8th Annual Key West Book Fair

Who knew that when I was being an irresponsible delinquent in my Hampden Academy High School years, I would someday be promoting one of my books in the 8th Annual Key West Book Fair? I can assure you that one group who didn’t foresee it was my teachers. I’m sure most of them were wondering if I was going to graduate, never mind flourish. It just goes to show you that if you can survive your clueless years, then there’s hope that you can do something just a little bit larger than what you were once doing way back when.

So, this Saturday (February 24th) while I’m sitting in the hot sun and trying to entertain those who stop by for a visit, maybe I’ll take just a minute to reflect where I came from. And if by chance any Hamden Academy Grads are kicking around the neighborhood, I hope you’ll stop by for a minute or two. Maybe we’ll trade stories and ponder just how we managed to survive.

Hope to see you there.


BM Simpson, Hampden Academy Class of 1977

Simpson’s next novel, Avis Humphrey, is due out in the spring of 2018.

B.M. Simpson

About B.M. Simpson

B.M. Simpson was born and raised in rural Maine. He joined the Air Force at the age of 18 and lived and moved across the U.S. and Europe. After leaving the military, he spent years living and working in the Caribbean. On the islands of Anguilla, St. Kitts and Grand Cayman, he discovered a passion for island life and formed friendships second to none. After more than 20 years of writing songs, poems and short stories, he wrote his first full-length novel, Island Dogs, A Caribbean Tale of Friendship.