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Friday, July 28, 2017
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Maine poet Dave Morrison will mark the release of “Psalms,” his 12th collection of poems, with a reading at the Owl & Turtle Bookshop in Camden on Thursday, August 3, at 7 p.m. Admission is free and literary lubricant will be offered. . . .
  • Talk & Slide Show by Author of “Back Over There”at Belfast Library August 1
    Historian Richard Rubin will present an illustrated talk on America’s role in World War I at Belfast Free Library on Tuesday, August 1, at 6:30 p.m., free and open to the public. The special program in honor of all veterans is made possible . . .
  • Former Moscow Reporter Susan Glasser on the Books That Explain Vladimir Putin’s Russia
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his confidants deal readily in the dark arts of kompromat, the not-at-all-subtle use of damaging information, real or faked, against enemies. It’s straight out of the KGB playbook in which Putin was . . .
  • Book World — Thoreau Biography Relives Those New England Lives All Over Again
    This new biography is the master- piece that the gadfly of youthful America deserves. I have been reading Henry David Thoreau and reading about him for 40 years; I’ve written a book about him myself. Yet often I responded to . . .
  • Book Review: Connelly Kicks Off New Detective Series
    Michael Connelly has two best-selling series in progress, one about Detective Harry Bosch of the Los Angeles Police Department and another about Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer. This month Connelly is publishing . . .
  • Blumenthal Describes A Political Genius
    It was no small feat that Abraham Lincoln was able to maneuver his re-election in 1864. The last president to win a second term, Andrew Jackson, did so in 1832 with his party united and without the weight of a bloody, three-year-old war. . . .
  • All That is Shiny is Not Necessarily Good
    What is gold? Is it the essential bedrock of fiscal prudence? Is it a political football, with fortunes and importance determined by far greater forces? Or is it a mere distraction at the margins of the global financial system — attracting . . .
  • Two Books That Wonder About the World As We Know It
    Superpowers come and go, but it’s rare that one puts in for early retirement. The Trump presidency, with its dismissal of friends, deference to enemies and disdain for leadership, is leaving a void at the center of that place we . . .
  • King Returns to a Signature Locale, This Time with Co-Author Chizmar
    In the course of his majorly prolific career, Stephen King has collaborated successfully on a number of projects, notably “The Talisman” and “Black House,” dark epic fantasies co-written with Peter Straub. Now, specialty publisher . . .
  • “Build a Better World,” Rockland Public Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Program, is open to all ages, baby to adult. Activities may include costume creation, group games, physical challenges, art projects, or science and . . .
  • Call for Entries for Annual Maine Postmark Poetry Contest
    The eighth annual Maine Postmark Poetry Contest invites entries from Maine residents and visitors, “everyone with access to a Maine post office or mailbox this summer”; the only rule is that all entries must bear a Maine postmark. . . .
  • Al Franken Gives You (Ahem!) a Different View of the US Senate
    This may be the only memoir by a sitting U.S. senator in which the author warns a colleague standing in front of him at a presidential inauguration that he might “very well vomit the moment [the new president says] ‘So help me God.’” . . .
  • Book World — A Q&A with Richard Russo
    “Trajectory,” the new book by Richard Russo, features four long stories about various professionals in crisis. But in his novels, Russo often depicts blue-collar folks struggling to live in towns like the place . . .
  • Lehane Back in New England with Chilling Love Tale
    Dennis Lehane’s 14th novel takes the author back to his old New England stomping grounds, that fertile place of “Mystic River” and “Shutter Island.” This tale, “Since We Fell,” basing its title on an old torch ballad . . .
  • Rosenthal Presents the Evolution of the American Healthcare System
    Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal was for 22 years a reporter, corre- spondent, and senior writer at The New York Times before becoming editor in chief of Kaiser Health News, an independent journalism newsroom . . .
  • On Sunday, March 5, Waldo County native Alton Lane will share his life story at Left Bank Books in Belfast beginning at 3 p.m. Lane grew up in poverty and suffered violence, abuse and addiction from childhood until his early thirties . . .
  • Book Review: A New and Different Way to See Ourselves
    When we say we’re drawn in or absorbed by a work of art, what exactly do we mean? How does human perception work? It can be argued that art literally grabs us, tugs at us, takes us for a ride. When we stand before a Cezanne . . .
  • Book Review: Your Best Defense Against Fake News
    In an era when fake news is peeling attention away from evidence-based facts, this wittily illustrated book couldn’t have come at a better time. What Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler accomplish is nothing short of brilliant . . .
  • Lucas Graves Addresses the Unflattering Truth in Politics
    Let’s get one thing out of the way: Yes, Donald Trump makes a cameo appear- ance in Lucas Graves’ new book on the importance of fact-checking, and no, it’s not flattering. In this timely book, “Deciding What’s True: The Rise of Political ..."
  • Book Review: Tim Wu Enlightens Us To Those Trying to Get Our Attention
    Are we hurtling toward a point of peak adver- tising? Our attention is becoming so completely harvested that there may be little more of ourselves to give. If we reach this saturation point, what happens then? The implications for . . .
  • In His Latest Book, le Carré Gives Us The Best Story of All
    A work by John le Carre is like an intimate conver- sation at a club, say, or a restaurant: anecdotes well told, then brilliantly expanded; “entertaining” is barely a good enough word for it. His memoir, “The Pigeon Tunnel,” is pure le Carre . . .
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