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, 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.
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.