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Maine Public All Books Considered Book Club
Bill Nemitz

Welcome to the 2023 edition of our All Books Considered Book Club! 

Our host for 2023 is Bill Nemitz, who just stepped away from a 45-year career in Maine journalism, including the last 27 years as a columnist for the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram. Welcome, Bill!

New this year: We will randomly select five book club members to receive a signed copy of that month’s featured title at each book club event.

If you aren’t a book club member, you can still sign up! It’s a free and great way to satisfy one’s love of books and to connect with the authors of the books you’ve enjoyed.

Want to watch previous book club meetings? Take a look at our archive below. Chances are there is an author or book that we've featured over the past two years that you've read.

Upcoming Book Club Events:

It. Goes. So. Fast. book cover and author Mary Luise Kelly

October Selection: It. Goes. So. Fast.: The Year of No Do-Overs, by Mary Louise Kelly

This book club event will be held on Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 pm. Look for a link to the club to be posted here prior to the meeting.

"Mary Louise Kelly has written an achingly honest memoir that reflects the joys, regrets, pitfalls and triumphs of the modern working mother. Humor, heart, and humanity bounce off every. single. page. I felt like I was having a bottle (or two) of wine with a close friend whose balancing act very much resonated with mine ― and probably yours too." ―Katie Couric

Author Paul Harding and This Other Eden book cover

November Selection: This Other Eden, by Paul Harding

"Not without complication, not without terror, 'This Other Eden' is ultimately a testament of love: love of kin, love of nature, love of art, love of self, love of home. Harding has written a novel out of poetry and sunlight, violent history and tender remembering. The humans he has created are, thankfully, not flattened into props and gimmicks, which sometimes happens when writers work across time and difference; instead they pulse with aliveness, dreamlike but tangible, so real it could make you weep." ―New York Times

Maine Public's All Books Considered Book Club is made possible through the generous support of Bull Moose and Coffee By Design.

All Books Considered Partner Bookstores

These wonderful bookstores are providing a purchase discount to anyone purchasing an All Books Considered book club title while Maine Public is featuring each specific title:

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BookStacks in Bucksport (use code MPBOOKCLUB2023)
 Bull Moose Music logo
Bull Moose (No discount code needed — store discount policy on all titles applies)

 Devaney, Doak & Garrett booksellers logo
DDG Booksellers in Farmington (use code MPBOOKCLUB2023)

 Left Bank Books logo
Left Bank Books in Belfast (use code MPBOOKCLUB2023)

Mockingbird Bookshop Logo
Mockingbird Bookshop in Bath (No discount code needed)

Nonesuch Books & More in South Portland (use code MPBOOKCLUB2023)

PRINT: A Bookstore logo
Print in Portland (use code MPBOOKCLUB2023)

Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shops logo
Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shops (use code MPBOOKCLUB2023)
All Books Considered Meeting Archive
Season Three
Get transported into the world of Trek with author Ryan Brit and his book Phasers on Stun!
Author Bill Roorbach joins Bill Nemitz to talk about his novel, Lucky Turtle.
Author Kerri Arsenault discusses her novel Mill Town with host Bill Nemitz.

Coauthor Jennifer Finney Boylan and Host Bill Nemitz discuss the novel Mad Honey.

Join our host Bill Nemitz and "The Midcoast" author, Adam White.
Season Two
Author John Cariani discusses his novel Almost, Maine with Maine Public's Jennifer Rooks.
Author Morgan Talty speaks with Maine Public's Cindy Han about his novel Night of the Living Rez. Set in Maine, the book’s twelve stories center around life and death on the Penobscot Indian Nation reservation. At the center of the collection is David, a Penobscot boy living on the rez, and he is the piece that links all of the stories.

Author Jeffrey Lewis discusses his novel Land of Cockaigne with Maine Public's Jennifer Rooks.
Author Phuc Tran discusses his novel Sigh, Gone: A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In with Maine Public's Cindy Han.
Author Jessica Anthony discusses her novel Enter the Aardvark with Maine Public's Jennifer Rooks.
Author Gigi Georges talks about her first novel and the women that inspired her with Cindy Han.
Season One
Meredith Hall, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Without a Map, discusses her novel Beneficence with Maine Public's Jennifer Rooks.
Author Lily King discusses her novel Writers & Lovers with Maine Public's Cindy Han.
Author Jim Nichols discusses his novel Blue Summer with Maine Public's Jennifer Rooks.
Author Christina Baker Kline discusses her novel The Exiles with Maine Public's Cindy Han.
Author Susan Conley discusses her novel Landslide with Maine Public's Jennifer Rooks.
In this special All Books Considered Book Club meeting, Maine Public's Jennifer Rooks host a roundtable conversation with the Starfish Writer's Group, a group of five Maine authors: Bill Roorbach, Monica Wood, Lewis Robinson, Sarah Braunstein, and Kate Christensen.

Author Gregory Brown discusses his novel The Lowering Days with Maine Public's Cindy Han.