Bill Lockwood at Phoenix Books Misty Valley

CHESTER, Vt. – On Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m., Phoenix Books Misty Valley will host Bill Lockwood for a talk on his new novel, “Ms. Anna.”


Bill Lockwood
“Ms. Anna” by Bill Lockwood. Photo provided.

Anna, a 20-something college graduate, is without a job comparable to her education. She works as a part-time bartender and also as pilot of her father’s fishing boat in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, a city proclaiming itself “the tuna canning capital of the world” in the 1990s. Max is an academic who was maybe once in the CIA. He is a member of a staid, wealthy New England lobstering family that has branched out to buy one of the Mayaguez tuna plants. When word reaches them of some “fishy” activities regarding their latest acquisition, they send Max to investigate. Anna and Max would rather find out more about each other, but in no time they are embroiled in a high-seas smuggling run, tracked by the U.S. Coast Guard. The bad guy has an assault rifle in his trombone case, so it’s not your parents’ Caribbean cruise – romance will have to wait.


Bill Lockwood
Bill Lockwood. Photo provided.

Bill Lockwood was born in Baltimore, Md., and moved to southeastern Vermont and Bellows Falls in the early 1990s. Recently retired, by day he was a social services worker for the states of Maryland and Vermont. By night, he was active in non-professional theater, doing mostly tech work and publicity but having directed six major productions in Baltimore. He has recently worked backstage with Main Street Arts, River Theater Co., and is publicist for the Walpole Players.

Phoenix Books Misty Valley is located at 58 Common St. in Chester, Vt. Copies of “Ms. Anna” will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, please call 802-875-3400 or visit

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