Two books, one community

ELLSWORTH — Portland author’s highly praised novel “Paris Was the Place” (2013, Knopf) and Sarah Perry’s memoir “After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search” (2017, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) of her mother’s murder when she was 12 and living in Bridgton are the focus of “Read ME Community Reads” kicking off at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at the Ellsworth Public Library. A second session of the statewide book discussion program will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Presented by the Maine Humanities Council, in partnership with the Maine State Library, “Read ME Community Reads” was inspired by a Portland Public Library program. The goal is to get Maine’s adults all reading the same books by Maine authors and recommended by a Maine author.

Camden author Tess Gerritsen, whose best known suspense novels feature the homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, chose Conley and Perry as this year’s featured Maine authors.

Conley has published four books, including “Paris Was The Place,” which was named People magazine Top Pick, a Slate magazine Summer Read, and ELLE magazine Readers’ Prize Selection.

Perry grew up in Bridgton. Her debut novel “After the Eclipse” was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Poets & Writers Notable Nonfiction Debut, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.

At the July 17th session, readers of “Paris Was The Place” will discuss the book while the Aug. 14 session will focus on “After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search.” Admission is free.

Libraries across Maine will host programs featuring these books and authors during the summer. The ReadME program will culminate with Maine Public’s “Maine Calling” show speaking with Tess Gerritsen, Susan Conley, and Sarah Perry from 1 to 2 p.m. on Aug. 29 in front of a live audience at the Bangor Public Library.

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