“Paper Things” author to speak at Jesup
Author Jennifer Richard Jacobson, who writes for children, middle graders and young adults, will be at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor on Friday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. with her newest book “Paper Things.” The novel is a raw, genuine look at homelessness and the meaning of family. Books will be on sale with a percentage of sales donated to the library. Sherman’s is a co-sponsor of the event. Call 288-4245.
Peace Corps volunteer on Nigeria
SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Author and Peace Corps volunteer Catherine Onyemelukwe will be at Southwest Harbor Public Library Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss her book, “Nigeria Revisited: My Life and Loves Abroad.”
In her memoir, Onyemelukwe revisits her two-year adventure as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1962, when the program was brand new. The newly independent African country of Nigeria had much in store for this 21-year-old Midwestern woman who had set out to make the world a better place. She ended up spending over 20 years there.
Her memoir reflects on her experiences during those years as she changed from an idealistic, naïve Peace Corps volunteer to an experienced educator, parent and entrepreneur. Onyemelukwe now lectures widely on Nigeria, its history, its people and its multiple culture and customs.
Books will be available for sale and signing. Call the library at 244-7065.
Literary duo shares stories
BAR HARBOR — Award-winning authors Anne Fadiman and George Colt will share excerpts from their works during a reading at College of the Atlantic on Thursday, Aug. 6. The husband and wife team will read on the subject of family.
George Colt will be speaking on Aug. 5 at the Northeast Harbor Library (See below).
Fadiman’s 1997 book “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” won the 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest and the Salon Book Award. Colt is the bestselling author of “The Big House,” which was a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times notable book of the year, and “November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide.”
Both Colt and Fadiman are graduates of Harvard University and have served as staff writers at “Life” magazine.
BAR HARBOR — Children’s book author and illustrator Ryan Higgins is the featured guest at College of the Atlantic’s next Coffee and Conversation event on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 9-10 a.m. in the Deering Common Community Center.
Higgins, a 2006 COA graduate, is the creator of “Wilfred,” “Twaddleton’s Cheese” and other colorful, whimsical books featuring kind-hearted monsters and unlikely friendships. Higgins will join COA writing and literature lecturer Katharine Turok to discuss his creative process.
Higgins lives in Kittery and enjoys working with children. “Wilfred” has been popular with children and was named a Wanda Gág Read Aloud Honor Book Award in 2014.
Colt to speak on ‘Brothers’
MOUNT DESERT — George Colt will give an author’s talk at the Northeast Harbor Library on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 5:30 p.m.
Colt is the author of “The Big House,” which was a National Book Award finalist and New York Times notable book of the year, “November of the Soul” and most recently “Brothers.”
In “Brothers,” Colt parallels his quest to understand how his own brothers shaped his life with an examination of the complex relationships between famous brothers in history.
Colt lives in Western, Mass., with his wife, Anne Fadiman, and their two children. This event is free and open to the public and everyone is welcome.
SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The annual Giant Used Book Sale will be held at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2.
Thousands of hardcover books will be for sale at the American Legion Hall, located behind the library, including current fiction and non-fiction, as well as books on boating, sports, health, cooking, crafts and biography.
Of special interest will be a huge number of current and hard-to-find books on Maine and New England. For collectors, the White Glove section has a large selection of antique and collectible books.
There also will be a wide selection of puzzles, games, CDs and DVDs.
The price of most items will be whatever you wish to give as a donation, with all proceeds going to support the operations of the library.
TREMONT — A book fair will be held at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library, 89 Bernard Road, on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The sale includes books of all kinds, a white elephant sale, a raffle, a food table and live music.