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Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Meet the Author Event with Nan Parson Rossiter

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Date: August 3, 2012
Contact: Sue Haley, 508-255-3421

Henry Beston's beloved Cape Cod classic The Outermost House has been popular among readers since it was first published in 1928.Today, award-winning author/illustrator Nan Parson Rossiter has transformed this classic for younger readers in her new book The Fo'c'sle: Henry Beston's "Outermost House."Join Rossiter on Thursday, August 9 at 3PM at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham where she will read, answer questions, and autograph copies of her book.

Most adults know, and many have read, Henry Beston's beloved account of the year he spent on the beach on the Outer Cape where he made a life in a 16' × 20' shack, simply furnished with a kitchen, a bed, a chest of drawers, a writing table, and a few chairs.He lived there, alone, through the changing seasons, the migration of birds, the howling of the winter storms, the occasional visits of surfmen from nearby Nauset Station, and the turning of the stars in the night sky.During the days, he would wander along the beach, take notes, and think.At dusk he would come home to write by lantern light.Rossiter's book brings to life the simple, descriptive nature of Beston's writing through beautiful illustrations and interpretations of his prose that can be appreciated by a younger audience.

IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421. The center is open from 9 AM to 5 PM and staff is available to assist with activity planning. Stop by and visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh and shop in the gift store featuring interpretive items such as books, maps, puzzles, and games. For more information about the seashore's programs, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/caco.

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Did You Know?

dune shack in the Province Lands

The Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars Historic District Seashore was designated in 1989 as a special place in the dunes within Cape Cod National Seashore. Dune shack living emerged in the early 20th century and was based in cottages built by coastguardsmen stationed at nearby stations.