ROCKPORT — After the success of their first collaboration — a book highlighting Rockport — local artist and shopkeeper Mary Faino and writer Sarah Kelly have launched a second book about Rome.
This book is titled "Rome, a day: Scenes from the Eternal City."
"The reason I decided to go from Rockport to Rome is that these are both places I know and love," Faino said. "I was born and brought up in Rome by American parents. My father is a sculptor, and he received a six-month grant to travel to the quarries in Carrara to study marble carving in the early 60's. Six months turned into 55 years, as my parents eventually settled in Rome."
Kelly traveled with Faino to Rome last March so that she would be able to put text to Faino's images as she did with the Rockport book.
This book is formatted much like the Rockport book, with full images of places in the city throughout the day, overlaid with the text, and with informational pages at the back of the book.
There will be a launch party this Saturday, June 23 at The Paper Mermaid, 57 Main St. An in-store book signing with readings will run from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by a book release party from 5 to 7 p.m. with the artist and writer, along with Italian-inspired snacks and refreshments to celebrate.
The Rockport women's first collaboration was the book "A Day in Rockport," published in 2015.
"In this book, our goal from the beginning was to introduce families and children to the town, to encourage them to experience the places through the artwork and text, as well as by actually visiting the locations," Faino said. "What we didn't predict was that so many adults would love the book, and purchase it for themselves and their friends."
One salty old-timer told Faino that it really captures the spirit of Rockport.
Meanwhile, Faino reports that the Rockport book has reached 1,400 copies sold.
"And I've had reports of it traveling to China, and being read to children in India," she said. "I think of it as a little ambassador for Rockport."
IF YOU GO
Who and what: Rockport's Mary Faino and Sarah Kelly whill host two free events for to introduce their second book, "Rome, a day: Scenes from the Eternal City."
When: Saturday, June 23. In-store book signing and readings from 2 to 4 p.m. and book release party from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: The Paper Mermaid, 57 Main St. in Rockport.