Author Brenda Bowen will read from her book "Enchanted August" at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor on June 4. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP LIBRARY

‘Enchanted August’ author to speak of summer escapes



BAR HARBOR — Author Brenda Bowen will visit the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, June 4, at 7 p.m. Bowen’s book, “Enchanted August,” which was just chosen as an Indie Next Pick for June, follows four New Yorkers as they escape their lives in the city and go to the fictional Hopewell Cottage on Little Lost Island off the coast of Maine. The event also marks the beginning of the Jesup’s Summer Author Series.

Kirkus calls the book “Bright and kind and optimistic … A thoroughly pleasant summer read as breezy as the island itself.” Bestselling author of “The End of Your Life Book Club,” Will Schwalbe, notes that it’s “a true charmer of a novel written with humor, sensitivity and a huge amount of heart. I fell in love with the glorious Maine setting and with the quirky and endearing characters who find themselves thrown together there.”

Bowen was inspired to write “Enchanted August” after watching the movie “Enchanted April.” “It wasn’t till the credits rolled on the movie that I realized it had been based on a book ‘The Enchanted April,’ by Elizabeth von Arnim. I read the book, fell in love with it,” she said. “The story seemed to be crying out to be replayed by women (and men) who move in the modern world.”

Bowen is a literary agent who lives in New York and spends her summers on her own Little Lost Island in Maine. She is also a children’s book author under the pen name Margaret McNamara.

This event is co-sponsored by Sherman’s bookstore, and copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Jesup that evening with a percentage of sales donated to the library.

Contact the library at 288-4245 or [email protected]

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