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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR ANDRE DUBUS, III RETURNS TO GRAVES LIBRARY

ANDRE DUBUS, III

Gone So Long : a Novel 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 AT 2:00 PM

A Fundraiser for the Graves Memorial Library – New Mothers Wing

New York Times Best Selling Author, Andre Dubus, III will join us on Sunday, December 9th at 2:00 pm to discuss his new book, Gone So Long to be published by W.W. Norton on October 2, 2018.

Gone So Long is an astonishment. I love this book so much, the humanity in it. I love every single person in it, they are so real, these people―I know them and love them all. I wept for them, I did. Dubus is just so good and real and true, he doesn’t pull one sentimental punch the whole time―extraordinary. I thought about those people as I was walking down the sidewalk, and they are inside me as well, not just thoughts that go by. I love this book to pieces.”  – Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge

Few writers can enter their characters so completely or evoke their lives as viscerally as Andre Dubus III. In this deeply compelling new novel, a father, estranged for the worst of reasons, is driven to seek out the daughter he has not seen in decades.  Daniel Ahearn lives a quiet, solitary existence in a seaside New England town. Forty years ago, following a shocking act of impulsive violence on his part, his daughter, Susan, was ripped from his arms by police. Now in her forties, Susan still suffers from the trauma of a night she doesn’t remember, as she struggles to feel settled, to love a man and create something that lasts. Lois, her maternal grandmother who raised her, tries to find peace in her antique shop in a quaint Florida town but cannot escape her own anger, bitterness, and fear.

Cathartic, affirming, and steeped in the empathy and precise observations of character for which Dubus is celebrated, Gone So Long explores how the wounds of the past afflict the people we become, and probes the limits of recovery and absolution.  [Amazon.com]

Tickets ($20.00) will be sold at the Library starting November 9, 2018.  Price includes the talk, a wine and cheese reception, and intimate discussion with the author.  All proceeds benefit the Capital Campaign for the new Mothers Wing.  Limited seating available.  Please call for further information. (967-2778).

We are so thrilled to have one of our all-time favorite authors return to Kennebunkport.

GEORGE C. DAUGHAN at Graves Library (Two-Time Winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award)

GEORGE C. DAUGHAN

LEXINGTON AND CONCORD : THE BATTLE HEARD ROUND THE WORLD

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 AT 2:00 PM

A Fundraiser for the Graves Memorial Library – New Mothers Wing

Twice Winner of the Samuel Eliot Morrison Award  George C. Daughan will join us on Saturday, October 13th at 2:00 pm to discuss his new book, Lexington and Concord published by W.W. Norton on April 3, 2018.  Mr. Daughan is has received the Samuel Eliot Morrison Award from two different organizations:  one from the USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown, Massachusetts and the other in New York from the Naval Order of the United States New York Commandary. He is the only person to receive both Morison awards.

This magnificently detailed account of the Battle of Lexington and Concord challenges the prevailing narrative of the American War of Independence. It was, Daughan argues, based as much in economic concerns as political ones. When Massachusetts militiamen turned out in overwhelming numbers to fight the British, they believed they were fighting for their farms and livelihoods, as well as for liberty.

Benjamin Franklin was not surprised by this widespread belief. In the years prior to the Revolution, Franklin had toured Great Britain and witnessed the wretched living conditions of the king’s subjects. They wore rags for clothes, went barefoot, and had little to eat. They were not citizens, but serfs. Franklin described the appalling situation in a number of letters home. In the eyes of many American colonists, Britain’s repressive measures were not seen simply as an effort to reestablish political control of the colonies, but also as a means to reduce the prosperous colonists themselves to the serfdom described in the Franklin letters.

Another key factor in the outcome of this historic battle, according to Daughan, was the scorn British officers had for colonial fighters. Although the British officers had fought alongside colonial Americans in the ferocious French and Indian War, they failed to anticipate the skill, organization, and sheer numbers of the colonial militias. Daughan explains how British arrogance led them to defeat at the hands of motivated, experienced patriot fighters determined to protect their way of life.

Authoritative and immersive, Lexington and Concord gives us a new understanding of a battle that became a template for colonial uprisings in later centuries.  [Amazon.com]

Tickets ($20.00) will be sold at the Library starting September 13, 2018.  Price includes the talk, a wine and cheese reception, and intimate discussion with the author.  All proceeds benefit the Capital Campaign for the new Mothers Wing.  Limited seating available.  Please call for further information. (967-2778).

KENNEBUNKPORT LAUNCH OF BOUND FOR GOLD – SUNDAY AUGUST 19 AT 2:00 PM

A Fundraiser for the Graves Memorial Library – New Mothers Wing

BOUND FOR GOLD – Written by National Book Award Winner – William Martin 

Sunday, August 19th at 2:00 pm.

 

New York Times best-selling author, William Martin will join us on Sunday, August 19th at 2:00 pm to launch his new book, Bound for Gold published by Forge Books, July 3, 2018.

 

Bound for Gold continues New York Times bestselling author William Martin’s epic of American history with the further adventures of Boston rare-book dealer Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline Carrington. They are headed to California, where their search for a lost journal takes them into the history of Gold Rush. The journal follows young James Spencer, of the Sagamore Mining Company, on a spectacular journey from staid Boston, up the Sacramento River to the Mother Lode. During his search for a “lost river of gold,” Spencer confronts vengeance, greed, and racism in himself and others, and builds one of California’s first mercantile empires.  In the present, Peter Fallon’s son asks his father for help appraising the rare books in the Spencer estate and reconstructing Spencer’s seven-part journal, which has been stolen from the California Historical Society. Peter and Evangeline head for modern San Francisco and quickly discover that there’s something much bigger and more dangerous going on, and Peter’s son is in the middle of it. Turns out, that lost river of gold may be more than a myth (Amazon.com).  Mr. Martin has numerous literary accomplishments in the realm of historical novels including, The Lost Constitution, Citizen Washington, Back Bay, and The Lincoln Letter.   In 2015, the USS CONSTITUTION Museum gave him the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for “patriotic pride, artful scholarship, and an eclectic interest in the sea and things maritime.”  Mr. Martin will present his research and writing of the “lost river of gold.”

 

Tickets ($20.00) will be sold at the Library starting August 1st.  Price includes the talk, a wine and cheese reception, and intimate discussion with the author.  All proceeds benefit the Capital Campaign for the new Mothers Wing.  Limited seating available.  Please call for further information. (967-2778).