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Melissa Sweet heads to Deer Isle and Stonington on Some Writer! Tour

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Island Readers & Writers | BDN
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Island Readers & Writers (IRW) invites the communities of Deer Isle and Stonington to gather together in celebration of Melissa Sweet’s new book, Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White during IRW’s tour of six islands off the Maine coast.

On Tuesday, November 15, at 4:00 p.m., the public is invited to attend an author presentation by Melissa at the Stonington Library. Melissa will talk about the process of writing a biography of beloved Maine writer E.B. White, best known for his children’s book Charlotte’s Web, what research was required to illuminate his prolific life, and what most surprised her about the man and his work. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

Melissa will head over to Deer Isle the next day to visit students at Deer Isle – Stonington Elementary School, view projects they’ve worked on in preparation for her visit, answer questions, and lead writing workshops.

Both Deer Isle and Stonington communities are extending the celebration of E.B. White beyond Melissa’s visit. On Friday and Saturday, November 18-19, at 6:30 p.m., students in Grades 6-12 will perform Charlotte’s Web at the Reach Performing Arts Center in Deer Isle.

On Saturday, November 19, it’s E.B. White Day at the Stonington Opera House! Opera House Arts is delighted to offer this community day celebrating the works of E.B. White. Kids can take part in all sorts of family-friendly activities, including coloring and story-telling, and it all caps off with a free screening of the 1973 animated film Charlotte’s Web. Activities start at 1 p.m, and the Charlotte’s Web screening starts at 2 p.m.

For community members itching to get a head start on the fun, the Stonington Library is hosting a discussion of E.B. White’s Trumpet of the Swan on November 9 at 4 p.m.

This is the fourth stop on the Some Writer! island tour, which also includes stops on North Haven, Vinalhaven, Swan’s Island, Great Cranberry Island, and Mount Desert Island. These six events are among the first of Melissa’s national tour with the book.

In a recent interview, Sweet said beginning the tour on Maine’s islands, with IRW at her side, made perfect sense. E.B. White, she noted, lived and wrote in Maine for much of his life. Sweet also said that IRW’s focus on building community, through the shared experience of reading, also resonated with her.

Headquartered on Mount Desert Island, IRW’s mission is to inspire a passion for reading and learning among children living on Maine’s coastal islands and remote communities in Washington County.

For more information on the tour and IRW’s other programs, visit www.islandreadersandwriters.org.