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The Telling Room: 'In A Tiny Place'

Aug 29, 2014

On this last Friday of August we conclude our summer series highlighting the work of young writers in partnership with the Telling Room in Portland. This essay, by Annick Umutoniwase of Casco Bay High School in Portland, was inspired by a memory she had as a small child in Rwanda.

VINALHAVEN, Maine (AP) _ Maine-based pop artist Robert Indiana will participate in International HOPE Day, a celebration of his art in countries across the world.
 
The artist is best known for his "LOVE'' image, in which the L and O sit atop the V and E. His HOPE image follows a similar theme. The image will be a part of installations and events in Munich, Caracas, Miami, New York City and Vinalhaven, Maine on Indiana's Sept. 13 birthday. He will turn 86 that day.

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ Horror writer Stephen King has released dates for his tour to promote his book "Revival.''

The six-city tour that was announced Monday kicks off in New York City on Nov. 11, the date the book goes on sale. It continues through Washington; Kansas City, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; and Austin, Texas, before wrapping up Nov. 17 in South Portland, Maine.

More details will be released next month.

The Telling Room: 'One Man's Fear'

Aug 22, 2014

We continue our summer series featuring the work of young writers, in partnership with the Telling Room in Portland. This week we showcase the work of Nicholas Giroux, a student at Scarborough Middle School. Giroux's piece was inspired by a project the Telling Room did with all of the middle schoolers there on "wild Maine weather."  

Karen Galella / Courtesy Stonington Opera House

STONINGTON, Maine - If you're going to celebrate the anniversary of a local landmark, why not write an opera? That was exactly the thinking that's given life to a production called "The Last Ferryman," which creators in the Downeast community of Stonington have dubbed a "popera." It features the music of a Grammy-award-winning pianist and composer, and professional singers from Boston and New York, as well as local talent. "The Last Ferryman" made its debut at the Stonington Opera House last night.

The Telling Room: 'Uprooted'

Aug 15, 2014
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And on this Friday we continue our summer series featuring the work of young writers in partnership with the Telling Room in Portland. This week's entry is "Uprooted" by Grace Roberts, an excerpt from the 14-year-old Cape Elizabeth High School freshman's soon-to-be-released novel," Sleeping Through Thunder."

Kirstin Irby / Contributed

Editor's note: This story was submitted by Charles Kaufmann, artistic director of the Longfellow Chorus. "Maine Stage" for Wednesday, Aug. 13, features excerpts from the chorus' performance of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's "The Song of Hiawatha."

The Telling Room: 'Prologue'

Aug 8, 2014
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Every Friday this summer, Maine Things Considered is featuring samples of young writers, in partnership with the Telling Room In Portland. This week, an offering from 14-year-old Henry Spritz, an eighth-grader at King Middle School, who is one of four students chosen for the Telling Room's "Young Emerging Authors Fellowship." This is an excerpt from his soon-to-be-released novel, "The Road to Terrencefield."

Telling Room: 'Atop a Windy Peak'

Aug 1, 2014

Every Friday this summer, we're featuring the work of young writers in partnership with the Telling Room In Portland. This week's entry is called "Atop a Windy Peak" and the young author, Ethan Boardman, was inspired by a project he did on wild Maine weather.

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The Telling Room in Portland is a nonprofit writing center dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Ethan Boardman is a student at Scarborough Middle School.

Vernon Barford School

The Maine Calling tackles its first kids' book.  Geared toward middle school readers, Wonder by R.J. Palacio tells the story of a 10-year old boy named August with severe facial deformities heading off to school for the first time.

Guests:

Josh Christie is the author of Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland. He is a bookseller at Sherman’s Books in Portland and co-founder of the podcast Bookrageous.

The demise of the book, as a delivery system for literature, is all but imminent in the minds of some futurists. But Warren Lehrer doesn't buy it. The writer and artist, a summer resident of Sedgwick, has been a pioneer in the art of the book. His most recent work, a novel, reflects his interests in expanding the possibilities of the book format as a way to tell stories. Keith Shortall caught up with Lehrer recently at the Rockland Public Library.

The Telling Room: 'The Forest of the Runaways'

Jul 25, 2014
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Every Friday this summer, we're featuring the work of young writers in partnership with the Telling Room In Portland. This week's entry is "The Forest of the Runaways," by Molly Ruth Daley.

The Telling Room: 'I Am Not Wild'

Jul 18, 2014
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Every Friday this summer, we're featuring the work of young writers in partnership with the Telling Room in Portland. This week's entry is "I am Not Wild" by Kaitlyn Knight.

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