Jonathan Lethem & Laura Miller in Conversation
Oct
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jonathan Lethem & Laura Miller in Conversation

Join writers Jonathan Lethem and Laura Miller for a conversation on writing, and writing about writing, at the Bay School's Emlen Hall at 7 pm on Friday, October 20 to kick off the 2017 Word Festival.

Jonathan Lethem, novelist, essayist and short story writer, is a summer resident of Blue Hill and is best known for his 1999 novel Motherless Brooklyn. In 2005, he received a MacArthur Fellowship. His most recent book, More Alive and Less Lonely, is a collection of essays that celebrates a life spent in books, featuring new and previously unpublished material, including: impassioned appreciations of forgotten writers and overlooked books, razor-sharp critical essays, and personal accounts of his most extraordinary literary encounters and discoveries.

Laura Miller, a journalist and critic living in New York, is Books and Culture Columnist for Slate Magazine. She is a co-founder of Salon.com, where she worked for 20 years. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Guardian and The New York Times Book Review, where she wrote the “Last Word” column. She is the author of The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia (Little, Brown, 2008) and editor of The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors (Penguin, 2000).

This event is free and open to the public.

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Workshop: Speaking Out: Art as Political Resistance
Oct
21
9:00am 9:00am

Workshop: Speaking Out: Art as Political Resistance

In an era noted for its highly charged politics, New York poet, teacher, editor, activist, and poet melissa christine goodrum is offering a workshop, “Speaking Out: Art as Political Resistance.”    

“It is the poet’s job to honestly depict, narrate and reflect on the beliefs, dreams, tragedies, fears and great achievements of humanity,” Goodrum said recently. Participants will study contemporary poets such as Rosa Alcala, Tyehimba Jess and Tracy K. Smith to identify structures and poetic devices they can use to write their own political poems.

Recipient of a Zora Neale Hurston Award from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, Goodrum has seen her poetry published in The New York QuarterlyThe Torch, The Tiny, Rhapsoidia, canwehaveourballback?Transmission, a chapbook by Other Rooms Press, and Bowery Women: Poems, an anthology. She teaches creative writing in the New York City public school system, and has performed and offered writing workshops in Blue Hill during the George Stevens Academy Arts Festival. 

Registration required - limited to 12 participants. Contact Blue Hill Books, 207/374-5632, 26 Pleasant Street, Blue Hill. They accept cash, checks, or credit cards for the $25 registration fee.  More information can be found here.

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Workshop: Preserving Your Stories
Oct
21
9:00am 9:00am

Workshop: Preserving Your Stories

Workshop with radio producer and teacher Galen Koch.

Join The First Coast's founder and lead interviewer, Galen Koch, to learn techniques and tools for interviewing and preserving the stories of your family and community. Workshop attendees will spend time identifying a story or person they'd like to document, and receive training in the process of interviewing, recording, and sharing that story with the broader public. Through practice interviews and demonstrations, attendees will learn interviewing best practices and how to create a short audio postcard about your own family or community.

Galen Koch is an independent audio and multimedia producer based in Portland, Maine. She is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and her work has appeared on MPBN, NPR, BBC World Service, and Radiotopia's The Heart. For the past two years, Galen's work has focused on Maine's working waterfronts and coastal communities. In January 2016 she began renovating a 1976 Airstream trailer for a years-long documentary project, The First Coast, which aims to tell stories by Maine communities, for Maine communities.

This workshop requires a smart phone or personal laptop computer, so please come prepared. Registration is required and limited space is available. Contact Blue Hill Books, 207/374-5632, 26 Pleasant Street, Blue Hill. They accept cash, checks, or credit cards for the $25 registration fee. More information can be found here.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale
Oct
21
9:00am 9:00am

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will hold a special mid-month book sale on Saturday, October 21 from 9-2 in the basement Book Nook at the library in conjunction with the festival!

SPECIALS include 4 shelves of poetry (all 50-cents, this day only). They also have a special category of books that have to do with writers/writing (all $1), and some reference books that are really relevant to all types of writers (all $1).

There is also a 50-cent paperback sale on the library’s second floor, available during regular library hours.

The monthly book sales are organized by Blue Hill Library’s dedicated Friends of the Library volunteers and supported by very welcome donations from the community. Sale proceeds provide special programming and materials for the library and its patrons. To donate books that are in good condition (please no moldy or soiled books!) or for more information, contact the Library at 374-5515.

