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Why ME? Smiley to speak



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Sarah Smiley, author of “Got Here as Soon as I Could” and “Dinner with the Smileys,” will be at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, June 21, at 5:30 p.m. to talk about how and why she came to Maine and the reasons she decided to stay and make it home after moving around the country for more than a decade with the U.S. Navy. Smiley also is the author of a syndicated newspaper column and a collection of essays, “I’m Just Saying.”

In 2014, Smiley was awarded the American Legion Auxiliary’s prestigious national Public Spirit Award. Past recipients have been Hillary Clinton, Ann Landers and Madeline Albright. Her writing has appeared in “The New York Times Magazine,” “O Magazine,” “Good Housekeeping” and “Newsweek.” She has been featured on the “Today Show,” “Katie Couric,” “Nightline,” CNN, “CBS The Early Show,” Fox News and MSNBC.

She has been called “uplifting” by Oprah, “all heart” by USA Today, “funny, honest and smart” by the New York Times and “moving” by Carol Leifer, a former writer for Seinfeld.

There will be books for sale and signing. Call the library at 244-7065.

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