Author-illustrator Melissa Sweet will visit Maine islands on the book tour for “Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White.” ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Sweet book tour heading to Cranberry, Swans



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The communities of Islesford, Great Cranberry Island and Swans Island are invited to gather together in celebration of Melissa Sweet’s new book, “Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White,” during Island Readers & Writers (IRW) tour of six islands off the Maine coast.

On Thursday, Nov. 3, at 9 a.m., the public is invited to join school children at an author presentation with Sweet at the Swans Island Public Library. Sweet will view exhibits and displays inspired by E.B. White and journey with children to the school to lead writing workshops.

Sweet will island-hop over to Great Cranberry on Friday, Nov. 4, at 9:30 a.m. for a community event and school visit at Longfellow School.

During the two public events, Sweet will talk about the process of writing a biography of beloved Maine writer E.B. White, best known for his children’s book “Charlotte’s Web,” the research required to illuminate his prolific life, and what most surprised her about the man and his work.

These two stops comprise the middle of the island tour for the book, which also includes stops on North Haven, Vinalhaven, Deer Isle-Stonington and Mount Desert Island. These six events are among the first of Sweet’s national book tour.

In a recent interview, Sweet said beginning the tour on Maine’s islands with IRW at her side made perfect sense. E.B. White, she said, lived and wrote in Maine for much of his life. Sweet also said that IRW’s focus on building community through the shared experience of reading also resonated with her.

Headquartered on Mount Desert Island, IRW’s mission is to inspire a passion for reading and learning among children living on Maine’s coastal islands and remote communities in Washington County. Visit www.islandreadersandwriters.org.

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