Portland author James Hayman will read from his 2009 novel “The Cutting,” about a police detective who moves from New York City to Portland and becomes involved in a murder mystery. Hayman will also read from his upcoming book focusing on the same detective, “The Chill of Night,” scheduled for release in June. The talk is part of the Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series, which is back in full swing now that the library has reopened following renovations. For a list of other upcoming author talks, go to





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