Cat & Mouse Press will host a launch party celebrating the release of “Beach Dreams,” the seventh book in the award-winning “Rehoboth Beach Reads” series, from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave.
Although the stories all fit the theme “beach dreams,” they range from the story of a young man’s dream of owning a jazz club in Rehoboth to an old woman’s magical connection to the beach of her youth, and from the haunting story of a World War II soldier stationed at Fort Miles to the haunting of a miserly man by the ghost of Bob Marley.
The launch party will include refreshments, prizes and a book signing with authors featured in the book. The event is free and open to the public. There is no set program, so attendees can come and go as they please during the event.
“People eagerly await each year’s anthology,” said Nancy Sakaduski of Cat & Mouse Press. “They love the quality and variety of the stories and enjoy recognizing familiar locations — characters might meet at a local restaurant or mention a favorite store, and a local hotel or entertainment venue might be the backdrop for a memorable scene, such as the seemingly jinxed beach wedding that is the focus of one of this year’s stories.” Beach Dreams contains 24 stories and includes a mix of drama, romance, mystery, historical fiction, humor and the supernatural.
The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest invites writers to submit stories that fit the year’s theme and have a connection to Rehoboth Beach. Browseabout Books, sponsor for the contest, awards a $500 cash prize for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for third place. A panel of judges selects the stories for the top prizes and chooses stories they think deserve special merit for individual judge’s awards. This year’s judges were Tyler Antoine, Stephanie Fowler, Lois Hoffman, Laurel Marshfield, Mary Pauer and Harold O. Wilson.
For contest information and more, visit catandmousepress.com and facebook.com/rehobothbeachreads.