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READ ME: Top Maine Authors Discuss Books & Writing as Part of Statewide Reading Program


This show is being broadcast live from the Bangor Library.

Read ME is a statewide community reading program that encourages every adult in Maine to read two books recommended by a well-known Maine author. Dozens of Maine libraries participate in this special event. This year’s Read ME culminates on Aug. 29. Best-selling author Tess Gerritsen chose "Paris Was the Place" by Susan Conley and "After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search" by Sarah Perry as the books to be discussed. We will talk with all three authors about their books, their careers, and what it takes to succeed as an author in Maine.


Tess Gerritsen is the author of top-3 bestsellers in the U.S. and No. 1 bestsellers abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award for "Vanish" and the Rita Award for "The Surgeon." Publishers Weekly has dubbed her the “medical suspense queen.” Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series “Rizzoli & Isles” starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine.

Susan Conley, Mainer and author of four books including her new novel "Elsey Come Home." Her memoir "The Foremost Good Fortune," was an Oprah Magazine Top Ten Pick and the winner of the Maine Literary Award for Memoir. Her novel "Paris Was the Place" was a People Magazine Top Pick, a Slate Magazine Summer Read, and an Elle Magazine Readers Prize Selection. Her third book was a photography collaboration called "Stop Here This is the Place," which won the Maine Literary Award for Publishing Excellence. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Harvard Review, and other magazines. She is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine and is co-founder of the Telling Room.

Sarah Perry, author of the memoir "After the Eclipse," which was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Poets & Writers Notable Nonfiction Debut, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. Perry is the recipient of the 2018 Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award and fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation, VCCA, Playa, and The Studios of Key West. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University, where she currently teaches, and is the 2019 McGee Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Davidson College.