Melissa Sweet and Martha White talked about their mutual respect for the writer E. B. White, their shared love of Maine and their hope for a future that includes kids reading books and learning to love the joy of writing.

The women were guests at MaineVoices Live on Tuesday night at One Longfellow Square, presented by the MaineToday Media. Press Herald reporter Megan Doyle led the conversation.

Sweet is an award-winning author and illustrator. White, a writer, is the granddaughter of E. B. White and manager of his literary estate. E. B. White wrote for the New Yorker and became famous for his children’s books “Stuart Little,” “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Trumpet of the Swan.”

Sweet, who lives in Portland, wrote a biography of White aimed at young readers, titled “Some Writer!” White helped with the book, offering Sweet access to White family archives, including photo albums, scrapbooks and other items. Martha White lives in Rockport.

Watch a video of the conversation here.

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