Summer Spotlight Series
Mark your calendars and join Curtis Friends and Curtis Contemporaries for a remarkable new series. Our NEW Summer Spotlight Series is an opportunity for us to feature prominent and respected Mainers – and focus on issues that speak to human freedom, personal and social responsibility, the connections we have with each other and the obligations that flow from our shared humanity. This year we explore the joys and challenges of parenthood, building community, gender identity, immigration, mental illness and more.
All events will take place at 7 pm, 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. If you have any questions, please call 725-5242 x510 or email Sarah Brown firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 12: Kevin Mannix and Linda Rota
July 19: Wayne Maines
August 2: Salim Salim, Abdi Nor Iftin, and Kifah Abdulla
August 9: Sarah Smiley
Tuesday, July 12, 7:00 pm: Kevin Mannix and Linda Rota
Mannix was the WCSH Channel 6 weather forecaster for 26 years. Always smiling and personable during every TV segment, little did anyone realize that he was battling feelings of shame and suffering from depression. Weathering Shame is an autobiography written along with his wife, social worker Linda Rota, about their experiences growing up in homes with parental mental illness, alcoholism, and suicide.
Tuesday, July 19, 7:00 pm: Wayne Maines
When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But it wasn’t long before they noticed a marked difference between Jonas and his brother, Wyatt. Becoming Nicole is the inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all.
Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 pm: Salim Salim, Abdi Nor Iftin, and Kifah Abdulla
Curtis Library Board Member and The Telling Room’s Director of Publications Molly McGrath moderates a discussion with these three new Mainers (Salim, from Iraq; Abdi, from Somalia; and Kifah from Iraq), as they each share the role storytelling, writing, poetry and art has played in their exile, immigration to a new home, and their ability to help others understand their journey.
Tuesday, August 9, 7:00 pm: Sarah Smiley
Sarah Smiley is a nationally bestselling author and syndicated newspaper columnist. Her last book, the bestselling Dinner with the Smileys, followed her yearlong experience inviting one new guest to dinner for each week that her husband was deployed overseas. Her newest book, Got Here As Soon As I Could features a collection of columns written after her move to Maine eight years ago and shows the effect Maine had not only on her, but her whole family.