Poetry Readings, Book Signings Planned Next Week in Beach Haven

By Eric Englund | Aug 13, 2019

Beach Haven — Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll, who is a descendant of one of Beach Haven’s founding families, returns to her roots on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at noon with a poetry reading at the Beach Haven Public Library. Ingersoll will be reading from Walking the Sunken Boards, for which she is one of several contributing poets. The others are Linda Blaskey, Gail Braune Comorat and Jane C. Miller. All the poems were written on retreats the four have held at Ingersoll’s family farm on the eastern shore of Maryland.

Ingersoll’s maternal great-grandmother was Elizabeth Bellerby Wilson Pharo, wife of Walter Pharo and daughter-in-law of Archelaus Ridgway Pharo and his wife, Louisa. The Beach Haven Library was founded by her in memory of her husband and in-laws.

The book contains more than 30 poems.

“We drew inspiration  from our get-togethers,” Ingersoll said. “Much of the poems deal with nature, as it is a quiet place by the Chester River with a lot of farmland.”

On Thursday, Aug, 22,  R.J. Bonett will sign copies of his book Veronica at a talk beginning at 11 a.m.

The murder-mystery takes place in Beach Haven, and begins when freelance reporter Ron Bennett finds the remains of a young girl in the sand dunes. He meets Veronica, who helps as he seeks a telephone to notify authorities. Through several subsequent encounters and her innuendos of an abusive husband named Joel, Bennett becomes interested in a relationship and believes the feelings are mutual. When he discovers bruises on her neck as if she had been strangled, his concern becomes a compulsive effort for her to leave Joel. When several more corpses turn up, he begins to believe Joel is a serial killer and the next victim might be Veronica.

For more information, call the library at 609-492-7081. E.E.

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