BRUNSWICK — Curtis Memorial Library is pleased to announce the author lineup for the 2018 Summer Spotlight Series. The summer reading theme this year is “Read ME” (Read Maine) and features best-selling Maine authors.

All events will take place on Thursdays at 7 p.m., in the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library. Free refreshments will be provided and Gulf of Maine will have copies of the author’s books for sale.

July 12: Joan Dempsey

Winner of the 2017 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers, and named by Poets & Writers magazine as one of “5 more over 50” writers to watch, Joan Dempsey is the author of the novel, “This Is How It Begins,” which won the bronze 2018 Independent Publisher Book Award for literary fiction.

The novel is also a 2018 Lambda Literary Award finalist (gay fiction), 2017 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award Finalist (historical fiction) and 2018 Sarton Women’s Book Award finalist (contemporary fiction).

Dempsey was the recipient of a significant research grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation for her work on “This Is How It Begins,” and her writing has been published in “The Adirondack Review,” “Alligator Juniper,” “Obsidian: Literature of the African Diaspora,” and “Plenitude Magazine,” and aired on National Public Radio.

Her first novel is an empathetic dive into discordant factions from two eras that impact one family: The Polish Resistance during the Holocaust and, in the current day, the Christian right versus gays. Compulsively readable, it is a timely novel about free speech, religious freedom, the importance of empathy.

July 19: Paul Doiron

Paul Doiron is the author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels and editor emeritus of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, having served as editor in chief from 2005 to 2013, before stepping down to write full time.

A native of Maine, he attended Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in English, and he holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He is a former member of the Maine Arts Commission and a current member of the Maine Humanities Council. He is also a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine.

His first novel, “The Poacher’s Son,” won the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, a Macavity Award, and a Thriller Award for Best First Novel, and the Maine Literary Award for “Best Fiction of 2010.

His second book, “Trespasser,” won the Maine Literary Award, was an American Booksellers Association Indie Bestseller, and has been called a “masterpiece of high-octane narrative” by Booklist.

The third novel, “Bad Little Falls,” was a Bookscan Bestseller and a nominee for the RT Reviewers Choice Award and the Maine Literary Award. “Massacre Pond,” the fourth in the series, was an Indie Next pick and an Indie Favorite, as well as Bookscan Bestseller, and Maine Literary Award finalist.

“The Bone Orchard” received a Best of Maine award from Down East. “The Precipice” was a LibraryReads selection and a RT Top Pick. The seventh Mike Bowditch novel, “Widowmaker,” was also a LibraryReads selection and a No. 1 Maine Sunday Telegram bestseller.

Doiron brings all his considerable talent and extensive knowledge as an outdoor guide in Maine to his ninth Mike Bowditch novel, “Stay Hidden,” coming out in July.

July 24: Katy Kelleher

Katy Kelleher will talk about her recent book, “Handcrafted Maine: Art, Life, Harvest & Home.”

Katy is a writer and editor living in Buxton. She writes about creators of all stripes, food sustainability, and culture for local and national media. “Handcrafted Maine” features lively profiles of more than 20 artists, artisans, and craftspeople—weavers and potters, a painter, an architect, a boatbuilder, a leatherworker, bakers, lobster-men, and more at work in the woods, towns, and cities of Maine, celebrating the triumphs and challenges of entrepreneurship and independence.

Including more than 225 inspiring color photographs and intimate narrative portraits, “Handcrafted Maine” provides a window into the inner lives of creatives and brings to life the powerful environment and spirited character that nurture the unbridled ingenuity and common-sense approach to craft and life found Down East.

Aug. 16: Monica Wood

Monica Wood is an award-winning, bestselling novelist and memoirist. She is the author of four works of fiction, most recently “The One-in-a-Million-Boy,” which won a 2017 Nautilus Award (Gold) and the 2017 fiction prize from the New England Society in the City of New York.

She also is the author of “Any Bitter Thing,” which spent 21 weeks on the American Booksellers Association extended bestseller list and was named a Book Sense Top Ten pick. Her other fiction includes “Ernie’s Ark” and “My Only Story,” a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award.

Monica is also the author of “When We Were the Kennedys,” a memoir of her growing up in Mexico, Maine. The book won the Maine Literary Award for Memoir in 2013, and the Sarton Women’s Literary Awards for Memoir in 2012.

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