Sandra Sylvester will sign copies of her book “The South End” Saturday, Aug. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Marine Tent of the Maine Lobster Festival in Harbor Park.

Sylvester’s novel is indeed set in Rockland’s South End, where she grew up. Three families are highlighted and interact with each other throughout the story. The tale includes family drama, neighborhood mayhem, attempted murder and unrequited love. Local history is woven throughout, most notably the business district fire of 1952.

Sylvester also will sign her book during the upcoming Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show. She will be at the show Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13 and 14 from 4 to 5:30 pm.

Sylvester is well into her second year of writing the weekly On Being a Southender blog for VillageSoup. Her topics include reminiscences of growing up in Rockland; history of the area; nature; and other subjects of interest to all who live or have lived in Rockland. All her 2009 blog postings are now available on a CD, which also includes more commentary plus pictures and comments contributed by readers.

For more information, contact Sylvester at

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to