Welcome to Oysterback – the sleepy town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that’s been misplaced by mapmakers and forgotten by time, but still fondly remembered by legions of readers. Once you find yourself in Oysterback, you may never want to leave. Nothing beats Desiree Grinch’s corn soup at the Blue Crab Tavern. There’s never a wait at The Curl Up ‘N Read More
In his nationally acclaimed The Lord’s Oysters, Gilbert Byron told the story of a young boy growing up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the early twentieth century. Noah Marlin is older now, as Byron takes up his tale of Chesapeake watermen and their families in this sequel to his beloved classic.
In Done Crabbin’ Noah discovers his fifth grade teacher, the Read More
Once again, celebrated cookbook author Whitey Schmidt welcomes the reader to his beloved Eastern Shore. This hallowed culinary region nestles between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Through the centuries, it has produced countless mouthwatering recipes. Crab bisques…Oyster fritters…Clam bakes…Beaten biscuits…Salads with locally grown melons and vegetables…the list goes on. The Eastern Shore Cookbook is Whitey’s 11th book dedicated Read More
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
NATIONAL PRIZE WINNER: 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 Read More
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 and speech, Read More
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Four Hundred Years of History
Secant Publishing was founded to honor and deepen the rich heritage of literature from, of, and about the Eastern Shore of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia — often called Delmarva – 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 17th century travel chronicles of Captain John Smith to 20th century works by John Barth, Katherine Paterson, Christopher Tilghman, Marguerite Henry, James Michener, Helen Chappell, and William Warner, among many others who might be named.
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