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Special Book Reading: The Tennis Ball Trees

Christopher Lockwood does a special reading of his children’s book “The Tennis Ball Trees”

Book Release: Why the Cane?

Christopher Lockwood’s new book, Why the Cane? was released in April, 2019.

About the Book

Cover image of Why the Cane? by Christopher Lockwood, Maine author.In a split second, a man’s life, and that of his family was turned upside down. This book begins in a recovery room at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1989 and takes the reader through a medical odyssey, along with intimate insights into the painful upheaval experienced by the family. The author shares the incredibly wise counsel offered by a rehab doctor and the support that has enabled him to regain a level of activity he thought would not have been possible during the thirty years since “the accident.” It’s an inspiring story with simple, practical advice.

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“Chris Lockwood has written a compelling and insightful account of his horrific accident and the inevitable physical and emotional ups and downs of a lengthy recovery. As a friend of Chris’s and Governor of Maine at the time, I recall many of the scenes he describes in his book, but only those who have endured rehabilitation from serious injuries or illnesses can identify with the mental toll such a recovery can have on both the patient and a spouse and family. All who are experiencing similar challenges will find hope and perspective in reading Why the Cane? as they follow Chris’s courageous journey to what he describes as regaining ‘a level of activity he thought would not be possible after a traumatic accident.’”

—The Honorable John R. “Jock” McKernan Jr.
Governor, State of Maine, 1987 – 1995

10% of proceeds to The Dempsey Center

I am pleased to announce that 10% of the proceeds from Why the Cane? will be donated to the Dempsey Center. The Dempsey Center makes life better for people managing the impact of cancer by creating a haven of support for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. With locations in Lewiston and South Portland, Maine, the Dempsey Center provides services that ease the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment for individuals and families at every step of their cancer experience. The Dempsey Center provided incredible support to my family during and after my late wife’s battle with cancer.  I am grateful for their dedicated work and honored to be able to make a small contribution to support their on-going programs and services.

Author Profile

Christopher Lockwood’s writing is his artistic outlet.  For years his writing was primarily in conjunction with his professional career as Executive Director of the Maine Municipal Association (1979 – 2015).  In 2013, he published The Tennis Ball Trees, a whimsical children’s book about his chocolate Labrador Retriever’s love of tennis balls.  Upon his retirement in 2015, Lockwood decided to pursue his writing on a part-time basis.  His next book, Why the Cane?, was completed in early 2019.  The book is a memoir relating his personal story of regaining a level of activity he thought would not be possible after a devastating accident. “This thoughtful recollection about an accident should help readers facing similar challenges.” —-Kirkus Reviews

 Lockwood is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington. He served three years as an officer in the U.S. Navy.  He has four adult children and eleven grandchildren.  Lockwood divides his time between his long-time home in Hallowell, Maine and his new residence as of 2021 in Sunapee, New Hampshire.  His books are available in both hard and soft cover through Maine Authors Publishing, 12 High Street, Thomaston, Maine.

Christopher Lockwood, author of Why the Cane?
Christopher Lockwood