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September 15, 2016

ADMIT ONE An Evening of Poetry & Conversation with Martha Collins

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DATE Thursday, September 15
TIME Doors 6:30 PM | Event 7:00 PM
LOCATION SPACE Gallery, Portland
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Start: September 15, 2016 7:00 pm
End: September 15, 2016 7:00 pm

July 22, 2016

AN EVENING WITH LEE HOPE & BETSY SHOLL

HorsefeverDATE Friday, July 22
TIME Doors 6:30 PM | Event 7 PM
LOCATION Engine, Biddeford

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Start: July 22, 2016 7:00 pm
End: July 22, 2016 7:00 pm

June 30, 2016

WRITERLY FRIENDSHIPS: King, Kline, Wood

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LOCATION First Parish Church (Portland)

DATE Thursday, June 30

TIME 7 PM

 

Join the Portland Public Library for “Writerly Friendships” a special evening with authors Lily King (Euphoria), Christina Baker Kline (Orphan Train), and Monica Wood (We Were The Kennedys, One In A Million Boy). The authors will discuss the unique nature of the Maine writing community and the ways in which it fosters creative connections. There will be a short Q & A session in which they will take questions from the audience. A book signing will follow the event and copies of their most recent works will be available for sale.

 

Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door. They may be purchased at writerlyfriendships.brownpapertickets.com; a limited number of physical tickets may be purchased at the Maine Library or at PPL’s Riverton Branch. All proceeds from Writerly Friendships will support the current renovation effort at PPL’s Burbank Branch. PPL is engaged in a $110,000 campaign to complete the funding needed to renovate this popular branch, which itself is the sixth busiest circulating library in the state.

Start: June 30, 2016 7:00 am
End: June 30, 2016 7:00 am
Venue: First Parish Church
Address:
25 Congress St

May 7, 2016

SIMON VAN BOOY, FATHER’S DAY

y648Simon Van Booy is the award-winning author of the short story collections The Secret Lives of People in Love, Love Begins in Winter (Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award), as well as the novels Everything Beautiful Began After, and the national bestseller The Illusion of Separateness. Van Booy visits Maine to share his latest collection of stories, Tales of Accidental Genius (November 2015), and his new novel, Father’s Day (March 2016).

 

“In Van Booy’s moving, redemptive new novel… the third-person narrative gives both characters their own, distinctive voices that nonetheless change over time. Van Booy creates refreshing, humorous, yet poignant childhood milestones that the two reach with emotional honesty.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

“The moving account of a unique relationship between a parent and child, thrust together under the worst of circumstances. With fine, nuanced prose and much tenderness, Booy guides this unlikely father-daughter pair into a beautiful maturity, showing us with great heart what it really means to be a family.” — Elizabeth Crane, author of The History of Great Things

 

The MWPA is proud to co-host Van Booy’s Maine reading with Longfellow Books.

 

7:00 PM Event

 

This event is co-sponsored by the MWPA thanks in part to the support of the Kirby Family Foundation.

Start: May 7, 2016 7:00 pm
End: May 7, 2016 7:00 pm
Venue: Longfellow Books
Address:
1 Monument Way, Portland, ME, United States
Cost: Free

May 5, 2016

MOLLY ANTOPOL “THE UNAMERICANS”

AntopolMolly Antopol’s debut story collection The UnAmericans won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award and was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. Antopol’s sure-footed stories brim with historic sweep across far-flung geographies as they take readers from America to Israel to the Soviet Union at various critical moments throughout the last century. Critics have lined up to praise The UnAmericans:

 

“Like individual novels, these stories appeal, satisfy and delight… They’ll make you nostalgic, not just for earlier times, but for another era in short fiction. A time when writers such as Bernard Malamud, and Issac Bashevis Singer and Grace Paley roamed the earth.” —NPR’s All Things Considered

 

The UnAmericans is sweeping in scope, making use of the short form to unravel lives, large and small, heroic and flawed. If you’re seeking a complete emotional experience in fewer than 20 pages, look no further.” —Harper’s Bazar

 

“Ms. Antopol’s stories can be bleakly funny … The details in these stories are consistently fresh and offbeat without being showy … I loved the way Ms. Antopol clears the atmosphere in her stories, every so often, for moments of shy ecstasy … Ms. Antopol’s soulfulness and wit make even holding actions memorable and promising.” —The New York Times

 

The MWPA is proud to co-host Antopol’s first Maine reading with Longfellow Books.

 

6:30 PM Doors | 7:00 PM Event

 

This event is co-sponsored by the MWPA thanks in part to the support of the Kirby Family Foundation.

Start: May 5, 2016 6:30 pm
End: May 5, 2016 6:30 pm
Venue: Longfellow Books
Address:
1 Monument Way, Portland, ME, United States
Cost: Free

April 28, 2016

RICHARD RUSSO LAUNCHES “EVERYBODY’S FOOL”

Russo 1Richard Russo’s new novel Everybody’s Fool arrives thirty years after his celebrated debut Mohawk and returns readers to the much-loved landscape and characters of 1993’s Nobody’s Fool. In a starred review, Kirkus has already said of Everybody’s Fool: “Russo hits his trademark trifecta: satisfying, hilarious, and painlessly profound.”

 

This fundraising event will mark the world premier of Everybody’s Fool. Russo will read from the new book and be joined by MWPA executive director Joshua Bodwell for an onstage conversation.

 

Author’s reception tickets are $100 and include a signed first edition book and admission to the reading. General admission tickets for the reading are $35. All proceeds from this very special event benefit Wayfinder Schools, Maine’s oldest alternative high school. This event is cosponsored by the MWPA.

