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Author, celebrity chef to host ‘Read, White and Seafood’

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ROCKLAND, Maine — Author Marianne Cushing and Chef Michele Ragussis pair up to host “Read, White and Seafood,” a book signing and food tasting event 3-6 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at The Pearl on the Pier, 275 Main St.

This event will be the final stop in a week-long book signing tour celebrating Cushing’s debut novel, “Mahalas Lane.”

Set in Owls Head and surrounding Rockland, “Mahalas Lane” was inspired by the author’s real life 2008 stay in the cottage on the lane that bears the novel’s name. The book is the story of Madi Lyons, an aspiring creative director from New York City, who arrives on the rocky shores of Maine, hoping for a relaxing respite from Madison Avenue’s relentless grind. Shortly after settling in at her quaint rental cottage, she is awoken by the local sheriff with startling news: A woman has been murdered on her private beach. A violent encounter next door and an elusive stranger draw Madi deeper into Mahalas Lane’s mysterious past, while a magnetic attraction propels her into the sheriff’s welcoming arms.

“As an independent author, I was inspired to see Michele return to New England to follow her passion. As a veteran chef and finalist on Food Network Star, her talents could have taken her anywhere yet she chose the coast of Maine,” says Cushing of The Pearl’s executive chef. “That I can relate to.”

Michele Ragussis is once again back in Rockland as resident chef of The Pearl on the Pier this summer, serving up coastal cuisine as inspired as the Rockland Harbor view. She says of the somewhat unusual pairing of food and fiction this event offers, “What could be better than commemorating our country’s independence with great local food, great local people, and then taking home a great local book to remember us by.”

For dinner reservations following the event, visit or call 207-594-9889.

This event is the last stop of Cushing’s book signing tour that will span from Portland to Camden, June 28th-July 5th. Tour schedule: Sherman’s Books in Portland, June 28th 2:30-4:30pm; Owls Head General Store in Owls Head, June 29th 10am-2pm; Sherman’s Books in Camden, July 1st 1-3pm; Farnsworth Museum, July 2nd 3-5pm; The Pearl on the Pier in Rockland, July 3rd 3-6pm.

Marianne Cushing serves as copy director for women’s intimate apparel brand, Soma, and resides in Fort Myers, Florida, with her husband, daughter and their four fur babies. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact For event schedules and purchasing, visit