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 in rural Maine. He joined the Air Force at 18 and lived and moved across the U.S. and Europe. After retiring from the Air Force, he spent nearly a decade 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. In 2015 he released his first novel, Island Dogs, and he followed it up with his second, Avis Humphrey. Today Simpson calls South Sound, Grand Cayman home, and he continues to travel to and work in the Caribbean. Despite his blue water passion, he holds onto old friendships and cherishes his New England roots. He is currently writing his next novel, Bella Vita.