Creativity and addiction focus of panel discussion



Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen

MOUNT DESERT —A writers’ panel on creativity and addiction with three well-known authors will take place at the Northeast Harbor Library on Wednesday, June 24, at 6 p.m. The Acadia Family Center is hosting the event.

The disease of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction has a profound effect upon society, and many writers have wrestled with these issues and have written about the way they touch our lives. Bill Patten, author of “My Three Fathers,” will moderate a conversation on this subject by Tess Gerritsen, Roxana Robinson and George Miaoulis.

Roxana Robinson

Roxana Robinson

“We hope this panel will provide a stimulating forum for honest conversation and a sharing of different perspectives around the mysteries of creativity and the challenges of addiction,” said Patten.

Gerritsen, an internationally acclaimed author, worked as a physician before beginning her second career writing romantic suspense novels and medical thrillers. Her books have been published in 40 countries, and more than 30 million copies have been sold around the world. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award and the Rita Award. Her most recent novel, published in January, is “Die Again.

Robinson is the author of nine books: five novels including “Cost,” the story of a family ravaged by drug addiction. Her work has appeared in “The New Yorker,” “The Atlantic,” “Harper’s Magazine,” The New York Times, The Washington Post, “BookForum,” “Best American Short Stories,” “Tin House” and elsewhere. She is president of the Author’s Guild.

George Miaoulis

George Miaoulis

Miaoulis has served recently as a Fulbright Scholar in Bulgaria and has had a successful career as an educator. He was the Donaldson Brown Distinguished Professor of Business at Lynchburg College and taught at Colby College and the University of Maine. He is the author of over 120 professional publications and several books. His personal memoir, “Reclaiming the Soul,” addresses family addiction issues and spirituality.

All three authors and Patten have homes in Maine.

Seating is limited. Call the Northeast Harbor Library at 276-3092.

The Acadia Family Center provides prevention, education and outpatient services for adolescents, adults and families affected by substance abuse, chemical dependency and related mental health disorders.

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