An Evening with Cape Cod Writer Robert Finch

Thursday, July 20, 2023 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm


Join us for an evening with local Cape Cod writer Robert Finch on Thursday July 20th at 6:30pm at Titcomb's Bookshop. Finch has written about Cape Cod for more than forty years and will be speaking about his books The Outer Beach and The Cape Cod Notebook. A Cape Cod Notebook is also the name of his radio feature that airs weekly on WCAI, the NPR station for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and the South Coast.

Finch will be signing books after the conversation. If you are unable to join us in person, you can order a book to be signed by the author by ordering below and writing "signed copy" in the order comments or by calling us at the shop at 508-888-2331. 


The Outer Beach: A Thousand-Mile Walk on Cape Cod's Atlantic Shore

"Finch is today’s best, most perceptive Cape Cod writer in a line extending all the way back to Henry David Thoreau." —Christian Science Monitor

Weaving together Robert Finch’s collected writings from over fifty years and a thousand miles of walking along Cape Cod’s Atlantic coast, The Outer Beach is a poignant, candid chronicle of an iconic American landscape anyone with an appreciation for nature will cherish.

A Cape Cod Notebook

A collection of more than 50 exquisitely crafted radio essays, these short but poetic gems celebrate unique aspects of life on Cape Cod, especially the relationship between humanity and the natural world. Entranced by the island’s riches, Robert Finch takes the reader on a journey through the seasons in many well-known and beloved essays—including "Beach Ball," "Sea Dawn," "A Gratuity," "The Fish That Wouldn’t Die," "The Old Shell Game," and "Fire and Music"—that have the power to immediately connect the reader with the natural world of this region and that speak to the mysterious qualities of this peninsula that have drawn people to it for centuries.


Widely regarded as one of America's leading nature writers, Robert Finch has lived on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, since 1971. He has published eight books of essays and is co-editor of The Norton Book of Nature Writing. His weekly radio commentaries have been broadcast since 2005 on WCAI, the Woods Hole NPR affiliate of WGBH, and for which he received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Radio Writing in 2005 and 2013. His essays have appeared in numerous magazines and journals and his books have been translated into Japanese and Chinese. For his body of work he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018.

Mr. Finch has taught at numerous colleges and writers conferences, including Williams College, Emerson College, Carleton College, Penn State, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. From 2002-2012 Mr. Finch was on the nonfiction faculty of the MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky.

He lives in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, with his wife, the writer Kathy Shorr. His book on Cape Cod’s Outer Beach was published by W.W. Norton in the spring of 2017.


Event address: 
Titcomb's Bookshop
432 Route 6A
East Sandwich, MA 02537
The Outer Beach: A Thousand-Mile Walk on Cape Cod's Atlantic Shore By Robert Finch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393356014
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 12th, 2018

A Cape Cod Notebook By Robert Finch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780978576691
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: On Cape Publications - January 1st, 2011