author visits Kennebunkport Maine

AUTHOR VISIT WITH MAUREEN LEE AND JENNIFER COOLEY

We are very excited to host local authors Maureen Lee and Jennifer Cooley, to read from their latest children’s book in their A Puppy in Maine series, on Thursday, August 8 @ 1:00 in the Community Room.  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.   Please call 967-2778 to register for this program.

Maureen Lee is a primary care physician who first fell in love with Maine while attending medical school in Biddeford, Maine, at the University of New England. She enjoys reading and traveling in her home state, as well as making time for bird-watching, hiking, photography, and painting.

Jennifer Cooley is a teacher in Kennebunk, Maine. Raised in Maine, she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education from Cedarville University in Ohio.  Jenny loves to read, paint, travel, and go on adventures with Summer.

Summer is a fun-loving Golden Retriever pup who loves living in Maine and spending most of her time at outside.  Some of her favorite hobbies include jumping in the waves at the ocean, spying on the neighbors, and stealing socks.

 

 

MAINE AUTHOR SHANNON BUTLER – DECEMBER 12 @ 5:30 PM

SHANNON BUTLER – DECEMBER 12 AT 5:30 PM

To help us celebrate Christmas Prelude in the perfect literary fashion, Maine Author Shannon Butler will be here at the Graves Library on Thursday, December 12 at 5:30 pm to sign copies of her book All is Calm: a Maine Christmas Reader.

 

When many people think of Christmas, they dream of snow-covered pine trees and a small cabin warmed by the wood fire on a cold December day. Since Maine was founded, people have written stories about the joys of Christmas in the state. In times of hardship and in times of wealth, Maine and her people have always put the value of Christmas in time shared with family and friends, connections with the natural world, rich traditions, and warm wood stoves. In a collection featuring essays, stories, and poetry, All Is Calm is a look at the lives of Mainers during the holidays from the mid-1800s, to the Great Depression, to modern day. Spanning nearly 200 years, these stories show that while Christmas traditions and trends may be changing, the warmth, gratitude, and humility of the Maine spirit is evergreen. [Islandport Press].  A perfect gift for the holidays or a special treat for yourself!

The Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport.  Please call for more information on this event and other Prelude festivities (967-2778).   Parking is available along Maine Street, the North Street Fire Station Parking Lot, and Consolidated School (Route 9).

 

MAINE AUTHOR IRENE DRAGO – OCTOBER 5 @ 2:00 PM

THE PATSY BRAY MAHONEY LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS

Maine Author Irene Drago will be here at the Graves Library on Saturday, October 5 at 2:00 pm to talk about her passion for writing and the sea.

Born in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, Irene M. Drago developed a keen interest in every kind of watercraft at an early age. Before moving to Maine, she worked for the Defense Department as a Russian analyst, earned a Master of Arts degree in Spanish language and literature, and taught at the high school and college level. Her debut novel, Daughters of Long Reach, was a 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner, First Novel and led to a sequel, The Maine Point. More recently, Lavinia Wren and the Sailmakers is a 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist, Regional Fiction. If Drago isn’t penning a story, you’re apt to find her giving a shipyard tour at Maine Maritime Museum or leading a creative writing workshop. But in fair weather, there’s a good chance you’ll find her piloting her Maritime Skiff on Casco Bay.

Copies of Ms. Drago’s books will be available for sale and signing after the discussion.

Light refreshments will be provided by the Graves Library Snack Team.  Please call the Library for more information on this event and the rest of the series (967-2778).   Parking is available along Maine Street, the North Street Fire Station Parking Lot, and Consolidated School (Route 9).

The Graves Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport, Maine.  Please enter through the white door in the Parking Lot.

AUTHOR JOCELYN LACEY

Author Jocelyn Lacey 

Local author Jocelyn Lacey will read to us from her book Coral’s First Sleepover books will be available for signing and sale. We’ll have a special mermaid craft. Thursday, October 5 from 3:15 to 4:00 PM. For further information, please call 967-2778 or visit our website at www.graveslibrary.org.

 

AUTHOR VISIT WITH MAUREEN LEE AND JENNIFER COOLEY – JUNE 29

We are very excited to host local authors Maureen Lee and Jennifer Cooley, to read from their latest children’s book  A Puppy in Maine, on Thursday, June 29 @ 10:30 am in the Community Room. This program will include a special craft!  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.   Please call 967-2778 to register for this program.

Maureen Lee is a primary care physician who first fell in love with Maine while attending medical school in Biddeford, Maine, at the University of New England. She enjoys reading and traveling in her home state, as well as making time for bird-watching, hiking, photography, and painting.

