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Self Publishing in Maine – Tuesday, November 10, 6:15 – 8:30 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on November 8th, 2015

imageJane Karker, owner and president of Maine Authors Publishing & Cooperative, discusses recent innovations in the rapidly changing technology of printing, which have created a boom in self-publishing.

Good books that don’t meet traditional publisher’s criteria can now be affordably printed and marketed by self-publishing authors.

This workshop will outline some of the options both traditional and nontraditional, including what is offered locally.

Come find out how to get the technical assistance you need, and about the many types of organizations, printers, and publishers that work with Maine authors.

Day & Time: Tuesday, November 10, 6:15 – 8:30 PM

Location: Morrell Meeting Room

Contact: Marian Dalton 725-8216

Maine Poet Laurate Wesley Mcnair – Sunday, November 8, 2 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on November 3rd, 2015

photoCurtis Friends are bringing Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair to Curtis Memorial Library on Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 pm to discuss his work and autograph books.

Often referred to as “a poet of place,” Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair captures the ordinary lives of northern New Englanders with keen insight.

McNair’s reading will take up the theme of gratitude, praise and celebration. Offered in the season of Thanksgiving, it will put aside life’s conflicts and imperfections, gathering participants around the common table of poetry to share one of poetry’s oldest inspirations: gratitude. How do you sing the praises of cigarettes, or reveal the blessings of a stroke, or celebrate an irksome family dog? McNair finds a way in these poems of a grateful heart. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

photoMcNair is the author of twenty books, including ten volumes of poetry, three books of nonfiction, and several edited anthologies. His most recent books are The Lost Child: Ozark Poems (Godine, 2014), The Words I Chose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry (CMU, 2012) and Lovers of the Lost: New & Selected Poems (Godine, 2010).

McNair is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship in literature, two Rockefeller fellowships for creative work at the Bellagio Center in Italy, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships for Creative Writers, and in 2006 a United States Artists Fellowship of $50,000 as one of “America’s finest living artists.”

He was recently named as the 2015 recipient of the PEN New England Award for Poetry, for his latest collection, The Lost Child: Ozark Poems. Other honors include the Robert Frost Prize; the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry (for Fire); the Devins Award for poetry; the Eunice Teitjens Prize from Poetry magazine; the Theodore Roethke prize from Poetry Northwest; the Pushcart Prize, and the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal for his “distinguished contribution to the world of letters.”

photoWesley McNair has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress and has given readings at a wide range of colleges and universities. A television series aired over affiliates of PBS on Robert Frost for which he wrote the scripts received an Emmy Award. Featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition (Saturday and Sunday programs) and 22 times on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, his work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize Annual, two editions of The Best American Poetry, and over 60 anthologies and textbooks. He has served four times on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

Mark your calendar for November 8 at 2:00 pm and meet Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, in the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library. This is a free event. Free refreshments will be provided and copies of McNair’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

Contact: call 725-5242, email or visit

Tech Meetup: Self-Publishing Tools on the Mac Friday, November 6, 12 Noon

Posted by Michael Gorzka on October 31st, 2015

pages iconIn this tech meetup, we’ll cover how to create, format and convert a manuscript (with images) into e-book formats on a Mac computer.

Day & Time: Friday, November 6, 12 Noon

Location: Second Floor Seminar Room (near the Reference Desk)

Contact: Michael Gorzka 207-725-5242 ext. 218 |

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