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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:



Mill Town by Kerri Arsenault and a picture of the author.

March selection: 

Mill Town by Kerri Arsenault 
The Mill Town Book Club Event will take place on Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 pm. We will post a direct link here prior to the event and also send Book Club Members the link directly.

Midcoast by Adam White and a picture of the author.

June selection: The Midcoast by Adam White 

"Brimming with keen observation, not just of the landscape but of dialect and class distinctions and all the tiny, vital particularities that make a place real in fiction, The Midcoast is an absorbing look at small-town Maine and the thwarted dreams of a family trying to transcend it."

—Lee Cole, The New York Times

"Reminiscent of Netflix’s “Ozark” but with more lobsters, White’s intriguing debut novel considers how far parents will go to protect their families."

—Becky Meloan, The Washington Post

The Lucky Turtle by Bill Roorcach and a photo of the author.

July selection: Lucky Turtle by Bill Roorbach 

"Fans of Roorbach’s prolific work will appreciate his signature lyricism and sense of place, his sweeping narrative, humor and romance. New readers are walking into the hands of a skilled storyteller who’s not afraid to take on a big, messy tale of love, privilege and abuse."

—Gregory Brown, The New York Times

"An epic love story and love letter to the West. No greater reading pleasure to be had anywhere."

Kirkus Reviews

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)

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Left Bank Books in Belfast (use code MPBOOKCLUB2023)

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Mockingbird Bookshop in Bath (No discount code needed)

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

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Print in Portland (use code MPBOOKCLUB2023)

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Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shops (use code MPBOOKCLUB2023)
All Books Considered Meeting Archive
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.