Jennifer Cooley is a teacher in Kennebunk, Maine. Raised in Maine, she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education from Cedarville University in Ohio.  Jenny loves to read, paint, travel, and go on adventures with Summer.

Summer is a fun-loving Golden Retriever pup who loves living in Maine and spending most of her time at outside.  Some of her favorite hobbies include jumping in the waves at the ocean, spying on the neighbors, and stealing socks.

 

AUTHOR TALK WITH HUMORIST AND ESSAYIST ANDY YOUNG – OCTOBER 6, 2022

Join us on Thursday, October 6th at 6:00 pm for Works in Progress: An Author Talk with Humorist and Essayist Andy Young. Andy Young’s recent book, Work(s) in Progress is comprised of a series of essays delivered with humor and wit, which cover a range of topics, from snow removal etiquette to high school sports to dreams, education, grudges, vengeance, and 24-letter alphabets. Andy is an English teacher at Kennebunk High School and has written essays that have been published in nearly a dozen different newspapers in New England. Call (207) 967-2778 for more information.

STORYTIME WITH LOCAL AUTHOR JOCELYN LACEY

Joined by a Kennebunkport Police Officer, local author Jocelyn Lacey will be sharing her new children’s book What Do Police Officers Do? The program will take place outside on the lawn (weather permitting). Join us as we learn about police officers and the many jobs they do in the community where they live!

A SPECIAL EVENT WITH WILLIAM MARTIN – IN HONOR OF OUR VETERANS

In honor of Veteran’s Day, New York Times best-selling author William Martin will join us for a special author talk on Saturday, November 19th at 3:30 pm to discuss his newest title, December ’41, released in May 2022.

About December ’41:

“From New York Times bestselling author William Martin comes a WWII thriller as intense as The Day of the Jackal and as gripping as The Eye of the Needle. In December ’41, Martin takes us on the ultimate manhunt, a desperate chase from Los Angeles to Washington, D. C., in the first weeks of the Second World War.

On the day after Pearl Harbor, shocked Americans gather around their radios to hear Franklin Roosevelt declare war. In Los Angeles, a German agent named Martin Browning is planning to kill FDR on the night he lights the National Christmas Tree. Who will stop him? Relentless FBI Agent Frank Carter? Kevin Cusack, a Hollywood script reader who also spies on the German Bund of Los Angeles, and becomes a suspect himself? Or Vivian Hopewell, the aspiring actress who signs on to play Martin Browning’s wife and cannot help but fall in love with him?

The clock is ticking. The tracks are laid. The train of narrow escapes, mistaken identities, and shocking deaths is right on schedule. It’s a thrilling ride that will sweep you from the back lots of Hollywood to the speeding Super Chief to that solemn Christmas Eve, when twenty thousand people gather on the South Lawn of the White House and the lives of Franklin Roosevelt and his surprise guest, Winston Churchill, hang in the balance” [MACMILLAN].

Tickets for this very special Veteran’s Day author event are available on Eventbrite  for $10. The ticket price includes the author discussion and a wine and cheese reception. All proceeds benefit the Graves Library – we thank you for your support! Please call (207) 967-2778 for more information. 

PASCO LECTURE SERIES – WESLEY MCNAIR

THE PASCO LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS
A CONVERSATION WITH WESLEY MCNAIR

Please join us on Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 pm for a conversation with poet, writer, editor, and professor, Wesley McNair. Wesley will be discussing his newest work, Late Wonders: New & Selected Poems, which will be released in September 2022. Late Wonders “is a collection for anyone who believes mixing a little sorrow and little comedy makes for poetry that moves the heart.” [GODINE].

The Pasco Lecture series is sponsored by the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, Kennebunk Savings Bank, and the Graves Library snack team.  This event is free to the public.  Copies of the book can be purchased through Graves Library or Fine Print Booksellers (Dock Square).  Call (207) 967-2778 for more information.

 

BOOK SIGNING WITH GIOVANNA AND ANITA MCBRIDE

Join us on August 1st at 10:00 am for a very special “pop-up” book reading and signing with Giovanna (Gigi) McBride, author of Gigi at the Whitehouse!, and her mother Anita McBride, former Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush!

Gigi at the White House! is based on Gigi’s real-life experience. It was written for early readers and follows Gigi on many adventures exploring the White House at the Easter Egg Roll, Fourth of July, Halloween, and Christmas. Gigi at the White House! is included on First Lady Laura Bush’s 2022 Summer Reading List for Kids. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at the event.

For more information about the White House Historical Association, visit this link.

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