Meet Victoria Falls’ author James Hornor

Tuesday, October 15
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
 

Author James Hornor joins us this month to talk about his exciting new novel, Victoria Falls.

“James Monroe is a sophisticated American professional on mission for The World Bank in Africa during the early 1990’s. Despite his worldliness, his actions betray a late twentieth century innocent abroad who embodies both the bravado and the debilitating insecurities of the modern American male.

Set in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Bombay, India, Mr. Monroe’s journey into authenticity results in a series of failed relationships that reveal the dark, enigmatic recesses of his complex personality and eventually land him in a hellhole prison in Bombay. His tragedy unfolds into an ending that no one, especially Monroe, could have possibly predicted or imagined.”

We can’t wait to hear more!

Writers’ Accountability Group

Wednesday, October 16
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!

Talk & Walk: Hands-on Bird Banding Experience

Thursday, October 17
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Banding a Black & White Warbler

We’re excited to wrap up our Talk & Walk series with a hands-on bird netting experience with Professor Noah Perlut. Band birding—attaching a tiny numbered band on the leg of a bird—has revolutionized what we know about how individual birds use time and space. 

Join Noah Perlut, Ornithologist in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of New England, to experience these amazing animals up close and learn more about bird banding. Noah and his students run a fall migration bird banding station in Biddeford every September and October.

Location is TBD – we’ll post soon here!

We hope you’ll join us for this unique experience. Photographers are welcome!

Of note: There is no library part of this program. We’ll go directly to the field at 1:00 and Noah will talk as we watch the netting.

Cheapo’s Guide to Paris!

Thursday, October 17
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
 

In this talk, Jayne Boisvert will introduce her easy-to-use travel guide to Paris, Pilgrimage to Paris; the Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and the Americans Who Lived There. Jayne’s talk will include travel tips and free or nearly-free places to visit in Paris. An ardent traveler, Dr. Boisvert has visited many different areas of France and the Francophone world over the years. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale.

“I used the guide to create my own tour to see where Hemingway worked, loved, and lived; to visit wehre mary Cassatt the artist lived; and where Josephine Baker performed. This unusual guide is a gem!”

 ~ review on Amazon.com

Songwriting Workshop

Tuesday, October 22
6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
 

Our songwriting workshop meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Whether you are a new writer, experienced writer, or want-to-be-a-writer writer, we hope you’ll join us each month to bring in your work and get expert advice from award-winning songwriter, Jud Caswell. Participants in this workshop rave about Jud and about how much his advice is helping shape and improve their writing.

Jud starts each session with a short discussion of a specific element of songwriting craft, then moves to sharing songs. Jud’s feedback is focused on questions or concerns raised by the songwriter, with group discussion focused on issues of craft and technique.

Participants should bring a song that is “in process” for feedback and support, along with 8 copies of lyrics to share. Many in our group play the guitar or play our house electric piano as well as sing, but you are more than welcome to just sing what you’ve written, or sing to a recording you’ve made at home. 

We’ll have a sign-up sheet when you get here and will have time each night to share 6 or 7 songs. Come a little early if you want to make sure to get on the list!

The goal of the workshop is to provide a safe place for songwriters to share and learn. Songwriters of all levels and abilities are welcome! 

Here’s a bit about Jud Caswell
Jud has played folk festivals from Texas to Oregon and won some of the best songwriting contests in the country.  He has appeared at iconic venues and at celebrated festivals across the country. While his music is often compared to James Taylor and David Wilcox, his songs draw on a long musical history and wide-ranging influences from jazz and Piedmont blues to contemporary folk and rock.  Wilcox offers his own praise, acclaiming Caswell as “much more than a great singer and guitar player, Jud’s songs take you into the storyteller’s world with clear images and characters that come to life for the listener.” Maine Today is even more emphatic: “Jud Caswell is an enormously talented lyricist, composer, performer, and producer. It’s only a matter of time before he’s discovered by the rest of the world; you should discover him now.” Jud has a degree in music from Dartmouth College and has taught songwriting to students of all ages and ability levels. 

Senior Tech!

Wednesday, October 23
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
 

Senior Tech meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

We’re here to help in any way we can with your tech questions. We work together as a group to answer similar questions, and break out into smaller groups to answer individual questions.
 
If you have a question, we will help you find an answer. You wouldn’t believe some of the things we’ve been able to help solve!