Sunday, Jan. 03
NORTH ADAMS - The release of "Gray Locke: The Mystery of the Weeping Rocks" will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 9, at Papyri Books.
Author C.A. Chicoine will introduce the series and read excerpts from his book.
In Chicoine's first children's book, "The Mystery of the Weeping Rocks," he writes of a morning's adventure of a 10-year-old boy, Gray Locke.
According to the news release announcing the event, the story begins at Gray Locke's grandparent's home in Western Massachusetts, where Gray Locke overhears the tail end of a conversation between his father and uncle about rocks that weep.
His curiosity takes him on a search through his Grandmother Windsor's gardens, and off to neighboring lands - where his investigation leads him to such places as an abandoned marble quarry, a brook, and caves.
Gray is able to create different scenarios about what the weeping rocks may be before finally learning the truth.
The setting of the story was inspired by actual locations in North Adams - in particular, the Natural Bridge State Park - interwoven with factual local history surrounding the area.
"The Mystery of the Weeping Rocks" is geared for middle school-aged children.
Chicoine resides in North Adams. He has written and edited online articles, including "Monument Square, North Adams," and "Douglas Trumbull: In Retrospect." He also writes music, lyrics, and poetry.