Douglas Kennedy, who divides his time between England, France and Wiscasset, will be at Longfellow Books to celebrate the release of his new novel “Leaving the World.” It’s the story of an American academic who experiences a terrible tragedy and flees to Canada in search of isolation.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Longfellow Books, 1 Monument Way, Portland. 772-4045; [email protected]