Kate Whouley (hoo'-lee, rhymes with truly) lives and writes on Cape Cod, in the home that inspired her to write Cottage for Sale, Must Be Moved. A Book Sense Book-of-the-Year nominee in the nonfiction category, Cottage for Sale received kudos from booksellers and reviewers, and is a popular selection for reading groups.
Kate’s second memoir, Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words, was awarded the 2012 New England Book Award in nonfiction. One of eighteen university press titles selected for a 2012 American Library Association Best of the Best citation, Remembering the Music is written with the same “good humor and thoughtful humanity” that author Anna Quindlen admired in Cottage for Sale.
“As a writer, I’m fascinated by human nature—by our limitless spirit and our inescapable mortality, our hopefulness and humor in the face of difficulty, even horror; by the myriad of ways that we feel, think, and interact; by how we live, love, and generally operate in the world.”
Kate is on the faculty of the Bay Path MFA program, where she teaches creative nonfiction writing in foundational and elective courses, and supervises the publishing track for second year MFA candidates. As the founder and principal of her company, Books in Common, Kate has a long resume in the book business. “No matter how far I roam, I always return to books, reading, and writing.”
And music. For twenty-something years now, Kate has played flute in the Cape Cod Concert Band; she has been the president of the Band since 2013. “I’ve always thought there was a book in the Band, and with our break-away from the Cape Cod Conservatory, our story has become that much more interesting. I’m thinking it’s time to write about it.”