Ellen Cooney PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Cooney pens dog tale



BAR HARBOR — Ellen Cooney, author of “Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second chances,” will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m. for an author talk and book signing

When someone rescues an animal, the question of “who rescues whom” often arises. In Cooney’s novel, 24-year-old Evie ventures to the mountaintop sanctuary to learn to become a dog trainer, having lied on her application. What starts as a way to escape her troubled early 20s becomes a story about people and animals on an adventure of healing and of finding new selves, new hope, new lives.

“Publishers Weekly” said, “Dog lovers rejoice! Cooney has crafted an uncomplicated, feel-good, canine-filled tale of cross-generational friendship, healing and solidarity.”

Cooney is the author of eight other novels and has had stories published in “The New Yorker” and literary journals. She is a longtime teacher of creative writing, most recently as writer-in-residence at MIT. She has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a native of Massachusetts and now lives in Phippsburg with her three rescue dogs, who became the inspiration for “The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances.”

Books will be on sale that night, with a percentage of sales donated to the library. Sherman’s and Machias Savings Bank are co-sponsors.

Call 288-4245 or [email protected]

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