Kennebunkport Fundraisers





Vinegar Hill Music Theater, 53 Old Post Road, Arundel Maine

General admission ticket is $50.00  





A (cash bar) cocktail hour and book sales will start at 5:30 pm followed by an intimate conversation with award-winning authors—and dear friends—Richard Russo and Andre Dubus, III at 6:30 p.m. 

Come autumn, Dubus and Russo will have just released brand new novels. Dubus’ Such Kindness, the story of a working-class white man’s terrible fall, has been called “A powerful portrait of recovered dignity” by People magazine. In Somebody’s Fool, Russo returns to North Bath, in upstate New York, and to the characters that captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of readers in his beloved bestsellers Nobody’s Fool and Everybody’s Fool.

As always, both novels brim with the two authors’ trademark heartrending observations and—especially in Russo’s case—wry humor. These are two masters in peak form.

Russo and Dubus have read to rapt audiences at Graves Library over the years, but this very special evening marks the first time the longtime friends will be appearing together in Kennebunkport.

Moderating the conversation will be former Graves Library board member Joshua Bodwell, editorial director of Godine and Black Sparrow Press.

This event is being sponsored by our friends at Vinegar Hill Music Theater.

Print: A Bookstore will be selling a variety of the authors’ works during the first hour of the event.  Both Russo and Dubus, III will stay after their talk to personalize any purchases.

Stage Design is being sponsored by our friends at Hurlbutt Designs.

Richard Russo is the author of ten acclaimed novels, including Everybody’s Fool and That Old Cape Magic; two collections of stories; and the memoir Elsewhere. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which, like Nobody’s Fool, was adapted into a multiple-award-winning miniseries; in 2017, he received France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine. His novel, Somebody’s Fool, was released in July 2023.

Andre Dubus III’s books include the New York Times’ bestsellers House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie. His recent novel, Gone So Long, was named to many “Best Books” lists, including The Boston Globe’s “Twenty Best Books of 2018.” In April 2023, Dubus served as editor of Reaching Inside: 50 Acclaimed Authors on 100 Unforgettable Short Stories. His novel, Such Kindness, was released in June 2023. A collection of personal essays, Ghost Dogs: On Killers and Kin, is due in winter 2024.


Vinegar Hill Music Theatre is located at: 53 Old Post Road, Arundel, Maine 04046, Tel: 207-985-5552.  The proceeds of all tickets sold benefit the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library.



The Trustees of Graves Public Library invite you to join us for a very special, virtual lunch conversation with America’s Favorite Storyteller – John Grisham on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 12:00 pm.

We are honored that he has chosen to hold this virtual launch of his latest book, The Judge’s List, as a benefit to the Graves Library. His appearance is made possible by Kennebunkport friends of the Library, Billy and Rosemary Shore.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 300 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 40 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films, including The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, and A Time to Kill. 

In his latest book, The Judge’s List, investigator Lacy Stoltz follows the trail of a serial killer, and closes in on a shocking suspect—a sitting judge.  The man is brilliant, patient, and always one step ahead of law enforcement. He is the most cunning of all serial killers. He knows forensics, police procedure, and most important: he knows the law.  He is a judge, in Florida—under Lacy’s jurisdiction.  He has a list, with the names of his victims and targets, all unsuspecting people unlucky enough to have crossed his path and wronged him in some way. How can Lacy pursue him, without becoming the next name on his list?  The Judge’s List is by any measure John Grisham’s most surprising, chilling novel yet. 

Your $50 donation includes the link to this special event and a copy of The Judge’s List with a bookplate signed by John Grisham!


This event is being generously sponsored by Spinnaker Trust, Rosemary and Billy Shore, Kennebunk Beach Realty, Fine Print Booksellers, John and Mary Mills, Partners Bank, Pack Maynard Realty, Mutasia, Inc., Cider Mill Press, Kennebunk Savings Bank, and The Climate Initiative.  In Kind sponsors include Tourist & Town, Volk Packaging, and Doubleday Books.

All proceeds benefit Graves Library.  PURCHASE TICKETS HERE  or call us for details (207-967-2778).