Maria Padian will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Feb. 7 for an author talk and book signing. PHOTO COURTESY OF GRETA RYBUS

Young adult novel tackles changes in Maine towns

BAR HARBOR — Maine young adult author Maria Padian will talk about her book “Out of Nowhere,” her writing process and more, at an author talk and book signing at the Jesup Memorial Library on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.

This event is in partnership with Island Readers & Writers, which is hosting an event with Padian at Mount Desert Island High School earlier that day.

“Out of Nowhere” tells the story of Tom Bouchard, captain and star of the Enniston High School soccer team, boyfriend to one of the prettiest, most popular girls and third in his class, likely to have his pick of any college. But soon, his life in his idyllic small Maine town quickly gets turned upside down when Enniston has become a “secondary migration” location for Somali refugees seeking a better life after their country is destroyed by war.

Padian “gracefully explores the intersections between culture and religion, as well as suspicion and prejudice in a post-9/11 world. Her well-formed characters and realistic circumstances make for a large and powerful story about re-evaluating one’s beliefs,” wrote “Publisher’s Weekly.” “The New York Times Book Review” wrote, “[Padian] offers plenty of story in ‘Out of Nowhere’: romantic rivalries, class tensions, family pressures. She has a firm sense of plot, and the circumstances her characters grapple with — cyberbullying, the burden of a burnout friend, the pain of growing and changing — will resonate with young readers.”

“Out of Nowhere” received the Maine Literary Award and the Lupine Award from the Maine Library Association. Padian is the author of the young adult novels “Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best,” “Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress,” which was an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and received a Maine Lupine Award and Maine Literary Award, “Out of Nowhere” and “Wrecked.”

She has worked as a news reporter, an essayist for public radio, a press secretary for a U.S. congressman and a freelance writer. An avid tennis player, gardener, skier and hiker, she is a recent convert to sea kayaking and enjoys exploring the Maine coast when she’s not writing. She lives with her family and their Australian shepherd in Brunswick. Visit

For more on the event, contact Melinda Rice, Jesup program director, at 288-4245 or [email protected].


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