Author seeking local writers for R.I. passport book

Author seeking local writers for R.I. passport book

Author Marty Podskoch pictured at a book signing event in 2018.

A Connecticut-based author is seeking local contributors to help write a book celebrating all 39 of Rhode Island’s municipalities.

Marty Podskoch is a retired teacher and New York native who’s made a second career out of recording the history of the northeastern United States. He recently published a book about the Civilian Conservation Corps in Rhode Island that featured camps in North Smithfield and Glocester as well as their contributions around the state.

His latest project is a Rhode Island passport book that will encourage visitors and residents to explore all 39 municipalities. Podskoch said the idea is based off similar books he’s published in Connecticut and the Adirondacks region of New York.

“There’ll be a check-off list at the back, and you keep track of what date you visited that town,” he said.

He’s enlisting the help of local writers to contribute brief segments on the history and landmarks of their towns. Podskoch said his list of volunteers includes local historical societies as well as town clerks and others who know the area well. He’s especially looking for writers to contribute sections about Lincoln, Cumberland and Central Falls.

“Maybe there’s a museum, maybe there’s a hiking trail, maybe a place to go canoeing or kayaking, some campgrounds, restaurants,” he said.

As with his previous books in Connecticut and New York, Podskoch said he’d like to start a club for those who visit all 39 municipalities and have their book signed by someone in those communities. In previous years, he’s hosted banquets and awarded “Leatherman” patches to readers who were able to visit all 169 communities in Connecticut. The patch is named for a famous vagabond who was known to wander the state in the 1800s.

Podskoch said he doesn’t know yet what he’ll name the Rhode Island award, but suggestions have ranged from an anchor symbolizing hope to a Rhode Island Red chicken.

Anyone interested in contributing to the book can contact him at podskoch@comcast.net.