April 26, 2018
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Book Fest ready to bloom

BANGOR — Twenty-five events with 35 authors in five locations over two days, including keynote speaker Colin Woodard. But you don’t have to remember them all. Peruse the schedule of novelists, nonfiction writers, poets and children’s authors and illustrators — something for readers of every age and interest.

Many of the activities are scheduled for the Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St. The Story Room and the Board Room are off the Children’s Department on the first floor, right-hand entrance. Use the same door to go to the Lecture Hall on the third floor. The elevator is working fine.

Remember, everything is free and open to all.

Friday, Sept. 30

• 3:30-5 p.m. “Self-publishing for Maine Writers,” with Jane Karker, Bangor Public Library Board Room, first floor. Good books that don’t meet traditional publisher criteria now can be printed affordably and marketed by self-publishing authors. Karker will share options, traditional and nontraditional, including what is offered locally. Sponsored by Maine Authors Publishing and Cooperative and Custom Museum Publishing Inc.

• 7 p.m. Bud Knickerbocker Keynote Address, with Colin Woodard, Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St. Woodard, author of “Lobster Coast,” “The Republic of Pirates” and “Ocean’s End,” will read from his newly released book, “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.” He will lead participants on a journey through the history of this fractured continent, why “American” values vary sharply from one region to another, and how international differences played pivotal roles throughout the continent’s history, from the American Revolution to the “blue county-red county” maps of recent elections.

Saturday, Oct. 1

• 9 a.m. “Quirk, Dust, Apes and Other Modern Musings,” reading and discussion with Hannah Holmes, Lecture Hall, Bangor Public Library. Holmes is author of “Suburban Safari: A Year On The Lawn”; “The Secret Life of Dust: From the Cosmos to the Kitchen Counter,” and her newest work, “Brain Science Makes Sense Of Your Peculiar Personality.” Sponsored by Quirk Auto Group.

• 9 a.m. “Censorship in Young Adult Literature,” with Charlotte Agell, Carrie Jones, Kelly McClymer and Maria Padian, Story Room, Bangor Public Library. Kids know everything these days, but should there be limits? The panel of writers will discuss writing for young adults, keeping in mind truth of story, integrity of character and the sensibility of today’s young adults and parents.

• 9 a.m. “Staycations: Exploring Your Maine Backyard,” with travel writers Janet Mendelsohn and Christina Tree, Board Room, Bangor Public Library. Mendelsohn’s latest book explores Maine’s obscure museums, navigating Maine’s wealth of history and art. Tree writes the Explorer’s Guides, including the latest edition about Maine’s entry into the tourism industry. It is logically and geographically organized into seven regional sections, with clear maps and interesting things to see and do.

• 9 a.m. “First Books: Getting Published in the 21st Century,” with Sarah Braunstein and Thomas Burby, The Charles Inn, 20 Broad St. So you made it through your first manuscript, now what? Maybe get published and be a guest author at a future Bangor Book Festival. Find out how others have done it and how you can do it yourself.

• 9:30 a.m. Poetry with Dawn Potter, Bagel Central, 33 Central St.

• 10 a.m. “Investigations in the Wild,” reading and discussion with Paul Doiron, Lecture Hall, Bangor Public Library. The author of “Trespasser” and “The Poacher’s Son” will make listeners want to read his books, but he probably won’t give away the endings.

• 10 a.m. “Adventure Annie, Dawdle Duck & Other Childhood Adventures,” readings with Toni Buzzeo, Story Room, Bangor Public Library.

• 10-11:30 a.m. “Finding Home: Writing Memoirs,” reading and discussion with Melissa Coleman, Susan Conley and Caitlin Shetterly, Board Room, Bangor Public Library. Coleman writes about her childhood experience with homesteading parents in the 1970s in “This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone.” Conley looks at a similar situation from the parents’ point of view in “Foremost Good Fortune,” about Beijing. Shetterly’s memoir, “Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home,” explains how she and her husband failed in their endeavors, but came out of it with a newfound faith in strangers and gratitude for family.

• 10 a.m. “Creating Characters in Children’s Literature,” with Ellen Booraem, Jennifer Richard Jacobson and Catherynne M. Valente, Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main St. Are these real people? If your youngsters ever asked you that about a book you were reading to them, hear Valente, Booraem and Jacobson talk about where they get their ideas and how they create the characters that captivate your children.

• 10 a.m. Poetry with Kathleen Ellis, Bagel Central, 33 Central St.

• 10:30 a.m.-noon. “Where Writing Meets Baseball: How to Be a Practicing Writer,” with Barbara Baig, The Charles Inn, 20 Broad St.

