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Books & Brews at Flight Deck Brewing – Wednesday November 1, 6 PM

Posted by Michael Gorzka on October 28th, 2017

The November Books & Brews discussion will focus on “The United States of Beer” by Dane Huckelbridge, and will feature a behind-the-scenes tour of Flight Deck Brewing.

Huckelbridge’s masterful cultural history charts the wild, engrossing, and surprisingly complex story of our favorite alcoholic drink, showing how America has been under the influence of beer at almost every stage.

From the earliest Native American corn brew to the waves of immigrants who brought with them their unique brewing traditions, to the seemingly infinite varieties of craft brews found on tap today, beer has claimed an outsized place in our culture that far transcends its few simple ingredients – water, barley, and hops.

Drawing upon a wealth of little-known historical sources, explaining the scientific breakthroughs that have shaped beer’s evolution, and mixing in more than a splash of dedicated on-the-ground research, “The United States of Beer” offers a raucous and enlightening toast to the all-American drink.

Day & Time: Wednesday, November 1, 6 PM – 7 PM

Location: Flight Deck Brewing 11 Atlantic Ave (Brunswick Landing)

Host: Sarah Brown

Author Event: Jen Blood

Posted by Pamela Bobker on October 13th, 2017

Mystery Author series final installment will be Jen Blood on Tuesday October 17 at 7:00pm.

Freelance writer and certified dog trainer Jen Blood is the USA Today-bestselling author of the Erin Solomon Mysteries, the Flint K-9 Search and Rescue Mysteries, and the children’s picture book Maya Picks a Puppy. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine, is a regular blogger with Maine Crime Writers, and leads workshops throughout New England on writing, editing, and independent publishing. Jen grew up on the coast of Maine, and currently lives in Phippsburg.

All programs are free and no registration is required. For more information, call 725-5242 or visit


Mystery Author Susan Oleksiw

Posted by Pamela Bobker on October 2nd, 2017

Join us on October 3 as the Mystery Author series continues, with author Susan Oleksiw,  Tuesday October 3 at 7PM in the Morrell Meeting Room.

Susan Oleksiw writes the Anita Ray series featuring an Indian-American photographer living in South India at her aunt’s tourist hotel. In the first book in the series, Under the Eye of Kali (2010), a guest disappears and another falls unconscious. In The Wrath of Shiva (2012) and For the Love of Parvati (2014) Anita solves crimes among her extended family. When Krishna Calls (2016) finds Anita and Auntie Meena facing the loss of their hotel and everything they care about.

Susan also writes the Mellingham series featuring Chief Joe Silva. Murder in Mellingham (1993), the first of seven books, introduces the reader to Chief Silva and the coastal village of Mellingham. In Last Call for Justice (2012), Joe confronts a long unsolved crime involving a member of his family. In Come About for Murder (2016), Joe teaches his stepson to sail, never suspecting the boy will soon be sailing to save his life.

The community of West Woodbury is the location for a series of short stories featuring the women in the region of small farms and forgotten corners of rural America.

Susan’s short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and numerous anthologies. She was co-founder of Level Best Books, which publishes an annual anthology of the best New England crime fiction. In addition, she published A Reader’s Guide to the Classic British Mystery (G.K. Hall, 1988), and served as co-editor for The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing (1999).

Before she entered into a life of crime, Susan studied at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a PhD in Asian studies.  Susan lives and writes outside Boston, MA.