Waterville Public Library

ReadME This Summer! (8/11/17-Special Announcement added!)

Are you taking part in the ReadME program, Maine's statewide reading challenge for adults? Interested in meeting popular Maine authors? Come to the program finale on August 24, 2017 at 1pm in Portland Public Library!


We welcome adults to participate in ReadME, a statewide summer reading program that gets everyone reading the same books this summer! ReadME connects Maine’s adult reading community through shared reading experiences, supports libraries in their work to provide quality adult summer reading initiatives, and elevates upcoming Maine authors. Maine’s own Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys and The One-in-a-Million Boy, chose one fiction and one nonfiction book for everyone in Maine to read this summer. Borrow them from your library and read one or both!

Monica Wood’s picks (and why she picked ’em):

FICTION: Unknown Caller by Debra Spark

“I was up all night with this riveting, gorgeously written novel about a married couple, an unpredictable ex-wife, and a recently discovered daughter. Spark tells their story in reverse order, each chapter revealing layers of insight and intrigue as we backtrack through a complex constellation of relationships. No one I know writes with more depth and empathy about marriage and family. Her emotional intelligence is astounding.”


NONFICTION: The Moth: 50 True Stories

“Originally presented live without notes, the stories in The Moth span the breadth of human experience. A cardiac emergency in a stuck elevator. A famous rap artist saved from despair by music far outside his sphere. A difficult adoption story that finds rest and resolution in Maine. By turns poignant and comical, tragic and triumphant, these stories, told mostly by ordinary folks, made me feel less alone in this huge world. I hope this book choice will inspire “Moth nights” all over Maine, because we Mainers are born storytellers."


Presented by the Maine Humanities Council in partnership with the Maine State Library; inspired by a program at the Portland Public Library.

-Posted on June 30, 2017
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