BAR HARBOR — Born and raised “at the end of the road” in northern Maine, award-winning author Cathie Pelletier draws readers back to the town of Mattagash in her 10th novel, “The One-Way Bridge.” She’ll be at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor on Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. to talk about her book, writing in general and writing about Maine in particular. Her talk follows one by former U.S. Sen Olympia Snow the same day which begins at 4 p.m.
This event, free and open to all, is co-sponsored by Sherman’s which will be on hand to sell books; part of the the proceeds from all books sold that night go to the Jesup.
Pelletier is a talented storyteller who grew up in Allagash, Maine which is the blueprint for the fictional Mattagash. She’s set four novels there: “The Funeral Makers,” “Once Upon a Time on the Banks,” and “The Weight of Winter” which won the New England Booksellers Award, and “The One-Way Bridge,” which was released in Maine.
In honor of the latest Mattgash book and its author, the Jesup Memorial Library is raffling off a replica of a moose mailbox which feature prominently in “The One-Way Bridge.” Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and can be purchased only at the Jesup. The winner will be chosen the night of Ms. Pelletier’s event at the library.
The mailbox is just one element in a book that explores lives in a seemingly quiet Maine outpost. Citizens bicker publicly over small-town theft or their neighbors’ offensive moose mailboxes, while privately struggling through deeper life issues — scandal, loss, failed ambitions, and the scars of war. Each book in the Mattagash series is a standalone novel.
Ms. Pelletier is also the author of six other books, two under the pen name K.C. McKinnon and she is under contract for an 11th novel. Her 2006 novel “Running the Bulls” set in the fiction town of Bixley, Maine, won the Paterson Prize for Fiction.
Not content with writing novels, Ms. Pelletier left Maine for Nashville and the life of a songwriter before moving back to continue her book-writing career. Her songs have been recorded by David Byrne of the Talking Heads and the Texas Tornadoes, the Glaser Brothers, and others.
Like all events at the Jesup, Ms. Pelletier’s signing is free and open to all. For more information, call the Jesup at 207-288-4245.