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The Oysterback Omnibus

The Oysterback Omnibus

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

Done Crabbin'

Done Crabbin'

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

The Eastern Shore Cookbook

The Eastern Shore Cookbook

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

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

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 on a Read More

Conversations in a Country Store

Conversations in a Country Store

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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    Author Signings for The Oblate's Confession Begin December 1

    William Peak will celebrate the publication of his debut novel, The Oblate's Confession, with a reading and book signing at the Talbot County Free Library on December 1. Books will be available for sale. Refreshments will be served. Other events are being scheduled throughout the month and into the New Year. Here is the current calendar: Dec. 1, 6:00 p.m. Book launch, reading and signing. Talbot County Free Library, 100 W. Dover St., Easton. Dec. 6, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Signing. The News Center, 218 N. Washington St., Easton. Dec. ...more

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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, datelined Ketchum, Idaho, where one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century ended his life over 50 years ago. 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. The Hemingway memorial overlooking a trout stream near the Sun Valley Resort is a simple and fitting tribute. It's hard to read his ode ...more

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    Whitey Schmidt's Classic The 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 end to the other and selling books by the ...more


Around Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay

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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