel with family or significant others, you do this before or after the residency.


The cost for the week (workshops, lectures, readings, and a field trip to Dublin) will be $1,150. 

Airfare and travel to the residency is on your own, but we will help advise you on travel plans if you wish. Aer Lingus is the national airline and a roundtrip ticket for direct flights from Boston to Dublin in October currently costs $635. You may be able to find cheaper flights with other airlines, especially if you're willing to have one or two stops along the way.

Bed and breakfast rates are as follows. We will book a room for you on a first-come basis:

  • $375 for the week if you share a back room at Ann's (no sea view)
  • $400 for the week if you share a front room at Ann's (sea view)
  • $590 for the week for a single room at Ann's B&B (back room)
  • $625 for the week for a single room at Ann's B&B (front room)
  • $615 for the week to share at room at the King Sitric, ground floor
  • $700 for the week to share a room at the King Sitric, first floor (U.S.,"second floor")
  • $870 for the week for a single room at King Sitric, ground floor
  • $1,025 for the week for a single room at King Sitric, first floor (in U.S.,"second floor")
  • King Sitric website:
  • Ann's B&B website:

The Deppes have stayed in and enjoyed both Ann's and the King Sitric. The two buildings are next door to each other, and both establishments overlook Howth's scenic East Pier and its lighthouse. Ann's is cozier and you'll get to know proprietors Una and Jonathan, who have a wealth of local knowledge and stories. The King Sitric is plusher and makes for a nice splurge if you can afford it. Both places have wireless Internet connection and terrific breakfasts.

To summarize costs, here's approximately what you might expect to spend, based on current exchange rates:

  • $1,150 tuition
  • $630 plane from Boston to Dublin (more from areas farther west in the
  • U.S.)
  • $375 basic room (more if you want an upgrade)
  • $210 for 7 lunches and 7 suppers, 14 meals at $15 each--this is keeping
  • The meals simple; you can certainly spend more (or less, with effort) $2,465


Feel free to email Ted Deppe at or call him or Annie at 011-353-87-909-1724 if you have questions. This sounds like it should be a great chance to give your writing a boost and to have a lot of fun at the same time. Please pass the word on to any friends you have who are serious about writing and would like to see Ireland!


Ted Deppe is the author of Children of the Air and The Wanderer King (Alice James Books, 1990 and 1996) and Cape Clear: New and Selected Poems (Salmon, Ireland, 2002). His fourth book Orpheus on the Red Line is due out from Tupelo in Spring 2009. A recipient of two grants from the NEA and a Pushcart Prize, he has been writer in residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, CT and Phillips Academy in Andover. He has taught in graduate programs in Maine, Ireland, and England and currently is the director of Stonecoast in Ireland, a program that makes it possible for MFA students at Stonecoast (Maine) to take their residencies in Ireland.

Annie Deppe is the author of Sitting in the Sky (Summer Palace Press, Ireland, 2003). She is the recipient of a writer's grant from the Irish Arts Council. Her work appeared in The Forward Book of Poetry 2004 and in journals on both sides of the Atlantic, including Poetry Ireland Review, Sou'wester, The Recorder, and The Shop. She holds an MFA from Lancaster University, England, and was chosen to read in the Introductions Series of Poetry Ireland. She and Ted are currently living in Donegal, Ireland.

Speaking and signing at Elms College
October 23, 2008 @ 05:00 PM
Five or six local authors will speak and sign to benefit The Businesswomen's Partnership, which is raising funds for scholarships to help women who are returning to school. Odyssey Book Shop of South Hadley will provide books for sale. Check back for a list of authors, and information on purchasing tickets. Elms College is located at 291 Springfield St., Chicopee, Massachusetts.
Reading and Signing in Claremont, New Hampshire
October 28, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
Fiske Free Library, 108 Broad St., Claremont, NH, 03743
Panelist at Write Angles Conference
November 1, 2008 @ 09:45 AM
At Mount Holyoke Conference Center, South Hadley, Massachusetts
Reading and Signing at Simon Fairfield Public Library
November 6, 2008 @ 06:30 PM
290 Main St., Douglas, Massachusetts 508-476-2695
Reading and Signing at Shutesbury Town Hall
November 12, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
The M.N. Spear Library in town will host this event to be held at Shutebury Town Hall, 1 Cooleyville Road, Shutesbury, Massachusetts
Speaking at Signing at Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield
November 23, 2008 @ 09:00 AM
245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield, Massachusetts 413-736-2324