At the Southwest Harbor Public Library Tuesday, June 3 at 5:30pm, Norman Gilliland, on-air host and producer at Wisconsin Public Radio, will read from his new novel, Downeast Ledge. This entertaining novel, set in and around Eastport and on Mount Desert Island, is a wistful comedy of locals and summer people in coastal Maine. In Downeast Ledge we meet Amber Waits, who with a mix of good intentions and self-doubts, has taken a temporary summer job as a caregiver to dementia sufferer, Dr. Walter Weston Sterling, and she quickly finds that she may have gotten in over her head. Along the way, we will encounter various memorable inhabitants of Amber’s world, which includes the flush summer people and the chronically poor. We may even have time afterward for conversation, the bestowing of prizes, and snickerdoodles.
A longtime summer visitor to Maine, Gilliland worked as a chef at the Jordan Pond House during his college years. There he met his wife, Amanda, who grew up in Pembroke, Maine. Mr. Gilliland is the author of two books about classical music, Grace Notes for a Year and Scores to Settle, and two previous novels, Sand Mansions and Midnight Catch. In 2006 he produced the first complete dramatized audio version of Beowulf. He was one of seven cast members in the film, A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin, which won the Oscar for Best Short Documentary in 2006. Downeast Ledge is the outcome of formative experiences in Washington County and on Mount Desert Island. He and his wife, Amanda, have two sons and live in Middleton, Wisconsin.
For more information, call the Library at 244-7065.