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Best & Overlooked Books: What Were the Top Books of 2018?

Dec 7, 2018
npr.org

An annual favorite! Our panelists discuss the books that got people reading this year, those that should have received more attention, and the classics they chose to revisit.

Celia Thaxter's Island Garden
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Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 9 at 10:30 pm
Sat., May 11 at 11:30 am

This is the story of the nineteenth century Isles of Shoals poet, author, and artist and the unique garden she created on Maine’s Appledore Island, and the garden’s establishment in the twentieth century.

Penguin Random House

Novelist, nonfiction writer, speaker, political activist; Anne Lamott discusses her new book "Almost Everything: Notes on Hope," a book divided into short chapters that explore life’s essential truths and offers encouragement about the future.

Rania Mater

Marking the 25th anniversary of her novel The Giver, acclaimed author Lois Lowry joins us to discuss her literary career.  She’ll also comment on the favorite books that were chosen for PBS’s The Great American Read.

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Thur., April 12 at 10:30 pm

An acclaimed comedian, author and New Hampshire celebrity, Cindy Pierce is on a mission to bring the truth about sex and relationships to the forefront through comic storytelling. In tackling these uncomfortable topics, Pierce delivers information, advice and personal stories spiked with her trademark bawdy wit.

Richard Blanco

Dec 11, 2013

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  A discussion with Richard Blanco, who delivered the inaugural poem at President's Obama's 2nd inauguration, about his new memoir.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by:

Richard Blanco, poet, author

The University of Southern Maine hosted the annual WEX Inc. Leadership and Creativity Event Series. 

  This year's event features Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Her talk is entitled The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism.

Doris Kearns Goodwin is the author of Team of Rivals and the upcoming book The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism, which was the focus of her address.

  The Maine Historical Society recently hosted an address by author, Richard Rubin.

Rubin, a Maine author, discussed his recent book The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten War.

This talk was recorded September 19, 2013 at the Maine Historical Society in Portland.

Richard Rubin

  The Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations recently hosted a talk by Pulitzer Prize winning author Fred Kaplan. His talk is titled Counterinsurgency, Iraq, and Afghanistan: Counterinsurgency, Iraq, and Afghanistan: One Strategy Doesn't Fit All. Kaplan says that counter-insurgency is inseparable from nation-building, and anyone not willing to undertake the second has no business with the first.

Josh Ritter

May 8, 2013

  The acclaimed singer, songwriter, novelist joined us in our studio.

Host Suzanne Nance was joined by:

Josh Ritter, his latest CD is "The Beast In Its Tracks"

Adoption

Apr 3, 2013

  Stories of adoption, including Best Selling Maine Author Linda Greenlaw's decision to adopt a teenager.

 Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Linda Greenlaw, swordfisherman, author of numerous books. Her most recent book is "Lifesaving Lessons - Notes from an Accidental Mother."

Carol Welsh, author of "360 Square: A Memoir of Adoption and Identity"

Therese Cahill-Low, Director, Office of Child and Family Services, Maine Dept. of Health and Human Services

  The Telling Room, a non-profit organization devoted to reading and storytelling, hosted a talk by Paul Tough called How Children Succeed.

Paul Tough is a Canadian-American broadcaster and writer, and mostly recently, the author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Power of Character.

This talk was recorded November 7, 2012 in Portland at USM’s Hannaford Hall.

The Telling Room

  What hidden treasures are in your attic?  Maureen Stanton has written a book about Flea Markets, Antiques and Collecting.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Maureen Stanton author of Killer Stuff and Tons of Money

 

[ Killer Stuff and Tons of Money by Maureen Stanton  originally aired on Maine Calling August 23, 2012.]

  Susan Poulin, creator of the character "Ida LeClair," authors a LeClair 'self-help' guide to help readers get in touch with their 'inner moose.'

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Susan Poulin, Author of Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida Leclair's Guide to Livin' the Good Life

Ida's website

Poolyle Productions

Just Ask Ida

  We continue our "What Does It Mean" series with a look at what does it mean to be a Mainer?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Jaed Coffin, author of "A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants" and the forthcoming book, "Roughhouse Friday," and member of the nonfiction faculty at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA.

Judy Hakola, English Department, University of Maine

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