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Local Writers Group – September Readings

Saturday, September 28
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Returning audience members PLEASE NOTE the new earlier start time of 3:00 PM for this and all future Maine Writers’ events.

The Local Writers monthly reading series returns for its ninth season featuring Maine writers of prose and poetry at the Thomas Memorial Library. The series will welcome Maine State Poet Laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum, together with Cape Elizabeth novelist, Dave Patterson. The Local Writers events are co-hosted by Portland Poet Laureate, Linda Aldrich and Cape Elizabeth poet, Marcia F. Brown.

Stuart Kestenbaum was appointed Maine State Poet Laureate in 2016. He is the author of five collections of poems, most recently How to Start Over (Deerbrook Editions 2019), and a collection of essays The View from Here (Brynmorgen Press).  He is the host of the Maine Public Radio program Poems from Here and the host/curator of the podcast Make/Time. The director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts from 1988 until 2015, he has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, the Sun, the Beloit Poetry Journal, and on NPR’s Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry.  

Former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has written “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life.  No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”

Dave Patterson is a novelist, musician, and beer critic. A graduate of St. Michael’s College, Dave holds an MA from the Bread Loaf School of English and an MFA from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. His short fiction has appeared in Slice Magazine, Hot Metal Bridge, and The Apple Valley Review, among other literary magazines. His short story, The Day the Cats Leave, was a finalist for a 2019 Maine Literary Award. In April, his debut novel, Soon the Light Will be Perfect, was released from Hanover Square Press, an imprint of Harper Collins. Novelist Richard Russo writes, “Soon The Light Will Be Perfect is so deeply moving because it is so achingly true. You will not soon forget these people, this place.” The New York Post called the novel a “stunning debut.” Dave lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife and two children, and their dog.

The event is Free and Open to the Public. Writers’ books will be available for sale by Kelly’s Books to Go and light refreshments will be available.

Artist Reception: Deborah Dawson – When They Leave

Thursday, October 3
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Deb Dawson’s photo exhibit, When They Leave; Photographs from the quiet season on Cushing’s Island, will be on display through the end of October. The Thomas Memorial Library Foundation is holding a reception for Deb on Thursday, 10/3. We hope you’ll join us then to enjoy a bite of food and view Deb’s unique art. 

“Cushing’s Island is a small island in Casco Bay, Maine. There are several cottages on the island that have been passed down from one generation to the next. They are now shared and enjoyed by extended families and renters that return each summer. After the summer residents leave for the long winter, the cottages have their own quiet story to tell of the families and their care for this treasured place. Some cottages appear to be in a prolonged state of disrepair, yet show no sign of disregard. Through photographs, I explore cottages as the residents left them for the winter. Family photos, musical instruments, books and other ephemera show what makes the island experience special in the well-worn spaces left behind.”




If you’re interested in chatting with Deb, here is her contact information:

web: www.debdawsonphotography.com

email: contact @debdawson photography.com

phone: 207-841-1278

Address: 15 Sunrise Drive, Cape Elizabeth, ME   04107

Be a Book Fairy! Donate New or Gently Used Children’s Books for the Book Fairy Pantry Project!

Book Fairy Pantry Project logo

The Food Pantry is open every week now to help out families in need of food support. The pantry’s weekly schedule means we are now running out of kids’ donated books! If you are purging book shelves, we’d love to pass along your nearly-new books to our friends at the food pantry. You can drop those off at the front desk, or downstairs in the kids’ room. No magazines, water-damaged, or torn pages, please!

FMI about the Book Fairy Project, please click here!

Here’s a link to an excellent article about this project in the Sentry.

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