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RICHARD RUSSO AND TOM PERROTTA @ VINEGAR HILL – OCTOBER 16 – 5 PM

RICHARD RUSSO AND TOM PERROTTA

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2024

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

Reserved seat admission ticket is $50-$60 

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A (cash bar) cocktail hour and book sales will start at 5 PM followed by an intimate conversation with award-winning authors at 6:30 pm. 

Graves Library is thrilled to welcome acclaimed author Richard Russo back to the Vinegar Hill stage. He will be joined by bestselling author Tom Perrotta for an evening of lively conversation on October 16th at 5:00. Reserved seating tickets are on sale now at vinhillmusic.com for $50-$60.

Join us for food and drinks before the show in the outdoor garden starting at 5 PM!

The night’s food truck is Vintage Dogs – featuring a spread of specialty hot dogs (including vegan ones!), sandwiches, and fries!

Print: A Bookstore will be selling a variety of the authors’ works during the first hour of the event.

Book signing with authors following the event.

Tom Perrotta is the bestselling author of ten works of fiction, including “Election” and “Little Children”, both of which were made into Oscar-nominated films, and “The Leftovers” and “Mrs. Fletcher”, which were adapted into critically acclaimed HBO series. His other books include “Bad Haircut”, “The Wishbones”, “Joe College”, “The Abstinence Teacher”, “Nine Inches”, and his newest, “Tracy Flick Can’t Win”. Perrotta lives outside Boston.

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.

Graves Memorial Library thanks Vinegar Hill Music Theatre for their continued generosity in sponsoring this event.

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.

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AN EVENING WITH AUTHOR (AND PROFESSOR) PETER ORNER – AUGUST 8 @ 6:00 PM

It is a great honor to welcome Vermont-Based Author (and Dartmouth Professor) Peter Orner to the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library on Thursday August 8 at 6:00 pm.

Mr. Orner will be here for a special tribute to help us honor and celebrate our dear friend – Thomas Staley, who died in 2022.  Dr. Staley, the Director of the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas, was well known for acquiring the papers of a host of literary lions (James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald), and of Woodward and Bernstein to boot.  A special reception with light refreshments will follow the discussion.

 

Chicago-born Peter Orner is the author of two novels published by Little, Brown: The second coming of Mavala Shikongo and Love and Shame and Love, and three story collections:  Esther Stories, Last car over the Sagamore Bridge, and Maggie Brown & Others. Peter’s essay collection/memoir, Am I alone here?: Notes on Reading to Live and Living to Read was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Peter’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Granta, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, The Southern Review, Ploughshares and many other publications. Stories have been anthologized in Best American Stories and twice received a Pushcart Prize. Peter has been awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy in Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a two-year Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship.

He’s a graduate of the University of Michigan, Northeastern University School of Law, and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Peter is also a former member of the Bolinas, California Volunteer Fire Department in Bolinas, California and current member of the Norwich Fire Department, Norwich, Vermont. Peter holds the Professorship of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College, and lives with his family in Norwich.

Copies of the book, Am I alone here? will be for sale and signing after the event.

We want to thank the family of Paul Mahoney for sponsoring this very special tribute to Dr. Tom Staley.  For more information, please call 967-2778.  The Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport, Maine.  Parking is available at Consolidated School, 25 School Street, Maine Street, or the Village Fire Station Lot, North Street.

 

MAINE AUTHOR RONALD JOSEPH – FEBRUARY 24 @ 2:00 PM

THE PATSY BRAY MAHONEY LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS:

Maine Author, Ron Joseph will be here at the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library on Saturday, February 24 @ 2:00 pm to talk about his work as a wildlife biologist and his memoir, Bald Eagles, Bear Cubs, and Hermit Bill.  Ron will present a slide show and talk about his experiences in the field.  Copies of the book will also be available for sale and signing after the event.

 

Ronald Joseph was born in Waterville, Maine, and grew up in neighboring Oakland. He studied ornithology at the University of New Hampshire where he earned a degree in wildlife conservation. He later earned a master’s degree in zoology from Brigham Young University. In 1978, he began a career as a state and federal wildlife biologist, mostly in Maine, but also for a time in New Hampshire and Utah.

