Library features Maine writers



ELLSWORTH — Maine authors Susan Conley, Irene M. Drago, Kate Russo and W.S. Winslow are the Ellsworth Public Library’s featured writers in its online Maine Authors Series through March. The event is free to attend and will include a question-and-answer session

Portland author Susan Conley speaks at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 11. She is the author of five critically acclaimed books, including

Colby College graduate Kate Russo will speak about her novel “Super Host” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1. Set in London, the novel is about a down-on-his-luck British artist (his wife has left him for America) who welcomes a series of renters to his home, including a few Yanks. TOM BUTLER PHOTO

her recent novel “Landslide” (Knopf, 2021). Written with humor and grace, “Landslide” explores a mother’s efforts to carefully navigate the hormonal minefields of parenting teenage boys. She’s been awarded multiple fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, as well as fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Maine Arts Commission and the Massachusetts Arts Council. She’s won the Maine Book Award and the Maine Award for Publishing Excellence and has been a featured TEDx Speaker, where her talk the “Power of Story” has been viewed widely. Visit http://find.mainewriters.org/writers/susan_conley/ for more information.

“The Northern Reach” novelist W.S. Winslow will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday. March 25. Her debut novel (Flatiron, 2021) follows several coastal Maine families and their misfortunes and unfulfilled dreams in a stark marine environment. JEFF ROBERTS PHOTO

At 7 p.m. on March 25, “The Northern Reach” novelist W.S. Winslow will be speaking. Her debut novel (Flatiron, 2021) follows several coastal Maine families and their misfortunes and unfulfilled dreams in a stark marine environment. Winslow was born and raised in Maine but spent most of her working life in San Francisco and New York in corporate communications and marketing. A ninth-generation Mainer, she now spends most of the year living in Trenton. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in French from the University of Maine and a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University. Her fiction has been published in Yemassee Journal and Bird’s Thumb. Visit https://wswinslow.com/ for more information.

Author Kate Russo, who divides her time between Portland and London, holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Slade School of Fine Art in London. While living in London, she worked with the theater group Love Bites, which presented two of her short plays (“The Blind” and “Bernie’s Night Off”) at the Calder Bookshop Theatre. Set in London, “Super Host” is about a down-on-his-luck British artist (his wife has left him for America) who welcomes a series of renters to his home, including a few Yanks. Learn more at KateRusso.com and connect on Instagram @RussoKate.

To register for the free Zoom presentations, visit ellsworthlibrary.net/calendar. Registration is required. Program attendees will be entered to win a free copy of the book. Visit the library’s calendar to sign up.  The authors’ books are available for       purchase at Blue Hill Books (bluehillbooks.com). For more info, call 667-6363.

 

Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]

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