Humanities on Demand

Aug 9 2012

Maine Festival of the Book Opening Night: Tony Horwitz on John Brown

Tony Horwitz

Wonder what writers really think about? Get ready for a literary extravaganza! The Maine Festival of the Book, brought to you by Maine Reads, brings together writers and readers to enjoy readings, panel discussions, book signings and performances. With the exception of Opening Night and Youth Outreach, festival events are first-come, first-served with free, un-ticketed seating. In its five years of existence, the Maine Festival of the Book has featured more than 200 authors, including six Pulitzer Prize winners.

For more information about The Maine Festival of the Book and to join the mailing list for 2013, check out Maine Reads’ website.

This year Tony Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, presented a talk at USM’s Abromson Center on his 2011 book, Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War. Horwitz examines the life of the militant abolitionist and the legacy of his famous raid on Harpers Ferry.

The Maine Festival of the Book is an annual festival brought to you by Maine Reads with support from the Maine Humanities Council.


Nov 10 2011

Maine Festival of the Book Opening Night: Stewart O’Nan and Julia Glass

Maine Festival of the BookWonder what writers really think about? Get ready for a literary extravaganza! The Maine Festival of the Book, brought to you by Maine Reads brings together writers and readers to enjoy readings, panel discussions, book signings, and performances. With the exception of Opening Night and Youth Outreach, festival events are first-come, first-served, un-ticketed seating, and are free. Almost 2000 people attended this year’s three-day event. In its four years of existence, the Maine Festival of the Book has featured more than 200 authors, including five Pulitzer Prize winners.

For more information about The Maine Festival of the Book and to join the mailing list for 2012, check out Maine Read’s website.

Stewart O’Nan, author of Snow Angels and Julia Glass, author of Three Junes read from their novels, talk openly and field questions from Maine Reads CEO, Sarah Cecil.

The Maine Festival of the Book is an annual festival brought to you by Maine Reads with support from the Maine Humanities Council.


Jul 1 2011

From Far East to Old West: True Tales of the American Frontier

Maine Festival of the BookWonder what writers really think about? Get ready for a literary extravaganza! The Maine Festival of the Book, brought to you by Maine Reads brings together writers and readers to enjoy readings, panel discussions, book signings, and performances. With the exception of Opening Night and Youth Outreach, festival events are first-come, first-served, un-ticketed seating, and are free. Almost 2000 people attended this year’s three-day event. In its four years of existence, the Maine Festival of the Book has featured more than 200 authors, including five Pulitzer Prize winners.

For more information about The Maine Festival of the Book and to join the mailing list for 2012, check out Maine Read’s website.

Christopher Corbett, author of Poker Bride and Colin Sargent, author of Museum of Human Beings explore frontier history and legend: the Pony Express and the Chinese experience in the of the American West, and the story of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, child star of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The Maine Festival of the Book is an annual festival brought to you by Maine Reads with support from the Maine Humanities Council.


Jun 2 2011

There and Back: The Journey to Write a Memoir

Maine Festival of the BookWonder what writers really think about? Get ready for a literary extravaganza! The Maine Festival of the Book, brought to you by Maine Reads brings together writers and readers to enjoy readings, panel discussions, book signings, and performances. With the exception of Opening Night and Youth Outreach, festival events are first-come, first-served, un-ticketed seating, and are free. Almost 2000 people attended this year’s three-day event. In its four years of existence, the Maine Festival of the Book has featured more than 200 authors, including five Pulitzer Prize winners.

For more information about The Maine Festival of the Book and to join the mailing list for 2012, check out Maine Read’s website.

Melissa Coleman, author of This Life Is In Your Hands, Susan Conley, author of The Foremost Good Fortune and Caitlin Shetterly, author of Made For You and Me read from their debut novels and talk about their personal paths: one through cancer, one through the recession, and one back to the land.

The Maine Festival of the Book is an annual festival brought to you by Maine Reads with support from the Maine Humanities Council.


May 13 2011

Wrestling a Book Into the World

Maine Festival of the BookWonder what writers really think about? Get ready for a literary extravaganza! The Maine Festival of the Book, brought to you by Maine Reads brings together writers and readers to enjoy readings, panel discussions, book signings, and performances. With the exception of Opening Night and Youth Outreach, festival events are first-come, first-served, un-ticketed seating, and are free. Almost 2000 people attended this year’s three-day event. In its four years of existence, the Maine Festival of the Book has featured more than 200 authors, including five Pulitzer Prize winners.

For more information about The Maine Festival of the Book and to join the mailing list for 2012, check out Maine Read’s website.

Paul Harding, 2010 Pulitzer prize winner for Tinkers and Sarah Braunstein author of Sweet Relief of Missing Children read from their debut novels and talk about art, hysteria, and the long process of bringing a book into existence.

The Maine Festival of the Book is an annual festival brought to you by Maine Reads with support from the Maine Humanities Council.


Jun 22 2010

There Are No New Stories: Nicole Chaison, Debra Spark and Elizabeth Searle

Maine Festival of the BookWonder what writers really think about? Get ready for a literary extravaganza! The Maine Festival of the Book, brought to you by Maine Reads brings together writers and readers to enjoy readings, panel discussions, book signings, and performances. With the exception of Opening Night and Youth Outreach, festival events are first-come, first-served, un-ticketed seating, and are free. Almost 2000 people attended this year’s three-day event. In its four years of existence, the Maine Festival of the Book has featured more than 200 authors, including four Pulitzer Prize winners.

For more information about The Maine Festival of the Book and to join the mailing list for 2011, check out Maine Read’s website.

There are no new stories, just new ways of telling the old ones. Or so some people say. In this panel presentation, three authors whose work involves the retelling of old stories discuss their inspiration. Graphic novelist Nicole Chaison will talk about Joseph Campbell and hero journey stories, author Elizabeth Searle will talk about her fascination with stories of celebrities in disgrace, and novelist Debra Spark will talk about reading The Book of Esther on the eve of the Iraq War.

The Maine Festival of the Book is an annual festival brought to you by Maine Reads with support from the Maine Humanities Council.


 

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