Beloved children's performer Bill Harley returns to Falmouth on Saturday, June 14 to help launch his new picture book, Dirty Joe the Pirate: A True Story. Grammy-winning Harley and his guitar will appear at Eight Cousins Books at 4 p.m. Dirty Joe the Pirate is, true to Harley style, one goofy guy: he and his fearsome crew roam the world and seven seas in search of dirty socks to tie in their rigging. One day Dirty Joe's ship encounters that of Stinky Annie, who plunders not socks, but underwear. Undeterred, Dirty Joe's gang engages Stinky Annie and her girls in combat, and discovers too late that her crew fights barefooted, so there are no socks to win. The next discovery is even more startling: Stinky Annie is dirty Joe's big sister! She smiles, but takes Dirty Joe's underwear anyhow, ending his days as a pirate. True or otherwise, the story is told in rhyme, and illustrated by Jack E. Davis.
Bill Harley performed in the Falmouth Schools this spring as an Artist in Residence, and is heard from time to time on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. His material, whether as songs, stories, books, energetic performances or recordings, is funny, but always holds meaningful messages for kids (ages 4 and up)and their parents. The results have won him a national audience and many awards over the past twenty years. There is further information about Bill Harley at billharley.com, and further information about Eight Cousins events at 508-548-5548. (booksense)