2002-05-11 / Front Page

Wave Columnist Signs Book Deal

Boyle Hopes He Has Write Stuff

Columnist Kevin Boyle has signed a contract with Rising Star Press to write a book about Rockaway. The former editor and now regular columnist for The Wave says the book will be part history, part human interest. "It’s a tribute to the people of Rockaway, particularly those involved in 9-11 and the plane crash. I’m grateful for the opportunity. No other community suffered the losses Rockaway did; no other community supplied as many heroes."

Boyle says the still-untitled book will have a historical perspective as well. "Rockaway’s history has been carved by fire. Great hotels and entire sections of the peninsula have been wiped out by fires. Most people forget The Wave newspaper is actually named for a ‘wave of fire’, which struck Seaside in 1892. With these events are some extraordinary tales of fate and courage. I think the underlying theme will be how the people of Rockaway have always rebounded from tragedy. Rockaway is often called a close-knit community. To some extent, tragedies have made loose ties strong; and strong ties stronger."

The story caught the attention of California-based Rising Star Press, which prefers to publish books that "cause people to think and be inspired to act in some positive way to improve their own life as well as the lives of those around them." For more information, see their website at Risingstarpress.com.

Boyle said firefighters and other residents have been exceedingly generous, providing details of their experiences while sharing thoughts and feelings. "I feel a great weight of responsibility with this. People have entrusted me with their stories and I hope I can do them and their stories justice."

He said the Rockaway story is poignant and compelling but also difficult. "I was, and still am, reluctant to approach some people. Everything that’s happened is so charged with emotions, it’s difficult stuff to talk about, particularly if they don’t really know me or my intentions. I do think there are stories that should be told. Out of great loss have come lessons of love, sacrifice, bravery, friendship and community."

A portion of the proceeds from book sales will be donated to various scholarship funds currently in place and to the not-for-profit community organization, the Graybeards.

Boyle is still collecting stories and remembrances. Contact Kevin Boyle at KBOYLE77@aol.com (or call The Wave) if you’ve got a story or thought you’d like him to consider putting in the book. The book is tentatively scheduled to be released in the fall.

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