Island Books has announced that children’s author Chris Gorman will be at their store on Saturday, July 14th at 11 am.  Gorman will be reading from and signing copies of his new children’s book One of a Kind.

One of a Kind is a picture book celebration of individuality and community. It tells the story of a boy who enjoys being different due to his love of punk-rock music, the way he dresses, and more, and who discovers other one-of-a-kind people who take away his loneliness. Gorman illustrates the book with bold, graphic art that captures the thrill and challenges of marching to one’s own beat.

Chris Gorman also wrote and illustrated Indi Surfs which The New York Times called, “As simultaneously exhilarating and meditative as surfing itself.” He is a surfer, artist, professional photographer, and drummer of the Grammy-nominated band Belly. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

This event is free and open to the public.

ISLAND BOOKS is a locally-owned independent bookstore serving Newport County since 1993 located in Wyatt Square, 575 E. Main Road, Middletown.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.