Biographies of James Coogan & Jack Sheedy

James Coogan

Jim Coogan, Author

Jim Coogan was raised on Cape Cod in the town of Brewster. After military service, he began a career as a high school history teacher. Since his retirement from teaching in 1999, Jim has written ten books about Cape Cod, including Sail Away Ladies: Stories of Cape Cod Women in the Age of Sail, which received the 2004 U.S. Maritime Literature Award for best maritime writing by an independent publisher. His book, Cape Cod Harvest: A Gathering in of Cape Cod Stories, written with Dennis author Jack Sheedy and published in the spring of 2007, was a finalist in Foreword Magazine’s 2007 Book the Year awards. More recently, Jim has moved toward writing books for children. His popular Clarence the Cranberry Who Couldn’t Bounce (2002), was followed by I Saw a Sea Monster, Yes I Did!!! (2006) and Priscilla the Amazing Pinkywink in 2008. His novel, Sears Point, was released in 2016

His most recent children's book, Cecelia the Seal Gets a Meal, was published in September of 2013. Jim is a regular columnist for the Cape Cod Times daily newspaper and is owner and publisher of Harvest Home Books in East Dennis, Massachusetts.

He lives with his wife Elizabeth in Sandwich, Massachusetts.


Jack Sheedy

Jack Sheedy, Author

Jack Sheedy is the author of five books and more than 500 published articles. His books include Cape Cod Harvest, Cape Cod Companion, and Cape Cod Voyage, all written with Jim Coogan, as well as Dennis Journal. Jack has served as a freelance writer for the Barnstable Patriot weekly newspaper for more than 20 years, contributing to the paper’s annual Cape history magazine, Summerscape – recognized by the New England Press Association for editorial excellence. He has also contributed to Cape Cod Life magazine and other publications as well as writing for a number of Cape businesses and organizations, including the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. Jack has appeared on HGTV and NPR radio, speaking about Cape Cod history and lore. Spending summers in Dennisport since childhood, Jack and his family have lived year – round in Dennis for the past 30 years.

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