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  • Published
    October 23, 2011

    Signings, etc.: Mary Jo McConahay

    Author Mary Jo McConahay will speak about her book, “Maya Roads,” in a special Monday edition of the Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series. In the book, McConahay draws on her three decades of traveling and living in Central America to chronicle the people, the politics and the nature of the Central American rain […]

  • Published
    October 23, 2011

    Book Review: ‘Gale’ explores family tragedy and mystery

    “August Gale: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Into the Storm” by Barbara Walsh reads like a suspense-filled work of fiction. Instead, it’s a gripping family saga in which Walsh connects the dots between a long-ago storm at sea and her grandfather’s abandonment of her father. Walsh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who lives in Winthrop. […]

  • Published
    October 23, 2011

    Author Q&A: Divided we stand

    A new book by Portland writer Colin Woodard traces our history – and offers perspective on our present – as a politically and culturally fractured land.

  • Published
    June 12, 2011

    Book review: We can and will go home again

    Jean Thompson's novel explores elements that drag us back to our pasts.

  • Published
    June 11, 2011

    Book review: Power in the pieces, and in the whole

    Portland writer Sarah Braunstein’s debut novel, “The Sweet Relief of Missing Children,” is an unflinching probe into the frailty of children’s dreams and desires. Even though grown-ups figure prominently, most remain emotionally crippled by childhood wounds. When one returns to the house he grew up in and is kissed by a woman now living there, […]

  • Published
    June 11, 2011

    Author Q & A: You ought to be in pictures

    What makes Maine Maine? A Northport couple tries to capture its essence in words and stunning images in the new book 'Maine Icons.'

  • Published
    June 11, 2011

    Signings, etc.

    The Danforth in Portland will be the site today of a book launch party for Dana Moos, celebrating the release of her new cookbook “The Art of Breakfast: How to Bring B&B Entertaining Home” (Down East Books, $28.95). Moos is the former innkeeper of the Kingsleigh Inn in Southwest Harbor and current general manager of […]

  • Published
    June 5, 2011

    Best-Sellers, June 5, 2011

    1. “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making,” by Catherynne M. Valente (Macmillan) 2. “The Moment,” by Douglas Kennedy (Simon & Schuster) 3. “Leonard Cohen: Poems and Songs,” by Leonard Cohen (Everyman’s Library) 4. “One Was a Soldier,” by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Macmillan) 5. “The Throne of Fire,” by Rick Riordan […]

  • Published
    June 5, 2011

    Author Q & A: French lessons

    David McCullough's latest book tells stories about Americans – one a Mainer – who went abroad to study and came back agents of change.

  • Published
    June 5, 2011

    Signings, etc.

    JIM NICHOLS Author Jim Nichols, who lives in Warren, will be reading from and discussing his novel “Hull Creek” (Down East Books, $24.95). The novel deals with change on the Maine coast and the challenges it presents to young fishermen. Nichols is appearing as part of the library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series, so people are […]

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