In his memoir Bald Eagles, Bear Cubs and Hermit Bill, he recounts his youth in central Maine, the importance of his family’s dairy farm, his adventures in the field, and the characters he met over the course of a career working with wildlife and conservation that spanned more than three decades.

Parking is available along Maine Street, the North Street Fire Station Parking Lot and Consolidated School (Route 9).  If the weather is bad, please check your local television stations for updates on our listings or send us an email to:  mlbgraves@gmail.com

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).

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

RICHARD RUSSO AND ANDRE DUBUS III @ VINEGAR HILL – OCTOBER 19 – 5:30 PM

RICHARD RUSSO AND ANDRE DUBUS, III:  IN CONVERSATION

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2023

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

General admission ticket is $50.00  

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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 pm. 

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.

 

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.

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ANNUAL POETRY BASH: IN MEMORY AND HONOR OF MICHAEL TARABILDA

Won’t you join Graves Library for National Poetry Month on Sunday, April 23 @ 2:00 pm and get back in touch with your inner poet?!

The former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins once wrote: “All babies are born with a knowledge of poetry because the lub-dub of the mother’s heart is in iambic meter.”  Bring a poem to read that you have written, share a favorite poem by another author, or just hunker down and listen. Inaugurated in April 1996, National Poetry Month brings together publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Be part of the celebration!  Light refreshments will be served.

 

SAVING MONEY ON HOME ENERGY BILLS

Saving Money on Home Energy Bills!

With rising costs in heating and electricity, it’s hard to know the best ways to save energy in the home and stay comfortable in the winter and the summer!  Come learn more about what you can do to save money in your home and be more comfortable year-round, and bring your questions about what options make the most sense and will save the most money!  We’ll also go over the rebates available for Maine homeowners and what additional federal funding will be coming with the recently-passed Inflation Reduction Act.

Colin McCullough is a BPI-certified Home Energy Auditor who has worked for several state energy efficiency programs for 12 years, advising homeowners on the most efficient options for a more affordable, comfortable, and safe home.  He is currently renovating his 110-year-old home in Farmingdale to achieve Net-Zero Energy status.

FMI please call (207) 967-2778.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

Thursday, February 9 at 9:30 am. In Case of Emergency, What to Expect When You Call for an Ambulance

Presenters Dean Auriemma, KEMS Public Relations and James Stockman, Chair of the KEMS Board of Directors, will provide information on when to call an ambulance, what to expect when it arrives and more.

FMI please call (207) 967-2778.

STORY TIME – OUTSIDE & VIA FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE

Weekly story time starts outside in June! We hope you will join us in the back garden area on Fridays @ 10:00 am (weather permitting) for some songs, fingerplays, movement, and stories. To-go crafts will be available to take home after story time. Blankets for seating are encouraged. We hope to see you soon!

For those unable to attend in person, we will also continue to offer story time virtually every Friday at 10:00 am on Facebook and Youtube. You can always view on local access channel 1301 too.  As always, feel free to post your photos of crafts made on our Facebook page!

POLYPHARMACY PROGRAM

Are you aware that if you take five or more medications daily you are at an increased risk of unintentional consequences?  Please join us on Wednesday, March 29 @ 9:00 am in the Community Room for a very important program on Polypharmacy. 

Sydney Springer, Pharm.D., MS, BCPS, BCGP, is an Assistant Professor at the University of New England School of Pharmacy.  She will be here to discuss ways you can prevent the risks of medication consequences and how to become a more informed health consumer. 

This program is hosted by the Kennebunkport Public Health Department and Graves Library.  Light refreshments will be served.

A GLOBAL CONVERSATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE WITH KENNEBUNKPORT CLIMATE INITIATIVE

 

We hope to see you for this very important climate discussion sponsored by The Climate Initiative (TCI) on Thursday, August 18 @ 10:00 am. We will be joined by Dr. Krista Sherman and Ms. Vichet Ratha Khlok, Distinguished Humphrey Fellows with he Fulbright Exchange Program in the Community Room. Light refreshments will be served. Call (207) 967-2778 for more information. The Library is located at 18 Maine Street, Kennebunkport.

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