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Go Wild: Nature Writing for Kids
Oct
21
10:00am10:00am

Go Wild: Nature Writing for Kids

Local science writer and children's book author Kim Ridley will hold a workshop for kids ages 8+ where they will make their own booklets of nature observations at Blue Hill Public Library, 10:00-10:45am.

Kimberly Ridley is a science writer, essayist, and award-winning author of nonfiction books for children. Her picture books, the Secret Pool (Kirkus starred review and Lupine Award, Maine Library Association) and the Secret Bay, received Riverby Awards from the John Burroughs Association for "outstanding natural history books for young people." Kim's new middle grade book, Extreme Survivors: Animals That Time Forgot, will be published in November. A Maine native and avid naturalist, she lives in Brooklin with the painter Tom Curry and their elderly cat.

This event is free of charge and everyone 8+ is welcome.

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Oct
21
10:00am10:00am

Literary Marketplace

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Book signings, word-related merchandise and swag, mini readings and workshops, delicious conversations, delicious food, and so much more.

Have you wondered if there are any good book groups in the area? Are you looking for a stack of books for Christmas giving? Have you wondered how to take your writing to the next level? Have you wondered where to eat lunch on Sat., Oct. 21? Do you want your copy of Motherless Brooklyn signed by Jonathan Lethem? Are you looking for a book bag to haul away your purchases?

All this and more, at the Literary Marketplace, American Legion Hall and First Congregational Church of Blue Hill.

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Oct
21
11:15am11:15am

Workshop: "Writing What Matters"--A Workshop for All Ages

Led by students and staff of The Telling Room, this workshop invites its participants to answer this question: "If you only had one story to tell about what matters most to you, what would it be?" Start by positing your answer as a statement you could shout from the rooftops, and grow it into a story to share.

THE TELLING ROOM is a nonprofit writing center in Portland, Maine, dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, we seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for our students. We believe that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success.

THE TELLING ROOM is a pioneer in youth publishing, and produces carefully edited, beautifully designed, and locally printed books of our students’ stories, poems, and personal narratives. Currently, we publish between 15-20 titles a year, and more than 30,000 Telling Room books are now in circulation. Since the printing of our first book a decade ago, in 2007, we have published more than 3,000 young authors in 125 anthologies, individual titles, and project “chapbooks," including Maine Literary Award-winner The Story I Want to Tell, and our newest release, by students in the national award-winning Young Writers & Leader's program, A Season for Building Houses.

This event is free and open to the public.

Richard Akera, student and workshop leader, photo by David Melkeljohn

Richard Akera, student and workshop leader, photo by David Melkeljohn

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Can’t You Write About Something More Pleasant? Acknowledging Reality in Novels for Kids and Teens
Oct
21
12:30pm12:30pm

Can’t You Write About Something More Pleasant? Acknowledging Reality in Novels for Kids and Teens

“Can’t you write about something more pleasant?”

A group of young adult (YA) and middle-grades authors, Megan Blakemore, Ellen Booraem, Cindy Lord, and Maria Padian, will participate in a panel discussion on writing for young audiences and take audience questions.

MEGAN FRAZER BLAKEMORE is a school librarian as well as an author for children and young adults. Her middle grade novels include The Firefly Code (2016), The Friendship Riddle (2015), The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill (2014), a Maine Literary Award winner, and The Water Castle (2013), which was a Kirkus Best Children’s Book and won a Maine Library Association Lupine Award honor. Her books for young adults are Secrets of Truth & Beauty (2009) and Very in Pieces (2015). The Daybreak Bond (middle grade) and Good and Gone (young adult) are out this fall.  Megan lives in Maine with her husband and two children as well as a cat and (sometimes) a hive of bees.

ELLEN BOORAEM, a native of Massachusetts, is a former Hancock County journalist and an award-winning fantasy author for young teens. Ellen is the author of The Unnameables (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults), Small Persons With Wings, and Texting the Underworld. All of Ellen’s books have, among other awards, been picked as Best Books of the Year by Kirkus Reviews. In addition to being a writer, Ellen is also a mentor and a long-time volunteer writing coach. She lives in Brooklin with a cat, a dog, and an artist.

