Tuesday, July 28, 2015

YouTube Ann Blyth book trailer

This is by way of a book trailer for Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.  The two songs she sings on this video, "My Foolish Heart," from the Oscars in 1950, and the other, "My Golden Harp" (to the tune of "Danny Boy") from a guest appearance on the Louella Parsons radio show in 1951, are selections probably not a lot of people have heard.  The movie magazine covers are always a kick.

Enjoy.  Buy the book.  Did I mention that before?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Valerie Harper & Sally Struthers at the Ogunquit Playhouse - Maine

Now playing at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine: The musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It, with Sally Struthers and Valerie Harper.  Runs through August 15th - More here at their website.


A summer sale on two of my eBooks runs now through the end of July:

Classic Films and the American Conscience - a collection of essays on classic films in the context of the era in which they were made, and...

Double V Mysteries: Numbers 1 through 3 box set - a cozy mystery series set in New England in the post-World War II era.  A little noir, a little romance, a lot of New England.

Both eBooks are selling at half-price at Amazon.


Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. 

The eBook and paperback are available from Amazon and CreateSpace, which is the printer.  You can also order it from my Etsy shop. It is also available at the Broadside Bookshop, 247 Main Street, Northampton, Massachusetts.

If you wish a signed copy, then email me at JacquelineTLynch@gmail.com and I'll get back to you with the details.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New London Ledge Lighthouse

The New London Ledge Lighthouse was constructed in 1909 on Black Ledge in Long Island Sound.  Some say it's haunted.

There are 14 rooms in this Colonial style brick building.  A quiet little mansion of some style sitting just outside New London, at the mouth of the Thames River, but far enough away to be isolated.  A lighthouse keeper's life was predominantly one of isolation.

The haunting is assumed by many to be the ghost of Ernie, a lighthouse keeper living here in the 1930s, who leaped to his death off the top of the tower when he got a letter from his wife saying she had run off with the captain of the Block Island Ferry.

Visitors to Ocean Beach in New London consider the lighthouse from a lazy distance, most never knowing the story.  Ever since 1987, the light has been automated, and Ernie is alone again.

For more on the New London Ledge Lighthouse, have a look at this site.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Calamity Jane in the Movies

This is to announce the publication of my new eBook Calamity Jane in the Movies, an essay that began as several blog posts on my Another Old Movie Blog.  The book is available from Amazon here.  It is to be the first in a series of short books examining Hollywood's treatment on historical subjects, as well as the current events of the era in which the films were made.

Calamity Jane, a real-life historical figure in the American Old West gets a "reel" life in Hollywood's varied, entertaining, and inaccurate portrayals.  Fifty-seven pages, includes several historical photos of Calamity Jane, as well as movie stills and lobby card images.  The book is currently priced at $1.99, but can be borrowed free for Kindle Prime subscribers.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Prince Hall - Revolutionary Soldier, Patriot, and Advocate for Civil Rights- Boston, Mass.

Photo by JT Lynch

Prince Hall was a Revolutionary soldier, born a slave in 1735, and freed a month after the Boston Massacre.  He earned his living, in part, as a leather craftsman, and created five leather drum heads for the Boston Regiment of Artillery in 1777.

Mr. Hall was a Bostonian who enlisted, who may have fought at Bunker Hill.  He was a voter, a taxpayer, owned his own leather shop and a house in Boston.  He got involved in advocacy for the rights of Boston’s African American community, and founded the world’s first lodge of black Masons, African Lodge No. 1, now named the Prince Hall Grand Lodge—the African Lodge of the Honorable Society of Free and Accepted Masons of Boston.  This was the world's first organized society in America devoted to social, political, and economic improvement.  He spoke out against slavery, and spoke out against the lack of schools for black children, and created one in his own home.

He had hoped that blacks who served in the Continental Army during the Revolution would earn full citizenship as a result of their loyalty and sacrifice.

In his senior years, he spoke at the African Lodge in June 1797, about mob violence against blacks: 

Patience, I say; for were we not possessed of a great measure of it, we could not bear up under the daily insults we meet with in the streets of Boston, much more on public days of recreation. How, at such times, are we shamefully abused, and that to such a degree, that we may truly be said to carry our lives in our hands, and the arrows of death are flying about our heads....tis not for want of courage in you, for they know that they dare not face you man for man, but in a mob, which we despise...

Photo by JT Lynch

He died in 1807 at the age of 72.  He is buried at the Copps Hill Burial Ground in Boston, a cemetery on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  The revolution continues, in South Carolina, and everywhere a human being yearns for Independence Day from those are inhuman.

I wish you all a happy Independence Day.


Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. 

The eBook and paperback are available from Amazon and CreateSpace, which is the printer. You can also order it from my Etsy shop.

