KENNEBUNKPORT — Portland writer, teacher and performer Elizabeth Peavey will talk about the nature of truth-telling in a program called “On Writing Memoir” at 2 p.m. Sept. 7 at Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport.

Peavey’s one-woman show, “My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother,” is a series of connected monologues about losing your final parent and the challenges it presents, emotionally and practically. She wrote the show after she sold her late mother’s home and had to deal with its contents. She is turning the play into a book.

Her talk at Graves will focus on more than the how-to of memoir writing. “I will offer insight and instruction to those who wish to pursue telling their own life story, but will also delve into the nature of truth, honesty and fact,” she writes on her website, elizabethpeavey.com. “When we read memoir, can we trust the events depicted actually happened as described?”

She also will appear on MPBN’s “Maine Calling” talk show on Sept. 10 to discuss why we collect things, and she is restaging “My Mother’s Clothes” Sept. 13 and 14 at St. Lawrence Arts in Portland.

Peavey collaborated with Maine painter Marguerite Robichaux on the book “Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship,” and also wrote “Outta My Way: An Odd Life Lived Loudly,” and “Maine & Me: 10 Years of Down East Adventures.”

Other programs coming up in the Kennebunkport library’s Pasco Lecture Series are “Paddling Against the Tide: The Story,” with canoe builder Sandy Martin at 2 p.m. Oct 19; and “The Blood Code: Unlock the Secrets of Your Metabolism,” with Dr. Richard Maurerat at 2 p.m. Nov. 2.


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