Thursday, November 15
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Somali author and Maine resident Abdi Nor Iftin has an incredible story to tell. As a young refuge, he asks his family and friends to “Call Me American,” and went about learning English by watching the same 7 American films over and over. When NPR heard about his English-speaking skills, they signed him on to report about what was happening behind-the-scenes in Somalia. That’s how the BBC heard about him, which lead to a featured piece on Ira Glass’s This American Life.
And that’s how his publisher, Penguin Random House, came to ask him out to write his memoir, Call Me American.
This could be a fairytale story if it didn’t include so much loss and struggle. But Abdi tells his story with charm and humor – about what it was like to survive in Somalia at a time of intense unrest. And what it’s like now as he continues to adjust to the realities of the new life he dreamed of in America.
7:00 – 8:30 PM
The Thomas Memorial Library Evening Book Group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Please join us in November to discuss Jennifer Egan’s novel Manhattan Beach.
“Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career with the Ziegfeld Follies, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, and the reasons he might have vanished.”
Saturday, November 17
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Please join us for an Art Reception for Stephen Austin.
A self taught artist, Stephen does not have any one style in which he works, but varies his technique depending on the moment and the subject matter. His approach is atavistic, striving for the primal, much like the Postimpressionist or Fauve painters of the early Twentieth Century. He emphasizes simplicity of vision, striking colors and a bold and free approach to his work. Reflecting this, he mostly paints “in front of the subject” – indoors or out, and tends to work quickly – “in one go”. He strives to bring his own vision to local and familiar scenes.
Wednesday, November 21
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
TML’s Writer’s Accountability Group (WAG!) meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00-noon.
All levels of expertise and genres are welcome as we:
- Share ideas about writing, editing, and publishing.
- Share snippets of our work in a creative, supportive group setting.
- Connect with other writers who are as passionate about the craft as we are.
- Give ourselves a deadline each month to show up with our latest work.
- Have fun!
We hope you’ll join us to help get your WAG going!
In 2010 Anne O’Regan left her home in Boston and traveled west to do what, on average, only 300 people accomplish each year. Starting in Campo, California on the Mexican border, she backpacked north for 2,650 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Traveling through California, Oregon and Washington, she completed her thru-hike five months later in Manning Park, Canada.
Join us as Anne shares tales from the trail, and offers a unique visual presentation gleaned from over 3,000 photographs taken along the way.
Click here and scroll down to learn more about Anne!
Wednesday, November 28
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Senior Tech meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.
If you have tech questions, we’ll help you in any way we can working together as a group, and addressing individual questions. If you give us your questions in advance, we’ll be SURE to have answers. Or just ask your questions when you get here and we’ll help you solve them.
Bring your curiosity and bring your devices!