MARIA PADIAN is a young adult novelist whose titles include Brett McCarthy: Work in Process, Jersey Tomatoes are the Best, Out of Nowhere, and her most recent book, Wrecked. She is a three-time winner of both the Maine Literary Award for young people’s literature, and the Maine Library Association’s Lupine Award honor. Before devoting herself full-time to fiction she worked as a news reporter, congressional aide, radio essayist and freelance writer. These days, she takes breaks from the computer by playing with her Australian shepherd, texting her grown children, taking long walks along the beach or feeding logs into the woodstove. She lives with her family in Brunswick, Maine.

CYNTHIA LORD won a Newbery Honor and a Schneider Family Book Award for her first middle-grade novel, Rules (2006). Since then she has written three more middle-grade novels: Touch Blue (2010), Half a Chance (2014), and A Handful of Stars (2015). She is also the author of the Hot Rod Hamster series of picture books and early readers and the Shelter Pet Squad early reader series. Lord’s books have won one Maine Literary Award, a Maine Library Association Lupine Award  and a Lupine Award honor, among many other accolades. A former teacher, she lives in Brunswick with her husband and two children.

This event is free and open to the public.
 

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Poetry Crawl
Oct
21
2:00pm 2:00pm

Poetry Crawl

Blue Hill's first ever poetry crawl will feature readings by six unique poets: Henry Finch, Mihku Paul, Beatrix Gates, Carl Little, Maine's Poet Laureate Stu Kestenbaum, and melissa christine goodrum.

Readings will take place sequentially at different venues throughout downtown. Start at the beginning or jump in at any point to hear some of Maine's finest poets read their own work, culminating in a closing performance with poetry and music with the local jazz talents of John Gallagher on bass and Danny Fisher-Lochhead on alto sax.

The full schedule can be found here. This event is free and open to the public.
 

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Workshop: Writing Memoir
Oct
21
2:00pm 2:00pm

Workshop: Writing Memoir

Workshop with Deborah Joy Corey, author of Settling Twice.

Deborah Joy Corey believes that every life is composed of stories. Join her for a creative workshop that will serve as a starting point for each participant to shape a singular life story in writing, or to begin a longer piece with the goal of a completed memoir.

Through readings, prompts, and group discussions, Deborah will guide participants in finding their unique voice on the page. On completion of the workshop, each writer will have a solid foundation to continue working on their own.

Deborah Joy Corey is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Losing Eddie and The Skating Pond. Her many prize-winning short stories have been printed in numerous anthologies and writing textbooks. Her memoir, Settling Twice has recently been released in both Canada and the U.S..

Both beginning and experienced writers welcome.  Registration is required and space is limited to 10 participants. Contact Blue Hill Books, 207/374-5632, 26 Pleasant Street, Blue Hill. They accept cash, checks, or credit cards for the $25 registration fee. More information can be found here.

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Oct
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Spoken Word

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Hear incredible spoken word performances from story-tellers, slam poets, actors, and more. More information about the lineup can be found here, but some featured performances will be by Catherine Weiss, born and raised in Blue Hill and Grand Slam Champion of Northampton Poetry, and by Jude Lamb, a Down East area storyteller who specializes in stories from the viewpoint of women from Maine's past - some that history overlooked, and others that time forgot. Bob Quinn, from Eagle Island, pictured left, will begin our evening.

This event is free and open to the public.  More information can be found here.

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Oct
22
10:00am10:00am

Books & Brunch

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Some Word authors will stick around for brunch on Sunday at Mainescape where YOU will have the opportunity to chat, get to know them more, and ask any lingering questions.  Blue Hill Heritage Trust's Mountain Poetry Board will be presented and we'll have the official reading of the created-by-one-and-all Day-Long Word 2017 Poem.

Rumor has it Duncan Hamilton, owner of the Blue Hill Inn, will be making omelettes to order. You'll need to bring your appetite for eggs as well as for words.

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Oct
22
2:00pm 2:00pm

Open Rehearsal: Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen

Have you ever wondered what a rehearsal looks like? As New Surry Theatre prepares for their upcoming Directors' Festival, and in celebration of Word, they are opening a play rehearsal to the public! Join them Sunday, October 22, for an open rehearsal of Tennessee Williams' one-act "Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen". Watch director Robin Jones work with actors Bryan Lescord and Johannah Blackman as they dive into the meaning of this intriguing play and join them for a discussion afterwards. Free and open to all at the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater.

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