Gail Spilsbury

Spilsbury has edited books for the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, National Geographic, Rizzoli Publications, the Whitney Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum. She has helped numerous authors develop their books for publication. She is the author of There Are Places, Natalie & Antonella, Tiger of the Caesars; Sid’s Book about Me; That Year in Boston; Quartetto Sabino; A Washington Sketchbook; and Rock Creek Park (book jackets below). Her fiction podcast set in Boston, Red Line,is available on iTunes or Her YouTube recordings include “Remembering Margaret Fuller” and “That Year in Boston.” She writes film reviews for the Boston City Paper, which are archived here:

Gail Spilsbury’s titles

These stories, set during the 1970’s social revolution, share truths about our collective lives. The protagonists are coming-of-age women, excited to impact the new paradigm of equal rights, freedom from sexual harassment, and dismantlement of the patriarchy that has held them back. Each story creates a living stage of families, lovers, and society mired in timeworn conflicts, yet the young women in their struggles for selfhood demonstrate human resiliency and the ability to gain wisdom and a path toward wholeness in life’s mysterious journey.

Unforgettable characters work their way through life’s unpredictable journey of love, family, and relationships—as well as social and gender inequalities—and ultimately find peace and lasting connection to others and their world.

Currently available in Italian translation
ISBN 9791281116306

You won’t find it easy to resist Tiger’s droll voice as he tells the story of his early childhood adventures in Rome, Italy, with his American-Costa Rican family.

“Cat lovers will delight in meandering through Tiger’s “autobiography” as he recounts the adventures of his youth as the mischievous, much-indulged, and much-adored pet of a multigenerational and multicultural family residing in Rome.” —Amazon Customer

Why is everyone listening to Red Line? Because Pia’s story keeps them wondering what will happen next. Join our young heroine on her unpredictable encounters in a new city (Boston), a new job (a New England prep school), and a new, bad-choice boyfriend!

Sid lives in Rome, Italy, and has so many passions. One day he receives a book that intrigues him so much that he can work on nothing else. Then something happens that prevents him from concluding his adventure with the book—that is, until Christmas comes around and a near miracle happens.

“I read this book during a recent first trip to Boston. It was such a captivating guide through the city’s lovely parks and historic sights that I was completely smitten with Boston as well as the story. The novel is a complicated love story very deftly navigated by the author. Set in the publishing world, it’s a fascinating picture of that fast-paced world and its brainy people. Ardent readers will enjoy the many references and allusions to great novels and films.” —Amazon Customer

Four seasonal tales set in the olive hills outside Rome—Sabina Quartet currently in Italian translation only, needs an English edition for Italiophiles!

“Sabina Quartet, its exotic pulse, its quixotic characters, its vividness of place born of an elegant prose and sense of connection, its slow, sensuous seduction—all of this and more brings to the reader an intimacy of irresistible charm and insight.”—Phil Trupp, author of Ruthless, Sea of Dreamers, and Ancient Wisdom


Washington, DC, lovers and history buffs, this is the book for you, rediscovering the lost history of the Capital City’s cultural landscapes. It includes beautiful drawings by a famous Brooklyn gynecologist named Robert L. Dickinson, who also helped Margaret Sanger launch Planned Parenthood.

A timeless treasure—both the park and this homage to it.

“This testament to the rustic splendors of Rock Creek Park―its woodlands and trails, meadows and streams―serves as an eloquent tribute to the great urban wilderness that lies at the heart of the nation’s capital.”—Smithsonian Magazine

“This is a beautifully made book, a collector’s item.”—Carol Niedzialek, Potomac Appalachian Club

“How a slice of the wild came to be saved in the middle of Northwest Washington, D.C. is a complex subject, but Spilsbury explains it succinctly in her illustrated book.”—Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post Book World

“A ‘pleasurable glimpse’ into the complex planning history of Washington DC, underpinning the development of Rock Creek Park.—William B. Bushong CRM: Journal of Heritage Stewardship


Gail’s article in the Boston Globe on Monhegan, Maine’s historic colony of plein air painters.

Gail’s film reviews for the Boston City Paper are archived at, sample review

A Portuguese Novelist Writes in English in It’s All About Arts Magazine

Cartographer Gene Schele writes about the Washington Sketchbook

Red Line Podcast Press Coverage

Take Magazine

Beacon Hill Times

Boston Voyager

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