The esteemed Cape Cod writer Robert Finch presented a unique program to a capacity crowd at the Jacob Sears Memorial Library on Sunday, March 25. Mr. Finch presented a series of portraits of Cape Codders and Newfoundlanders, who bear striking similarities and differences. Mr. Finch has written extensively about both Cape Cod and Newfoundland, with highly acclaimed works including A Cape Cod Notebook and The Iambics of Newfoundland. (Please click here for a review of The Iambics of Newfoundland)
Widely regarded as one of America's leading nature writers, Bob Finch has lived on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, since 1971. He has published seven books of essays and is co-editor of The Norton Book of Nature Writing. A Cape Cod Notebook is a collection of his weekly radio commentaries broadcast for the past six years on WCAI, the woods Hole NPR affiliate of WGBH, and for which he received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Radio Writing in 2005. Bob Finch's essays have appeared in numerous magazines and journals and his books have been translated into Japanese and Chinese. For his body of work he was named as one of the New England Literary Lights for 1999 by the Associates of the Boston Public Library, and in 2001 he received the Non-Fiction Award from the New England Booksellers Association.
Mr. Finch has taught at numerous colleges and writers conferences, including Williams College, Emerson College, Carleton College, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Since October 2002 Mr. Finch has been a member of the nonfiction faculty of the MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky. The author lives in Wellfleet, MA, with his wife, the writer Kathy Shorr.
In addition to his writing, Robert Finch finds time for other passions as well, including music. He sings with the Chatham Chorale, and will be performing with the Cape Cod Symphony, and members of the Chatham Chorale and Falmouth Chorale, in the Mahler Symphony No. 2 concert, May 5 and 6, in celebration of the Symphony's 50th anniversary. Later in that month, the Chatham Chorale will perform the world premiere of a newly commissioned piece, with music by William Cutter and words by Robert Finch. For tickets and other information, please visit Chatham Chorale