Author Talk: Nicholas Anderson
Local Author of the "Planet Ripple" graphic novel series.
Wednesday, June 27
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Crofutt Community Room
Nicholas Anderson, the creator of Planet Ripple who also lives in Bangor, recently released the third in a graphic novel series about the difficulties of living with autism, other disabilities, and the ways people treat each other. Being autistic himself, Nick took issue with a few of the more embellishing portrayals of the condition and wanted to make one that felt more authentic so that other people can have a more grounded understanding despite the sci-fi backdrop.
To accomplish this, the protagonist Minnow needed to be relatable to people in general, not just those who have the condition. Just as no disabled person should be defined by their disability, there is more to Minnow than her quirks or some hidden super-ability. She's trying to make it through the day and find purpose like anyone else. What starts as a very personal struggle, springboards into a myriad of socially relevant topics presented through an atypical lens.
Find more information on the Planet Ripple website by clicking here.
Follow on Nicholas and Minnow on Facebook @PlanetRipple.
Watch the Planet Ripple trailer on Youtube.
Author Talk: Elizabeth Garber
"Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter"
Tuesday, July 10
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Elizabeth Garber will talk about her father, visionary architect Woodie Garber, as she discusses how she came to write her memoir "Implosion."
Woodie Garber had already built his masterwork—the family’s glass-walled house—when he received the commission to create Sanders Hall, a glass tower dormitory at The University of Cincinnati. At the time, Elizabeth was still impressed with her brilliant father and his taste for modernism, jazz, art, and race cars. But as she grew up, her adoration faded. Woodie became more controlling. Belittling. Inappropriate.
As the late 1960’s and early 1970s culture wars and race riots reached Cincinnati, and when Elizabeth started dating an African-American student at her high school, Woodie’s racism emerged. He became more volatile. His abuse splintered the family, and unexpected problems with the design of Sanders Hall precipitated a financial crisis that was exacerbated by a sinking economy. In the end, not only was the family torn apart, but so was Sanders Hall, which the university razed only twenty years later.
In this powerful memoir, Elizabeth Garber describes Woodie’s deepening mental illness, the destruction of her family, and her own slow healing from his abuse. Beautifully written and heartbreaking, Garber's memoir is also a survivor's story—about a young woman trying to rescue her family and herself. Now a mother and a healer, Garber’s story offers the hope that we can process trauma and move on, that we can each become the architects of our own lives.
Elizabeth W. Garber is the author of three books of poetry, True Affections: Poems from a Small Town (2012), Listening Inside the Dance (2005) and Pierced by the Seasons (2004). Three of her poems have been read on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, and her poem “Feasting” was included in his Good Poems for Hard Times. She was awarded writing fellowships at Virginia Center for Creative Arts and Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming. Garber studied Greek Epic in the Mythology and Folklore Department at Harvard, received a BA from Johns Hopkins, a MFA in creative non-fiction from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Masters Program, and a Masters in Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute. She has maintained a private practice as an acupuncturist for over thirty years in mid-coast Maine, where she raised her family.
She Writes Press is an independent publishing company founded to serve members of SheWrites.com, the largest global community of women writers online, and women writers everywhere. She Writes Press is both mission-driven and community-oriented, aiming to serve writers who wish to maintain greater ownership and control of their projects while still getting the highest quality editorial help possible for their work. In 2014, SheWrites.com and She Writes Press became part of SparkPoint Studio, LLC.
“…poetic and incisive…Many readers will see aspects of their own family histories in this powerful saga of trauma and healing. An alternately wistful and searing exploration of a troubled legacy.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Garber’s extraordinary debut memoir tells the story of her abusive father, architect Woodie Garber….and steadily charts his and her family’s descent into chaos and madness, as Woodie’s commissions dry up and he ceases to receive the recognition he believes he deserves….Recommended for survivors of abuse and those interested in knowing more about the ways in which great professional success often comes at the sacrifice of one’s own family and private life.” —Library Journal
“I was riveted by this story of an adoring daughter struggling to escape the dominance of her brilliant, charismatic father. Garber writes beautifully about the layered complications of family love.” —Monica Wood, author of The One-in-a-Million Boy
“Few books have narrated the personal dimension of modernism like this one.…fascinating” —Baron Wormser, author of The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet's Memoir of Living Off the Grid
Author Talk: Gerry Boyle
Crime novelist and creator of the acclaimed Jack McMorrow mystery series
Wednesday, August 1
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Gerry will discuss McMorrow’s Maine:Why “bucolic” Maine is perfect setting for crime fiction
I’ll talk about Maine crime, mystery novels, including my own, and the upcoming "Random Act," much of which takes place in Bangor.
Gerry Boyle is a crime novelist based in Maine. Boyle is the author of more a dozen novels, including the acclaimed Jack McMorrow mystery series, featuring ex-New York Times reporter Jack McMorrow and his social worker girlfriend Roxanne Masterson. The 11th McMorrow novel, "Straw Man," won the Maine Literary Award for crime fiction in 2017. The 12th novel in the series, "Random Act," will be published in 2019.
Boyle also is the author of a second mystery series featuring rookie Portland cop Brandon Blake.
A former newspaper reporter and columnist, Boyle lives with his wife Mary in a small village on a lake in central Maine.
To find out more about Gerry and his work, click here to visit his website.
And if you're a mystery fan make sure to check out our Summer Reading Program for Adults, Let's Talk About It, which is all mystery writers!!
What are people saying about Gerry's books?
“Deftly drawn characters and a strong sense of place add texture and depth to this gritty tale of rural crime and vigilante justice.”—Publishers Weekly on "Straw Man," coming May 17, 2016
A truly riveting read from first page to last, “Once Burned” continues to document novelist Gerry Boyle as a master of the mystery/suspense genre.—Midwest Book Review
Author Talk: Capt. Billy C.
"50 Ways to be a Mainer"
Thursday, August 23
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Crofutt Community Room
Captain Billy C was born in the Midwest and spent most of his life in one of the flattest states in the country. He decided that wasn’t flat enough and moved to the flattest state in the country – Florida. In 1989, he was introduced to the coast of Maine by his future wife Jenni Smith whose family (the Marshall Smiths) had been coming to Surry since the early 1940’s. Since that time, Captain Billy has spent every summer and many Christmases in Surry, on Newbury Neck.
While Captain Billy is not a licensed sea captain, he has taken hundreds of people out onto the waters of Union River and Blue Hill Bay to show them lighthouses and seals. He has also officiated at least a dozen weddings. In a real sense he married his father-in-law, Marshall Smith, and also his son. But those stories are for another book.
Captain Billy has a degree in history and, as a world traveler (he has been to six continents and over 55 countries), he found Maine’s culture and people to be pleasantly unique. The more he got to know people in Maine and experienced the culture, the more he wanted to share his observations with the world.
Captain Billy has always loved humor and humorous stories. For several years Captain Billy studied Improv at Second City and Victory Gardens Theater. He also tried his hand at stand-up comedy and took a class that culminated in an 8-minute original routine that he performed at Zanie’s Comedy Club. With all this humor running through his veins, it made sense to write a book that was funny, yet educational. That book is 50 Ways to Be a Mainer. But it is more than just a book of his writing. Captain Billy wanted it to also be a coloring book and was fortunate for a talented young artist in his other home of Florida who did the illustrations for each section.
Join Captain Billy as he shares some of his stories from the book including humor in Maine, his favorite war, and the length of Maine’s coastline.