 

6:00 PM Author’s Reception | 7:00 PM Event

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Start: April 28, 2016 6:00 pm
End: April 28, 2016 6:00 pm
Venue: Waynflete School's Franklin Auditorium
Address:
360 Spring Street, Portland, ME, United States
Cost: $35/$100

April 22, 2016

MAINE POETRY GALA WITH THE BPJ

BPJCome celebrate National Poetry Month with the Beloit Poetry Journal at SPACE Gallery in Portland. Raise a glass to the magazine’s long history, talk with the editors, and hear Maine poets Dawn Potter, Betsy Sholl, Martin Steingesser, Jeffrey Thomson, and Elizabeth Tibbetts read from their work.

 

6:30 PM Doors | 7:00 PM Event

 

This event is co-sponsored by the MWPA thanks in part to the support of the Kirby Family Foundation.

Start: April 22, 2016 6:30 pm
End: April 22, 2016 6:30 pm
Venue: SPACE Gallery
Address:
538 Congress Street, Portland, ME, United States
Cost: Free

April 14, 2016

TAKE HEART: MORE POEMS FROM MAINE

Take Heart 2Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair launches Take Heart: More Poems from Maine, the second anthology of poems from his five-year poetry column for Maine newspapers at the Portland Public Library.

 

Poets from the Portland Area read their own poems and those of others included in the book. Readers include Marcia Brown, Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Rachel Contreni Flynn, Megan Grumbling, Alice Persons, Betsy Sholl, and Martin Steingesser.

 

6:30 PM Doors | 7:00 PM Event

Start: April 14, 2016 6:30 pm
End: April 14, 2016 6:30 pm
Venue: Portland Public Library
Address:
5 Monument Way, Portland, ME, United States
Cost: Free

April 6, 2016

MEGAN GRUMBLING LAUNCHES BOOKER’S POINT

Grumbling+Book+Covers+V4-2Poet Megan Grumbling will launch her Vassar Miller Prize-winning debut collection Booker’s Point in style at SPACE Gallery: an introduction by Portland Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, a reading and book signing, and an immersive video installation, by Amy Grumbling of the book’s settings in and around Ell Pond, Maine.

 

“In Booker’s Point, Megan Grumbling introduces us to a man who nurtures his corner of the earth: he reads it, tends it, and is shaped by it in return…. Grumbling writes with such formal agility the poems are at once conversational, taut, and utterly vivid.  The dense beauty of her language makes it palpable, makes a reader need to savor, to say the words aloud.  She is Hopkins and Frost and completely herself.  In an age of virtual reality, these poems call us back to something crucial.”—Betsy Sholl

 

This event is cosponsored by the MWPA and the Portland Poet Laureate Project.

 

6:30 PM Doors | 7:00 PM Event

 

 

Start: April 6, 2016 6:30 pm
End: April 6, 2016 6:30 pm
Venue: SPACE Gallery
Address:
538 Congress Street, Portland, ME, United States
Cost: Free

December 9, 2015

PRINT v. PIXEL: An Oxford Debate on Books vs. Ebooks

Books vs Ebooks BANNERDATE Wednesday, December 9
TIME Doors 6:30 PM | Show 7 PM
LOCATION SPACE Gallery, Portland
FREE

 

In less than a decade’s time, the advent of ebooks and increasingly affordable ereaders has disrupted publishing and traditional bookstores—ebook sales skyrocketed 1,260% between 2008 and 2010. Some believe this signals an uncertain future for print books. Others contend the print book is here to stay for the long haul—they accounted for 80% of all book sales last year, while ebook sales fell by 10% over the first half of 2015.

 

Join us for another raucous evening of our new series of MWPA Oxford Debates: An Oxford Debate on Books vs. Ebooks. Arguing in favor of the book will be Don Lindgren, antiquarian bookseller and owner of Rabelais: Fine Books on Food & Drink. Taking a stance for the ebook will be Caleb Mason, the founder and publisher of Publerati, a literary fiction imprint based in Portland.

 

THE MOTION FOR DEBATE
“Ebooks will eventually supplant printed books entirely.”

 

LindgrenDon Lindgren is an antiquarian bookseller specializing in books on food and drink. His bookselling career started in 1979 and other the years he’s worked for Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, the Seminary Cooperative Bookstore, the Strand Rare Book Room, and Lame Duck Books. Since 2006, his own business, Rabelais: Fine Books on Food & Drink, has sold rare books, manuscripts, ephemera, and other materials related to culinary history and culture, and was named “the best cookbook shop in America” by Bon Appétit Magazine. Don performs appraisal and institutional placement services for collections and archives related to food and drink, and his clients include Harvard’s Schlesinger Library, the New York Public Library, and many of the nation’s major research institutions. Don is a Governor of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, and a member of the International League Antiquarian Booksellers, the Ephemera Society of America, and the Bibliographical Society of America.

 

MasonCaleb Mason is the Founder and Publisher of Publerati, a literary fiction imprint based in Portland, offering titles through global ebook channels and as print-on-demand trade paperbacks via the Espresso Book Network. Publerati utilizes a unique goodwill business model, donating a portion of all sales to the Worldreader Organization to help spread literacy using ebooks. He began his career as a bookseller in Boston, then worked at Little, Brown in Boston, before co-founding Salem House Publishers, eventually sold to News Corp and merged into HarperCollins. With family in tow, Caleb left publishing in 1990 and moved to Maine where he worked for Konica during the transition years from analog to digital photography and at DeLorme during the early years of digital mapping and GPS. He is the author of The Isles of Shoals Remembered (1992) and the novel Normal Family (2011), written under the pen name Don Trowden.

 

This free event is co-presented by SPACE and the MWPA and made possible thanks to the generous support of the Kirby Family Foundation.

Start: December 9, 2015 6:30 pm
End: December 9, 2015 6:30 pm