FREEPORT — Join the Freeport Community Library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 for a talk with Jim Hornor about his 2019 book “Victoria Falls.” James Monroe is a sophisticated American professional on mission for The World Bank in Africa during the early 1990s. Despite his worldliness, his actions betray a late 20th century innocent abroad who embodies both the bravado and the debilitating insecurities of the modern American male.
Set in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Bombay, India, Monroe’s journey into authenticity results in a series of failed relationships that reveal the dark, enigmatic recesses of his complex personality and eventually land him in a hellhole prison in Bombay. His tragedy unfolds into an ending that no one — especially Monroe — could have possibly predicted or imagined.
Hornor is an educator, writer and speaker who has taught and lectured at both the secondary school and college levels for the past 40 years. As a World Bank consultant, Hornor was on mission in both Zimbabwe and Kenya, and his work helped to identify public relations issues that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund were experiencing in sub-Saharan Africa.
Currently Hornor teaches English composition at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. He also works in the college writing center helping students to realize their full potential as aspiring writers. He and his wife, Eileen, are the owner and proprietors of The Brunswick Inn, a 16 room boutique hotel located next to the campus of Bowdoin College.
This event is free and open to the public. For questions or directions, call 207-865-3307 or visit freeportlibrary.com.