Author Claudette Lewis Bard will discuss her new book, “Negro Island Light,” Saturday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. at Camden Public Library. The book is set in Camden and celebrates the beauty and history of our town. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Eugenia Watts thought this day would never come: after more than 20 years with the same company, she has been laid off. She was still dealing with the death of her beloved father six months prior to the layoff. How does she pick up the pieces of her life? Where does she go from here?

Eugenia escapes and takes a much-needed vacation to a small town in Maine where her dad bought a summer cottage, leaving the heat and humidity of July in Washington, D.C., and putting some distance between the past and the future. Upon her arrival, she begins to wonder why her dad bought a cottage in this town. She finds clues that pique her curiosity. What secrets does this small town hold? What connection does she have to Camden, a small town on the Atlantic coast that has a less than one percent African-American population?

Scott Mackey is known in Camden for his sultry and melodic piano playing at the local restaurant he co-owns. He plays tunes ranging from Erroll Garner to Billy Joel to Lionel Ritchie and Michael Bublé. Known as “D.C.” to Eugenia’s late father, he is handsome, tall, single and white. At age 45, his love life has consisted of disappointing relationships with a string of women who were more than a decade younger than he and he seeks someone who remembers what romance is really like.

Bard combines her love of genealogy and romance to tell a tale of one woman’s search for a part of her that was lost many years ago … and of two people from different cultures who share a common bond. “Negro Island Light” captures the beauty a town whose motto is “Where the mountains meet the sea.”

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