If, however, you wish a signed copy, then email me at JacquelineTLynch@gmail.com and I'll get back to you with the details.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thoreau at Berkshire Theatre Group - Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Thoreau or, Return to Walden

written by David Adkins
directed by Eric Hill
featuring David Adkins
at The Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge
The Larry Vaber Stage
Previews: Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19
Press Opening/Opening Night: Saturday, June 20 at 8pm
Talkback: Monday, June 22 after 7pm performance
Closing: Saturday, July 11at 8pm
Tickets: Preview: $42
Tickets: A: $50
Sponsored by: Bobbie Hallig and Leah and Benjamin Barber
Performance Dates
Thursday, June 18 at 7pm (Preview)
Friday, June 19 at 8pm (Preview)
Saturday, June 20 at 8pm (Opening)
Monday, June 22 at 7pm (Talkback)
Tuesday, June 23 at 7pm
Wednesday, June 24 at 7pm
Thursday, June 25 at 7pm
Friday, June 26 at 8pm
Saturday, June 27 at 2pm and 8pm
Monday, June 29 at 7pm
Tuesday, June 30 at 7pm
Wednesday, July 1 at 7pm
Thursday, July 2 at 2pm and 7pm
Friday, July 3 at 8pm
Saturday, July 4 at 2pm
Monday, July 6 at 7pm
Tuesday, July 7 at 7pm
Wednesday, July 8 at 7pm
Thursday, July 9 at 2pm and 7pm
Friday, July 10 at 8pm
Saturday, July 11 at 2pm and 8pm (Closing)
In this world premiere, longtime BTG Alum, David Adkins takes the stage as New England Transcendentalist, poet, and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau. BTG Artist, Eric Hill, who most recently wrote and directed Adkins in the wildly well-received Poe, will direct this production.

The writing of Henry David Thoreau comes to life in this dramatic and uplifting tale as he battles with himself, with his own thirst for blood and for the soul of our American conscience. It's 1859. The Union is on the verge of civil war over the issue of slavery. Passion, politics and prose collide on the shores of Walden Pond when beloved American naturalist and prophet of peaceful resistance learns that freedom fighter and abolitionist John Brown has been sentenced to hang. How did the beloved poet and naturalist, hero of children's books, inspirer of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., and writer of Walden and Civil Disobedience come to write, “I do not wish to kill nor to be killed, but I can foresee circumstances in which both these things would be by me unavoidable (A Plea for Captain John Brown).” When you come to your final moment, will you know that you have truly lived?

Includes brief nudity.

In partnership with The Bookstore in Lenox, MA, David Adkins will read excerpts from Thoreau or, Return to Walden on June 23 at 1pm in the store located at 11 Housatonic Street in Lenox. This event is free to attend and is open to the public.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


This is to announce my book on the career of Hollywood star Ann Blyth -- ANN BLYTH: ACTRESS. SINGER. STAR.

The eBook is currently posted for "pre-order" on Amazon here.   

You can order the print book from Amazon or CreateSpace, or my Etsy shop.

To order a signed copy of the paperback edition, please email me at JacquelineTLynch@gmail.com for details.  

Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star., is the first book on the career of actress Ann Blyth.  Multitalented and remarkably versatile, Blyth began on radio as a child, appeared on Broadway at the age of twelve in Lillian Hellman's WATCH ON THE RHINE, and enjoyed a long and diverse career in films, theatre, television, and concerts.  A sensitive dramatic actress, the youngest at the time to be nominated for her role in MILDRED PIERCE (1945), she also displayed a gift for comedy, and was especially endeared to fans for her expressive and exquisite lyric soprano, which was showcased in many film and stage musicals.  Still a popular guest at film festivals, lovely Ms. Blyth remains a treasure of the Hollywood's golden age. 
The book contains an in-depth exploration of Ms. Blyth’s long career (including her theatre performances in New England), with detailed appendices on her films, television, radio, and theatre appearances. The 8 ½ x 11 “coffee table” sized book includes over 275 photographs, and is will be available through online merchants, and directly from the author on her website www.JacquelineTLynch.com, or by emailing JacquelineTLynch@gmail.com.
The eBook will be available initially through Amazon, afterwards through other online merchants.
Here are a few interviews and reviews of the book so far:

Laura's Miscellaneous Musings
Hometowns to Hollywood
Twenty Four Frames
Old Hollywood Films
The Junot Files (YouTube)
Java's Journey
Wide Screen World
Vienna's Classic Hollywood
Silver Screenings

I’ll be speaking and giving a PowerPoint presentation at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site in Springfield, Massachusetts, in celebration of Armory Day on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at noon.  The topic will be “Revolution versus Rebellion” about nineteenth century mill girls, arms manufacturing, inventions, Milton Bradley’s games for soldiers, and author Charles Dickens’ tour down the Connecticut River on a steamboat—the lively world of technological and commercial revolution springing to life in the North during the American Civil War.  The talk will be at noon, part of the day-long festivities of Armory Day.  One Armory Square, Springfield, Mass.  Have a look at the website for more information: http://www.nps.gov/spar/index.htm.  I'll be offering a selection of my books for sale and signing as well after the presentation.  The event is free.
I’ll be doing a book signing at the Agawam, Massachusetts, Public Library on Monday, June 22nd at their READLocal author fair from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 750 Cooper Street, Agawam, Massachusetts.  A selection of all my books, fiction and non-fiction, will be available.
Hope to see you there