To the Editor:
Wow, we had a killer good time at The Jesup Memorial Library’s inaugural Murder by the Book conference. We could not have done it without the help of community members, organizations and businesses – and there were many.
Our volunteers gave their time to help move tables, set up chairs, sell books and make sure our panelists and authors were well fed. Our fabulous volunteers include members of Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary, including John Willett, Doreen Willett, Scott Hammond, Lisa Horsch Clark, Jan Harding, Sharon Broom, Rotary Interact Club members Megan Moore, Jesup development support committee members Amy Roebuck, Shoshana Smith and Jenn Brandt along with Jesup board members Judith Swazey, Diane Kopec, Nancy Poteet and Tricia Blythe, and Jesup volunteers extraordinaire Christine Harding and John O’Brien.
It wouldn’t have happened without the support of the business community. New members to Jesup business council include The Bluenose Inn, Havana and Downeast Deli, and organizations and businesses continuing their partnership with the Jesup include Bar Harbor Merchant’s Association, Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary, the Graycote Inn and Hannaford. This event, like the rest of our author events, would not have been possible without our co-sponsor, Sherman’s books, which provided all the books for sale that day and donated a percentage of their proceeds to the Jesup.
We welcomed six community members who sat on panels and offered workshops: Debbie Taylor from Sherman’s Books, Lisa Joyce, the outreach librarian at the Portland and South Portland libraries, the Honorable William Stokes, Maine Superior Court Justice for Cumberland County, Hancock District Attorney Matthew Foster, Mount Desert Islander Editor Earl Brechlin and marketing strategist Linda Rooney.
Finally, we thank our authors: Gerry Boyle, Brenda Buchanan, Dorothy Cannell, Bruce Robert Coffin, Paul Doiron, Vaughn C. Hardacker, Chris Holm, Kate Flora, Maureen Milliken, Lynne Raimondo Julia Spencer-Fleming and Lea Wait, who graciously gave their time to the Jesup community.
The Jesup’s goal is to connect readers with the authors they love and introduce them to new ones. Thank you for making the first Murder by the Book a day to die for. We will see you at the 2nd Annual Murder by the Book next fall.
Ruth Eveland, director
Jesup Memorial Library