• 10:30 a.m. Poetry with Richard Foerster, Bagel Central, 33 Central St.

• 11 a.m. “Great Bangor Draw-Off,” with Charlotte Agell and Wade Zahares, Lecture Hall, Bangor Public Library. Last year’s debut Draw-Off was a huge hit with youngsters and parents. Zahares and Agell will take ideas from the audience and create art on the spot.

• 11 a.m. “Writing Non-Fiction,” with James Babb, Hannah Holmes and Eva Murray, Story Room, Bangor Public Library. Babb’s essays, Holmes’ very personal science writing and Murray’s vignettes show how versatile nonfiction can be.

• 11 a.m. Poetry with Thomas R. Moore, Bagel Central, 33 Central St.

• 11:30 a.m. Poetry with Dave Morrison, Bagel Central, 33 Central St.

• 1 p.m. “Readings from Maine” with Shonna Milliken Humphrey and Van Reid, Lecture Hall, Bangor Public Library. Do you describe Maine folks as independent? Folksy? Let Shonna Milliken Humphrey and Van Reid give you ideas when they read their very different fiction, set in different times and places here in Maine.

• 1 p.m. “Young Adult Tales,” readings by Charlotte Agell, Ellen Booraem and Carrie Jones, Story Room, Bangor Public Library.

• 1-2:15 p.m. “Readings From an Island,” with Crash Barry and Eva Murray, Board Room, Bangor Public Library. Eva Murray and Crash Barry have done what people fantasize about — getting away from it all, to Matinicus Island. They will share their stories and different takes on island life.

• 1:30 p.m. “Making Books: Hands-on Undersea Collage Activity,” with illustrator Rebecca Emberley, Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main St. Emberley makes cut-paper in well-defined shapes and eye-popping shades against solid backgrounds of pure color that seem to fly off the page. Her collage illustrations are seen in her books, “Chicken Little,” “If You’re a Monster and You Know It,” “There Was an Old Monster” and “The Red Hen.” She will help budding artists make underwater sea collages as she kicks off her starring month at the museum.

• 2 p.m. “Literature’s First Light,” reading and discussion with Sarah Braunstein, the festival’s first “Feature Presentation,” Lecture Hall, Bangor Public Library. The presentation is “a spot for an author whose debut work has won the eyes and ears of the world.” Braunstein has won national awards for her novel “The Sweet Relief of Missing Children,” published earlier this year.

• 2 p.m. “Will I Ever Grow Up,” reading and discussion with Jennifer Richard Jacobson, Story Room, Bangor Public Library.

• 3 p.m. “Almost Bangor: Local Fiction” with Ardeana Hamlin and Tom Burby, Lecture Hall, Bangor Public Library. Hamlin brought us “Pink Chimneys” and “A Dream of Paris.” Her latest work, “Abbott’s Reach,” is the story of a young woman setting sail on her honeymoon voyage with her sea captain husband. Their travels around Cape Horn to Hawaii and back home again are rife with excitement, romance, adventure and family strife in this sequel to “Pink Chimneys.” Burby’s novel is set in Bangor, some of it in Bangor Public Library. Burby will read some of his story of Brady, the last boy on Earth and his search for survivors of a deadly pandemic that nearly destroys our species.

• 3 p.m. “Journey into Fantasy,” reading and discussion with Catherynne M. Valente, Story Room, Bangor Public Library.

• 3-4:15 p.m. “Fish and Other Elusive Creatures,” with James Babb and Brian Robbins, Board Room, Bangor Public Library. Babb is an eccentric and riveting voice in the world of fly fishing, and the editor of Gray’s Sporting Journal. Robbins’ “Bearin’s: the Book, Twenty Years of Bulkhead Wisdom, Quiet Smiles, Belly Laughs, and Good Ol’ Salty Tears,” is a compilation of his columns in Commercial Fisheries News. Robbins grew up in Stonington, worked as a fisherman and will bring his guitar to help tell his stories.

• 3 p.m. “How Fascinating! Multi-culturalism in Children’s Literature” with Margy Burns Knight and Anne Sibley O’Brien, Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main St. What do kids say when they meet someone from a different culture? That’s weird? Knight and O’Brien think a better response to something new in our great, diverse, colorful world is, “How fascinating!”

• 4 p.m. “Best Years of Our Lives — Teens in Today’s World,” readings by Kelly McClymer and Maria Padian, Story Room, Bangor Public Library.

For more information on the Bangor Book Festival, visit http://www.bangorbookfest.org. A major partner is Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. The 2011 festival is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; and is supported by the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, Bangor Public Library and several businesses and organizations.

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