Maine novelist Debra Spark to speak about latest book

Debra Spark

ELLSWORTH — North Yarmouth novelist Debra Spark, who teaches nonfiction writing at Colby College and whose latest novel, “Unknown Caller,” was picked as the fiction title in Maine’s 2017 “Read ME” program, will read from and discuss her latest book at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at the Ellsworth Public Library. Admission is free.

The Ellsworth Library is participating in the statewide “Read ME” program sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Library. The nonfiction book chosen was “The Moth: 50 True Stories,” edited by Catherine Burns. The latter is drawn from the popular podcast and Peabody Award–winning weekly public radio show “The Moth Radio Hour.”

Both books are authored by new or lesser-known Maine authors and were recommended by novelist Monica Wood (“The One-in-a-Million Boy,” “When We Were the Kennedys,” “Any Bitter Thing,” “Ernie’s Ark”).

The program’s goals are to connect Maine’s adult reading community through shared reading experiences, support libraries in their work to provide quality adult summer reading initiatives and highlight upcoming Maine authors.

A graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Spark is the author of three other novels including “The Pretty Girl” and “Good for the Jews” and the recently reissued “Coconuts for the Saint.” Her other books are: “Curious Attractions: Essays on Fiction Writing” and the anthology “Twenty Under Thirty.”

Her short work has appeared in The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, Epoch, Esquire, The New York Times, Ploughshares,, and Yankee, among other places.

The Ellsworth Library will host a second Read ME event, a “Moth” style storytelling event, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24. Local storytellers will include Chris Sherry, Sue Martin, Robert Stevens and Jude Lamb.

The Read ME program will culminate in a large statewide public event (date and location to be announced later) where the authors will be interviewed live in front of an audience.

For more info about Spark’s reading and the Read ME program, call 667-6363 and visit

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