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Fly and Spin Fishing for River Smallmouths

Fly and Spin Fishing for River Smallmouths

Fly and Spin Fishing for River Smallmouths is a motivating, informative guide for nature lovers of all kinds. The book delves into river bass fishing with easy-to-use tips on everything smallmouth, from lures and flies, types of cover to target, to strategies for cold and warm seasons, and much more. The book suggests thrilling family-friendly river hobbies like canoeing, bird Read More

The Crab Cookbook

The Crab Cookbook

From the author of the best-selling The Official Crab Eater’s Guide and A Guide to Chesapeake Seafood Dining/ Bayside Views to Dine By, comes The Crab Cookbook, a wonderful collection of hundreds of delicious and elegant ways to prepare crab. There are recipes for every variety of crab you may want to serve, from the popular blue crab, stone crab Read More

The Oblate’s Confession

The Oblate’s Confession

by William Peak

Set in 7th century England, The Oblate’s Confession tells the story of Winwaed, a boy who – in a practice common at the time – is donated by his father to a local monastery. In a countryside wracked by plague and war, the child comes to serve as a regular messenger between the monastery and a hermit living Read More

Conversations in a Country Store

Conversations in a Country Store

by Hal Roth

Decades ago, Hal Roth began listening to and recording the tall tales and hard truths of a fast-fading rural culture on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Shaped by three and a half centuries of geographic isolation from the mainland, and by the tides and winds of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, the Eastern Shore had its own distinctive vernacular Read More

Between Bay and Ocean

Secant Publishing was founded to honor and deepen the rich heritage of literature from, of, and about the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia – that fat apostrophe of land that both separates and connects Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Virginia Capes.

Known best by many for its idyllic beaches and coves, oysters and blue crabs, the Eastern Shore is also a fertile hatchery for great books. It has nurtured and inspired four centuries’ worth of literature, from the Chesapeake Bay travel chronicles of Captain John Smith to 20th century works by John Barth, Gilbert Byron, Marguerite Henry, James Michener, Helen Chappell, and William Warner, among many others who might be named.

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Hemingway in Autumn

October 3, 2014 Timothy Egan of The New York Times has a marvelous reflection on the life of Ernest Hemingway today, datelined Ketchum, Idaho, where one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century ended his life in 1961. Idaho was not all ash and shadow for Hemingway. He fished well and he wrote well in Sun Valley, working on For Whom the Bell Tolls there, as Egan notes. The Hemingway memorial overlooking a trout stream near the Sun Valley Resort ...more

Whitey Schmidt's Classic 'Crab Cookbook' Is Now an E-Book

CRISFIELD, MD – “The Crab Cookbook,” by Whitey Schmidt, a cornucopia of recipes treasured by crustacean lovers since its first publication in 1990, has been released for the first time in electronic format for e-readers. The book was authorized by Schmidt prior to his untimely and unexpected death in Crisfield on July 18, at the age of 75. He told his new publisher, earlier in the summer: “I’ve put in my time touring the Bay from one ...more

Announcing our Debut Title by Eastern Shore Chronicler Hal Roth

The first e-book to roll off the digital presses of Secant Publishing will be, fittingly enough, the first-ever electronic edition of Conversations in a Country Store: Reminiscing on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, by Dorchester County-based Hal Roth. Hal’s name will be familiar to many as the author of eight books of regional history and folklore – all of them crammed to the gills with what newspaper editors used to call “local color”. Many of these books, beginning ...more