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Linda Rocker poses on the front porch of her Chautauqua home with a copy of her book, Punishment. Photo by Michelle Kanaar.

Chautauquan, retired judge Rocker writes legal, philosophical thriller

Linda Rocker’s first novel, Punishment: A Legal Thriller, begins with a bang.

“The book opens with a bombing,” Rocker said, which shakes the West Palm Beach courthouse where much of the book’s plot takes place.

After enrolling in a writing course at Chautauqua, Rocker took the chapters she had begun in Cleveland and began crafting them into a book, which will be the first of a trilogy.

“I suddenly realized that I had a lot to say, and I could say it through character,” she said. “Without Chautauqua, I’m not sure I ever would have finished this book.”

The book is for sale in the Chautauqua Bookstore, and Rocker will sign copies today from 12 to 12:30 p.m. in the Author’s Alcove, celebrating the Institution that gave her the gift of time and place to write her novel about legal intrigue, coming of age and the morality of punishment.

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Bookstore makes annual fund accessible to all Chautauquans

Beginning next Monday, Chautauquans new and seasoned will have the opportunity to “mind the gap,” even while picking up their morning paper or a book.

A recently established box will appear each Monday in the Chautauqua Bookstore. It will give patrons the option to donate a small gift to the Chautauqua Fund when they make their purchases.

“I am excited to offer Chautauquans the opportunity to easily participate in the Chautauqua Fund and to show their support of Chautauqua by donating a dollar or two,” said Tina Downey, director of the annual fund.

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