MaineVoices Live features 1:1 conversations between Portland Press Herald writers and notable Maine voices. Audience members can expect a memorable night and a chance for Q&A at the end.

Rockport-based illustrator and author Melissa Sweet has illustrated nearly 100 books and authored several including “Balloons Over Broadway”  and “Firefly July.” She’s won Caldecott Honors twice, first in 2009 for “The Right Word,” about Peter Mark Roget of thesaurus fame, and again in 2015 for “A River of Words,” about poet William Carlos Williams.

In 2016 she collaborated with writer and editor Martha White on “Some Writer!,” an illustrated biography of author E.B. White, who is Martha’s grandfather. Courtesy of the White family, Sweet was able to use his letters, photos, and manuscripts as part of her signature collage art to tell the life story of one of America’s most beloved children’s authors.

See them live on-stage together for a conversation about Maine’s place in American literary history, E.B. White’s inspirations for his classic books like “Charlotte’s Web” and “Stuart Little,” and how Sweet designs her one-of-a-kind children’s books for everyone to enjoy.

They will be interviewed by Megan Doyle, a general assignment reporter at the Portland Press Herald. She has previously worked as a reporter at the South Bend Tribune in Indiana, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette in Pennsylvania and the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire.

The conversation will take place at One Longfellow Square in Portland. Doors open at 6:30.

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