Amanda Peters will discuss her new novel, “The Berry Pickers,” with Gregory Brown, author of  “The Lowering Days” on Friday at Mechanics Hall in Portland. A young Mi’kmaq girl named Ruthie arrives in Maine with her family from Nova Scotia to pick blueberries for the summer. One day, the little girl suddenly vanishes. The event haunts the survivors, unravels a family and is unsolved for nearly 50 years. Kirkus Review called the story, related from several points of view, “A quiet and poignant debut from a writer to watch.”

DETAILS: November 3, Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress Street, Portland. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m; doors open at 6 p.m.

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