MOUNT DESERT — Susan Conley and Winky Lewis will present their newly published book, “Stop Here, This is the Place, A Year in Motherland” at the Northeast Harbor Library on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 5:30 p.m.
At the start of every week for a year, Lewis sent Conley a photograph. By the end of that week, Conley sent a tiny story back. The resulting book tells the story of a year in which children’s arms and legs get longer and traces of babyhood fade – a year that feels interminable to a 10-year-old looking forward and fleeting to that 10-year-old’s mother, who can always stop here, go back and remember.
This book is a reminder to stop and enjoy the precious time we have with our kids while we have them. Through Conley’s recollections of moments from her childhood and the ongoing lives of her children, we’re reminded of our own childhoods, and of the necessity to stop and pay attention, to hold on.
Conley, a native Mainer, is the author of “The Foremost Good Fortune,” an Oprah “Top ten” pick and winner of the Maine Literary Award for Memoir, and the novel “Paris was the Place,” a “People” magazine “top pick.” She is co-founder of the Telling Room, a creative writing lab in Portland, teaching thousands of kids a year.
Lewis’s photographs are regularly featured in publications like the Boston Globe, “Yankee Magazine” and “Maine Magazine.” Her recent photography book was published by the German Press. Her work with Space gallery, a Portland hub for art and ideas, has made her a leader in photography in Maine.
This talk is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.