Friday, June 10, 2011

summer bookstore events

Here is a list of Summer Events at Gulf of Maine Books
134 Maine Street, Brunswick 729-5083
All events are free and open to the public.

July 2, 4PM - reading/booksigning with Susan Conley and Joseph Dane
Susan Conley's new book is The Foremost Good Fortune - a memoir of her family's two year stay in China, a narrative which becomes more complicated when Susan learns that she has cancer. Publisher's Weekly said that she "pulls the reader into her world like a close friend." Susan is the co founder of The Telling Room in Portland.
Joseph Dane's new book is a memoir, Dogfish Memory. Joseph is a Maine native who has recently been teaching at the University of southern California, but returning each summer to Harpswell, to write and to sail. Carolyn Chute said of Dogfish Memory that it is "not a ghost story, but there are ghostly and foggy desires, epiphanies and yearnings wavering in and out of ordinary days...A memoir like no other." Franklin Burroughs said the book "combines memoir, elegy, quest narrative, sailing chronicle, and a love story, and is held together by a remarkable voice." In Chris Bohjalian's review of the book he says that "It also made me want to see Maine. I think Henry Miller would have been pleased."
The makers of Dogfish Ale have promised to provide liquid refreshment.

July 9, 4 PM Watersheds and EcoPoetics
a poetry reading and booksigning with Kathleen Ellis and Jonathan Skinner.
Kathleen Ellis is a poet and professor at the University of Maine. Her new book is Narrow River to the North, a beautifully done celebration of the Penobscot River watershed, using poetry, prose and photographs. Baron Wormser said of these poems "Ellis has deep feeling for the trembling energy that informs life on earth."
Jonathan Skinner is the editor of the journal ecopoetics (dedicated to exploring creative-critical edges between writing (with an emphasis on poetry) and ecology (the theory and praxis of deliberate earthlings). Jonathan's latest book of poems is With Naked Foot. He lives in Bowdoinham.

Date changed to July 18, 7 PM
Emily Dickinson Out Loud!
Marion Jeffery reads the poems of Emily Dickinson
Marion Jeffery is performing in The Belle of Amherst, a play based on the life of Emily Dickinson, at Centennial Hall in Harpswell July 12- July 26. She will share an evening of Dickinson's poetry with us for this one evening.