BAR HARBOR — Author Ron Currie, Jr. is coming to the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, July 27 at 7 p.m. for what’s sure to be a terrific evening. Mr. Currie, who lives in Waterville, took his place as one of America’s freshest young literary voices in 2007 with his acclaimed debut “God is Dead,” which won the New York Public Library Fiction Award and the Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; it also won him comparisons to Kurt Vonnegut and Raymond Carver. “Everything Matters,” followed to similar acclaim in 2009.
His third book, “Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles,” was published this year and takes its takes its title from the author’s description of nicotine patches. In the novel he explores the difference between facts and truth. In one published interview he said, “If you’re a novelist who writes semi-autobiographical stuff, say you’re Roth or Hemingway, or another hundred examples of this sort of thing, the question is not whether there’s a certain amount of autobiography in the book, the question is whether you make any bones about it. The question is whether or not you try to hide behind this scrim of fictionalization.”
In “Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles,” the main character – named Ron Currie, Jr. – fakes his death and it turns out to be a great career move; but it turns out the world will not forgive being told a lie, especially a deeply satisfying one.
Sherman’s book store, which is co-sponsor of the Jesup’s Summer Author Series, will be on hand with books for purchase and part of the proceeds from all sales that night will be donated to the library.
For more information, contact Melinda Rice, Director of Marketing & Communications, at the Jesup at 207-801-8331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.