Upcoming Author Talks


Paul Betit: Let Me Tell A Story

WHEN: Wednesday, September 13th at 5:30 PM
WHERE: Bangor Public Library, 143 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME

Let Me Tell A Story is a mix of short fiction and memoir, a collection of stories that take place over a span of more than 50 years. 

The book starts with a tale about a 12-year-old Augusta boy who learns some life lessons during a 1959 family trip to Aroostook County. It ends with a piece about an elderly couple learning some lessons of their own while coming to grips with old age in modern-day Brunswick. Half of the ten stories in Let Me Tell A Story take place in Maine, and a lot of the pieces were inspired by Betit’s experiences during the Vietnam War and its aftermath.

“The book reads like a novel, but it isn’t one,” Betit said. “The narrator in one story is not necessarily the narrator of the next story or any of the stories that follow, but the book has a definite chronological arc and a nostalgic, melancholy feel to it.”

 During his talks, Betit shares back-stories, reads from current writing projects and talks about the creative process and the publishing game. He always leaves plenty of time for Q&A.

            Inscribed copies of all four of Betit’s books will be available for purchase at discounted prices: Phu Bai, Kagnew Station and The Man In The Canal.