Ellsworth — Art writer Carl Little will present a talk titled “Zen and the Art of Janwillem van de Wetering” at the Ellsworth Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m.
Born in Rotterdam, author and artist Janwillem van de Wetering (1931-2008) traveled the world before making his home in Surry in 1975. His experience as a member of the Amsterdam Special Constabulary was the inspiration for his acclaimed Grijpstra and de Gier series of crime novels, one of which, “Maine Massacre,” won the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in 1984.
Van de Wetering also wrote two books — “The Empty Mirror” and “A Glimpse of Nothingness” — about his explorations of Zen Buddhism and a series of children’s books starring a thoughtful porcupine named Hugh Pine.
Little will talk about van de Wetering’s life and writings, providing an introduction to the acclaimed writer.
The talk is a warm-up to an evening celebrating van de Wetering at The Grand on Nov. 3.
For more information, call the library at 667-6363.