Book Event: When We Were The Kennedys

Posted Sept. 18, 2012, at 11:41 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 7:37 p.m. to 7:37 p.m.

Location: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME

For more information: Elizabeth Nash; 774-1822;

Thursday, September 27, 7:00 pm

Book Event: When We Were the Kennedys

Speaker: Monica Wood

Acclaimed Maine author Monica Wood presents her latest book, which the Maine Sunday Telegram calls “a marvel of storytelling.” Subtitled A Memoir from Mexico, Maine, the story takes place in 1963, beginning with the April morning when Wood’s father, a foreman at Oxford Paper Company, died on his way to work. From there, the book follows three deeply entwined threads: grief and renewal; the assassination of JFK; and the paper mill’s first protracted labor strike. The New Yorker Online calls the book “a meditation on time… a record of a vanished way of life.” Wood’s talk will highlight that bygone era: the mill’s founding, its impact on the region, and a moment in time when everything started to change.