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Author Talk: TJ Lore

Romance Author


Saturday, March 24

10 am - 12:30 pm

Crofutt Community Room


TJ Lore grew up in rural Connecticut.  Her formal education as an accountant served her well and still does.  She moved with her husband and two year old son to an even more rural part of Maine, where she home-schooled her son and raised goats and ran a goat dairy, making artisan cheeses and selling at farmer’s markets and a few wholesale accounts.  Her brother and biggest supporter gave her an Ipad and she began to read like her life depended on it.  She was so engrossed with all types of romance novels both erotic and simple and lovely.  

At a time in her life where she needed to believe in love again, she began to write romance stories she had started writing as a young person and never finished.  She found she had a passion to write passion.  Now she is finishing early stories and creating new.  She vows to her readers that her stories will never be cliffhangers but may be written in series or a continuation of the story of the people involved, but each will have an ending and will be stand alone.   Romance stories should have an ending…what would Cinderella have done if the slipper didn’t fit until book two?

Author Talk: Anne Nesbet

Youth Author

Monday, March 26

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Minsky Lecture Hall



Anne will be here to talk about and read from her newest book "The Orphan Band of Springdale" set in a fictional town in Maine!

We welcome both adults and kids to this author talk that will be sure to enchant all!

Of course, the Briar Patch will be on hand to purchase your own copies of Anne's other books to have autographed by the her and add to your collection.

Her other novels for kids are The Cabinet of Earths (HarperCollins 2012), A Box of Gargoyles (HarperCollins 2013), The Wrinkled Crown (HarperCollins 2015), and Cloud and Wallfish (Candlewick 2016).

Book Synopsis:

It’s 1941, and tensions are rising in the United States as the Second World War rages in Europe. Eleven-year-old Gusta’s life, like the world around her, is about to change. Her father, a foreign-born labor organizer, has had to flee the country, and Gusta has been sent to live in an orphanage run by her grandmother. Nearsighted, snaggletoothed Gusta arrives in Springdale, Maine, lugging her one precious possession: a beloved old French horn, her sole memento of her father. But in a family that’s long on troubles and short on money, how can a girl hang on to something so valuable and yet so useless when Gusta’s mill-worker uncle needs surgery to fix his mangled hand, with no union to help him pay? Inspired by her mother’s fanciful stories, Gusta secretly hopes to find the coin-like “Wish” that her sea-captain grandfather supposedly left hidden somewhere. Meanwhile, even as Gusta gets to know the rambunctious orphans at the home, she feels like an outsider at her new school — and finds herself facing patriotism turned to prejudice, alien registration drives, and a family secret likely to turn the small town upside down.

“In this uplifting, multifaceted historical novel set in 1941, Nesbet (Cloud and Wallfish) creates an arrestingly strong and sympathetic character in nearsighted 11-year-old Augusta ‘Gusta’ Hoopes Neubronner…. a richly developed story set during a pivotal era in American history.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)


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April is National Poetry Month!

Author Talk: Gary Rainford


Thursday, April 5

6:30 - 8:00 PM

Lecture Hall


Author of two poetry collections, Gary Rainford lives on Swan’s Island, Maine, year-round with his wife and daughter.  Maine Today Magazine showcased Gary’s newest book, Liner Notes, in the column, “Face the Music.”  We Are Here, Gary’s new suite of poems, was an honorable mention selected by Betsy Sholl for The Gabriel Zimpritch Memorial Poetry Prize.  Down East magazine calls Gary a Maine poet at the top of his game.  A tireless advocate for poetry Gary was a guest on WERU’s On the Wing, Poet to Poet, a Somerville Community Access TV show, Poetry by the Bay on WBFY, and Good Morning, Belfast, which celebrates the Good Life in Belfast & Waldo County.  Shaped by tides, saltwater, and music, Gary’s work is published in a wide range of literary magazines, university journals, and newspapers. 

The Event

Gary Rainford will discuss and perform ekphrastic poems from his new book, Liner Notes, which showcases 64 musicians as works of art—musicians from Ella Fitzgerald to Bjork to Tony Bennett and Blondie, to name a few.  In addition, Gary will provide a set-list of musicians celebrated in his collection and take reading requests from the audience.  Of course, comments and questions are welcome anytime during Gary’s event, and books will be available for purchase.

To learn more about Gary and his work visit his website.