On Tuesday June 14th at 6:30 pm the 2016 Maine Writers Talk About…series of author talks at the Belfast Free Library will begin with award winning author Kate Christensen offering a talk titled, “Writing Characters”. In her talk, Christensen, who writes fiction and non-fiction will discuss how profoundly different it is to write about real versus invented characters while reading excerpts from her books.
In her most recent book “How to Cook a Moose: a culinary memoir”, which just won the 2016 Maine Literary Award for memoir, Christensen tells the story of her move to Maine; the hardship and happiness that has sustained her as demonstrated through the staple foods of the region. Using her candid blend of humor, culinary knowledge, and taste for rugged adventure, Christensen takes the reader on a journey into the lives and landscapes of the farmers, fishermen, hunters, and families that are trying to make do with what they can and still produce delicious, healthful food, all the while detailing the history of food in the region and the secrets to cultivating her own sources of joy. A mouthwatering stew that combines the magic ingredients of love, personal appetites, hard labor, history, and original recipes based on foods featured in the book.
Kate Christensen is the author of seven novels, including The Great Man, which won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and the forthcoming The Last Cruise, as well as two culinary memoirs, Blue Plate Special and How to Cook a Moose. She writes essays and reviews for numerous publications, most recently Elle, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Cherry Bombe, Vogue, Food & Wine, and The Wall Street Journal. Christensen lives in Portland, Maine, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
The Maine Writers Talk About…series, made possible with support from the Friends of the Belfast Free Library , will continue through August. The next program in the series will be on Tuesday June 21st when nationally recognized magazine writer, Judith Burger-Gossart will be speak about her recent book, “Sadie’s Winter Dream, Fishermen’s Wives and Maine Sea Coast Mission Hooked Rugs, 1923-1938.”
Books will be available to purchase at all of the programs which are free and open to the public. For more information please call the library at 338-3884 ext.10