Nearaway Places: Explore, then Eat!

Thursday, July 12
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
How much fun is it to jump in the car, explore a new place in Maine, AND have a terrific meal? 
Maine author Lois Stailing liked the idea so much, she wrote a book about it! Nearaway Places will introduce you to some of Maine’s most beautiful scenic and historic places. And she’ll direct you to a fabulous meal nearby.
More about Lois Stailing
A Maine native, Lois earned her BA in history from the University of Maine. Her love of history and travel led her to seek out unique and beautiful places which she shares through her blog and now her book, Nearaway Places

Honoring Our Mothers’ Stories

Tuesday, June 5
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

In the process of delving into their mothers’ worlds, the authors of this unique anthology unearthed complex histories filled with love, laughter, trauma, courage, resilience and determination.

Written with heart and honesty, the authors tell their mothers’ stories, complete with their strengths and imperfections, and with special consideration given to how the circumstances and social norms of their mothers’ era both shaped and compelled their mothers’ choices. 

Compassionate Journey: Honoring Our Mothers’ Stories will be presented by authors Maggie Butler, Cheryl Gillespie, Jenny Radsma, Martha Rice, and Jane Sloven.

Please join us for readings and a discussion. Books will be available for sale.

“Huge and beautiful” ~ Monica Wood

“An exceptional read” ~ Meredith Hall

“[A book filled with] light and darkness, of sorrow, anger, tenderness and insight” ~ Michelle Cacho-Negrete

CLICK HERE and scroll down to read more about the authors.

Author Event: The Life of a Literary Forager

Thursday, May 17
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Maine author Brad Rau, a graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School’s class of 1997, joins us in May to talk about how he fuses elements across genres to create whimsical fiction that incorporates comedy, philosophy, b-movies and musical influences. And he’ll share anecdotes about his successes and the long succession of failures he encountered along the way to being an “overnight” success.
More about Brad Rau
Brad studied Creative Writing, Eastern Philosophy and Ethics at colleges in Maine and Vermont. In 2015 he published his debut novel, The Ghost, Josephine, which garnered rave reviews from the San Francisco Book Review, the Columbia Review and others. His second novel, Caveman at the End of the World, released last fall, was named one of IndieReader’s “Best of 2017,” and has been selected as a Finalist in Science Fiction. Woohoo!
Caveman at the End of the Word
“In a nameless city in the near future, Ella Pearson returns home to find her apartment broken into. Tiny, mute and covered in hair, the intruder seems harmless enough, but as the nuisance of extracting him from her life turns into an all-consuming battle against a mysterious government agency, Ella’s attention turns to her own, murky past where she finds answers to questions so monumental she never considered they should be asked.” 
“Unique… Surprises at every turn… Highly recommended.”
-The Columbia Review
“Complex characters… and uproariously funny situations.”
-San Fransisco Book Review
Tightly paced, controlled and written… A formidable debut.”
-Kirkus Reviews

Best-selling Author Elizabeth Berg!

Saturday, August 11
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We are delighted that Elizabeth Berg has included the Thomas Memorial Library in her August tour of New England libraries! She will talk to us about the writing process, will read from a couple of her books, and will be available afterwards to sign books. 

Elizabeth is the best-selling author of more than 30 books, including novels, two short story collections, two Facebook compilations, a manual on writing, Escaping Into the Open, and a stage adaptation of her book, The Pull of the Moon. Her books have been translated into 37 languages and three were turned into television movies. Open House was an Oprah Winfrey Book Club selection, and she appeared on Oprah with Talk Before Sleep and Family Traditions. She received the New England Booksellers Association award for her body of work, The American Library Association’s Book of the Year, and was nominated for an ABBY, an award for bookseller’s favorite books. Elizabeth has been honored by both the Boston and Chicago Public Libraries and is a popular and entertaining public speaker.


More about Elizabeth
Elizabeth was born on December 2, 1948 in St. Paul, Minnesota. When she was 3, her father re-enlisted in the Army and she grew up on bases from Texas to Germany, sometimes attending as many as three schools a year. Returning to this country she worked as a receptionist in a law firm, a waitress, an actress in an improvisational theater group and the lead singer in a rock band. She later attended the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine’s University, where she earned a nursing degree. She says that her ten years as a registered nurse was her “school” for writing – taking care of patients taught her a lot about human nature, hope, fear, love and loss, regret and triumph. And it helped her to understand the importance of relationships, which are often the focus of her work.

Elizabeth lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her partner Bill, dog Gabby, and cat Gracie.

This talk is brought to you with the generous support of the Thomas Memorial Library Foundation.